An inspiring story from a Yellowstone geyser

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  1. Wow, Tina’s got a pair of cahoonas, and I mean that as a compliment. Not too many folks would have the courage to liquidate everything and become a nomad before they’re financially able. It’d be great if you could somehow keep touch with Tina and let us know how her story plays out? I see a new series, “Tales From The Road”…I imagine you’ll meet many amazing folks, like Tina!

    1. Yup, tell me about it. She’s got a pair, alright. That takes some serious courage. And we do meet all kinds of people on the road. They all come from so many different walks of life. You just never know who you will run into next.

  2. That is an interesting story. There are a lot of variables when it comes to the sort of life change that this woman clearly needed. Does she have the type of skill set easily transferable to another location? Kids? Pets? Other family? Perhaps it is because I’m an “Oldster”, but this makes my risk radar go off in a big way. I hope she finds what she is looking for and can land safely when the time comes. For most of us, however, the path you took, Steve, is, IMHO, the better route. Life is long with many twists and turns we can’t and won’t expect. Having the ability to weather them can be the difference between living the dream, and living the nightmare.

    1. Better for whom? I think the beauty is that she did what she feels is in her best interest for a life she wants. We each make our own path, and even then, our individual journeys don’t wind themselves to the same finish line. Its not that Steve’s plan is better than Tina’s, just different. Without knowing her financial situation, making that judgement is… well, I suppose is speculation. I’m happy for her, and feel that some one with that courage will be able to face the challenges that come with the risks.

      1. Thanks for the comment, Sberyl. Definitely, to each their own. She was one of the happiest people that I’ve ever met, so it definitely seems like it’s working for her.

    2. Hey Oldster – yeah, we probably wouldn’t have made the same decision, but it’s so cool to meet someone who did. I do generally believe in the philosophy that “things will work out”, so I might be more willing to pursue something like this.

  3. I don’t know man. I hope it works out for Tina, but I’m glad I don’t have that kind of guts. It’s better to have it a bit more planned out.

    1. I hear ya, Joe. There’s no real secret that I’m not the planner in our relationship, but I do admit that plans are necessary. At least high level plans, that is. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow, that does take guts. I didn’t have guts like that. I had to wait until I had more than enough money.

    Also, congrats on being famous enough to be recognized in random places now. The line for the toilet will never be the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I think I’m envious of Tina. We knock ourselves out trying to achieve a “number”. We spend less, save more and do whatever it takes. But do we lose sight of the goal even though we’re obsessed with it? She’s already out there doing what she wants to do, carefree as the wind. When she hits a roadblock, she’ll figure it out – no biggie.

    I can find excuses easily – whether it’s the wife + kids, or not having reached our number etc – but in the end they’re just excuses.

    1. There are a ton of excuses out there. While her lifestyle certainly isn’t for everyone, I think most of us could do MORE to achieve something similar if we wanted to. I believe life is a summation of the risks we took, not the risks we avoided.

  6. That is so cool that she recognized you!!! That’s only happened to me a couple times over 9 years, and it was actually my voice from my old podcast we did a year ago – hah! Two different people within a month of each other came up and asked if I was J. Money based on my voice, and then probably putting it together w/ my mohawk too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyways, good for Tina! Love these types of stories!

  7. Wow, she’s awesome and inspiring! I think it’s hard to quit jobs and just go for it without having a huge nest egg built up. I got laid off so am ready to travel around the world in our sailboat with my boyfriend, but he’s having a hard time cutting the ties with work, thinking if only he could save a little more, if only he could put more toward retirement. I think we should just go and figure it out along the way. Life is too short!

    1. I’m with you, Kristin. There will always be a reason to keep accumulating wealth, but eventually, we just gotta call it. And you never know what working opportunities you’ll find out there, either. Once we aren’t blinded by full-time work, the world tends to open itself up. Opportunities abound!

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