I rendezvoused with friend Adam and his family of five aboard his ferro-cement ketch, Tuwamish.

Today is my first day of working remotely! My sole connection to the internet is my Verizon Jetpack 4G wifi hot spot. I’m attached to a mooring ball on the north side of Skagit Island. The southern wind is averaging 14 mph according to, but there is barely enough wind to make my wind turbine hum on this weather shore. Tomorrow’s winds are forecast for 25 mph, so I’ll see just how protected this anchorage is.

I’ve been working for Skagit Publishing since the beginning of October. A nimble, local paper with forward thinking management. When I started, it was with the agreement that I would prove myself and then transition into a telecommuting role. Although the pay is below average and the hours only part time, I’ve been successfully living on less than I earn. I am also thoroughly enjoying the work I do and people I work with.

I’ve also picked up a handful of freelance clients over the last few months, and I just cashed in a small investment I made in Bitcoins a few months ago. As a result of all this financial defense and offense, I now have enough cash on hand to wipe out my debt and be 100% debt free! A huge milestone.

Kids Rowing

Crew from Tuwamish rowing ashore.

Realistically, if I paid it all off I’d be almost penniless, but reliably employed. But I’m currently making payments at 0% interest, so I will pay it off this year, but I don’t need to drain my bank account at this moment.

Last week I published my second book, which summarizes the modifications I’ve made to Solace over the course of the last two years. I’ve been working on the book for just shy of a year, another minor milestone reached. And with two books published, I suppose my dubious title of ‘author’ stands on firmer ground.

But this one, working remotely, has been the big dream. I’ve pursued the dream of living on a boat, away from the dock, and working remotely for over seven years. And today I’ve achieved it. The biggest milestone of all.

It’s odd to see all the milestones roll past. These goals achieved. It begs the question, what will I do next? The answer is ‘be’. It’s time for me to just enjoy the fruits of my labor. This year will focus on further reinforcing and cementing my life: the life of a full-time, remote-working, cruising nomad. A life of San Juan Sufficiency.

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11 Responses to “Milestones”
  1. tod says:

    Not many get to live their dream, you’re a lucky man. Got your link from boatbits blogspot and will check out your earliest posts.

  2. Emily says:

    Congrats Chris!!! You earned everything you gained. Beams of pride coming your way from the East Coast.

  3. David says:

    Cheers Bro, that’s awesome!

  4. Kris Kerr says:

    You’re truly a blessed man. Congrats on all your hard work! As I roll into my 12th year of 911 dispatching that life sounds more and more inviting.

  5. Matt says:

    What a great milestone, congratulations!

  6. Nice work Chris – knew you would get there someday soon. You earned it!

    Katie and Mark

  7. Chris says:

    Thank you everyone for your well wishes!

  8. Brian Troutner says:

    Right on Bro! Getting it done. Plan your work and work your plan. Hard work always pays off. Love ya man.

  9. Lbpv says:

    Good for you!! High Five!

  10. I love this. SO many people get caught up in artificial priorities instead of finding freedom and happiness. Applause from our corner!

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