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Chapter One: We’re Doing This! Now What? Proteus Rising – Book One

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~ Jesse Owens

Chasing a dream is a lot of hurry up and wait. But the waiting lets you think, plan, asses, change tactics, and determine the next right step. We’ve been doing a lot of chasing in these past months. We’ve also had lots of stalled moments, where the waiting has been an exercise in patience and determination. We’ve also been learning everything we can about the life we’re headed towards. Deep discussions in early morning light or after midnight darkness keeps us fueled for the next leg of this journey. And bit by bit we are getting it done. We can see the pot at the end of the rainbow. Now we just have to navigate this new life.

That navigation has been a challenge. With every challenge there are victories and failures. Both teach us lots. Casz says a lot lately: “Partial Victory is Mine!” Every accomplishment, no matter how small is worth celebrating. But we’re saving the champagne for the boat when we get her. In the meantime we work. And work it has been.  It took us a bit to get this next chapter/video out. Our apologies for the delay. Bet you thought we got cold feet and decided not to do it. Quite the opposite. We’re all in. However, we didn’t want to slap a chapter (episode) together. As it was, poor Casz was just about done with this episode and lost it all…and had to start all over again. That learning curve is still there — it’s not as steep now, and we’re really beginning to enjoy creating these little video books for you.

We have to tell you, though, this whole process of going from land to sea and all around the world is coming at us like a speed boat and some days we are at anchor trying to react (by the way, don’t be like the driver of that motor boat). Regardless, it’s here and we’re feeling more natural about recording our lives — because that takes some getting used to naturally. You need to be honest. You need to allow yourself to be vulnerable. In the big wide world that can seem very scary. Without those things the stories we share won’t have any real meaning to those who follow our adventure. So we’re determined to be real with our stories. We promise you that.

It was a whirlwind summer and you get a peak into all we did to cross off the list so we can sell the house, buy a boat, and sail around the world.

One word about lists. They seem to multiply. We have our big category lists for this, but we also have smaller task lists. There are daily lists (what did you purge today?); and there are weekend lists; and there are dream lists. The lists go on and on. It’s overwhelming and we can totally see why that would be a game stopper for anyone considering this kind of alternative living — especially if they are like us and have 30-plus years of family life to simplify. There’s no other way to describe it but this:  Hot Mess. Our garage looks like a disaster zone as we categorize things to sell, things to keep, things to give away or throw away.

Click the photo and you’ll see this chapter in our Proteus Rising adventure. We’d love it if you gave it a thumbs up, subscribed, and left us a comment! You can also find Proteus Rising on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Come hang with us there, too.

Next time we’re really getting into purging, enjoying our son’s senior football season, and sailboat shopping. Yep, we’re starting to shop now. So, stay tuned. We hope to get on an every-other week release for the time being. We’re shooting for 5 p.m. every “Thorsday”…the Viking ( on Instagram) would have it no other way.


Greg & Casz



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