I am changing my life

After 10 Weeks of Limbo, We’re Snowbirds Again

Canadian Geese at Sunset by Anne McKinnell

10 weeks ago doctors spotted a “shadow” on my liver, which turned out to be a whole bunch of lumps. After an x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine scan, a biopsy and 10 weeks of limbo, I found out on Friday that it’s not cancer. Big sigh of relief!! These past 10 weeks have been very […]

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Limbo Sucks

Clark Dry Lake, Borrego Springs, California, by Anne McKinnell

This is a depressing post. Don’t read it. Unless you are one of those super happy, positive people who don’t get easily depressed then read on, my friend. But you’ve been warned. Limbo sucks and I’m stuck in it. We were planning on leaving for our snowbird season down south a couple of weeks ago. […]

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A Story of Passion, a Fulfillment of Hope

Innocence and Wonder by Jean Lua

I am so inspired by the stories I hear about people who take risks to lead more fulfilling lives. It is these kinds of stories that inspired me to do it myself. Today I bring you a guest blog post by Jean Lua, an emerging photographer, who tells her story. I hope you find it […]

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Breaking Away from the Paradigm Life

George: Doe and Fawn

Today I am happy to introduce the first guest post on my blog! A few months ago I received an email from a reader that almost made me cry! It was from George who said that my writings inspired him and his wife to make a major change in their lives and that now they […]

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Butterfly and Lilac by Anne McKinnell

The bees that came to visit the lilac beside my window stopped coming. They have been replaced by butterflies and it got me thinking about how things change. When it happens to butterflies it seems conspicuous and abrupt. It can seem so too when it happens to other people. But when it happens to ourselves […]

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A Reason to Live and the Freedom to Fly (our first snowbird season)

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Just before we left for our first snowbird season in the American southwest I was interviewed on a radio show called “Breaking Free” which is all about people who have broken free from the traditional world, from society’s expectations, and have sought out a new life on their own terms. When I listened to some […]

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Breaking Free

Wading Birds, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Birds of a feather flock together. Or … do they? This image of different species of wading birds hanging around in a group together reminds me of the variety of folks I meet in my travels. People from different backgrounds with different interests who might not ordinarily meet. But they have one thing in common: […]

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8 Lessons From Life On The Road

Badlands Sunset

Every day is a new lesson when you live on the road and that is one of the most exciting things about it. The anticipation of what is to come. The endless potential and opportunity each day brings. I think the thing I liked the most is simply being excited about the day. Here are […]

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And Now The Benefit Analysis

Life is what I make happen

Last week I gave you the cost analysis of my year long trip around North America. Now it only makes sense to show you the other, much shinier, side of the coin: the benefit analysis. Was it worth it? I don’t think I have ever met anyone who went travelling and, regardless of the amount […]

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Budget Report: One Year On The Road


All the receipts have been counted. The final numbers are in. I won’t leave you in suspense. How much does it cost to RV around North America for one year? $72,417.89 The first and biggest thing that stands out to me about this number is this: I TOTALLY ROCK!! I mean really, $1,100 under budget??? […]

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I Almost Fell Into The Safety Net


The time is now. The pressure is on. I’m starting to think about the consequences. I took a big risk and spent a bunch of money on the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way I wrote about my adventure, showed the images I made on the blog, and wrote two photography eBooks that I […]

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Dear Oscar, I hope I did the right thing

PacificCoast 018

June 7, 2012 Dear Oscar, Rest in peace my sweet Oscar, I will love you for the rest of forever. You were always there for me Every day sleeping under my desk Every evening cuddling on the couch Every night taking up all the space in the bed Always, for almost 16 years You saw […]

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9 Months of Nomadic Life & the Meaning of Time


As a society we attempt to regulate our lives by imposing the notion of time. We have a general idea how long we will live if we’re lucky. We chop our time up into years, months , weeks, days, hours and minutes. We get 15 minutes for coffee, an hour for lunch, we work 8 […]

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How To Live An Extraordinary Life

Alligator, Everglades National Park, Florida

Lots of people tell me they wish they could do what I am doing. Most people have distant goals, a bucket list of crazy things they want to do in their lifetime. It’s time to stop being a thinker and start being a doer (my Dad’s going to love that line). If you want to […]

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If You Knew You Could Not Fail, What Would You Do Or Be?

Ornament Card

This has been a huge year for me. A little more than that actually about a year and five months ago things began to change. In August 2010 Ray, my husband, and I started planning a month long trip to Yosemite National Park in California. Yosemite! A photographer’s dream location. I decided I was ready […]

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The Cost of Our New Lives 6 Months In

Trip Banner

I know everyone is interested in how much this grand adventure costs. I’m not shy, I’ll tell you exactly how much it costs and hope that it helps others who might be planning a similar trip. Here is a quick summary of what we are doing in case you haven’t been following along from the […]

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Reflections On 6 Months of Nomadic Living and Becoming a Happier Person


I saw a butterfly today while I was outside reading. I noticed many things about the butterfly: it had pale pastel yellow wings it was very small, about the size of a nickel it flew very quickly it likes to fly just above the cut grass If I were to photograph the butterfly I would […]

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How much does all this cost anyway?


It’s been 3 months today since we left Vancouver Island for the adventure of a lifetime – and we’re still heading east! Looking back, we have absolutely no regrets and are even more convinced that our decision was right for us. In fact, we’re now trying to figure out ways of making money on the […]

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Goodbye Victoria

Fountain at the Legislature

It wasn’t as hard to leave as I thought it would be. The place I have lived for 27 years, where I went to university and owned my first home. Victoria, BC, is a great place to live. What it lacks in lakes it makes up for in ocean, surrounded on 3 sides – a […]

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It was all going smoothly until…

My lawyer called. The day before completion on the house sale, never a good sign. Turns out the bank wont release the funds to the buyer because their parents, who were co-signing the mortgage, never signed the paperwork. And now they’re in Africa. Why do lawyers and bankers always wait to the last minute to […]

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The beagles are very stressed out


The beagles are very stressed out with all the action that’s been going on around here lately.

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It’s Moving Day!

Moving day has finally arrived. I can feel my shoulders relaxing a little knowing that all the big decisions have been made and we’re another step closer to leaving. I just hope it all fits! Everything we are keeping must fit in a 9×9 foot storage room. The only furniture we are keeping is a […]

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Countdown 4 weeks: Guilt, fear, and the real value of stuff

Since I made the decision to change my life, I have had to let go of a lot of stuff. Why do we get so attached to our stuff? People say it is because of the memories associated with the items. I don’t buy that. That doesn’t explain why it is hard to get rid […]

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Countdown: 6 Weeks to go & a brand new 5th wheel

Keystone Cougar

COUNTDOWN: 6 weeks until my new life begins! I know my blog has suffered a bit lately as I go through all the necessary tedium to cut the strings to my current life. I am trying to simplify my life, yet my key chain keeps gaining more keys. I’ll be so glad when all the […]

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