Our last post was on May 28th, 2017 (!!!)
Ironically that post speaks to evolution and a professional leap of faith taken that year. Since then (3+ years) we have taken many other mini-leaps – the biggest one being: purchasing a tiny house on wheels, setting it up on our property and becoming Airbnb hosts!
This week, the home pictured below, will be towed to it’s new spot in Friendship, Maine.
Nestled in our woods, we hosted several couples in the late Summer/Fall of 2019. It was a very joyous and fulfilling experience.
After a successful late summer/fall season with our aptly titled “Woodland Tiny”, we winterized and tucked it away for the cold season. We decided then, we would be selling it – not because our experience was a flop: just the opposite, it was a FULL ON WIN. We knew Airbnb’ing was enjoyable for us. We found satisfaction and fulfillment in hosting people from around the world. Most importantly, we discovered and committed to doubling down on our efforts to either build the necessary infrastructure for more permanent cabins on our land and/or purchase elsewhere. We weren’t sure on the details around how/where or when. Step one would be selling this off-grid tiny house on wheels.
Then, as you all know, a pandemic struck the WORLD. We collectively faced and continue to face daily uncertainty and volatility. It has been a year full of disappointments, sadness and upheaval. While we decided to sell the tiny in the late fall last year, the selling process has been a true labor of love. We have had more than 50+ showings, many no-shows, many virtual tours, many YouTube video sharing and even one instance where we connected the builder of our home to a potential buyer (thanks John!). It has been a WILD ride.
Finally, we had a showing with someone who isn’t on Facebook (wise person) and will likely never read these words. He is a fisherman out of Friendship, Maine. He grew up in Massachusetts, so we had lots to kibitz about being “from away”. His friend showed him our Facebook listing and connected us. I joke with our buyer now, I owe that friend a cut!!
All of this is to say, all the conversations and connections have been worth it. John and I could not be more pleased with our buyer. We wouldn’t change any of this and have learned so many lessons. And regarding our DestinationME, it is in constant flow and evolution. Like any experiment, we collected our data and are now re-calibrating our plan.
The pandemic taught and continues to teach us what is important for Team Apczynski. It also highlighted some needs for our family and brought forth new vision(s).
John reminded me recently, “you need to get back to the writing, you are good writer” and I reluctantly concurred. Even if my writing skills are not the best, I write to share our experiences with the folks who want to hear our steps. We are always reinventing and returning to our collective goals – sometimes, often, that requires big changes. And we will face those changes head on.
After many months at home in various states of lock-down, this month we’ll venture into New Hampshire and New York.
New Hampshire for a few nights in the White Mountains with dear friends and New York to pay respects to our Grandma B. (John’s grandmother). She passed late last year.
Her original services were in April and are finally set to happen the last week in August.
This timing also intersects with John’s parents moving to Maine. They purchased their home late in 2019 and the pandemic had halted all efforts in moving until now.
Their home in New York goes on the market this week. During our visit, we will be able to obtain closure with our beloved Western New York and give Grandma B the send off she deserves.
So, my sincere apologies for the 3+ year void – certainly life was hardly VOID – our kiddos are thriving (despite current social conditions) and we are all in relatively good health. My work has been the most fulfilling it has ever been in my 41 years. John is still working remote for the same employer – going on 15 years! What a blessing his part time remote work has been, especially in 2020!
There have been memories, victories, new friendships, promotions, small loses (and a few big ones – thanks COVID!).
All in all, it’s been a GOOD 3 years. I’ve shared a small sampling of captured moments from 2017-2020 below.
Cheers to reinvention, re-calibration, and returning to what’s important while weaving in as much love as you an muster throughout the process!
In Gratitude and Love,