As 2017 comes to a close we reflect back on our very eventful year starting with Six Tips for Newbie Bloggers. As promised in the first post, 2017 was a year of change. And although many of what we had planned and prepared for did come to fruition, it was the unexpected that coloured our past year. So as always, here are the highlights of 2017 according to True North Nomad
Change is always good. It challenges us to evolve. Whether we fail or succeed in our quest for something better regardless of the circumstance we face is dependent upon our adaptability and our willingness to march forward even when the house is on fire (figuratively not literally).
Regulations Up The Wazoo!
In preparing for our Nomad existence, Q and I ventured out to our closest Ram dealer and built the truck of our dreams. Now you’d think someone might have said something about the laws and regulations regarding owning a monster truck? But no one, not the RAM dealership or the RV dealership where we purchased our RV said a word. And as Q and I found out there were many hoops, paperwork, certification and expenses we had to complete before we could even drive our dream truck… let alone haul a trailer with it. You can read about the Rules, Regulations and RVs we had to navigate after making this purchase.
It’s Hard To Say Goodbye!
As our readers know, Q and I sold our home for our Nomadic existence, which was exciting and planned. Unexpectedly was the remorse we felt detaching from our home and belongings. Who knew you could become attached to “things”? As we stated in Letting Go of Home, we finally were able to move past this unforeseen obstacle and move onto bigger and better things.
What The Hell Did I Just Get Myself Into?
After selling our house things didn’t actually go as planned. Another unanticipated event was when we found ourselves struggling to find a home in a rental market that was filled with more renters than rentals and the delay of the delivery of our new mobile living quarters. As a result, our dream stalled and we found ourselves stuck in one of the wackiest hotels on the planet. A word of CAUTION, our post Stuck In A Nightmare, Instead of Living The Dream is littered with profanity and was possibly written while under the influence.
Higher Than A Kite
Just into the infancy of our nomadic lifestyle, my illness reared its ugly head. After 5 weeks of the most unbearable pain I have ever been in, I almost raised the white flag of defeat, sending us back to our home province. I’m stubborn as hell, as the five weeks attests too and my refusal to turn back had Q medicating me so I was higher than a kite. Get some pointers on medicating your travelling companion in our post, Rolling Stoned – Four Tips For Travelling With a Medicated Patient.
When a good plan comes together and is executed as per specifications and within scope there is a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Home Sweet Home
After almost 7 months of absurdity on top of lunacy on top of downright madness, Q and I finally took possession of our new truck and fifth wheel. Excited to get on the road and begin our new life, we were just as excited to show off our new digs. Read about our TNN nomadic, dream team and those who helped us make this year a possibility in our post Introducing.
Finally on the road Q and began our adventure and one of the many things we saw we couldn’t wait to write about was the wild herd of buffalo or bison as they are known in North America, we found east of Edmonton, Alberta. After playing hide and seek we finally found where the buffalo roam in Elk Island National Park.
It’s Always About The Food
I don’t know why everything for us revolves around food but it does and this year had no disappointments when it came to our culinary adventures. From our family’s Sunday Frittata to our Vegan Cabbage Rolls, we shared some delicious, healthy recipes that won’t have you feeling guilty.
City Fit for a Queen
Our second last post of the year detailed one of the prettiest cities we have ever visited across Canada, which not only had epic restaurants but shopping and activities for everyone’s interests. After reading our post, Victoria In 24 Hours you can bet you’ll be adding this city fit for a Queen to your bucket list.
2017 saw so much change we hardly recognize ourselves now as the countdown to a new year begins. Rest assured, we are still committed and excited to travel, photograph and eat on your behalf long past the stroke of midnight on December 31st. Thank you for your readership, companionship and friendship. We wish you well and look forward to what 2018 brings!
~True North Nomad
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