What the heck is “The Hard Way”?
To introduce “The Hard Way”: it’s not coasting through life; rather, it’s being intentional with our time and actions, and gritting our teeth to persevere for a great final product. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
The Hard Way
Before The Hard Way
Josh started his adult career by studying Construction Management in college. He spent his summers working for his family’s earth moving business and then joined them full-time after graduation. This career led to working long hours in the summer. Once the South Dakota winter are over, this usually means sunrise to sunset.
I studied Civil Engineering in college. After graduation, my new job as a structural engineer near Minneapolis took me away from my family to pursue this career.
Both of these jobs were taxing in their own respects. Josh worked long hours and didn’t have spare time for much other than eating and sleeping. My career path to become a structural engineer was a challenging field of study in a highly male-dominated field. Tons of math, formulas, equations.
We both had grit though. Josh loved to move dirt and I loved math. Plain and simple. We pursued these challenges and put the metaphorical tools in our toolbelts.
Life Changes During COVID
Along with the majority of the country, my work went completely remote during COVID. Josh was still working his crazy hours with the construction company. We were planning to get married later that spring, but with all the uncertainty of COVID we decided to get married earlier than initially planned.
Not only was all the bouncing around in heavy equipment starting to take a toll on Josh’s back, but we never got to see each other even though we were newlyweds! Later that fall, Josh switched careers from his family’s construction business (an incredibly hard decision for him) and got a remote job as well.
The Start of The Hard Way
Since we were both working remote, we were no longer tied down to our Midwestern roots. We loved traveling together, so we brainstormed how to make that happen.
The Easy Way
Buy a house, spend your life dreaming about using your PTO for dream vacations. If you’re adventurous, maybe buy an RV or camper.
The Hard Way
Buy an empty shell of a vehicle and turn it into a home.
Seems much more rewarding right?
This mindset changed our lives.
Since we decided to chase after our dreams, we haven’t looked back. We bought a bus and spent two years converting it into our dream home on wheels. We videotaped and took pictures of as much as possible to share our knowledge with you.
Projects Coming Soon
We have more projects on the horizon and none of them will be easy, but we believe all of them will be “worth it”.
Two cabover semi-trucks will be combined into one road-worthy truck.
Get a 1930s dozer running for the first time in 10 years.
Breathe life into a loader that has been neglected.
Want to see more?
If you aren’t a reader or want to see more, check out this video to introduce The Hard Way!