In 2012 I hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Somewhere along this 14-state, 2,200-mile hike I learned that the typical corporate career spent largely indoors was not for me. After completing this hike, I married my high-school sweetheart and we celebrated by taking a five-week long honeymoon road trip from Florida to California. We ended the trip because we were running out of money and needed to secure “real” jobs. Since then we’ve been working diligently, saving vigorously and living purposely so that we could achieve financial independence and spend our precious time on our terms – with the ones we love, doing what we love.
Katie and I have lived in an RV, elected to be a “single-car family” and have avoided making costly ephemeral “treat yourself” decisions. Our lifestyle has afforded us the ability to build a successful wedding planning business, travel internationally and pursue wild adventures. We currently have over ten years of living expenses saved and are completely debt free. We haven’t reached the finish line yet but have made hefty strides towards it.
It’s now been seven years since I’ve taken a long hike and I’m going a little stir-crazy, so this year I’ll be quitting my job to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail. This is a 3,100-mile journey along the Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada and it’ll take me four to five months to complete. The climax of this trek is that it concludes where Katie and I will be calling our new home – the state of Montana.
These experiences wouldn’t even be available to us if we hadn't made a few conscious unconventional, intentional lifestyle choices. Financial proficiency has proven to be a worthwhile pursuit for us and I’m here to help others do the same. This is our adventure and my way of equipping others with the useful skills we’ve applied to live extraordinary and rewarding lives. Thanks for keeping me company.