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About Us: Work from RV Winnebago Trend
Every year (since 1999) through our retail online stores (see the links to our sites at the bottom of this article) we have generated enough money to make a good living. We are the only full time employees for our company (our children do help out from time to time). Starting in 2016, we plan on transitioning away from our current retail business interests. We want to travel in a recreational vehicle (RV). Initially, our RV lifestyle will be part time. Our goal is to transition to full time RV living over the next few years. Our new lifestyle is not one of retirement, but rather one of new business ventures done in a less conventional way. Follow us on our journey and see how WorkFromRV evolves! The exciting thing is that we don’t even know our exact journey…the open road is our oyster!
I grew up on the farm near a small town called, Frederick, SD. My parents were farmers and so I learned a little about farm life and a lot about enjoying the wide open spaces where there were more cattle than people per square mile. My two sisters and I enjoyed having so much space to ourselves and could drive our three-wheeler all over the area and never run into another person.
When I was 17, we moved into Frederick and that is where I finished high school. Following high school, I headed off to Bismarck, North Dakota to college and then transferred to North Dakota State University in Fargo where I finished my degree in Community Nutrition. I headed ever further North to the town of Cavalier, North Dakota for my first job as a NDSU Extension Educator. This small town had more of what I grew up with, WIDE OPEN SPACES. I enjoyed the work and the people here, but after a few years decided to head to Minnesota (Minnesota State University-Mankato) for graduate school. When I got to MN, I realized there were not as many wide open spaces, but this was replaced with way more trees than I was accustomed to back in the Dakotas–not bad just very different.
Minnesota was good to me since this is where I met my husband, Tom (you’ll read about him next). I completed my Master’s Degree in Gerontology (Study of Aging) here and worked for the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Tom left for a new job and training as a United States Customs Special Agent before I finished my Masters Degree. Once we were done with my degree program and his training, we were married in North Dakota and then headed straight to our new destination: Sunny, Bisbee, Arizona. For any of you who know Bisbee, you will know that it is one of the most unique places in the country. Most people did not grow up here, but rather were transplants from all over the country, so we fit right in. I worked as a Wellness Coordinator for the County and Tom started his first “real” job working as a Criminal Investigator on the Southwest border. Arizona was a great place to live and an even better place for adventure. This part of the state has mountains, caves, green valleys and much more. After a few years in Arizona (now with our first child) decided it was time to head back home to Minnesota.
Once back in Minnesota, we had our second child, and settled down. Now, 18 years later, the time has come for our new journey to begin. We’ve been successfully running several E-commerce websites since 1999. Our daughter is away at college and our son will be leaving in the fall. Tom and I are ready to start our next adventure in life.
We have more time to concentrate on the things we enjoy. We are excited to pursue our interests/hobbies further as the years go on. My hope is to concentrate my blogging efforts on some of my passions such as Plant based/whole food cooking (in the RV) and Staying Fit in and outside the RV. I currently cook daily and am all about continuing to do this even in a small space. This is going to take experimentation in order to “get it right.” Regarding fitness, I have successfully competed as a figure competitor and natural female bodybuilder. I don’t compete today, but continue working out via body building workouts and cardio routines. As we move towards part-time and eventually full-time RV life, I will need to create new workouts that can be a part of our life each day. This may be a challenge, but I’m confident we can be successful in keeping our fitness levels that we’ve become accustomed to.
WorkFromRV.com will bring us a new vision in our work life and also allow us to pursue our dreams of traveling to exciting destinations around America while continuing to work creatively. Please join me in the journey and see where it takes us.
I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. My mom stayed at home and raised my sister and I. My dad was employed as a Research Biologist with the Environmental Protection Agency. As a child, I spent my time camping, cross country and downhill skiing, hunting, fishing and enjoying the north woods. When I turned 12 my parents purchased a log cabin north of Duluth where I spent much of my time on the weekends until I moved away to college.
After I graduated from high school I attended Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota. After 4 years I received my B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Multi-cultural studies.
After I graduated from college, my parent’s told me I could take the summer off and spend time with them. Much of the summer of 1993 was spent on Lake Superior, fishing lake trout with my dad. It was a great summer! When summer came to a close, my dad asked me what I planned on doing next. He said I could either, “get a job or go to graduate school.” The job prospects were few so I enrolled at Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota. This was where I met Kim:.). While at Mankato pursuing my Master’s Degree, I was employed as a graduate assistant with the Cultural Diversity Program. I had the opportunity to travel and recruit Native American students to the University.
While in graduate school, I received a job offer as a Special Agent with the United States Customs Service. I decided to take the job offer in lieu of finishing graduate school. It was my dream to pursue a career in federal law enforcement. Before I went away for training, Kim and I traveled out west to Yellowstone National Park. We camped in a tent and had a great time exploring. On the way back from Yellowstone we stopped in Deadwood, South Dakota. I always wanted to pan for gold (also to use my metal detector), so Kim and I hiked back into the wilderness and stopped at a small river. We spent several hours looking for gold (we did find some fools gold). When we were almost finished panning, I slipped an engagement ring into the pan and told Kim I had found a “real” gold nugget for her. She said “yes!”
I spent about 6 months at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia and graduated in May 2005. I flew home to Minnesota. Kim picked me up at the airport and we drove to South Dakota to get married. I worked as a Special Agent for 11 years investigating various federal crimes. During this time we also had two children, a girl and a boy.
Kim and I started a home business in 1999 online and developed a real fun company. The company expanded rapidly and we moved the business out of the house and purchased an office condo warehouse. I was able to quit my job in federal law enforcement in 2007 and pursue our Internet based business full time. Now we want to pursue our next passion which is travel. During our RV travels I intend to blog on topics that are of interest to me. These include metal detecting, underwater metal detecting, hiking, biking, mushroom hunting, kayaking and living off the grid.
Please join Kim and I on our exciting, new journey!!
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