What does Trying to Unwind mean? And why did we choose it for our blog name?
In 2019, as we transitioned into full-time RV travel, we strove every day to slow down, relax and enjoy the moment. In short, we were just Trying to Unwind. It seemed like a good name for a small blog that I started to keep myself entertained.
Who is Trying to Unwind?
We are two accountants who have been planning our exit strategy since our early 20s. My name is Kara and my husband is Kevin. We retired from full-time work in our 30s. No, we didn’t inherit a fortune or hit the lottery. To read our story check out About Us.
We are planners and were blessed with great careers in corporate America.
Also, we lived with a purpose for 20 years to make our dream a reality. We never drove expensive cars or bought designer clothes; we had a plan and we stuck to it. It was not glamorous or sexy but most of life is not.
Emotionally Afraid to Retire
Once I reached the goal line to quit work, I was having an emotionally tough time adjusting to the idea of my new reality. With less than a month of work left, I was overwhelmed with emotions. And it was the weirdest feeling.
For more on adjusting to non-working life check out Retirement: Blessing or Curse?
I was employed since15 years old and my career has always been a big part of my identity. After spending 6 years in college and 18 years working in Accounting and Finance, I had an identity. I was a Finance Director, and I was good at my job (or so I have been told).
When you meet someone new they usually ask ‘what do you do?’. Whether you acknowledge it or not, our jobs define us.
No One Wants An Accountant’s Haircut
I am an accountant and I am married to an accountant.
This title describes me and yet it does not capture my whole person. Yes, I plan my life in spreadsheets. But as a great friend once told her new hairstylist “I don’t like telling people I am an accountant because then they think I want an accountant’s haircut”.
Word to the wise – no one wants an accountant’s haircut.
Retirement Syndrome: More Than An Accountant
As I struggle with retirement syndrome, I keep reminding myself I am more than an accountant. However, the reality is I am a type-A person who loves to plan.
I plan my grocery shopping to eliminate food waste (we only have one planet) and maximize my budget.
I volunteer to plan vacations for friends and family (in spreadsheets of course).
Everything in our life is on a list or a calendar reminder.
I admit I am what most people would describe as high-strung in many parts of my life.
Stereotypical Accountant Personality
My husband is also a type-A personality but in a different way. He has more of a laid-back personality but loves researching and is meticulous in everything he does. He was offended when I described our blog as two Type-A personalities just Trying to Unwind.
Kevin did not believe he was a Type A or that anyone would describe him as being wound tightly. I asked how he would respond if I rearranged one of our meticulously organized cabinets. I think he realized that maybe he is wound a little tighter than most.
What does Trying to Unwind mean?
Without corporate jobs dominating our identities, we are working to transition into a new way of thinking about our lives. We plan to explore North America in our motorhome and strive every day to slow down, relax and enjoy the moment.
Join us on our journey as we try to attempt to find out ‘What does Trying to Unwind Mean?”.
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