Gratitude turns what we have into Enough

Gratitude turns what we have into Enough

Recently we had a surprise expense come up and it has made us re-evaluate some of our exploration plans. The real surprise came when we sat down together, and worked on our budget. We realized that although this extra expense will have an impact, we had already begun to set ourselves up to  continue our adventurous life-style. Sure we may not buy a new car and eat a fancy restaurants all the time, but our goals can still achieved.


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. “

Melody Beattie

We all ask must ask ourselves from time to time: What do I really want?

So what did we REALLY want?

Besides the obvious generic answer of “happiness”.

Our shared passion in life is exploration and discovery. That includes the beautiful area we live in #pnw, plus exploring new places far away, and getting out of our comfort zones.

Appreciation and gratitude for each other, the family we have created, and the friends we have surrounded ourselves with keep the truly important things of life in focus. Re-evaluating our goals and plans made us appreciate all that we have even more. We had learned patience early on in our relationship and now waiting is like second nature .

How will we afford the life-style we want?

  • First of all, neither one of us is afraid of work. We both strive for a healthy work-life balance, like our jobs, and find joy in our careers. We aren’t workaholics, we love recreation too much for that, but we give 100% to our careers when we are on the clock. This goes back to appreciation and gratitude. We are grateful for the work we do. I am absolutely passionate about teeth and Sasquatch is all about science and technology. Loving what you do doesn’t make it feel so much like work.
  • Secondly, we budget. Prioritizing our wants and being willing to wait for things, makes the budget easier to follow.  We can have anything we want, just not everything we want. We can still travel, but just change the location or the hotel and utilize savings and reward programs. In the past twelve months we have already used two free hotel nights. All those rewards programs pay off over time. 
  • Third, we strive to take care of what we have so we don’t have to replace it. Our parents taught us early to take care of things. We have camping gear and hiking gear that will last years and years if we care for it and store it properly. Our favorite activities cost us very little if we do not need to replace our gear. Bonus, that Sasquatch replaced his vehicle with an electric one a couple years ago. Go Tesla! Saving us on the cost of gas when we drive to destinations and reducing our carbon foot print. Reusability and renewable energy is important to us and shows respect for the planet we call home.

Looking forward

We have big plans for 2019 and are excited to still be able to do these with some changes to them. We are looking forward to sharing our adventures with you and ultimately wish to inspire you go where ever it is you want to go in life.

Sure, sometimes life is hard. We don’t get everything we want. Remember to appreciate what you have. For us, that is each other. We found a partner in life, a kindred spirit, and a soul mate to walk side by side with on our journey.

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