How it Started

If you’ve found your way to this blog you have shown some level of interest in knowing why I decided to give up what many consider the “American Dream” in favor of a path of uncertainty.  For practical purposes, I had everything I needed.  I was safe and secure with a good job.  The only thing missing from the typical American dream was a husband and kids running around in the backyard.  I’m not sure where to start the story, but I’ll give it a shot here.

I have been working for Caterpillar for 8 years.  It’s been a very good 8 years. I’ve lived in 3 states, met lots of great people, and learned a ton.  I have learned how to run a project, how to efficiently troubleshoot problems, and how speak more effectively.

Approximately one year ago I had my greatest success as a Caterpillar employee.  It was the day that a technology I had been fostering for 2+ years was first operated in our production plant. I was elated to see it turn on for the first time.  That evening I was driving home and suddenly became distraught.  I still can’t explain exactly what happened or exactly why, but I broke down in tears on my 15min drive.  I felt so alone in this success that it felt meaningless.  Work has never been quite the same since that point. I still like the technologies, the people I worked with, and the fact that in the remanufacturing business we are making mining slightly more environmentally friendly.  Yet, I just couldn’t shake the unsettled feeling.

As time progressed I started to think more and more about other opportunities, but would get distracted by the day to day rigmarole.  I started to think more and more about things that I could do to have more to spread God’s glory and have an impact on our world.  From this point I slowly came to a point of contentment with the idea of not having a home or a secure income.  I can’t put an exact date on this, but sometime early in 2014 I reached this point.  From there I tried a little more to research other options and became overwhelmed with the multitude of possibilities.  I would periodically look into things, but had no clarity as to what was really right.

Then one day, I realized that the only thing holding me back was me.  I know God has a bigger better plan for me and I knew that I was not finding that in my current situation.  As a result I am stepped out onto a grand adventure. I have worked my last day and sold my house.  I am fully jobless and homeless. I should probably be scared but in reality I am excited.  I am going to be doing two things that I love; exploring God’s creation and looking for the right next step in life.

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4 Responses to How it Started

  1. Ivar says:

    Love it 🙂


  2. Marie says:

    Kristi, I am so proud of you for making this drastic but necessary change in your life! It is so inspiring and I think that your actions are going to have a ripple effect on me and others so that we may also do a better job of loving others and fulfilling our true life purposes! I can’t wait to continue to follow you throughout your journey! God bless!


  3. James Johnson says:

    It is so good to hear from you. Been praying since the day you said you were leaving that God would give you direction but most of all confidence to step out. You are so talented, I pray that this time away from the american dream is fruitful, to encourage your inner spirit, and help you feel the joy of God’s love. Whatever you do, know God loves you every step. We get to pray, and look forward to the story you are writing. Thank You, God Bless, Jim


  4. ivar says:

    So here’s a random idea…those pictures are amazing. If you invest in a quality camera (or don’t, I’ve seen it done with camera phones too), write a book when you’re done with your adventure. All you would need is a caption here and there. You could write a full blown book too for that matter. Coffee table books for the win 🙂


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