It’s been a few days since our big announcement of going on the road full time and I wouldn’t be surprised if when done reading the blog you were like, “How in the heck are they going to make money traveling around in a trailer??”
Well, I thought I’d fill you in a bit on our plan. It hits me every now and then, ok all the time, how crazy this idea is. I mean, it makes complete sense in my brain, it’s perfect for me and Andrew, I have a gut feeling that it will be awesome, but at the same time I get a little concerned thinking, “Will this actually work? Like, will we be able to eat and stuff?”
Andrew and I we’re chatting the other day and he asked, if you had all the money in the world, what would you do? This is actually a common question we ask each other to check in on our dreams. And you know what for the first time in a long time I said, “This. I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing now, teaching yoga and living on the road in a travel trailer.”
Am I cheating fate by chasing after my dreams so young? I’ve grown up with the mentality that I’m suppose to work my hiney off and then one day I’ll get to live my dream. But now I have to pay my dues. Hard work now, pay off later. But what if I could work hard at what my heart desired? One day I had to give myself permission to run hard after what I want. To work like crazy yes, but to work toward and with my soul’s dreams not against them.
I’ve had to sacrifice many things on the way, like new clothes, eating out and fabulous food, but most of all, security. There are months when we are eating plain quinoa for dinner and hoping that we’ll get some money in before our food runs out. There are months when we don’t know if we can pay our bills on time or at all. And that is stress yall, stress. With two freelance lifestyles it is feast or famine. But over time, I’m finding that I’m getting better in the lack of security, famine seasons. First of all, without fail, every month, when we’re biting our nails and stressing about making it, God provides out. of. the. blue.
It will be in the most random ways but it’s always enough for us to pay our bills and eat. Many times, He waits until the last possible minute which makes it when he does comes through all that more miraculous. I am learning to be totally dependent on him. I’m also super aware of the fact that any money we make is all Him. We work yes, but for us to make a living as a yoga instructor and photographer is nothing but the grace of God. He provides every client, every gig.
So back to our plan. How the heck are we going to do this?? First of all, we are “diversifying” as Andrew calls it. We plan on making income from multiple sources. Andrew sells his prints online (oh ya!! Super awesome online art show this Thursday 6-10pm!! Discounted prints, just $59!!) he also sells them through his stock agency who sells them to magazines and stuff. We have sponsors who send us gear, we prance around the desert and photograph it, then sell them the images. Andrew has workshops lined up in Wyoming and Colorado. I know I’m leaving out other things, that man is always thinking of ways to make money. I’m researching different blogs to sell my writing to. No paying gigs yet, so would love your prayers about that! I’m also looking to start selling travel yoga videos, this is a new idea and we’ll see how it plays out :)
We’ve basically thought of things that we’re naturally good at and are trying to make those skills make money. Let me tell ya, it’s a scramble, security is scarce and the drama is for real. But do not hear this as complaining! I could not have it any other way.
We have not bought our trailer yet. We got to big for our britches and starting looking at super fancy trailers. Then we had a come to Jesus meeting and have returned to the place of we don’t care what it looks like, as long as it has a toilet, a bed and wheels we’re happy!!
We recently got a new truck to pull said trailer. His name is Hoss. I look like, super butch driving it. But hey! At least it will pull a trailer! We sold my car and are both sharing Hoss. This makes for fun scheduling but we both realize it’s one step closer to our goal.
We’ve started selling our home furniture online and are planning a garage sale. This is where not being attached to your stuff really comes in handy. I’m looking forward to traveling light and easy.
So that’s it, that’s our plan. We have lots of money making possibilities, but it all comes down to the Lord. It really does. He could provide a job in a heartbeat. Or He could stop us dead in our tracks. I feel like each day we’re making baby steps toward our goal. So far each day, one little door opens and we move through it. I’m hoping that all these openings will lead us on the road. But I’m preparing my heart for some to close in our face and this not work out.
It’s a gamble, there’s a lot of our heart and soul on the table. Keep us crazy Slatons in your thoughts and prayers! I’ll keep updating you on our progress.