Exactly one year ago today I posted an interview with Brenaly Chisman. (The Unexpected Beaten Path)
We started talking after meeting on the bucket list site www.bucketlist.org about 3 years ago and I’ve been keeping up to date with her adventures every since. Brenaly has made a huge life change lately which you can read about in todays interview.
Q: Can you tell me a bit about your big life change?
For many years, I felt like I was just living life day to day not really experiencing or gaining much from it. Many of the achievements that ‘society’ might recognize as moving forward, never felt like it for either me or my boyfriend. For a long time we questioned whether we were really striving for the things we wanted, or maybe somewhere along the way we were misled into believing those dreams were ours.
To elaborate, we both quit our jobs and got rid of almost all of our belongings in order to achieve a simpler lifestyle of living on the road. Some of these belongings were not only valuable in a monetary sense but also carried a great deal of nostalgia and memories. To say the least it hasn’t been easy! However, we think that the effort and sacrifices we are making to have this happen is only further proof that we are dedicated to changing our lifestyles!
Q: What made you decide to go ahead with it?
It has been a build up of many small things over the years. My boyfriend and I both felt highly unappreciated at work and felt that we were just slaves to a system. Another concern of ours is the direction modern society seems to be heading, we don’t feel like many goods things are coming out of the way people are living these days. One day early this year, we were talking about how we needed to take the jump or nothing was ever going to change or happen. It was just a random Monday morning when we were pretty much like “F**k it lets do it!” Once we let go of all our fears of what could go wrong, we took that jump and are we ever so glad we did!
Q: What are you looking forward to most this year?
Now this is a tough question, because we have so many amazing things planned! Besides the overall experience of living on the road (the experience gained through traveling is one I wouldn’t trade for anything), there are a few things I am really looking forward to. The one item I am most looking forward to crossing off my bucket list is skydiving this summer! The awesome part is that I plan to do it in Northwestern Montana, over landscape I grew up in. Photographing the diverse landscape/experiences along the way is high on my list as well.
Most of all though, what I most looking forward to is getting away from the stress and burdens of modern day life. Not feeling weighed down by my possessions and knowing that everything I own I can pack up and move with me. No more wasting money and time on material things that don’t give me any satisfaction anyway. The greatest part will be spending time where I feel most at home, in nature.
Q: Do you have any travel route planned or are you just taking things as they come?
We are actually doing a little bit of both.We have lived in the Central Oregon area for the last several years and it is the launching point of our journey. Neither one of us have been to Eastern Oregon, so for a few weeks we will be traveling through Eastern Oregon before we make our way towards Utah. My boyfriend and I have to be in Utah this June to pick up our travel trailer that is being built at the moment. Being outdoor enthusiast, we figured we would use the next couple months to explore the Southern Utah/Northern Arizona area until it is ready to go. From there our destination is Northwestern Montana, where I spent most of my adolescence. Once in Montana, we are going with the flow. Life isn’t about the destination, but the journey that gets you there.
Q: What would you say to someone who is fed up with their day to day lives?
What you waiting for?! Now is the perfect time to make a change in your life. If you keep doing the same thing day after day how do you expect anything in your life to change? I once heard the ‘three C’s of Life: Choices-Chances-Changes……You must make a choice to take a chance to change your life!’ You are the only one holding yourself back from living the life you want! Life is to short to not be happy, so go do whatever it is that makes you happy! ‘Do today what you are tomorrow’.
You can follow her adventures at https://theunexpectedbeatenpath.wordpress.com/
I can’t wait to see what they get up to on their new adventure! Making a decision that many of us are too scared to do.
Thanks again Brenaly