July 22, 2015

Our Real Life and a Pivot


This post has been percolating in the back of my mind now, for awhile. Once we realized the direction our business was taking us, and what the next steps would be it's sort of been a whirlwind ever since. So let's recap and then I'll explain this RV photo, shall we? 

Over the last 15 months Zack and I have been in our UT home for 6 months, and three of those months was this last three as we prepared for what's ahead. That means in 11 months we were gone 9!! Seriously, we stayed in San Fran at my dad's, on my grandmother's floor for a few weeks, at my mentor's 5M beach condo for 4 months and we stayed in many, many hotels!


Here's why, my wood stain is awesome and lots of people have fallen in love with it, but if you've never heard of it, how could you love it? Those are the facts and it's a good thing we love to travel. Some of the good things about traveling last year- we got to spend the worst of the winter in LA and Vegas. We stayed right over San Clemente, CA pier for 4 whole months. We got to see my family in Cali for the longest stretch since I was 18! Some of the hard things, we have pets that other people had to watch for us. There's no place like home. Really.


And that brings us to the last two months. In business, the term "Pivot" is used when what you're doing is either not working or no longer v, and it's time the Bergers pivot. We knew our next step was time to travel to TX, then Southeast, and finally up the East coast. But we didn't have family or mentor that could put us up. We have been really stuck, how can we continue to grow the business like we need to, without a place to stay? 

After a long, long time we finally decided to give up on our home base-- let our little UT home go and instead get a RV! I'm talking nearly 40 feet of mobile home! We will be traveling for almost an entire year. This we could eliminate all those hotels! If we're in a city for an extended period, like a month or more, we will still do a short term rental and this way we will already have all our stuff with us! 

It wasn't all honey and buttercups, or whatever that saying is. This was a super tough decision. I mean, I have been liquidating most of our current home furnishings. At one point we had 96 items up for sale! And let's think about the fact that Zack and I are both MBA grads, who have given up big fancy careers, big fancy salaries! But we 
believe this path will be worth it and know that with our amazing clients and the incredible demand behind the product, we can turn our stain business into something huge!


We have looked at every type of RV under the sun. Well actually, we have looked at every time of RV for under 100K under the sun. If you don't know, RV's can go for some sick cash!! We looked at pristine models like this one. 


Granite counter tops, leather furniture, stainless steel appliances and even a motorized foot rest for the passenger seat! This one was super nice, and I do like Hawaii and palm trees, but it just wasn't me. And at nearly 100K, it was way too pricey to be able to change. We would've had to leave it this was to get our money back out. So I started looking for something older. 


Then, on the other end of the spectrum, we looked at fixer uppers like this one. This was 20K, a lot of potential to fix up and change. I could start to see potential, paint the cabinetry, change out the furniture, remove the awful blinds and mirrors. Can you start to see it? The only major problem with these older units, they came with older engines. Wah-Wah. We were beginning to think an older unit wasn't going to be possible because of the risk we took on with an old engine. 


And then it happened, late one night I was scouring the ads and I came across this beaut! I call it "The Dolphin" and it was our perfect mix: low miles, engine and exterior are in excellent condition, and the interior is a fixer upper! Yay! And this unit had a slide, that means when you're stopped, the living room wall and floor grows by sliding outwards! That was a must!


I can't wait to tell you more about it. I still have to take a bunch of interior photos and I think I'll put together a mood board so you can see what's in my head when I look at The Dolphin! I hope you'll follow along as we transform the interior of this vintage RV into our quasi-permanent home!

Now we just need to finish packing our place, get the rest of our stuff into storage, buy a new minivan for the business and start our RV makeover!

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4 comments:

  1. An RV AND a minivan? Living the high life! 😀 It seriously seems so fun and idyllic. I love the Dolphin already. You will have to swing by so we can check her out! Wishing you all the best. (Btw, it might be tmi for some with the whole "loving in your mentor's house" bit, but I'm cool with it 😉)

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  2. An RV AND a minivan? Living the high life! 😀 It seriously seems so fun and idyllic. I love the Dolphin already. You will have to swing by so we can check her out! Wishing you all the best. (Btw, it might be tmi for some with the whole "loving in your mentor's house" bit, but I'm cool with it 😉)

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  3. If your dolphin swims through the Minneapolis area I've got a parking spot for you lakeside.

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  4. You might want to check out the Facebook group "RV Interiors". There are many photos of ideas that folks have put into action. Welcome to the world of rving!

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