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Old 08-06-2015, 05:22 PM   #1
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Sold it all and left!

Well, we finally did it! Put our house on the market, sold nearly everything we own and relocated to Charlotte, NC. Donna and I talked a long time about simplifying and getting back to the basics. So, we pulled the trigger. Not gonna full time, but we've relocated to find a small place to base out of and do the things we've always wanted to do.

We have always loved the Carolina's, have friends around this neck of the woods, so what the heck. We'd definitely like to hear from people and find out places to visit, things to do, and possibly make new camping friends.

Anyone out there in the Charlotte area?
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Old 08-06-2015, 05:25 PM   #2
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You're my hero.!
Mind sharing your age ? Just curious,I am thinking the same way.
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Welcome to Charlotte! We got here 22 years ago! We love it.

(actually located about 40 miles from Charlotte out here in the country, near York, S.C.)

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Old 08-07-2015, 06:27 AM   #6
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Sold it all!

Wife and I are both 53 now. Too young to retire yet, but getting closer. Our jobs allowed us to relocate here, while maintaining some level of freedom. So this wasn't as bold a move as chucking everything and going would have been.

If I may wax poetic for a minute... We previously lived in a maintenance- free neighborhood consisting primarily of older retirees. This location allowed us more free time for camping or doing other things, as I wasn't constantly mowing, painting, etc.

In March a neighbor of ours had to go into hospice care. This gentleman was in his mid 80's and had lost his wife a couple of years earlier. His kids, none of which lived locally came home to help with the transition. With his blessing, they put the house up for sale and had a huge estate sale. They sold everything this man and his wife had worked so hard for 50+ years in one morning.

It hit me right then and there! It's all just "stuff" and we (people in general) put way too much stock in how much of it we can accrue. After that realization, my wife and I had numerous long discussions about our priorities. Had a family meeting with our son and his wife and explained our thinking. Like most children, he only wants us to be happy. He would never intend on moving into our house and doesn't need much of any of our stuff. So coming to our decision ended up being pretty easy.

We're not ready to become full-time road warriors yet, and will most likely just rent a very small place to home-base out of. The feeling of liberation from getting rid of everything and starting over is absolutely amazing. For the first time in a long time we're not tied to anything and able to pretty much do what we want! It's definitely not something I'd recommend people do, but if you have the chance, go for it!
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That is just so cool!

Instead of limiting yourselves because it might be a little scary to do something different, you gathered the courage needed to enjoy your life to the fullest.

I tip my hat....(if I wore a hat....)
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GEE-L-US !!!!!!!!!!

Can you guys come talk to my wife ?!?

took a trip to Charlotte and Charleston etc in May... and LOVED the 'low' country !
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Wifey and I are having the same talks. You (general term) seem to work harder/longer hours to get more "stuff".. and pack it on. There's a point where you just have too much load to bare. There's just no reason for it. We've got about 4-5 years and we're done with it all. Probably end up like you.. small place to call "home base" and little jobs to keep the food on the table. Soooo envious!

Congrats and have fun. Say hello to these guys when you see them
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We too talk about doing this very same thing as you have done. For us it will be 2 or 3 more years and then we do it. Enjoy your freedom.
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You were in the right frame of mind about the 'stuff'. That's what keeps a lot of folks from seeking their dreams.

We also sold everything to go full-time. The kids didn't want any of it. They had their own 'stuff'. It was so liberating to just let it all go.

After 16 years of full-timing and traveling constantly, we've now settled into a wonderful community where we would have never dreamed of living. Most homes in this very active, no maintenance, 55+ area sell completely furnished because when the people pass on or move to the next level of care their kids don't want to have anything to do with the 'stuff'. Our new 'stuff' is of a decor that matches the Southwest area. Had we kept our old furniture it would have looked totally out of place.

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