The one where we tell you why

We want this to be a place where we can be vulnerable with you. We want this to be a place where you can ask questions. We know we're not the first to embark on a crazy journey like this, but we also know we're in the minority of people who do. And since we want to take this journey with you, we thought it was about time to share a little bit of our hearts with you.

Here are our reasons for wanting to do this trip and a few things the past 11 months of marriage have taught us:

- We want to design a life we love. Life is short. Why waste it living in a way we don't enjoy? We aren't all about that 9-5 lifestyle. It isn't for us and we want to take a stand to show people (and ourselves) that kind of lifestyle isn't for everyone and that's okay. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why we've created a society that demands us to have big houses and expensive cars? Then we spend most of our lives working a job that makes us miserable to sustain a lifestyle we can't even afford in the first place! Blows our minds. We want to break the cycle. We refuse to work our butts off for a lifestyle we don't even want.

- Adventure is so good for the soul, you guys. Traveling has always been a goal for us and a big part of our relationship. We live for our weekend adventures.  It fuels you and inspires you. It challenges you and shapes you. It educates you and invigorates you. The camping, the exploring, the hiking, the finding local restaurants and coffee shops, the shopping, the picture-taking, the people-meeting, all of it.

- The challenge. "It's supposed to be difficult. If it wasn't difficult, everyone would do it. The difficulty is what makes it great." We have faced judgment and negativity from friends and family in regards to doing this trip. But we've also bonded so deeply with souls who feel similarly to us. Encouragement and support have come from the most unlikely people and it's spoken to our hearts more than we could tell you. Going against the grain takes bravery and strength because we're doing something that is so against our American culture. But that's what makes us so passionate about it. There is nothing wrong with living the kind of life you want. We have no doubt overcoming the challenges this trip has brought and will continue to bring will give us some of our greatest joys of all. Finishing this trip will give us immense satisfaction that we were able to accomplish what we set out to do (and against all odds, too!). It will give us energy to face the next challenge.

- We want to intentionally invest time in our marriage.  As we speak, we are building a foundation in our marriage that is supposed to sustain us for the rest of our lives. We can't think of any other way we'd rather do that than by taking a break from life and relishing in one another. Marriage is hard, and we've only been doing it for 11 months. It is a commitment worthy of being worked on.

- We are in a time of transition. And you can bet your bottom there is no better way to transition than while traveling! We are saying goodbye to a chapter of our lives and welcoming a new one. We can't wait to learn more about ourselves and each other. Neither of us is quite sure where we're going to go from here. We don't feel a real draw to stay in Michigan forever, and we don't know what careers we want to pursue. We're still growing up and figuring things out. What better time to do some soul searching before we put our roots down and really start our life together? Grand Rapids has been great, but for some reason, it hasn't felt quite like home. We're excited at the idea of finding where our future home may be.

- Just for the heck of it. Let's not fail to mention the part of us that is thrilled about not having as many responsibilities and vacationing for 6 months. Now is the time!

Do you get it a little better now? We hope you see a little bit more of our hearts after reading that. It thrills us to have this conversation with you so please feel free to dialogue with us about these thoughts or share new ones!

Small paychecks and big memories here we come,
The Roberds