Extending Our Happily Ever After

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Hopes for our blog and how we want to live our life.

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We took a look at an RV, this is just a preview, but this is giving us an image to dream on:


It is so hard to continue to go to work everyday knowing the life we want to live isn’t exactly what it is now. We want to live one that is more on our terms. We always do have fun and make the most of what we have, but we desire more freedom. To cut our living expenses down is key to being able to bring things to a manageable level for us. When you are able to look for a job and not have the stress of needing the pay to be a certain amount but knowing that you can take a job that will make you happy and being confident that the paycheck you bring home will actually cover your expenses. Now, that is security!

I’m not sure about you but I’ve watched those tv shows like Cedar Cove or Haven (well, not Haven so much if you have actually WATCHED that show! LOL) but shows with beautiful landscapes and thought to myself… “now, I’d really like to LIVE in a place like that!” Well, with RV Living, I might just be able to! I can then relocate and move to another gorgeous place and try that out. How cool is that? That’s part of the dream. To experience an area, really experience it. Live and work in it, meet the people, KNOW it! That’s part of the dream.

Since we’ve lost a considerable amount of weight, we’ve both become more active. We used to just sit in front of the tv and not move… EVER! Well, now that we are more active, we’d like to take that and BE more active out in the world. That’s where the blog comes in. The direction I want to take the blog is to go into these communities and then write about our experiences… write about their hiking trails, their biking trails… the farmers markets (that’ll keep us healthy) and any other healthy type of thing I can think of.

My son was involved with local theater and that gave me a love for local talent and I’d like to explore local talent wherever I am, so I’d like to check out local theaters, free concerts, festivals and things like that.

We live in a town with the most amazing library. Actually two. A wonderful Children’s library and an Adult one with some amazing programs like Author lecture series and just some amazing things they offer the community for free. We’d like to explore other libraries in the country to see what they offer their community. My husband reads books constantly and will possibly give a review or two of books.

We are nerds and geeks and if there are science conventions out there or something like that, we’d find them and go to them as well.

I love photography and taking day trips to places that even the locals never seem to know about, so I tend to find those types of things to do.

We don’t drink and we would be living frugally, so we probably won’t be reviewing bars and restaurants that much… although Ivan does love coffee and I love Chai, so that may be on the agenda from time to time.

I’m looking forward to the kind of website/blog we’d be writing and the kind of life and explorations we’d be making! Do you see now why it’s so hard to go to work every day???

Author: PennSmiths

We are Marie, 49, and Ivan,58. We used to live on the East Coast and are now living in Southern California. Marie grew up in Southern California and Ivan was born and raised in Kent, England. We met while playing a word game online and Ivan hopped over the pond to marry me. He says that he would have moved to the moon if that was where I resided! We plan on traveling out our days together when we retire... in an RV, but that won't be happening for a while. I have an amazing son, Christopher and he makes me so proud! Our site is www.extendingourhappilyeverafter.com

One thought on “Hopes for our blog and how we want to live our life.

  1. Hi, Marie and Ivan! Saw your like on our blog and hopped over to see what is going on over your way. We have a few things in common that I can identify with. We are from PA, also, south of York PA on the MD/PA border. Growing up my family had a house in the Poconos for years. We, too, went to work every day for ten years dreaming of beginning our life on the road once we discovered this was what we wanted to do while retired. Our daughter had weight challenges, as well. She lost ninety pounds through changing her diet, running, and boot camp. She has a new group of friends with like minded thoughts about eating and exercise. She will run her first marathon in Oct. You look wonderful, Marie. Congratulations on your weight lose and lifestyle changes. Wait til you get out west for some real hiking! We dropped weight without even trying after fifteen months out west. It was exciting and meant all new clothes:) We spent the last year east and are now heading back west for a very long time. I am now a hiking addict and don’t care for hiking in the dense woods of the east. The western hiking is just so amazing. We should be to Glacier by mid August. I can hardly wait!

    I love the Challenge you two have set for yourself and wish much success in gaining the future you are looking towards:) The RV family is amazing:)


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