RV Life: Divine Intervention Can Simply Be a Kick in the Ass!

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I’d like to say that RV Life, the next gigantic step that my wife and I are taking in our lives, is the result of some divine moment that included us standing magnificently in the burning spotlight of the sun… but in all reality, it was simply a good, old-fashioned kick in the ass!

No, God did not descend upon me and April. Rather, it was April that descended and gave me the usual boot scoot that I often need to move from pondering into taking action.

We’re preparing to move full-time from the comfort (and overhead) of our 2,000-square-foot house into the roving, down-sized luxury of RAIF… our newly purchased, 24-foot long, 2003 BTouring Cruiser from Gulfstream.

Ken, April and Pali Pishna - Living a Stout Life - Pre RV Life

I know to a lot of people that living in an RV sounds crazy. But honestly, despite needing that aforementioned kick in the ass to get moving, I’m excited to experience life on the road with my wife. A lot of people automatically say, “Oh, I guess now you’ll see if you’re really compatible.” Well, after being together as a couple and living together for 25 years and having been married for 20 of them, I think we’ll muddle our way through the confines of an RV.

Those of you that know us well, know that we are far from the same person. We have lots of differences, primarily in our personalities. But in my mind, that has only served to balance us out… and to save me from turning into a mindless Mr. Potato Head engulfed by my Sheldon-like spot on the couch (aka my office).

Divine Intervention (aka My Kick in the Ass)

And that leads me to that divine moment, errr, kick in the ass, that led us to the decision to embark upon this journey know as Full-Time RV Life.

April Pishna - Living a Stout Life - Pre RV Life

I’m good at envisioning an idea, exploring every nook and cranny of the ramifications of that idea, re-hashing my research, talking it out, re-addressing the minutiae that I originally missed, and then shelving the idea until it becomes a giant dustball in the corner. Now, that’s not with everything. I’ve seen, done, and been a part of a lot of cool things in my life, but a lot of that has to do with my wife, April.

When I start waffling and pointing out all the little things that could go wrong or that we should know before we do this or that or how much it might cost, she’s the one that says, “Stop thinking and just make a fucking decision!”

April is not a reckless adrenaline junky by any means, but she’s definitely much more of a dive-in-head-first type of personality than I am. And that my friends is the balance that gives me the confidence for this journey.

Flying the Coop into an RV Life

We’ve long known that when our kids were grown, we were going to be the ones flying the coop. It’s just that our flying the coop has taken many forms over the years. We’ve explored options as diverse as moving to a home in the Colorado mountains (a longtime source of bliss for us) to stealing away to live for an undetermined amount of time in Italy (a place that we fell in love with courtesy of our oldest son’s pre-Senior-Year extravaganza.)

Ken Pishna - Living a Stout Life - Pre RV LifeWe haven’t buried those ideas, they’ve just morphed into our current plan that we’ve actually put into action, which is to live full-time in our RV, RAIF, for the foreseeable future, exploring, at minimum, the vastness of the United States with dips into Canada and maybe even Mexico.

RAIF will allow us to live anywhere. No, we’re not going on a permanent vacation, we still have to make a living. It’s just that we’ll now have to be a little more creative in how we make a living, although my current job allows me to take it with me into our new RV Life.

This blog upon which you landed is a part of that creative, location-independent living that we are embarking upon. We plan for it to be a part of our journey and, honestly, our income, as we move forward. But there will be much more to the story than just us saying, hey, hi, here we are, this is what I had for breakfast today.

Not that I can give you much more detail than that either. This isn’t a historical account. This is life in action. The last chapter hasn’t even happened yet, let alone been written. We’re only just embarking on our RV life.

For now, it’s time to start scribbling…


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Terri Carrigan
Terri Carrigan
3 years ago

This does not surprise me one little bit. I, for one, will be following you and looking forward to your adventures. You have always inspired me. I, like you Kenny, always feel like I have to look at every corner, every crevice, every option before I dive in and I know, without a doubt, that I have missed some really cool things.

3 years ago

Sounds very exciting and adventurous! Can’t wait to hear all about your travels and encounters.

Ken Pishna
Ken Pishna
3 years ago
Reply to  Jayme

Thanks Jayme. We’ll have to stop by and say hi when we’re out your way!

Barry Benton
3 years ago

Awesome! Sometimes a gentile “kick in the ass” from a spouse is just what one needs. Good luck!

Ken Pishna
3 years ago
Reply to  Barry Benton

Exactly! But sometimes the “kick in the ass” isn’t quite so gentle! ? J/K, April is an awesome motivator for me. Keeps me from getting too wrapped up in my bubble.