When I set out on this adventure to go RVing, I never imagined that it would bring my family together in ways that surpass all comprehension. 

Experiencing history first hand

I mean just like some of my friends that have never enjoyed this experience, I too thought that I could only be in this small footprint for a limited period of time with my husband and three little boys. The thought of not being able to find my own room of the house to collect my thoughts was a bit unnerving.  
 
However, once we set out on our first expedition I didn’t even think about the RV’s square footage…or lack thereof.

 Why? Well, the simple answer is that at home we tend to stay inside of our home.

 When we are out traveling living in our RV, we actually spend more time outside.

Enjoying the beautiful Gulf shores

 A particular song comes to mind…To quote a popular verse, “everybody dies, but not everybody lives”. That verse has so much meaning, especially in this fast paced time that we live in.
 
Now that I have experienced the RV lifestyle with my family, I am left yearning for more. 
 I mean, I have learned so much in the past three years about our rig however, there are certain things that I much rather leave to keith to handle. Yes, as husband and wife we kind of stick to the traditional RV roles. 
 
Now don’t get me wrong! I am certainly capable of handling the connection of the hoses, dumping the tanks and what not. I just rather not get in Keith’s way!
 
That said, I have yet to take the RV out on a solo trip. I am not sure what my apprehension is! I have never been afraid to challenge myself in this way. So what is holding me back from taking the RV out on my own? 
 
As if by fate, I had a moment while at the Country Living Fair in Georgia, to sit and chat with the Girl Camper herself, Janine Petit and the Sisters on the Fly. I have known Janine for a couple of years and from the start she impressed me with her spirit of adventure. 
 Janine is a member of the Sisters on the Fly, a group that is known for their mission to motivate women to come together and enjoy outdoor adventures and RV/camping. Many of these women were at Stone Mountain Campground with their little homes on wheels to party, commune and shop at the Country Living Fair. The “sisterhood” was very welcoming to me during my invasion of their festivities. 

Love this cute trailer

 

They impressed me with their decorated and adorned trailers. This was what Janine has coined “girl camping”!

Sisters having fun

 
These women were an inspiration to me that I can do this. Not only can I do this, but that it will take me to the next level of my camping experience. The Sisters on the Fly have factions across the country and they are just a group of ladies that camp together and enjoy good times and good company. They have a few very easy rules.
 
-No men
-No kids
-No drama
-Have fun
 
I think we all could live with this!
 
In short, I had a great time chatting with these ladies and picking their brains about their experiences. It was amazing hear all of the different paths that have led these very different ladies to camping solo. 

In total control
 I am looking forward to the challenge and the adventure of taking our 43’ motorhome out on my own.
 
I GOT THIS!!

Tia Sims – Soulful RV Family 

 
PS.. Janine Petit’s podcast Girl Camper can be heard on iTunes.

Time to put my big girl pants on!

3 thoughts on “Time to put my big girl pants on!

  • November 18, 2016 at 10:11 am
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    Glad to hear that You are enjoying the lifestyle.Are You going to be at the Tampa Supershow with the Newmar gang?

    • November 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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      Yes. We are very excited to be heading back to the Tampa Supershow and the Newmar rally. Are you going also?

  • November 19, 2016 at 1:35 am
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    Hey, Keith and Tia! Dean and I are jealous that you got to meet and hang out with Janine and her sisters on the fly! We have been trying to figure out when we can connect with her and hope it will be before the next Country Living Show in Nashville. Dean winterized our little Casita today as temperatures in KY are dropping into the upper 20’s tomorrow night! We enjoyed meeting your family at the RVFTA Spring Rally and hope to camp with you again in 2017!

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