Please join me in congratulating Ron and Tawnee Parrish as the winners of Julie and Marc Bennett’s (RVLove) bestseller “Living the RV Life”. And yes, this was an autographed copy!
Ron and Tawnee were selected at random and I contacted them by email to let them know they had won. Last night Ron responded to my email and gave ME a super surprise.
It just so happens that he and Tawnee are visiting the Florida Super RV show in Tampa, Florida where Julie and Marc are as well!
I contacted Julie and connected her to Ron and Tawnee so they could receive their free copy of “Living the RV Life” straight from the hands of Julie and Marc! I love how this first giveaway supplied a double “gifting” to Ron and Tawnee.
Ron and Tawnee are fulltime RVers and will be heading to Orlando after the Tampa show. They have been RVing since October of 2017.
Did you attend the Florida RV Super Show? If you couldn’t attend it’s easy to see some highlights on Julie and Marc’s FB page. They took tons of video, of course, and gathered volumes of information for all of us.
Here’s another thing that happened this week. I was contacted by my RV’ing Girlfriend Liz Wilcox of The Virtual Campground. She has just begun a Tuesday evening live Youtube show entitled TVC Live. I’ll be featured in one of her upcoming shows sharing a horror story in our RV experience. I keep ya updated on my Facebook page, for when it airs.
Hey Girlfriends and Guy friends, here is a sneak peek at my NEXT autographed giveaway slated to post on February 6th. (The other three I’m keeping under wraps just to frost you!)
I’ll be sharing an incredible Relationship and RV’ing story featuring Laura Fahrenthold, author of “The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles”. You are going to love this story!
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My subscribers are the best! I want to get to know every one of you. Cuz you know, I’m that Relational RVer and well as that Unlikely RVer.
Marc and Julie Bennett have a super power and I get to brag
about it. It’s called successful multi-tasking.
While writing “Living the RV Life” in 2018 these things were also going on in their life:
They held leadership positions with the ‘first of its kind’ gathering for 500 RVers called Nomadfest
Starred in the movie premiere entitled RV Nomads
Sold their RV
Purchased a used Country Coach and named her “CC”
Fully renovated “CC”
Continued to serve clients in their RVSuccess School along with creating content for their website
Oh, and then comes the book offer from Simon and Schuster? How could they possibly say no? Yes, these rock stars hold super
You are going to love
Julie and Marc’s passionate work combines with their zest
for adventure and lays the foundation for this comprehensive RV guide. Each page will energize you, educate you and
even entice you to pursue your RV dream!
There are dozens of glowing endorsements listed in the front of “Living the RV Life”. I loved this one:
“Warning: this book will bring out your inner RVer; it
could change your life forever. If you
want to learn from the best, dive in and get some RVLove. Marc and Julie are true veterans of the road;
they show us how to make full-time RVing possible. Hands down the best RV lifestyle book ever
– Sean Nichols, COO of
Battle Born Batteries
My favorite part!
Part 2 of the
book explores the relational and emotional considerations of entering the RV
lifestyle. Naturally it’s my favorite section
since I’m all about Relationshipping. As
I read the pages my curious mind wondered about the personal challenges Julie
and Marc faced as they entered the lifestyle.
So, I asked
1.How did you first become inspired to sell your home and enter the RV lifestyle?
Julie: “It happened at a pizza restaurant in Colorado! It was 2011 and we had just visited the Sand Dunes. On the way home, we stopped at a pizza restaurant and noticed this vibrant couple next to us who obviously were enjoying themselves. We struck up a conversation and learned that they had sold everything bought an RV and were living in it fulltime. Wow! The couple shared that they worked fulltime jobs while traveling on the road. We had never met anyone who lived this life of freedom and wondered out loud on the way home if it could ever be a possibility for us. But then a few days later, we fell back into our old grind of life with Marc’s job and me continuing to job hunt. It wasn’t until the fall of 2013 that we began dreaming of travel in the U.S. and how we might make that happen. Air travel was out of the question since we wanted to travel with our Labradoodle named Coda. We remembered the couple at the pizza restaurant and began exploring the possibility of buying an RV. By 2014 our dream became a reality! We hope to find that couple some day and thank them for inspiring us to live a life of RVLove!”
2. Since you live and work together 24/7 in a 350 square foot coach do you find it difficult to disengage from “work talk” and reengage as just Marc and Julie?
“The first three years we RV’d I was working fulltime for a company and RVLove
was just a hobby for us. We had no
difficulty separating our work time with our personal time. But when I left my job and we decided to
pursue RVLove fulltime working as partners, it became increasingly difficult to
maintain healthy boundaries between work and “off” time. We got caught up in the pressure of running
our own business, needing to make it on our own, not having paid vacation time
anymore from an employer. It proved to
be more challenging than we anticipated.”
Julie: “This past year was super challenging, and our work plates were overflowing. The stress and pressure to meet deadlines knocked us off the track of why we entered into this lifestyle. Coincidentally, as we edited “Living the RV Lifestyle” we began to see our “old selves” in the pages. We realized that we wanted to get back to “us” and slow our pace way down. That is why we began 2019 with a 2-week hiatus from all social media. We have promised ourselves to protect and uphold the boundaries lines between work time and off time. This has already made a huge difference in our relationship as we strive to prioritize a healthy lifestyle.”
3. RVLove has become widely known in the RV world and people recognize your faces wherever you go. How do you handle this consequence of your success? Has it been positive or negative?
“If we go out for a walk…especially in a Thousand Trails park we often get recognized right away. I would say it is more of an enhancement to our lives than a hinderance. When people greet us it’s usually to give us positive feedback and say thank you. It’s rewarding to know that our RVLove community has benefitted from the information that we share through our website, You Tube channel and our RVSuccess school.”
4. You two are similar to John and me. Marc, you are an introvert and Julie, you are an extrovert. How do you manage balancing those two energy needs?
“As an introvert, I need time to myself to get re-energized. Getting out on my bike takes me to that zone
where I get refreshed. When we are in a
group setting, I’ll usually position myself near the outer ring where there is
less talk going on. With our public
lifestyle I tend to look for my downtime whenever I can and wherever I can. In
a social setting I tend to seek out the quieter person in the group. This is less taxing on my energy drain and I
believe it is helpful and non-threatening to those with similar energy styles.”
Julie: “As the extrovert in our marriage, I find myself aware of times when the social scene might be a bit too heavy for Marc’s needs. I encourage Marc to speak his needs and set boundaries. I work on respecting his needs and try and tune into where he is at in our social time. This past year and especially during our book tour, we organized several RVLove meetups where groups get together for fun and food. It is a great way for us to mingle with our RVLove community, be a catalyst for others to make new connections, and free up other days of the week for our work and “us” time.”
5. What would you do differently if you were just starting off as FT RV’ers and someone handed you a copy of “Living the RV Life”?
“When we began seriously looking into the RV lifestyle, we did a fair bit of research. However, we also expended a huge amount of energy weighing the benefits of various decisions. We spent massive amounts of our time delving into all aspects of the RV life. Wow. If we had “Living the RV Life” before setting out, we would have saved a tremendous amount of time on doing so much of our own research and second guessing things. Being able to read other people’s stories would have validated where we were and given us increased confidence to make wise choices and decisions.”
Win the Autographed copy or order
you wait to win the autographed copy of Marc and Julie’s book or do you order
it now by clicking the photo below?
Let me help you decide. If I were you, I’d click the Amazon link below to order (this is an affiliate link which means Amazon sends me a small commission if you make a purchase).
When you win the autographed copy, you can give your copy to a friend for their birthday.
How to enter the giveaway
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Btw, when you become a subscriber, I promise you that I’ll never share your information with anyone else.
Deadline to subscribe to my newsletter: Thursday, January 17rd at noon MST.
A name will be selected by a random number generator on the 17th. I’ll contact the winner by email, and they’ll have 48 hours to reply with their mailing address. If I haven’t heard from them in that time, I’ll select another name randomly, and we’ll repeat the process.
I will announce the winner on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 by email, on my website, and FB page.
My next blog post I’ll
share our personal relationship challenges when we moved into our RV.