The key to success? Surround yourself with good friends

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    Chris and I went to a RV dealer last week. We have decided that we plan to travel a couple of months each year even if we don’t live the full time RV. I am currently a contender for a partial remote job and it would be perfect for that type of arrangement. Our current trailer is low end and is not meant to be used as much, so we’re thinking of doing something better. No, I’m not talking about losing $ 50,000, but $ 5,000-10,000 would make a huge difference. I took a goofy picture in front of a number of trailers for my Instagram and joked about a possible upgrade.

     

    My friends went nuts.

     

    Oh no, not crazy in a good way. It was like being an alcoholic and making a joke about being in a liquor store. ‘Don’t get into debt again!’, ‘RUN AWAY!’, ‘There are currently no good offers for motorhomes, please don’t get into debt!’.

     

    The funny thing is, most of my friends are not debt free. Most of my friends live in nice big houses and have huge student loans. They talk about the amazing interest rate they got on their new car and recommend dealers or banks that offer this interest rate. My friend who was the loudest was the one who just asked for references for the best RV finance companies. But they know that I am an advocate of the debt free lifestyle. They laughed and cheered at my photos of sleeping in truck stops last year so I could stay on budget for our trip. They laughed at the photo of me in Rite Aid picking a boxed hair color and said it was family dinner or a professional paint job and I decided to go for dinner. No, not every post is about money. In fact, there are very few. But you know me. You know my passion.

     

    I think it’s great that her answer wasn’t, ‘Come on! The water is fine! ‘ They are kind of friends who will take you to healthy places when you are on a diet. They won’t drink alcohol around you when you try to sober up. And apparently they’ll yell at me if I joke about possible debts.

     

    I realized that I hadn’t made it clear to them or you that we were still 6-12 months away from a decision. When we make such big decisions, we sit on them for a while. If I get the perfect job tomorrow, we still can’t sell or move the house until October. We’re not going to buy a trailer until the market has cooled down a bit, which may take another 12 months. But when we make large purchases, we plan them MONTHS and MONTHS in advance. We need time to save, but more importantly, we need time to research. We have to make sure that what we get is the right fit and the right price. I went back and posted this message on my Instagram and it was ‘Oh thank god!’ and ‘I was so worried!’ Enter messages.

     

    The experience was a reminder of how great my friends are. They are the crème de la crème. And I hope yours are too. I hope you surround yourself with friends who yell at you for possibly stupid decisions and cheer you on for good ones. Is that what you got

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