Meet The Original
“Let’s learn to sail. We could sell the house, buy a boat, and go travel.”
My husband didn’t object. At least he signed up for lessons at the community sailing center with me. And we spent most weekends in the summer learning to sail.
When I started researching boats to buy he said, “Don’t take crossing an ocean off the table.”
Fast forward a few years. We’re living on our bluewater sailboat, a Pacific Seacraft 34. We’re still learning about sailing. But we’re learning even more about each other and ourselves.
I’m learning that I love being on the water.
My husband is learning that it’s hard. And that he doesn’t really like hard.
In August 2019 we’ll have been on the boat four years. We haven’t crossed any oceans. And have no near plans to do so (our dog Honey insists on getting off the boat every day).
But after lots of ugly crying sessions, some harsh words, and tons of doubts about whether our marriage would survive the nomad life, we’re still going.
I think we’ve learned enough to write a book. But for now, let’s just see if we’ve learned enough to keep a blog going.
You see, there are tons of YouTube videos showing smiling happy people living the dream. You can buy books and attend classes on maintaining your RV, anchoring techniques, and setting up and using a composting toilet. But you’ll find very little information about dealing with the emotional storms that come up when you untether yourself from all you’ve known before and become a nomad.
Join us if you’re an emotional nomad. Or if you’re thinking about becoming one.
Do I have all the answers? Don’t count on it. But I’m honest. And I think I’m thoughtful. And I’m a serious communitarian.
So if you are curious or have doubts about your own ability to go nomad without going insane, hang out here. Emotional Nomad will be a safe place that welcomes anyone living or planning to live the nomad life.
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Check out Bimini Dream to read my husband’s view of our early cruising days. It’s worth it. He’s a terrific and very funny writer.
And I’ve been writing about life with dogs and one in particular at Something Wagging This Way Comes for over a decade. I’m slowly turning it into a site to help boaters with dogs help their pups love the nomad life as much as they do.