Unknown Days

I interrupt this usually happy blog to bring to you some sad news. Changing that countdown ticker jinxed us.

We have had a HUGE setback in our plans to become nomadic and it is really upsetting. Words can not describe. Or maybe they can?

This whole fast motion of a journey was put into play 3 months ago when Derek asked his direct reporting manager to go work remotely. We based all the rest of our life changes on this one decision. We have told friends and family we are leaving, bought an RV, started to sell our belongings and even asked our landlord to break our lease early. (We posted the rent ad on Craigslist LAST night)

Well I got a phone call from Derek this morning and he sounded pretty disappointed. He said “I can’t work remotely after all.” WHAAAATTTTTT?!?!?!?!?! We have been planning our whole life around him being able to work remotely. Hell, we even went into debt for the first time because we thought we had an income on the road. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.

Come to find out, the manager above his manager disagrees with the whole “work remotely” thing. That would have been nice to know 3 MONTHS AGO! There has been multiple conversations between Derek and his manager, even the last meeting was about us leaving March 1 with a transition period starting Feb 1. Where Derek would work remotely 2 days a week at an RV park in Austin.

The more I sit here and stew over this, the more I get upset. We are going over our various options at this time.

But for right now….I don’t know when we will be on the road.

Stay tuned…..and I hope we will be back to the regularly scheduled happy travel blog.

10 thoughts on “Unknown Days

    • roadmaptonomad says:

      Not sure yet. Derek thinks that they both managers feel this way. I still have a tiny bit of hope that someone will step in and say, YES it is okay to work remotely. I feel like our dreams have been crushed…..for now.

      • TN Grandma says:

        I’m sorry Monica & Derek that your plans have drastically changed, but hopefully it’s only temporary. However, you guys seem to have worked out details to still live your dream, even if only on a limited basis. Looking for the positive things in all this, you will still be able to see all your Austin friends, and still be able to spend lots of time with Zoe. And take some nice trips during vacation time. I do feel your disappointment though and wish I could make things work for you.

  1. Tracie says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I feel so bad for you guys! My husband and I are planning on being on the road by next fall and I would be crushed if his employer suddenly decided being mobile was not okay! I hope things work out for you.

    • roadmaptonomad says:

      Tracie thanks for reading!

      I am crushed and every time I think about it, it makes me tear up. Our dream has been put on hold indefinite and we were so close. 8 weeks to be exact. Keep reading….I am sure we will work this out.

  2. Amanda says:

    All I can say is look for signs to see if you guys are truly meant to be on the road. My husband and I had to overcome quite a few, but there was always a sign telling us we needed to keep on keeping on. Those little signs helped us stay persistent. Look for them. They will guide you. Promise.

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