Affording a new lifestyle
October 6, 2013
It would appear that the only way anyone doing what we are aiming to do, must have/need A LOT of coin. As in dinero. As in sweet muhlah. As in the almighty dollar. Well, my friend, that is just not the case. Yes, money is necessary and yes you need a bit to put the plan in action. But YOU don’t have to be rich to be my girl. Oops, random Prince lyric. Since the onset of our plan to a new lifestyle, this has been the crux of our discussions. And the “how much” talk is very difficult to quantify. I think I know approximately how much we will spend on the boat and getting it ready for liveaboard status. But I really don’t know how much we should plan to spend on a month to month basis. I can only hope that a reasonable budget will develop over the course of a few months out and about. After reading numerous books and other blogs on this topic, it is evident that everyone is different. One family of four I know is getting by on $800-1000/month and I just came across a blog, where another family is averaging a monthly outflow close to $15,000! Yeah, those numbers just don’t help me out.
In the meantime, I am working TWO full time jobs. Lemme tell ya, it ain’t easy. While I can’t confirm that Courtney is in full conservation mode, I do believe she is trying and realizing the importance of us socking away as much as possible. Short of the government shutting down, we should be in pretty good shape when it comes time to list our home for sale. Oh wait, they did just shut down. Joking aside, we do hope to do quite well on the sale of our home. Enough to actually purchase and outfit our future floating home. The longevity of our adventure will then hinge upon the savings we are able to squirrel away in the next 12 short months. Thus my strong motivation of grinding out the two j-o-b’s.
Who is YOLO anyway?
October 1, 2013
I just realized we have failed to explain YOLO. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Is it a HE-SHE? Is it an alien? All good questions. It could be all or none of these. I’m not confused yet, are you? “YOLO” is an acronym for the phrase “you only live once.” It is often used as a hashtag on Twitter to bring attention to exciting events or excuse irresponsible behaviors. I guess our planned voyage could certainly be considered an “exciting event” and/or an “irresponsible behavior.”
SV YOLO will be the actual name of our yacht. SV meaning “sailing vessel.” It has also given us this ultra bad ass website as a vehicle to talk a lot of nonsense. In the philosophical sense, we ultimately just want to YOLO like it’s our job. You could also say: “take the bull by the horns, seize the day, make it count, etc.” I’m sure you get it now.