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11/20/2020

Speaking Frankly:

Hey friends. As you recall in my last post, I said there was a lot of changes happening in life. Well I’m here to give you the skinny on them as I can now speak openly on all topics. First off I’m now working in the Grand Rapids area. Bil-Mac. Doing what? Back working on and with Hydromat’s. We also will have possession of our house in Muskegon area before the end of the year. That’s right we’re going back into the house where this all took off from. But it’s not that cut and dry. See We are also staying up in Kalkaska too. Why? Cause it’s the school that got Xaiver up to speed and wanting to go to college. He only has a year and a half left.

So we’ll be maintaining a home up here for Him and Michelle. I’ll visit every weekend. And I’ll stay in Muskegon Monday through Thursday. In that I’ll start the remodeling on the house we had always talked about doing. It’s not the best or easiest way to do life. But from a income stand point it will get us moving forward.

I’m also hoping it lights enough of a fire under my butt to launch my dream of owning a Off-Road and fabrication shop too. Life has taken a few turns we didn’t see coming. And our road life has been put on pause. But we still plan to travel. Just not as we once had. In the next few months I’m looking to lay out more of that vision.

This 2020 “year of change” has been very much a year of change. It isn’t really going the direction I had planned for or even considered back at the beginning of it. Focus has shifted, goals have evolved, plans have changed. But freedom in life remains the primary goal of this all.

I’m finding that my drive to be free from a normal 9 to 5er is helping push me on dreams that always seem to stop short of taking flight. My goals have never been to be rich. Just comfortable and happy. If that looks like a ranch home, in a subdivision where I build Jeep parts in the garage to make a living. Well so be it. But I don’t know yet what this will look like. I know that I need to keep pushing myself and stop being afraid to fail. I’m finding that through listening to my wife, I’m a lot more equipped to aim for the sky than I’ve given myself credit for. I have a support system better than most. I just need to do it. Stop making up reasons why not and start making reasons why to.

But I guess these are all topics for another post at another time. So for now you know there are bigger, better and greater things afoot.. So till next time stay blessed my friends and by all means keep on A.G.E.ing

As the world Turns so does our life…..

11/3/2020

Speaking Frankly:

Hi friends, It’s been sometime since I’ve sat down and typed much. For any of you following our YouTube, you have seen that I’ve done 2 Vlogs todate. And I’m hoping to do more. Been a bit of life stress over the last few months. Changed jobs again, though I have yet to start. See Redemption (our 97 ZJ) died. Blew motor and broken frame. So now we have a ’04 Grand Cherokee WJ that I’m in the middle of tranny work.

Life has also tossed us a bit more of a curve in that we are looking at a delayed road life launch. What does that really mean? We still plan to build a bus, and travel but a timeline is no longer being followed. We are aiming more so at getting the Jeep done, overland trips with it and getting our Blog, Vlog, FB, and Instagram rolling more. Going to do more in the way of trail rides, local trips, product reviews and Jeep build. We have some major changes that are also coming in life in general that I can’t talk about yet. But will add to the direction things are headed.

As of right now we are looking to lay out a better path for next year. And from there we will see where this all heads us. I’m finding over the last few months that we are taking “1 step back to move 2 steps forward”. Why and how you might ask? Well for starters (what I am open to talk of right now) I’m going back to working on and with Hydromat’s. A machine that I’ve spent the better part of 20 years working with. This machine has been our bread and butter over the years. And I’ll be splitting my time in Northern Michigan with my wife and son, along with being in the Grand Rapids area working 4 days a week. Why? It’s simple, I’m sick of watching my family struggle from a financial area do to low paying, crappy houred jobs up here. When I can work 2 hours away for almost double the hourly wage.

In part this has side railed road life, not forever just a few extra years, But for good reason. It will mean getting the Jeep done without corners being cut. It will get us through our “Want and Need” list without putting a lot of basics on hold. Example would be close, my wife and I over the last 6 months have lost a combined weight of 90LBS. How? Keto. I’m down from a size 38 waist to a size 32. And she’s down quite a bit in waist size too. We need to replace ALL our close, we are way over do for new laptops. She’d love to get a nice new embroidery machine. We are looking to new camera gear, outdoors gear among other things. Things that now and into the future will keep us going.

Now we do plan to keep growing A.G.E. and for all purposes, make it bigger and better. Things will keep growing here, on FB, on Instagram and YouTube. Our content as it always has will vary. But will still be life, family, faith and Adventure driven. And for those that may not know about our other locations, here are the,

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But like I stated, things are changing for the good side. Directions are still there, just the path to get to them has changed a lot. And I’m sure it will keep doing so. If life has taught us anything since starting this Blog, it’s that change will keep on happening even if you don’t want it to. We started with a RV goal, than a Bus dream and now I’m not sure what to call it. We still want and plan for a bus. But we don’t want to cut corners or miss out on what we want out of it. And then there is the impending “empty nester” issues that my lovely wife sees coming like a freight train. We have less than 2 years until our last child at home graduates High School and starts his moving on. And Michelle in part sees that once that happens she wants stable legs under us before doing something as crazy as moving into a bus and out onto the road. Me, I’m just more openly adventuress and would just like to “roll on”. But that isn’t the case anymore. So I’ll be shifting my adventure driven spirit in more Overland directed adventures.

I still plan and want to document trail rides, and overland trips. No matter where they take us. And even in the mix of all this change we are still aiming for a late next year West run in the Jeep. What and where all this life change ends up leading to. It’s anyone’s guess. I do however feel and believe we are headed into a season of “less change more adaptiveness”. That will give us the tools, time, funds and needs to hit the road in someway or form.

So for now I think I’ll just leave you all guessing what’s next for us in our life’s journey to “live a life that’s a vacation not one requiring a vacation”.

And until next time. Stay Blessed and by all means keep on A.G.E.ing..