life update

Life Update: What’s New, What’s Changing, & What’s to Come

Here is a quick life update: what’s new, what’s changing, & what’s to come for the Johnston Family!

I don’t know about you, but anytime it rains, I immediately throw on my favorite Indie/Folk playlist, light a candle, grab a cozy blanket, and just sit in my feelings.

Sounds exciting, right?!

See, I’m the type of person who needs to feel my feelings. Or better yet, feel through my thoughts. And if there’s a rainy window, you bet I’m going to sit by it and just daydream. Whether it be nostalgic memories or a wanderlust for the future, this is my preferred state of being present with myself. But lately, in this hot, humid, Arkansas heat, we’ve had a slight drought. The last time it really rained here, and I’m talking, like a good thunderstorm, was like two months ago! I mean, you don’t have to ask me. Just look at my droopy sunflowers. Or the fact that it’s a couple of days shy of August and the leaves are already changing…

But this weekend it’s supposed to rain for a few days. Maybe not a full out thunderstorm, but it is supposed to rain. And it’s got me thinking. I haven’t done a life update in what seems like forever. Like, way longer than just a few months. So I wanted to share some of the new things that are happening in the Johnston home.

What’s New

For starters, we bought a motorhome!

Literally, ever since Cody and I started dating almost six years ago, we’ve daydreamed of traveling. Specifically, we’ve daydreamed of traveling in a refurbished motorhome. I mean, we’ve discussed starting a vlog of our travels, what job we wanted to have while on the road, and what experiences we’ve wanted to have along the way. Of course, life happens and things change. Different opportunities come up and we’ve placed this dream on the back burner.

And despite all things COVID-19 related, we have been extremely blessed and fortunate to be able to make our dreams come true. Back in June, we traveled eight hours roundtrip to buy one that was the perfect size, perfect mileage, and one that we could make our own (without breaking the bank). And it’s definitely been a learning curve for us. We’ve learned a lot of things about carbon monoxide detectors, black water tanks *ahem, poop tanks*, and the best areas for boondocking when we don’t have access to electricity or water hookups, and everything in between. Thus far, we have only taken a short (and much needed) weekend trip a couple of hours away. But y’all. We could not be more excited for all of the adventures we are going to have in the up and coming months.

What’s Changing

Many of you know that Cody and I operate a concessionaire business at our local baseball park for the AA Affiliate team for the Seattle Mariners. However, due to COVID-19, minor league baseball has been postponed for 2020. Meaning, we haven’t been operable since August of 2019.

Honestly, this seemed super scary back in March when we were supposed to be gearing up for the new season. But since a lot of the world has gone digital this year, this has been a huge blessing in disguise for Cody and me. Our other business, Reckless Media, has allowed us to work exclusively from home. Henceforth, creating the ability to purchase our motorhome and work on the road as we travel. In fact, we are actually in the process of scaling this business as we continue to grow and have major plans for exponential growth for 2021.

Another fun thing that Cody and I have been doing lately is cycling. When we were dating, we bought mountain bikes and toyed around with them a few summers ago. However, they’ve sat idle in the shed for the past 3 years, collecting dust. Since we bought the motorhome, we decided that we wanted to be able to have transportation in smaller cities. So, we cleaned off our bikes and have been cruising the neighborhood and the downtown area the past few weekends. And we can’t wait to be able to bring them with us on our life adventures. Currently in search of a wagon/stroller for Doppler. Sure, he’s capable of walking/running, but we know he’s going to tire easily so we want to have something we can strap on along for those days he’s feeling extra lazy. (emphasis on the EXTRA)

But what is really interesting to me is that Cody and I haven’t been as active on social media lately. I mean, minus TikTok, of course. Honestly, this has been our preferred social media outlet for the past few months. In case you missed it, I did an episode about my decision to quit Instagram back in April. I haven’t posted anything on my timeline nor have I utilized IG stories since April. Every so often, I’ll log on to check my inbox or see updates from friends who use IG exclusively. But not worrying about the Algorithm or having to compete for attention has felt like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

And you know what? I’m really close to leaving Facebook as well. Of course this is a hard decision to make because a lot of authentic conversations happen through our FB groups. But my normal routine of checking my newsfeed multiple times a day only to get pissed off and unfollow everything? That’s not healthy for me nor is it beneficial. I don’t want to waste my time being frustrated with people all day. It’s destructive and doesn’t bring me any joy. The thing is, Cody has been inactive for a while now and he feels the most peaceful he’s felt in a long while. With this, I don’t know that I’m going to delete it altogether. But I’m definitely going to limit my time, energy, and space on social media for the time being.

What’s to Come

I have no idea.

Yeah, I know. Anti-climatic, right?!

But I’m really trying to be present in the unknown. I don’t want to know all of the answers. Sure, it’s fun sitting by the rainy window daydreaming. It’s fun wishing and thinking about what could be. But I really want to experience life and adventure in real-time. Not stay stuck in my mind (or my feelings, for that matter). So, what is to come? Well, new opportunities and exeriences. I don’t know what that looks like but I’m okay not knowing. Cody and I have major plans for travel in the Fall and Winter. But besides that?

I’m okay with just coasting along. It’s more fun that way.

More Life Updates?

Maybe I won’t wait a year or two for my next life update. I think I’m actually going to start implementing this maybe every quarter? I don’t think this type of writing is quite capable of existing on its own in podcast format just yet. And honestly, it helps me stay in the mindset of writing and sharing my life with others outside of TikTok (or whatever current social media I’m toying with in the near future). So if you want to stay connected on these life updates (or regular blogs/podcasts in general), be sure to subscribe to The Prodigal Daughter emails!

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