January of last year marked the beginning of Keep Your Daydream’s (KYD) Mexico adventures (Season 2). It was then when I happen to coin the phrase “Stairs Up.”
Anyone who has an RV or has been around them knows the work it takes to get ready for a trip! After you plan, pack, and hook up the rig the final step is to close the door and fold up those stairs. For us, “Stairs Up” means: lets go! It’s one of my favorite things to do because it means our family will be seeing new things, meeting new people and making memories that I know will last.
From small trips to life-changing big ones they all start somewhere. The one thing in common? They have to start! The quote by Zig Ziglar helps us take an idea from our mind and brings it into reality. “You don’t have to be great to start you just have to start to be great.” All great adventures start somewhere. That’s why KYD stands for starting where you are and with what you have.
We stand for this mantra because the perfect dream doesn’t usually get started. That’s the tricky part about life. Life is happening while we are planning! We have to jump at opportunities, because we don’t know when a window will close or the road will take an unexpected twist.
KYD receives literally hundreds of emails and comments each month. They are so wonderful! Filled with happiness and tales of exploration. Unfortunately, there are also some that break our hearts and bring tears to our eyes. Stories that share of a lost spouse or a regret that time has unveiled. These are the letters that propel us to continue when the day is long or things do not go as planned.
Starting a dream is always the biggest step. Moving from what we know to the unknown. It is important to remember, in this prelude, that when we change we grow and, when we grow we have more to share and, when we share we are adding to the momentum of life expanding.
As we move from 2017 to 2018 and remember all we are grateful for, our wins and losses, those we love and miss, it is time to start brainstorming the new. What will 2018 hold for you? We will be thinking about you at KYD. Hoping you have a “Stairs Up” mentality for 2018 and start the next chapter of what is most important to you.
Let’s go! ~Tricia
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The KYD Book Club
By Chip and Joanna Gaines
Trish says, “This book was a highlight for me this month. There’s no denying the fact that the Gaines’ have taken America on by storm. But after reading their book, Magnolia, you’ll know that was never their intention. Joanna talks about their story from the beginning to making it big on HGTV. It’s light hearted, funny and engaging…especially once they get married and start in on business together. If there was one golden nugget, for me, from this read it would be to flourish during the good and challenging times of life.”
Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor Frankl
“I found this book to be fascinating because it takes one of humanities worst nightmares and shows how one man managed to save his own life by how he processed the event.” – Marc
The 5 Second Rule
By Mel Robbins
“The 5 second rule seems to be a bit corny in the beginning but builds on an easy principle to motivate everyday decision making. Not for the sake of fairy tale endings but to feel like you have done what you need to in an effort to end your day, week, and life…strong. The 5 second rule is a quick read (I used 2x speed to quicken the message on audible) that delivers a real tool in everyday decision making.” -Trish
The Krivolavek Family
So fun to see #TravelingGinger on your recent trip to Stull, KS. #adorable!!
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Tips & Tricks
Tori showed us a fun new app that makes a video, of the year, by using a single picture from everyday. It’s called Leap Second – A free one second every day video journal app. We’ve learned that documenting the adventure makes travel even more rewarding and looking back is just as fun. We watched videos from the previous year that seem to escape our memories completely!
Here is the link to Leap Second!
KYD Drop 1802
We’re already working hard on February KYD Drop. This is just the starting point of delivering inspiring information. We’d love to know what you think! Put it in the comments below. And if you know of a story, tip or trick… send it to us and we might include it next month!
We’re glad you’re here! Let’s make 2018 the best year ever.
-Marc & Tricia
Sandi Swanson says
We love following you on your journey. Hope to do a meet up someday.
You all are such a great inspiration. The New Years message literally reduced me to tears. As I get ready to start my own “stairs up” adventure I’ll be thinking of what you shared. Thank you for the incredible content. If there will ever be a “Chip and Joanna” on the road it will be the two of you and your lovely family. Thanks!
You’re too kind! Thanks.
Cindy Liberty says
I am so looking forward to starting my adventure, in my motorhome. The hardest part for me is what to do with the lifetimes (yes Plural… inlaws and mine and my hubbies) stuff.
They kept the items as they had meaning to them, but they have no meaning for me…but I do not want to make their life inconsequential. I am sorting and finding all sorts of neat things… worth some cash… If I can find a buyer for them.
Instead of renting a storage space to put everything into I am purchasing a shipping container. It can store everything for me that I cannot sell in time for my first trip…. and the place that sells them will charge me a dollar a day to keep it secure. I fiugre that will save me almost 1000 dollars in the second year… and I will be almost even if I had rented a storage space for 150 dollars a month. Seems like a good idea? What do you think?
If you could find someone to keep it on their property for you, would be even better savings… just it would not be climate controlled. Which the stuff I am keeping does not need to be in a climate controlled area.
Hubbs and I have so much fun watching y’all and laughing with you. We are getting prepared to start our dream in June, he is retiring from school teaching and coaching baseball and football. You are all inspiring to us, even the kids (since we raised 4 sons and recognize so many shenanigans in your kiddos).
We hope to meet you all one day, but until then, please know how much you have educated us, and perhaps more importantly ENCOURAGED us to Get out there and take that big step and RV the USA!
We really feel like you are our friends! (you get that a lot, huh? 🙂 )
I loved the magnolia story and 5 second rule! I thought that the “Marc” she referenced in the beginning of the book (5sec) and the story was YOU GUYS!!! Love the email format – hope to see y’all on the road one day!
Julie Madsen says
“Who am I being that my children’s eyes are not shining?” “I will never say anything that couldn’t stand as the last thing I ever say.” I was only 27 when my mom suicided and I had 3 little boys under 6 at the time. From that time forward, I made a vow to try to live my life with those thoughts Ben referenced at the forefront…with my husband, with my little boys and with myself. Not always succeeding, but as something to strive for. As a grandma now, I can say it has made for a rich and juicy life. And my beloveds are still my best friends. We are scheming and dreaming of traveling together and Marc and Tricia, you have been part of the inspiration. Thanks for bringing me along on your journey!
Julie Madsen says
And for more fabulous Ben Zander…lessons for life!
Dearest Marc and Tricia,
We are hoping your exciting ‘Keep your Daydreams’ adventures become ours,, and not a Nightmare. 🙂
My husband is 75 and I just turned 71. I have always been a camper but my husband… not so much. (Truthfully….none). Ha.
We met and married 18 years ago and we are looking for a new adventure. Last summer we bought a 12 year old class C motor home and took some close local weekend trips. We are loving it. My DREAM had always been to take a summer and see our amazing country. My husband passed, my 3 girls grew up and it never happened. So….in our 70’s we are going to hit the road in April and head from Ohio to the beautiful southwest, hopefully hitting several National Parks you have shown. I still work part-time for a non-profit organization but I can do a month working on the road (when possible).
I have watched your videos and loved your many adventures. Your family is amazing and very inspiring. It makes me want to do this trip tomorrow. Driving off into the sunset as newbies in our 70’s will give us something to talk about in our old age. Ha
Love your blog and all you have done. You should be very proud, If we don’t get lost or stuck under a bridge someplace, we’ll catch you on your next KYD post.
Take care and God Bless,
Lori Chatellier & Wesley Ruffino says
INSPIRED, MOTIVATING! We are to begin our journey the end of May. Thank you for providing the wind beneath our wings. We will continue to follow you and maybe our paths will cross and we will meet on the journey.
Larry Taylor says
Just ready our first “drop” and it was so much fun. I’m sharing our website with you. Hopefully you will enjoy it as you have the time. We are newbies in the RV world but have great hopes and expectations for our upcoming travels. Thanks for your inspiration and the joy you add to the experience.
I was just going through my day as usual and stopped to watch this video with Benjamin Zander. I expected an entertaining video, but, WOW! I am in awe of this amazing man. What a wonderful piece. Thank you so much for sharing. I love your new website! Trish, I’ve listened to all your podcasts and was anxiously awaiting more. This is perfect! You guys are so inspiring. Many thanks!
Pam Mullin says
We heard about your Channel through a cousin of ours, that also RV’s, and we dream of doing the same thing soon. We have been binge watching you guys and your hilarious adventure. We ended up today in San Fransisco, saving the rest for tomorrow. I just went back thru all your videos we have watched and liked them all!! Can’t ‘like’ while watching because we cast them to our T.V. You are doing an excellent job with the filming, editing and the commentary. LIke PROS! Anyways, just thought I would say, keep up the good work and we look forward to more in the future. And, by the way, I would never ride a bike in Toronto….very brave….or a little nuts! Next time you are in Ontario you need to go to Algonquin Park…and Bicycle safely in Ottawa.
Thank you so much! We have enjoyed you guys so much.!
We just bought our first coach and can’t wait to get started. Watching you all has made my mind work overtime trying to find a way to retire earlier than we thought. Keep the inspiration coming!
Susan Stevenson says
Perhaps we’ll see each other out and about in Alaska! This is our final summer here in this gorgeous state (we have lived here 15 years), and we plan to do a final “so long” trip around the state before we start the long drive down the Alcan. Will you be driving all the way, or taking the ferry part way?
Thank you so much for the wonderful videos! We plan to begin living the full-time dream this summer/fall, and your videos cover so many great topics. Hope to see you on the road!
Susan & Steve