Monday, August 15, 2016

Gratitude and My Craigslist Obsession

Oh how I struggle y'all. Gratitude can be a tough one to hold on to, have you noticed? To pause each and every day and be grateful for every part of your life at that moment, whew, it's harder some days than others.

Case in point, camping, I love me some camping, like lots, like too much. What's not to love? All that adventuring is beyond awesome! Last year, we purchased a little pop-up camper and it's been absolutely amazing and has allowed us to travel and experience life and learning in a whole new way. It's the greatest thing since sliced bread y'all. Seriously. But, and this is a biggie, as we begin to expand our traveling horizons and plan several really large trips, I've started looking, dreaming, dare I say coveting, larger campers. Yes, I really, really want a C Class RV folks and I've become totally, hopelessly, obsessed. They say the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. I stand before you today to admit that I am beyond smitten with motor-homes, there, I've said it out-loud, now let the healing begin.

There's nothing wrong with dreaming, but sometimes the dream can overshadow the here and now and suck the gratitude from THIS day that we've been given. I may or may not spend waaaaaaay too much time on Craigslist, like EVERY day y'all. I'm thinking of starting a 12-step program, as I'm pretty sure there may be others out there that suffer from my RV smitten disorder.

Excuse me for getting a little personal here, but often what we want is not at all what we need. I've kinda learned that the hard way. I desperately want a motor-home, and I hope to have one in the not so distant future, but right now isn't the right time. Financially, we need to save more and we'd have to sell our pop-up before purchasing anything, but the biggest reason, and it's gargantuan, is that until I'm able to master gratitude for all the things God has provided our little family, including our pop-up, anything new would be tainted. Taking on debt would be a really bad move for us and even though every fiber of my being really wants to go out there and get what I want, when I want, I know in my heart it would be all wrong. Purchasing an RV not within God's timing would be a huge no no. That RV would be a shiny red apple on the outside with a nasty bitter taste on the inside. I've had that bitter apple before, I've put the proverbial cart before the horse and let me tell you, it's no way to live. I never want to live that way again.

So today, I'm focusing more on the here and now, and less on the future. I'm committed to an untiring pursuit of daily gratitude.............and, just by chance, if you happen to know of any good deals on a C Class, oh shoot, there I go again, prayers welcomed as I continue to pursue daily gratitude.............


  1. The camper dreaming gets tough. I've lived it...we went through 3 campers in 3 years exactly because of it.

    I think for me, it's the desire to wander, weighted with the commitment of every day life that is in a constant state of battle inside me. I desperately wish I had been a bit nomadic in my younger days - I long for the lifestyle of a gypsy, except I have a mortgage, and kids, and commitments.

    Thank you for the reminder to be thankful for TODAY, and not to dwell in "the next best..."


  2. Been doing the same thing! Searching and searching. I also will have to wait, the timing isn't right at this moment, the pocketbook says no. If it's meant to be it will happen, right?

  3. I'm glad you're back. I too am learning about the daily struggle that is gratitude. Thank you for the encouragement.

  4. I'll have to join your 12 step program because I'm regularly hunting craigslist for the perfect RV and I spend way too much time watching youtube videos about RVing. Lol!

  5. Awww...Amy. There is nothing wrong with DREAMS...Dreams push us forward and sometimes we have to do things outside our comfort zone to achieve those dreams. I don't mean to financially burden ourselves- I mean other things- working a 2nd job sometimes--selling things we don't need....selling things period.

    I think it will happen for you, Amy, because it is a desire of your heart and I can tell by your writing that you have enjoyed and appreciated and loved camping with the pop-up. TBHAT spells gratitude to me!

    Hope you have a blessed Sunday...12 step program or xo Diana


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