Before moving back to Illinois, the Strange family was always down for a road trip vacation. Between multiple beach trips along the east coast to a 22-hour drive (with a pop-up camper in tow) to Padre Island off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas, it felt like we were always traveling somewhere. Continue reading “Vacation Ideas for Your Family Trips”
The idea of living absolutely bare-bones has always had a certain appeal to me. I remember my dad taking me with him to visit a friend of his once. The guy lived inside of an old grain bin that he had set up next to the woods along the river. He had set up a fire pit to cook on and a little cot along the wall. There were a table and an old oil lamp sitting on it with a rickety old chair to sit in. The guy wasn’t home but we hung around for a bit. Continue reading “Minimilism”
What are you passionate about and to what lengths would you go to experience those things? For years, I worked in a variety of jobs out of necessity, not really doing anything that I enjoyed but merely surviving. I had to have a job if I wanted to have a home. I needed to have a job if I intended to continue to have a legally licensed vehicle. The jobs weren’t terrible. I worked at McDonald’s flipping burgers. I made headlights at North American Lighting. I put together Oprah magazine at R&R Donnelly’s. I worked in the dairy department for Wal-Mart and even drove a fork truck for Coca Cola for a few months.
Those jobs were fine. They paid the bills. I definitely was not passionate about them. Continue reading “Start Winning”
Future life improvement is something that we should all desire and, I feel, most people truly do, even if it is in small, baby steps. Going back to school for my graduate work was a step for me this past year. However, as it is stated in this article, you do not have to go back to school to continue your education. What am I going to do differently next year in order to improve myself? What am I going to do differently in order to prepare myself a little better for whatever is next in life? Continue reading “Your Personal Vision Statement”
My family and I have spent a LOT of time on the road over the past three or four years. Between trips to Atlanta, GA and Corpus Christi, TX, we had logged a considerable amount of travel time and that was before we decided to move out to Virginia. One thing that has always amazed me is how well my kids handle long trips. It is not a problem for either of them to put in 5 to 6 hours of a trip before they begin complaining about how long the drive is. However, I know that is not the case for everyone. Continue reading “6 Ways To Keep Your Kids Happy While You Drive”
For the past four or five years, Elisa and I have been able to set aside time for at least two vacation / road trips per year. This has been a huge deal for us as neither of us came out of a family that did much traveling. My family would head over to St. Louis every once in a while to visit with my aunts but that was really about it. My senior year, we took a class trip to Orlando, Florida and that was the first time that I had really left Illinois / Missouri in my life. Continue reading “What places do you plan to see?”