This website is about taking the trip of a lifetime. About living for today, and not waiting until tomorrow.

And most of all, perhaps about living simple – but living large.

We are Jim and Mary Competti. And 8 years ago, we decided to stop living the life “we were supposed to” – and start living the life we wanted to.

In short, to live more simple, so we could live with more.

We have always wanted to travel to see this beautiful country we live in.

Hopefully, our journey will inspire and motivate others to do the same.

Our Story

We have always loved to garden, cook, travel, write and create. Those have always been and remain our passions.

But the daily grind of working career jobs in order to have all of the things and possessions we “were supposed to have” always seemed to get in the way.

Too many times, we let ourselves get caught up in a world driven by the need for things, and not people and experiences.

But life is short. There are no guarantees.

No one ever takes their last breath wishing they had worked just one more day. No one wishes that they had owned one more possession.

And at that last moment, no one wishes they had advanced just one more rung up the corporate ladder. 

What they do wish is that they had followed their dreams and passions.

And they wish they had taken the time to experience more. See more. Do more. And spend more time with the people they love more.

In a nutshell – to live with no regrets.

It is amazing what happens when you simplify your life and follow your dreams.

You learn to live with what only matters, and realize that the only way you can ever be rich is to be rich with time.

The time to follow your passions and dreams.

For us, it led to finding a little 3 acre plot of land and creating a garden to grow our food. And the chance to write and speak about it to others through a fledgling website we created to document the process.

Before we knew it, we had a little chicken coop, an old reclaimed barn, a small orchard and vineyard – and a website with followers from over 200 countries around the world.

Simplifying your life and following your dreams and passions really does work.

At the end of 2018, we retired from our “day jobs” to follow our dreams and passions even more.

In the fall of 2019, we will set out in a teardrop camper on a 365 day / 50 state tour of the United States. Why? To see and experience the country, it’s sights and it’s people.

But this website isn’t just about following our passions.

We hope to also share and showcase the stories of others who are following their dreams as well.