Monthly Archives: November 2011

Inner Peace

My sister-in-law Lauren said that she finds complete joy in a day when she has no plans and no pressures to do anything. She wakes up in the morning and just sees what the day brings. She describes this as her “day of perfect joy” and she usually shares this day with her daughter Diana.

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To Take the Dogs or Leave Them with a Friend

The hardest decision we had to make regarding this journey is whether to take the dogs, Darby and Shadow, or leave them with a friend. Dogs are not allowed on trails in the national parks but are allowed on trails in national forests and state parks. Since most of our trip plans involved seeing the national parks, the gems of nature, this is a tough decision.

We love our dogs and they add a lot of joy to our daily lives. No one greets me when I come home the way the dogs do. Every day, they wake up happy and excited to live another day and in doing so, remind me to be joyful of simply being alive. They watch over and protect us and our house with their warning barks with such sincere responsibility for their craft. They ask very little, a pat on the head, a bowl of the same food day after day and a warm place to sleep. They add to our lives in a very positive way.

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Arbogast RV Rocks!

We bought our RV from Arbogast RV located in Troy, Ohio. It was by a wide margin, the best buying and service experience we’ve ever had! Here’s the review we wrote for them.

Sold! - Copyright © Timm & Theresa Martin

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“In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took.” –Frasier Crane

We’ve had almost a 100% positive reaction to our decision to go on this trip. My brother David sat in our RV on multiple occasions and dreamed with us about going. My friend Lance who’s guided me in the toughest decisions in my life said “I’m impressed and proud of you.” All my friends, like Stacy, Lois, Jay, Kim, Lori, Jeff, Tony, and even Stani who cried because we’re leaving, have been encouraging, uplifting and reassuring. My family has been supportive too, my parents worried, of course but trying to get comfortable with their only daughter leaving for a yearlong trip with no home other than the one on wheels.

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A Few Cool Cities

Timm and I are not city people as we both much prefer nature and solitude. However, there are a few cities we’ll visit along our route, such as Hollywood, Seattle and San Francisco. One city on the route I’m looking forward to visiting is Portland because this is where Marylhurst, my MBA school is located. Portland is also where Jay lives, my good friend from our MBA program. We’re looking forward to meeting him and going hiking with him and his wife.

In this section of the blog, we’ll write about our experiences in the cities. In addition, we may end up living out west so as we journey, we’ll check out different places as possible future home locations.

How long we livin’, livin’, livin’?”

“How long we livin’, livin’, livin’?” are lyrics from one of my favorite songs,  Into the Wild by LP.  A key reason for going on this trip now is that we’re not getting any younger. I’m 46 and Timm is 47. We love hiking deep into the back country which means trekking 10-15 miles a day. Years of running has taken a toll on my legs and I feel their little aches and pains. For the first time in my life, I realize that I am getting older. Timm teases me that “It’s about time you joined the rest of us mortals!” His back has bothered him for years. He has arthritis in his family history so we won’t be surprised when some day, he starts feeling those aches too. It won’t be long before we won’t be able to do this trip the way we’ve dreamed about it.

I see us at 65, walking up the edge of a canyon and looking down into it and saying “Wish we could hike down into that. Wish we’d taken this trip when we were younger.”  If we wait much longer, it will be too late. We will be those older people some day and that day is not that far away.

A Lifetime of Decisions

Life is a lesson, you learn it when you’re through.” Lyrics from M:I-2 by Limp Bizkit

I have a fortune cookie that has been pinned to my work bulletin board for years. It says “Your life is the sum total of many choices.” Each of us make 100’s of choices a day, most of which are relatively small. We decide whether to get up at the first alarm or to hit the snooze. We decide what to wear and how fast to drive to work. At work, we decide what is a priority that day, like how much time to spend with our teams, analyzing the operation or thinking strategically. We decide what time to leave work at the end of the day and what to do with our families in the evening. We decide how to react to difficult situations or how to deal with not so nice people or our own internally generated frustrations. We decide our attitudes, our reactions, how to spend our time, our money, our energy. All day, every day, we make thousands of decisions.

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