Hi, I am Mandy. I am 27 years old, 1.5 years into my marriage to Kevin, and am a creative who loves trying new things. My full time job is as a wedding photographer. Working for yourself is awesome, and I adore weddings and all of my clients. I am the luckiest. In the past I have modeled, worked at an e-retailer, fashion blogged (it’s still live but barely), tried and failed at starting a clothing company.
Kevin is my super cool and genius 26 year old (I am robbing the cradle) husband. He is pretty much God’s gift to the tech world, he started reading computer coding books at the ripe age of 13. He has never had a typical 9-5 office job, and it was he who really encouraged me to go after what I wanted, even if it got me fired
which it did; shit, back to him. He is running three apps currently which are how he contributes to our bills. Move (an app that reminds you to get off your ass and move), Moment (an app that reminds you to put your phone down and live your fucking life), and Focus (an app that reminds you not to be on your phone while driving because you will die). He is only getting started making awesome apps, so I am sure this is only the beginning.
Why 188 sqft?
So we got married and it was awesome. But we had this moment after like…. now what? Most couples we knew were buying houses, and/or having kids. We almost bought a house, but realized that is not really the direction we wanted to go in. We have a shit ton of student debt, and we didn’t want to add the cost of a house onto that. ALSO, we were dying to explore the world. I have always been this way. Traveling?! YES PLEASE. Even as a child I set the goal to visit every country in the world… Well, I guess this doesn’t get me on track for this goal but hey, this is a good start.
Last winter we decided to take a 2.5 month long trip soak up the sun of the south in my aunts pop up camper. Why? I don’t take winter weddings so I can have time off, and Kev can work anywhere. And well, winter was bumming us out. We had a friend live at our apt to watch our kitty, Nimbus, because he would have hated a pop up camper. We paid rent on our apt while we were gone so when we got home everything was back to normal.
During that trip we fell in love with the road. We kept jokingly saying, what if we did this full time? There are so many reasons not to, that it kept us at bay for about 5 months. Enough time for us to move into a cooler apt in a cooler part of town, and I was distracted with my busiest season. But as winter approached we started chatting about the road again. That is when we came up with a plan. You can read more about that process here.
But we did it, we got rid of 70% of our stuff (we still have a storage unit), found someone to finish up our lease, bought and renovated a fifth wheel, and bought a truck, all in 1 month… It was insane but so awesome. Since December 17th, we have been living in this camper and so far it’s been about a month and only three times Kev and I have wanted to kill each other. I consider that pretty damn good.
Our plan this year? We are headed West. Since January 1st we have been on the road, and our end goal is Joshua Tree then we have to work our way back to Pittsburgh where we are spending the summer. So that is the plan so far!
But here we are right now, stealing wifi from a local starbucks in New Orleans. Now we are having new discussions like how we can be on the road full time. That is a different blog post perhaps…