It’s that time of year again. All the spiffy worker bees are filling out their employee self-evaluations, looking back on a year of growth and progress. Meanwhile, I’m sitting here in my dreads with the cat attacking the string on my hoodie. I may or may not be wearing any pants.
But fear not Team Hobo! This year will be different. This year we can measure our progress. This year… we have self-evaluations.
Last year, my boyfriend Shacky and I walked away from our office jobs to move into a Rialta RV with our dog Ginger and a stowaway kitty who appeared on our doorstep (pregos!) as we were getting ready to leave. Our life since then has been one trail adventure after another, and we are very much enjoying a life free of the 9 to 5 grind followed by the 6 to 10 chores and housework.
Here are some videos to give you an idea of what our life is now like:
RV Living and Traveling in the USA
Direct YouTube Link HERE
Quitting Our Jobs to Live in a Rialta RV
Direct YouTube Link HERE
Trail Running Adventures In Utah
Direct YouTube Link HERE
Although we are carefree, we are still growing and learning. When our days become a blur of mountains and beaches and furry animals, it can be difficult to measure our progress. Especially when we don’t know what day it is.
Here to help, are six main categories of hobo living, followed by a series of statements to help with our self-evaluation. I would like to tag the following hobos and invite them to fill out this evaluation on their own blogs:
And you can fill it out too! If you’re at all interested in living simply, embracing minimalism, and love to travel, feel free to see how you stack up and post on your own blog. Find out if you’re ready to join Team Hobo! Any suggestions for additions or edits to the evaluation are welcome too.
My answers are included below.
FYI: We loosely define “hobos” as people who have either given up their homes or their jobs (or both) to pursue travel, a simpler life, and/or financial freedom. The “hobos” we know are nomadic, free thinkers, open minded, and are always grateful for a hot shower and a cold beer. They have all chosen this lifestyle.
The Self-Evaluation Assessment for Hobos
Please give yourself a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) for each of the following six categories, and briefly describe your evaluation.
1. Embracing Minimalism
A – We have gotten rid of 95 percent of everything we own. Our RV is small enough that we can’t keep anything that doesn’t serve multiple purposes, even if we wanted to.
2. Feeding Hobbies
A – Our lifestyle revolves around trail running, our only major hobby.
3. Managing Expenses
D – Being new to hobo life, we spent the first couple of months eating out a lot. We now eat most of our meals in the RV and are learning where to buy cheap fresh fruit and veggies. This last month has been a huge improvement, but our annual performance overall is still low.
4. Learning New Things
B – I’m learning a lot about trail running, but I’m not reading as much as I’d like to on different topics. I have many unread books on my Kindle that I’ve been meaning to get to.
5. Personal Growth
A – The hobo transition has taught me so much about who I really am, and what I love to do. I’ve learned to stay true to myself.
6. Balancing Relationships
B – We have had the amazing privilege of developing new relationships and spending time with people we previously only knew via Facebook. We can still do better with this though. Both Shacky and I love our solitude as well.
Now for the following statements, please rate yourself as:
- Below Average
- Above Average
Briefly explain your ranking.
I know how to discreetly steal toilet paper.
Satisfactory – It’s easier when you carry a purse, which I rarely do.
I prepare meals in under five minutes.
Satisfactory – We are eating mostly raw, which cuts down drastically on meal prep.
I always know the location of the nearest spot I can spend the night.
Satisfactory – Shacky is really good at this, but we’re still nervous about getting “kicked out”. We’ve only been kicked out once, from a Walmart.
I manage to find a hot shower at least once a week.
Satisfactory – When hot showers are unavailable, rivers and creeks and trailhead faucets are great substitutes.
I know who my boss is.
Superior – Kitty is boss. She sleeps wherever she wants and we dare not kick her off, even if our legs are cramping up.
I set and meet weekly goals.
Superior – Mileage and climbing goals for us. I track my goals weekly and monthly, hitting at least 200 miles/month. My mileage has been increasing for the past six consecutive months. Woo!
I know what my benefits are.
Superior – Fresh air, freedom, the open road, travel, adventure, and exploration.
I give back to my community.
Satisfactory – We are looking forward to even more volunteering in the coming year. We love to help out at races and fatass events.
My workload is realistic and achievable.
Superior – I only work on things that I love.
I have mastered the art of dumpster diving.
Below Average – We have yet to try this. But we’re intrigued!
I know where to find an electrical outlet.
Satisfactory – We can find outlets, but the trick is to find one where we don’t feel obligated to buy anything. Haven’t mastered that last part yet.
I know where the nearest wifi is at all times.
Satisfactory – We have a cool app that helps us out, and we continue to improve. Libraries are great, and we were thrilled to learn that the beautiful and quaint Old Temecula has city-wide wifi.
I keep every plastic bag I come across.
Superior – We use these these for garbage, dirty clothes, and plastic wrap. Easily reusable as well.
I re-use tea bags.
Satisfactory – I like my tea relatively weak, so it’s not much of a problem. But drying them out is a pain.
I don’t pay for salt and condiments. Packets are free at Taco Bell.
Satisfactory – The little packets are so cute! We’re still working through some older stuff from the house as well.
I don’t pay for forks and knives. They are free at Taco Bell.
Below Average – We still mostly use our own cutlery.
I raid Lost and Founds.
Below Average – We have yet to do this! Seems a litttle like stealing to me though…
I always use public toilets to poop.
Satisfactory – We rarely poop in our own RV. Porta-potties, coffee shops, McDonalds… all fair game.
Actually, sometimes I poop in the woods.
Superior – Guilty as charged.
Thank you for time, hobos. You may now continue doing whatever you want, all of the time.
Coming Soon: My friend Margaret is having Team Hobo T-shirts made. Stay tuned!