The Gouda Wife: Cheesy advice for the modern wife.

We’re going to do something different today so grab a bowl of Mac N Cheese and pull up a chair. Oh…and probably a glass of wine. We’re going to talk about marriage.
Picket fence? No thanks.
I’m not that kind of wife.
Belle said it best, “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere” but who says we can’t have our Beast and adventure too?

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How to land your remote dream job in 5 easy steps.

How to land your remote job in 5 easy…wait…no, that was a lie….just 5 steps. They’re not going to be easy. I just said that to get you here. It’s not going to be easy. Just like anything that is worth having, you’ve got to put in the hard work. If it was easy, you would have a remote job and you wouldn’t be googling how to find a remote job.
So…let’s get to it.
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Shirtless in Chicago

Laundromats suck.  It’s a major downside of RVing Full-Time.
This morning I grabbed two clean shirts, stuffed them in a backpack and flew to Chicago for a business meeting.
I arrived at the hotel, unpacked and quickly realized that one of my shirts is RUINED. There is a giant discoloration along the neck, down the front and on the sleeve. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Two of the Bear’s work shirts have been ruined in the last month.
We were relatively unscathed in the destroyed clothing department for the first 5 months, but that still doesn’t make it OK. There’s way more to it than clothes being destroyed. Let’s talk about how disgusting public laundromats are, shall we?
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Six Months of RV Living

Today was no different than any other day. I woke up, made coffee, watched some videos about Data Warehousing and did laundry. Well, today was a little different…it was our six month Nomadiversary.
Six months ago today, we packed up what little we owned and we hit the road ready for adventure. We had no idea what we were in for, but we were ready.

 
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Thousand Trails The Oaks At Point South RV Campground

The Oaks at Point South should not even be in the Thousand Trails network. The location would make for an OK basecamp to explore Savannah, Charleston or Beaufort but this is NOT a destination campground.
Campground: Thousand Trails The Oaks At Point South RV 
Contact Information: 1292 Campground Rd, Yemassee, SC 29945
Phone: (843) 726-5728
Dates: 4/9/17 – 4/14/17
Site#: 6
Hookups: FHU sites
Rate:  Included in Thousand Trails Membership
Cell Signal: Sprint 4G LTE 3-5 bars; Verizon 2 bars; AT&T Useable  and FREE Wi-Fi at the office.
Top Attraction:  Beaufort, SC
Pet Friendly:  YES! Dogs Allowed.

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The Dark Side of Traveling and Working Remote

Working remote while traveling can be immensely rewarding, it can also be a great challenge.
From 2011 to 2016 I worked partially remote as a software developer. I worked from home 3 days a week and 2 in the office. I always felt that I didn’t get anything done when I was in the office because I’m a bit of a social butterfly. When I say a bit, I mean the letters home to my parents about me talking too much started in Kindergarten. I’m not even kidding. Working from home gave me an environment where I could focus and get work done. Unfortunately, that environment also had a lot of distractions. Yeah, I’m that “Ooohh! Shiny!” kind of person. While I am easily distracted, I am also deeply deadline oriented. I always get the job done, even if that means I wait until the absolute minute and bang it out. It’s stressful and I have worked on trying to combat this, but I’m a procrastinator. Working remote gives me that flexibility to be a little bit of a procrastinator, which isn’t always a good thing.
In 2015, my husband and I decided that we didn’t want to live in Florida anymore. We didn’t know where we wanted to go so we decided to sell everything we own and move into an RV. This decision prompted me to take my career fully remote. In 2017 we hit the road, fully remote and ready to adventure.  It has been a major learning experience for me and sometimes it has been really hard. It’s been 5 months since we launched and we have tried a variety of stay lengths, camping styles and work environment configurations. All of these different factors greatly influence my productivity.
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