We are Jim and Angela Johnson and are into our 7th year of this adventure.
We began this journey in November 2014; both Angela and I were in the first half of our 50s. In 2021, we’re crossing into our next decade – the 60s. I don’t want to give you my resume, but I am a consultant who puts computer systems in hospitals (I deal mainly with Meditech software financials), and Angela taught high school English. She has a Master’s in Education (M.A.Ed.), and I have a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). We met in the spring of 2005 and married in the summer 2006. At the time, she had three children, and I had three children (two married) and 1 grandchild. Now, we have added to that two daughters-in-law and a son-in-law and ten more grandchildren (total of 11); however, in 2021, grand number 12 will be born. All of our kids have their own lives. That leaves us as empty-nesters desiring the ability to be mobile for two main reasons: to travel, something we both love doing, and to visit family without having to schedule a plane trip. As we began, our main family units were in Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi. The same is true now except the son and daughter-in-law who were in Georgia are now in Tennessee; the son and daughter-in-law who were in Missouri are also in Tennesse, and the daughter and son-in-law who were in Virginia are now in Okinawa, Japan, until the end of 2022. (We made a trip in January 2018 to visit the “kids” in Japan.)
Angela and I normally move to my client site and stay until the project is complete, and we travel when we have time off or are between clients. (As time has passed, we’ve learned that sometimes family needs require that we stay within a general area near family. In these instances, Jim flies to the client site.) So far, this plan has worked well, but more and more, preference is for jobs that are mostly, or completely, remote jobs. Of course, I always say that if you want to hear God laugh the loudest, tell him what YOU plan to do. One thing Angela and I know for sure is that we will be together. In the past, I flew out on Sunday and, pretty much, only saw her on the weekends and vacations. This lifestyle certainly allows us to spend most of our time together, and that is worth a great deal.