We are Kenny and April Pishna, mid-40 somethings (Crap! Fine! Almost 50).
We’ve been together as friends since high school in 1987 and together as a couple soon after that. We are best friends (always), mortal enemies (not often), amazing parents. (Ha! not even close, but somehow our boys turned out more than OK.)
We are a sister, a brother, a daughter, a son, a teacher (one of my many careers), an editor (one of his few; he’s truly dedicated), craft beer lovers, mountain biking enthusiasts, snowboard fanatics, outdoor lovers, hard workers, productive members of society, homeowners, BBQ’ers for all the right holidays, much more than 9 to 5’ers, vacationers to beaches, mountains, and even out of the country.
Raisers of our two sons to follow their dreams, to be out of the box thinkers, to be stander uppers for those that are brought down, to use their hearts, their heads, and their voices to be conflict resolutioners. And they accepted that challenge. They are on their way, their path, their lives, their stories.
It is our time to follow that same advice. So what did we do? Left the house with our kids, sold or gave everything away, bought an RV, created a nomadic business, moved into the RV, and left Colorado, our home of 30 years.
Crazy? A bit! Hard? Of course! Worth it? Every minute!
The Beginnings of Living a Stout Life
We had planned for many years to move from our family home of 26 years in the ‘burbs of Denver to the mountains, but when that time came, we realized it would be trading one sticks and brick for another. So, why not buy an RV and travel to the mountains, and to the oceans, and to the forests, and to the swamps, and to the cities, and to wherever we wanted to go whenever we wanted to do it?
It didn’t matter one bit that we had never owned an RV before and knew nothing about traveling with one. We just did it.
Kenny has a job that he can do from anywhere as long as he has an internet connection. Me? I was teaching, and when I told my principal that I wasn’t coming back next year…well, the shit became real.
That’s when we decided we wanted to create a business together, and Living A Stout Life was born.
Now we travel around the country in search of great stories around a great beer and share those stories with you, along with resources for you to create your own craft beer lifestyle.
Rainbows and Unicorns
And as the saying goes, life is now all rainbows and unicorns! Wait?! What?! Hell no! While life on the road, unplanned and untethered is at most times quite awesome, like any lifestyle, it is far from perfect. But when you get the chance to sit outside your home with an office view of the Gulf Coast and miles of sandy beaches right at your front door, and for free, whatever demons come by to attack your unicorns, well, you can slay them, and get back to living a life you love, not one you just have to get through.
Below are some resources from us, that we hope inspire your journey to your stout life, whatever that may be.
And on the way, remember to always say hi to a stranger, it is through people that love is built, and with love, comes great freedom!