End of Week #23
Fort Amarillo RV Resort, Amarillo TX > North Texas Jellystone Park, Burleson TX
Miles traveled since last week’s post = 376
Total miles traveled to date = 4,570 with trailer
So in our typical “plans change” fashion, and amongst all the crazy weather we have been having, we really had ourselves a big week last week! First, we extended our stay in Amarillo extra long because of more snow and freezing temps. And then we also skipped our stop in between Amarillo and Burleson, and just drove ALL THE WAY to Burleson last Thursday, October 31st. [Halloween was spent driving, moving and RESTING, with pizza & beer.]
We had planned to stop for a few nights in Wichita Falls, and continue the rest of the way on Friday, November 1 for our reservations that were starting in Burleson that day. But instead, while driving along to Wichita Falls, we decided to just totally GO FOR IT and make it our longest travel day ever! Thankfully, our Burleson reservation had our same spot open Thursday night, and allowed us to come in late. We traveled for over 7 HOURS & almost 400 miles, and arrived just as the sun was setting. That night we had to complete our first set up in the dark!
Needless to say, we were all VERY tired, and the cats were very over it all! But at least we did not have to travel again on Friday and do two back to back days, to include traveling on Adam’s Birthday! We got to sleep in on his birthday and do a little celebrating for his 31st trip around the sun, and for our 23rd week of nomad life!
Now we are here, settled in Burleson, until December 1st! It is going to be a great month of rest and relaxation, and a great time to catch up on online projects (and all my travel reviews!!) It’s also a great time to buckle down and do some work, so we can create more abundance in our lives to close out 2019, and prepare for a new year of travels.
A&A Finances, Budget, & The Energetics Of A Positive Money Mindset
Since it is a common question that gets asked of us, I wanted to circle back to the topic of money and finances while living full-time in an RV. As most of you know, we sold our townhome in Woodbury, MN at the end of July and have planned to live off this profit for roughly 8-12 months time. During all of our prep work prior to going nomadic, we did rough estimates of budgets and amounts to spend on food, gas, camping, and adventures throughout this journey. That is also how we came up with the estimation of how long the money would last.
A few months have gone by now since selling the townhome in July, and I figured this was a good opportunity to revisit the concept of money all over again!
An update on finances the past 3 months
In our perfect travel world, we were really hoping to spend about $1,000 a month to include everything we need – campground reservations (combined with a lot of boondocking), groceries, gas, and any other pet or human supplies. I do believe that we hit this budget marker for the month of August, but along the lines of September and October things started to increase for us!
First and foremost, we found that we really didn’t like boondocking as much as originally planned. We found that it was more of a hassle to have to plan ahead for things like water and enough electricity or battery charge to power the trailer and all of our devices. [And we went through too many nights of issues with all of the above.] This all is especially more difficult with pets to look after too! We also found that when we were only in certain places for a few days that we wouldn’t really get to explore if we were boondocking because then we wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable leaving our trailer somewhere unattended, in the middle of nowhere.
Living the budget life
SO at the end of the day here, we have probably come close to doubling our original budget per month, at least for these past few months. We have spent more on campgrounds than we ever thought we would, as they really aren’t that cheap. (Especially in popular destinations throughout the west!) But it is also something we are okay with, as having simple luxuries like water, electricity and WIFI have proven to be more important to us than sticking to a super strict budget. Whenever we can, we stay in National Parks and “boondock” there without hookups, but then we get into the park for free and have the safety of guarded park entrances and campsite hosts to protect us.
We have also maybe over indulged a little bit with things like comfort foods, or the occasional beer at a brewery. A few times we have even had to pay to get into recreational places because our Annual Pass wasn’t covered there. When we grocery shop we are very mindful on prices and do price comparisons at various shops we go to. But unless there is absolutely no other choice, we are not keen on giving up our healthy lifestyle and still pursue organic products as much as possible. If we have a Costco nearby, we will buy stock there as it’s a LOT cheaper, and they have a ton of organic options. But in some of the smaller towns we encounter the options are more scarce and even more spendy too!
Another expense that has been adding up is the cost of gas, as it fluctuates and heavily varies state by state. In Colorado we were paying close to $3.50 in some places just for one gallon, and Mr. Frank holds 30! Now we are down here in Burleson, Texas and gas is only $2.15 a gallon. The fluctuations and all of the driving through the mountains the past few months, have ultimately racked up our gas bills more than expected!
Disclaimer: A lot more in depth and detailed information regarding our budgets and finances will be included in this Friday’s November Nomadic Newsletter! If you want to learn more, be sure to sign up with the link at the bottom of this post!
Money for the rest of the year
Thankfully, in staying put in one place for an entire month, it is actually WAY cheaper than continuously moving from place to place. Not only on gas prices, but on campground costs! Our ONE MONTH reservation for November is less than HALF the amount we have been spending in past months. *mind blown* And since we plan to stay another full month near Houston during December, the goal is that we will even out our original budgeting and end the year not too far off from what we planned.
This is our time to recover and work hard at spending less, and making more!
The energetics of a positive money mindset
We are all conditioned, right from early childhood, to feel a certain way about money. At no fault to our parents or families, as they really haven’t known any better, most of us grew up being exposed to a very negative mindset surrounding money. I’m sure you can relate, but as a child I was told that, “money doesn’t grow on trees”, and “you can’t do that, we don’t have the money for it”, or “we can’t go there, it’s too expensive”, and “you must work hard to earn your money, it won’t just fall in your lap”. Unfortunately all of these type of comments come from a negative money mindset and set us up to have poor relationship with money and abundance overall. It makes us feel like we don’t deserve it unless we work ourselves to the bone, and even then it might not come to us. (And I’m sorry, but that is NOT HEALTHY or an ideal way to spend life.) It teaches us that money is evil, instead of this beautiful blessing we are given in life. It tells us that we are not worthy of money and that we ourselves are not valuable.
A lot of people have to work really hard their entire lives to SHIFT this mindset around money, and if they don’t then they might struggle with money issues their entire life. There are a ton of classes on the internet about how to dig deep into your childhood and reprogram things you’ve been taught to think and feel so that you can shift your subconscious into one of worthy and value around money. This is a serious problem my generation has been trying to tackle!
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather work SMARTER, not HARDER. I’d rather have a firm positive mindset to guide me through life, and focus more time and energy on LIVING life instead of dwelling in a puddle of “I’ll never have enough” misery throughout it.
Like I said before though, this isn’t anyone’s fault. I know my parents did the best they could. I know money can cause people to struggle – I’ve seen it in my family, in my friends families, and at school. But I’ve also seen how these families grow up being taught negative mindsets about money and all secrets and lies and scandal they have around it that shapes the reality of their future relationship to it.
Our thoughts create our reality. Our subconscious beliefs shape our reality. Our own feelings around self worth and self value – shape our reality!
And we must shift these things from a negative viewpoint to a positive one!
The Law of Attraction
In walks the “Law of Attraction”.
Have you heard of it? You’ve had to. In simple terms, we are an energetic Universe. EVERYTHING IS ENERGY. The chair you’re sitting on is energy. Your food is energy. YOU are energy. It is always working. There is no exclusion, only inclusion. We all are constantly creating our own universe. Consider yourself a radio that you can tune it to a certain station that is clear, or you can come in fuzzy and out of whack. Wherever your energy goes, it EXPANDS.
The Law of Attraction states that we are all our own boss. There are no external circumstances, only those in which we create. We are the masters of our own thoughts and our own realities and we must tune ourselves into the frequency to RECEIVE in life so abundance can come our way.
It is extremely hard to attract wealth in our lives when we are coming at it from a place of lack. Telling yourself that you can’t afford something, or that money doesn’t grow on trees is a LACK mentality. We have to remember that money is currency and currency is ENERGY. We must match the energy we want to create and embody emotions of abundance. You have to act like you already have everything you desire!
With so many limiting beliefs around money floating around us everywhere from our childhood, from school, from TV, and in the media – we have to work hard to write down what those limiting beliefs are and understand that we were CONDITIONED to think them. We must understand that we did not come up with thinking them on our own, they were programmed in us. And once we can understand the difference, the magic will start to happen.
MANTRA: I have money for everything I need right now, in this moment.
I have SO MUCH to be grateful for. I am paying my bills and celebrating that I’m able to support myself. I am grateful we are able to buy the food we eat everyday and to pay for the comfort of campsites all around the United States. I am repeating new, POSITIVE, money affirmations to myself DAILY.
We must recognize that money is a necessary energy source to fuel our desires and passions in life. We have to be comfortable talking about it, saving it, and working with it. We can ALWAYS change our perspective and turn challenging thoughts into positive ones.
Books that can be POSITIVE reprogramming resources
We all have to start somewhere. I have always found that books help me the best in terms of personal growth and self development and I’ve chosen this path to use to reprogram my beliefs around money, and the Law of Attraction.
- You Are A Badass At Making Money – by Jen Sincero
- Super Attractor – by Gabrielle Bernstein
- The Power Of The Subconscious Mind – by Joseph Murphy
- Spirit Hacking – by Shaman Durek
- The 7 Spiritual Laws Of Success – Deepak Chopra
- The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
- The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent – Abraham Hicks
- Ask & It Is Given – Esther Hicks & Jerry Hicks
- Money, & The Law of Attraction – Esther Hicks & Jerry Hicks
- The Law Of Attraction – Esther Hicks & Jerry Hicks
- Disrupt-HER – Miki Agrawal
“Money is flowing energy. The more we talk about money as energy, the more our energy around money will SHIFT too. And sometimes if energy doesn’t come from one direction, we must try other directions to give it more space to flow in! The more we understand money, our relationship to it, and how important it is to think of it as flowing energy, the more we will respect it and treat it with utmost love and care – which inevitably creates more of it!” – Disrupt-Her, book by Miki Agrawal
Podcasts! A good one is the Expanded Podcast by Lacy Phillips. Lacy also offers online courses to dive into your subconscious and reprogram all of the negative beliefs you received from childhood. She offers everything from manifesting the perfect relationship to un-blocking our thoughts around money and success.
Shaman Durek also has a new podcast called Ancient Wisdom Today, and Almost 30 and That’s So Retrograde offer a lot of self development episodes too!
My New Online Business!
As you may have saw me mention in our last post, I have started my own online business! My goal is to set myself up for success making an income online so that I can continue to sustain us for as long as we wish to travel, as well as any future goals we have for our life. My hope is to pretty much never go back to the 9-5 life (sorry mom) and continue to build my own life in my own way – with all the freedom I could ever ask for!
In my business I work completely online, from anywhere in the world, to promote health & wellness, CLEAN water, sustainability, environmental conservation, and a community of like minded entrepreneurs focused on personal growth, spirituality, abundance and connection. My job is in direct sales (different than an MLM) and is high commissions on high ticket health items (waaaay different than an MLM). I still have my CBD business through Hempworx, because I love CBD with my entire heart, but my main focus going forward will be my new business.
If you want to learn more about my business, and what I am selling – be sure to check out my Business Facebook page, found here at Amanda “Spark Fire Swan”. You can give it a follow or a like to tag along on my journey. If you are interested in how you can promote the same things I do, or how you can get the cleanest, healthiest water in the world into your own home – definitely send me a message so we can connect more! You can also check out this link to my ‘work with me’ page on my website.
Disclaimer: A lot more in depth and detailed information regarding our personal A&A finances, and my new business will be included in this Friday’s new A&A Nomadic Newsletter. If you haven’t yet signed up for it but are curious to learn more about money, then check out the links below!
Looking to the Universe for guidance! Next week’s post will be on 11/11 and will dive into how I have used spirituality and the cosmic forces above for guidance through this journey. We are also in the midst of the last Mercury Retrograde of the year, and are fully embracing this time to REst and REcover after a last few months on the road. Put on your spiritual thinking caps and prepare to have your mind opened right up!
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