Sure, the money we were making allowed us to live the life many people dream of. We could essentially buy whatever we wanted, we could go on trips to music festivals and spend long weekends at camping resorts. We didn't even have to care about the price of beer!
It was success by all definitions, but, we were paying a heavy emotional price to achieve the success. For the past three years, we have both worked and commuted 50+ hour weeks with minimal time off. Almost a full year of that time we worked completely opposite schedules. We have dealt with inept bosses, micromanagers, and unreal expectations. This has left us feeling completely burned out and disconnected.
Don't get us wrong here. There were plenty of happy times. We were able to travel to places we have never seen before and camp in some of the most beautiful spots in the country. But, these times were in short bursts. The balance of how much we were working vs how much time we had to go out and do what we love was just too far off. We were doing all these amazing things in the off time that we had, but they always felt rushed. We could never fully engage because the thought was always looming, "I have to go back to work right after this is over." We would always rush home so that we could be ready to do battle the next week. So, really there were only a few hours every weekend that we could actually decompress a little and try to connect back to each other and nature. It just wasn't enough. The stress and depression levels just kept steadily building and began to far outweigh the happy times. We realized we just weren't living a balanced and sustainable way of life. If we kept down the path we were on we only saw darkness and despair. So, we are cashing in and hitting the road to pursue what we call "sustainable happiness."
We're selling one car, having the yard sale, and planning a three month long soul-searching adventure. The focus of our journey is to reconnect with our minds, our creator, each other and nature. In the stew of life, these are four necessary ingredients.
Our mission is to simplify, travel, recreate, camp, drive, laugh, discover, connect. Our goal is to find solace in having less objects but more freedom.
Time is flying by and we, now more than ever, have found that we need to be our true selves. Some folks have called us hippies, but we feel that doesn't really describe it quite right. We prefer to call ourselves #happies.