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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Last you heard from us, we had completed our sailing adventure, finished our RV journey through Mexico, and we had bought a building in Roatan, one of the Honduras Bay Islands. We were doing renovations and hoped to open as the Jungle Reef Inn. I'm happy to report that the Jungle Reef Inn received her first guests on Christmas Eve, 2016. Since then, we have hosted a steady stream of visitors from 13 countries around the world, and have enjoyed steady occupancy in our 5 renovated Treehouse style rooms.

In May 2017 we returned back to Canada, and visited with family, before heading west to BC, in order to help operate a campground for the summer. At the time of writing, I am actually considering getting a... gulp, 'REAL JOB' again. While living the dream inspired us in ways we could never imagine, it has also drained our adventure fund. Another problem is that somewhere along the line, I discovered I wasn't ready to spend my days 'watching bananas grow', all day. Since we have the Jungle Reef Inn up and running, with a good manager in place, it affords us options.

Fear not, we do have a plan for what's next, once I outgrow this stage of responsibleness. We also have a few options, if the 'growing up thing isn't quite for us.

Since we started our journey, we have had many moments where our emotions got the best of us. We tried to take nothing for granted, and often reflected on how lucky we were to realize such adventures before we even turned 50. We witnessed countless friends our age and younger, who met with tragedies such as cancer, or accidents, losing their lives. On each occasion our resolve strengthened, to use our experience to inspire others to stop making excuses, and start living.

So starting November 13 we are going to start publishing weekly articles, updating you on our progress, sharing stories of others who have pursued theirs, or offering insight, and advice on how to start pursuing your own dream.

While I don't want to share everything now, I want to leave you with one thought... Since we sold everything, and went sailing, rv'ing, and living in the Caribbean, the thing we hear again and again is "I wish I could do what you're doing". We have heard some good explanations on why they can't do it... and a lot of lame ones. If you are that person, who has a dream, and no GOOD reason why you can't pursue it... either you are pursuing it, or you have been captured by fear!

FEAR is the single hardest obstacle to overcome when you decide to sell everything, abandon all that you know, and head out on the adventure of the unknown. Fear will haunt you, and inspire you to conjure up countless excuses. But it's imaginary. Knowing that will help! Join us next week for more on how to dream, and live.

4 comments:

  1. We are living our dream and have been for the past 10 years. However because we aren't retired and don't have millionaire parents we have had to work the past 5 summers managing a campground in Saskatchewan. It has worked out well because we have had to work 5 months out of 12 for the last 5 years but then we been out traveling the world, either RVing or backpacking for the other 7 months of the year each year. We love our life and it can be done if you are willing to be frugal. Our experiences have been amazing.

    I think that those who love what you are doing but say they wish they could do it, don't realize that they can do it. Maybe they are just afraid to take that leap of faith or have a fear of the unknown. Hopefully people like you two and my husband and myself can show them how it can be done. :-)

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. Thanks for the response. We look forward to reading your blog, and hope to reference your experiences in future articles if that is ok?

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    2. Sure that should be fine just let us know when you do.

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  2. It was awesome to meet you two last year, when I was also pursuing my dreams. I've had a few hiccups bumps and scrapes but I haven't given up. I am back in BC Canada myself for the time being. ..but living is dreaming and living your dreams. I still have a vehicle and such back in the Caribbean myself. ..but like you Shawn. ..my mom passed last November and I wanted to be here to support her and my daughter during that part of our journey. I have decided to stay for the time being because of my young grand kids and I hippie to help my daughter and her hubby get a head start in their living dreams journey to.

    It was such a great moment to meet you and your partner dogs and son on the beach at xpu ha, and to know fellow travelers are out there living their dreams and inspiring others��. ..hoping to bump into you too one day again. ..big hugs Kristine and shelbs. ..

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