"Do more of what makes you happy."

What makes you happy?Do more of what makes you happy.

One of the best parts of this strangely ‘nomadic’ lifestyle we started living almost five months ago is that it is becoming easier to see what is important. Downsizing from our house and moving into a 950 square foot apartment was a huge move. Looking back on it, it was mostly ‘stuff’ that caused the stress.

We just moved again 12 days ago. As of today when people ask ‘so where are you living’ we can just say ‘here.’ Today, ‘here’ is Findlay, Ohio. In another 12 days we will be in Corry, Pennsylvania.

During each move we shed more stuff. Right now we are staying in a hotel for a short time and it is amazing how little you need to live. Having said that the boys and I just unpacked the entire horse trailer to get to a few of the essentials that were packed in the front, oops. (Jesse is driving back from judging ALL day yesterday-15 hours straight!)

The less stuff that we have…the easier it is becoming to see what makes me happy. I am sunburned (another oops), sweaty and covered with sand from riding horses and bikes all day.

This idea of having less and doing more isn’t new. On a recent visit to Old Mans Cave in Logan, Ohio I found this inspiring plaque honoring Emma ‘Grandma’ Gatewood. At 67 she decided to take up hiking…a lot! She hiked the 2,000 mile Appalachian trail THREE TIMES!  Now there is a woman who knew how to pack light!

Grandma Emma Gatewood

I found this plaque very inspirational.




  1. Pam Millspaw on July 13, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I have been following you for years now. Once I met you in person at Cashman’s where my husband and I were judging the course. I am excited to read about your nomad experience and especially since you have mentioned my town of Corry, PA as your next destination.

    What are you doing in our small town? Hoping to see you again.

    • Stacy on July 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      We are going to visit MMR!

      • Pam Millspaw on July 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        Miracle Mountain Ranch is wonderful. I went to camp there the first year that they were open. my husband and I support a counselor from our church who is there for the summer. Each year my husband goes up to help shoe the herd. There apprentice program is phenomenal. God is at work in all they do.

  2. susan talmge and chloe on July 12, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Stacy once again you are amazing everyone and riding life with faith and love.
    Ride on
    Susan and Chloe

  3. Pam Millspaw on July 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I have been following your blog and activities since meeting you at Cashmans several years ago. I see you are headed toward Corry, PA where I live! What brings you here?

    • Stacy on August 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

      We went to Miracle Mountain Ranch…and I bet we will be going back. Great place, wonderful people.

      • millspaw on August 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

        We love the folks up there. Such great disciplining going on and a real God-thing with the camp.

  4. Bette Lou Higgins on July 7, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Grandma Gatewood really was the champion of traveling light — and an amazing and inspiring lady! If you’re not familiar with her story, check out http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/gtwdinf.htm

    I’m with Eden Valley Enterprises and we’re working with WGTE/PBS and FilmAffects on a project to document her life! We’ve already got a storytelling program (with companion e-book and DVD) and a one act play done. Right now we’re raising money to complete filming for the documentary (find our trailer at: http://tinyurl.com/gatewoodtrl3)

  5. Pat burton on July 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Good for you Stacy, I am sure thinking about that also as it seems I spend so much time cleaning and I have a really big yard and don’t get to ride as much as I would like because of all the work. I am 70 years and my husband still works for the county building roads cause he like to do that but does nothing around home except runs his tractor once in a while. I really need something smaller. Loving your posts. Pat Burton

  6. Jill Vaughan on July 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    The older I get the less I want…I have been telling my pack rat husband this for years…he had his ah ha moment about 6 months and has been shedding more than all our five dogs, 8 cats, and one horse combined…now if I could just figure out how to turn my head next time an animal is in dire need I could start downsizing my herd !
    The story about the hiker really brings home the old adage…a body in motion stays in motion…after reading your blog I believe you and your family prescribe to the same philosophy …safe travels and don’t forget the sunscreen!

  7. Bonnie M. Butler on July 6, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I’m finding that the older I get, the less I need. Rather spend my money on my animals and food. Of course, I want my computer and phone and TV but I don’t need lots of clothes or fancy shoes and such. Jeans, sweatpants and lots of t shirts, I’m comfortable and happy.

  8. Jackie on July 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    It took me 30 years to figure out what makes me happy. My family, friends and animals. Not my ‘things’. 🙂 (Do you first have to have things to know you don’t need them?)

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