We DId It - So Can You by BruceandTrishaBarnes

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How we decided NOT to wait for retirement and live our dreams now and how you can too.

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									                 Freedom
We Did It . . . So Can You!




                 This is the story of a couple who
                 realized how short life is and
                 knew tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
                 They decided to live their dream
                 life NOW.

                 Bruce and Trisha Barnes
                 trisha@rvfulltimeliving.com
                 573-881-6715
             A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao-tzu


S    ome might say we’re a little bit crazy, but that’s okay. We love our life of living full time in our RV! It’s a
     dream come true, a never-ending story of our continuous journey of freedom. Some will say there is no
way on earth they could give up their house and all the stuff it holds, and that’s okay, too. We realize this
lifestyle isn’t for everyone. But for those whose heart skips a beat when they pass an RV on the highway,
and who have the burning desire to travel wherever they choose, whenever they want, we stretch our arms
out wide and say, “welcome to our journey!” We share a magical lifestyle that is misunderstood by many
but embraced by countless others who imagine and dream as we do.

Don’t know where you are right now.

         Sitting?                 Wishing?                  Waiting?

Maybe you’re stretched out in your recliner, sifting through travel magazines, or looking at the snow
outside and wishing for a warmer place to be, or balancing your checkbook and sighing at the ridiculous
thought that you would ever be able to afford an RV lifestyle, or surfing the Internet for that magic button
to push to make everything happen right NOW. Been there, done that. We’re sharing our story to give
hope to those feel there is no way this could happen for them. Is that you? Have you put your dream of
living full time in an RV back in the little box and locked it tight? Did you tuck that box way back in the
corner of your bottom dresser drawer? Get up right now and get that box! Unlock it – open it and begin to
breathe in your dream again. It happened for us . . . it can happen for you.



IT BEGINS . . .
For us, it all began because we love camping. We would
pack up our car every Friday – filling the Mustang with
the tent, mattress, pillows, stove, coffeepot, chairs, ice
chest, etc. We quickly learned to make use of every
space available and take only what we really needed.
We were always so eager to spend the next two nights
camped under the stars, nestled in the woods next to a
creek. Time seemed to stand still while we camped – no
schedule, no distractions, just nature for entertainment.
Every Sunday night we returned home, unpacked the car
and waited to do it all again the next weekend.

YOU WANNA WHAT????


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When our lease was up on our duplex, we stood at a crossroads. We could renew the lease and be locked
in for another year. Nope. We wanted to be free of a lease so that whenever our RV showed up, we would
be ready to just GO. We could find another place to live with different lease terms. Nope again. We struck
out on finding a place to rent on our terms. So, Bruce pitched a new idea . . . “we could live in our tent all
summer!” My first reaction was, “No way! Are you crazy?”

“Listen,” he explained. “We already spend every weekend camping. What’s the worst part of it? The
packing and unpacking, setting up and tearing down. If we lived in our tent, we wouldn’t have to do that
over and over.”

I have to admit I eased slowly and carefully into the suggestion, because I worked full-time as an executive
assistant where I had to dress professionally every day. How could I manage that from the tent? What
about showering and ironing and heels and makeup? I didn’t say no, but I had to determine if it could work
for me. Bruce could easily adapt since he works from home, but even that prompted some technological
challenges.



                                                         We searched for a local campground and found
                                                         one that set right on the Missouri River, a quiet
                                                         setting with the most perfect spot for us –
                                                         secluded, nestled in among the trees, and ten feet
                                                         away from the River! The campground had
                                                         bathrooms with hot showers and electricity . . .
                                                         and a washer and dryer. “Okay, this really could
                                                         work!” I found myself saying, and we took another
                                                         step in the direction of our dream.




DOWNSIZING
We had already experienced the first stage of downsizing, having moved from a 3 bedroom house with a
full basement, to the current 2 bedroom duplex with a garage. But now, we had to fit everything in a 12 x
15 tent. Oh boy! This was major downsizing to the nth degree! Our experience in packing every inch of
the car to go camping would prove helpful in this new living arrangement. So began the process of garage
sales and Craigs List. Cabinets, closets and drawers were emptied and the myriad of contents sorted for
either selling, donating or tossing. Furniture was hauled away by happy bargain hunters. The DAV
(Disabled American Veterans) filled their truck. We saved what was only necessary for cooking, eating,
sleeping and going to work.

Many have asked us what we did with all the sentimental things – the boxes of photographs, the
keepsakes, the ornaments – all those things which held a memory to our parents and grandparents, and
even to our children. I sorted all those things, too, and divided them among my family. It was fun to hear
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the laughter and gratefulness in the voices of my siblings when they received their box of treasures. My
kids probably have not gone through all their boxes yet, but when they do, they will find notes tucked in
with each dish or antique that tells its history, or why it meant so much to me. Little do my kids realize
what a gift I have given them. They will not be faced with sorting and dividing a houseful of stuff when we
die – it's already done.

As the duplex emptied out, we prepared for life in the tent. We researched to find a sturdy, reliable tent
and decided to purchase the Eureka Copper Canyon 1512. That was a wise investment, for it kept us dry
through many summer thunderstorms. The second wise purchase was the inflatable bed which was 18
inches high. Not only did we rise up out of bed with ease, but we slept at a level with a panoramic view of
the river.

We faced the challenge of getting electricity for the laptop so that Bruce could continue to work from
home. Hours of research and talking to sales people led us to Chad at Batteries Plus who devised an
ingenious plan – using a deep cell battery that we recharged with the Mustang. Verizon answered the call
for internet access with the MiFi. The “tent” office was ready to go.

We moved in on one of the hottest days of the entire summer (we didn't know the rest of the summer was
going to be cooler than normal). Now it was up to me to make the tent our home – figuring out how to
organize and arrange everything for a comfortable and easy summer. I had to have a closet for sure –
which we found at Walmart – a free standing one that worked really well. Plastic totes were filled and
stacked around the inside perimeter – in order of necessity. Plastic shelves gave me a kitchen area for
cooking utensils and dishes. It all fit perfectly and we were home!

                                                                    The experience of living in the tent right
                                                                    on the banks of the Missouri River is
                                                                    one that we will cherish for always. Our
                                                                    evenings were spent quietly reading,
                                                                    waiting for the sunset, feeding the
                                                                    hummingbirds, listening to the coyotes,
                                                                    finding the constellations, watching a
                                                                    spider spin its web, building a campfire,
                                                                    and being lulled to sleep by the sounds
                                                                    of the tree frogs, Katydids, cicadas and
                                                                    train whistles. Time stopped for us that
                                                                    summer – because we were free of the
                                                                    distractions of TV and household
                                                                    chores. We were free and very happy!



It was an emotionally rough day when we had to move back into an apartment for the winter. We kept
avoiding the inevitable - spending “just one more night” because we could not bear to leave our home on
the river. Tears flowed as we said goodbye and reluctantly headed to the car. The apartment was small


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and cozy, warm and dry. We were grateful for that, but longed for Spring when we could move back to the
campground.



YOU MAY SAY I'M A DREAMER
For three years, we had visualized, shared and waited for our dream. We would tell people that we were
going to live full time in an RV. They would ask, “when?” and we would reply, “when it shows up!” The
downsizing process was an important step to say to the Universe, “OK! WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS
DREAM!” Downsizing opened a space to allow the dream to begin. I really don't know how to explain this
principle to those of you who might be reading this and thinking we're on some sort of “who-hoo” short-
circuit. Actually, it's in the Bible. Matthew 18:19 says "I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth
concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.” That's what we've done regarding our
dream. We have visualized the lifestyle – of owning the RV, driving the back roads, seeing the USA,
watching movies on a rainy day, working from home, parking for an afternoon to wander a small town. We
have shared our dream with everyone – speaking with faith and assurance that it is ours. We have waited,
not impatiently, but contentedly for things to unfold. And we have taken steps in the direction of our
dream.

In early Spring of 2010, we began to plan for our
return to the tent for the summer. The owners of
the campground where we lived the previous
summer contacted us and offered the job of camp
hosts. That was fantastic news, except for the fact
that we were required to live in an RV as
camphosts. All we had in our possession was our
13 x 15 tent with no RV within our sight, let alone
within our means. Within a couple of days, a co-
worker asked if we would be interested in
purchasing his truck camper.

Now this is where it gets miraculous! I thanked my
coworker for thinking of us, but told him we really
could not afford such a purchase right now. He replied, “we need to talk.” I explained that we did not have
any extra cash nor would we qualify for a bank loan, so thanks anyway. “He repeated, “We need to talk.”
What dropped into our laps was nothing short of a miracle! He offered to sell us the camper WITH the
truck – plus he was willing to accept monthly payments. You didn't miss that miracle, did you? It's like one
of those nod, nod, wink, wink things from the Universe – saying, “Go ahead, scream, shout, do the Happy
Dance! I told you so! I LOVE YOU!”

Everything changed in an instant. Boy! Did we ever shout and dance and giggle and shriek! We now owned
our home on wheels! Our dream was unfolding!



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WORKAMPERS
We moved to the campground on April 1, 2010 and have been here ever since. It's called workamping –
working while camping - trading your time and talents for a campsite and hookups. It's been exciting
                                                                         and exhausting to be the
                                                                         camphosts, and quite the learning
                                                                         experience. Exciting to meet such
                                                                         interesting people – all fellow
                                                                         travelers and lovers of freedom.
                                                                         Exhausting to be on call 24/7 to
                                                                         make sure all the campers are
                                                                         happy and behaving properly. Is
                                                                         it worth it? Absolutely! We are
                                                                         living in our RV – back on the
                                                                         River. Our duties include taking
                                                                         reservations, checking in
                                                                         campers, working at the camp
                                                                         store, selling firewood, cleaning
                                                                         bathrooms, and maintaining order
                                                                        after curfew. As we settled into
                                                                        our duties, a great opportunity
arose that we quickly seized. Local musicians gather every Sunday afternoon on the bandstand at the River
to hold a Blues jam session and we were asked if we wanted to set up a food stand for the afternoon. We
provided the BBQ for the event and even though it was a lot of work to prepare, cook and clean up – the
atmosphere, the crowds and the profits were well
worth all the effort. After all, what sells better than
blues, beer and brats?

As the camping season drew to a close, we chose to
remain in our camper for the winter. It has been a
wonderful decision which allows us to enjoy the
solitude and quietness after such a busy season. It
has also been a challenge to learn what we needed to
do to prepare this camper for frigid temperatures.
We've already survived below zero temperatures and
Missouri snows, so we're gonna make it through!

NEXT?
The truck camper was a step up from the tent. The next
camper will be a step up to a RoadTrek. That's our dream vehicle and we know it's finding its way to us and
will show up just as the Big Foot camper showed up last spring. We're committed to our workamper
position for the upcoming season and then, it's the open road for us. We don't like the cold and the snow –
we wanna be where it's warm. But there has been something about living by the river in the winter that
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has opened our eyes to the beauty of this place. It definitely is another lesson in the chapter on “Being
Happy Where You Are!”



SO, WHAT ABOUT YOU!
We’ve been right where you are . . . dreaming of freedom, but faced with debt and bills and other
roadblocks that made the dream seem impossible. But, even when it seems like it will always be just a
dream, it never leaves your heart or your mind. Some of you don’t even own an RV, but every time you see
an RV traveling down the highway, your heart skips a beat and you imagine where you would go if you had
the freedom to live like that. Some of you already have an RV that you take out on weekends and for
vacations, and as you return home and park, you sigh and imagine how it would be if you could live this way
full time.

We are here to help you begin to take the steps that will allow you to break free of the reigns of society and
live your dream life easily and comfortably. Our experience and knowledge and success in internet
marketing has opened the door for us to expand and grow our home business that gives us freedom to live
this lifestyle now. You can do it, too.

If you search Google for “make money from home” you will get millions of results. Choose any system or
idea that interests you, sign up, pay a fee, and soon you can be set up with a reputable company or guru
who will get you started down that magical path of wealth and prosperity. For some, this turns into a
profitable venture. For most, it turns into frustration.

We have tried many different ways. We have learned valuable skills, even though we could hardly figure
out how to maneuver on a laptop when we started. We’ve spent the last five years immersed in marketing
and mindset training.

When the puzzle pieces finally started fitting together, we were thrilled and excited . . . and wanted to
share our story with people like you, to help those who long for this kind of freedom to begin to make it
happen now.

Where are you right now?

       You may be completely brand new to this whole idea of money making from home scene and need
        simple training.
        WE CAN HELP!



       You may have already spent years in this arena and know the ropes, but want to expand and
        increase your presence.
        WE CAN HELP!

       You may have found and tried other “training” systems only to find they just made you feel burned
        out and tired of the hype, tired or not being able to sell or recruit . . . of your downline never
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        duplicating your efforts, and just plain sick and tired of not generating any real or lasting results in
        your business.
        WE CAN HELP!



One thing’s for sure: when this business becomes "complicated" and like a bad job, you do NOT MAKE
MONEY!

We’ve have been in this industry for several years and have spent waaaaay too much money trying to fit all
the puzzle pieces together. We were sick and tired of how complicated the home business arena had
become for the normal, everyday person. We desired a way to generate income from home using a simple
concept and system...NO Information Overload, No Complicated Tech Work and No Repeat "Guru"
Purchases Needed.

It needed to be simple so normal people like us can do it. It’s for those who have spent years working for
someone else, who have a passion to do what makes their heart sing, who are willing to listen and learn
and ask questions.

We wanted a way to "Create Our Own Economy" from home by building businesses based on helping
others and working as a team. We didn’t want anything based on “pitching” or “hype.”

What we found blew our minds, rocked our world, and gave us the honest, transparent community we had
been trying to find for years.

   We have so many tools and tips to share that it would make Santa Claus look like Scrooge.

 If what we have written here has given you hope and inspiration - has sparked a flame of desire, then send
us an email and introduce yourself. Or give us a call if you just can’t wait! Our phone number and email are
listed on the front of this e-book.

We’re genuine folks who don’t hide – we are available and willing to help you grow your dream.

Let’s discover your potential and greatness. Email us. Call us. We are here, we can help.

Hey, if a couple of baby boomer hippies who are technically challenged but know enough about the
computer to be dangerous can do it, so can you!




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