There's no denying that life can get expensive, especially for those that have the heart of an adventurer. Fortunately, thanks to remote professions and YouTube videos, people are turning in their 9-5 jobs to pursue a more "gratifying" way of life. This couple was tired of the lives they were living, so they made some drastic changes to transform their lives into something entirely different. And the best part about their story is that they proved that anyone can do it, too!
Curtiss and Kelly
Curtiss O’Rourke Stedman and his partner Kelly Tousley didn’t meet one another in what most people would consider a traditional way. Living in Michigan, Curtiss received an offer that he couldn’t refuse. He was an English teacher and he was offered a position in the beautiful state of Alaska. Being a natural adventurer, it wasn’t something he could pass up, but he didn’t really want to do the long drive to Alaska all by himself.
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Long Drive To Alaska
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Kelly explained that Curtiss wanted someone to take the drive with him, so she volunteered to go. When Kelly got back to Michigan, she continued to stay in contact with Curtiss. One day, after the two realized that they had fallen in love, she decided to pack her things and move in with Curtiss in Alaska. So that’s exactly what she did.
Juneau, Alaska is definitely a place for adventurers, and Curtiss loved being a teacher, but there was still something missing. You see, Curtiss was living two lives and the stress was starting to get to him. On the nights and weekends, Curtiss would stop being an English teacher and he turned into folk Americana musician, Cousin Curtiss. Eventually, Curtiss got to the point where he was thinking about his music career at all times.
Kelly and Curtiss knew that they needed to come up with a solution to their problem as soon as possible. Kelly had just finished her graduate program in early childhood special education, so she was ready for some changes, as well. The couple wasn't sure what they were going to do, but they were definitely getting restless.
Passion For Travel
Knowing that they both loved to travel, they began to wonder if they could incorporate that into their lifestyle.“We really wanted to travel around and see if there was a new home base out there. And to see if I could travel around and make it as a full-time musician monetarily and mentally,” said Curtiss in an interview with Finance101.