Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All
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DescriptionAlmost every couple faces a "now what?" moment as their last kid moves out of the house. There's a big empty nest looming over this new and uncertain stage in their lives. David and Veronica James chose to look at this next phase of life as a beginning instead of an ending. Rather than staying put and facing the constant reminders of empty bedrooms and backseats, a plan began to develop to sell the nest and hit the highway. But could a homebody helicopter mom learn to let go of her heartstrings and house keys all at once? Filled with a sense of adventure and humor, Going Gypsy is the story of a life after raising kids that is a celebration of new experiences. Pulling the rip cord on the daily grind, David and Veronica throw caution to the wind, quit their jobs, sell their house, put on their vagabond shoes, and go gypsy in a beat-up old RV found on eBay. On a journey of over ten thousand miles along the back roads of America (and a hysterical, error-infused side trip into Italy), they conquer old fears, see new sights, reestablish bonds with family and friends, and transform their relationships with their three grown children from parent-child to adult-to-adult. Most importantly, they rediscover in themselves the fun-loving youngsters who fell in love three decades prior.
February 03, 2015
6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author
David James was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up on the prairie and in the mountains of Colorado. He made his way in the music business as a performer, recording artist, songwriter, and radio personality in Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. After parenting and sending three kids out into the big wide world, he currently lives with his bride of thirty years, Veronica, in a state of perpetual motion. The couple writes about their travels since becoming empty nesters on their popular website, GypsyNester.com. Veronica James was born and raised in Southern California and was like, totally, a Valley Girl. Against any sane person's better judgment, she ran off with a musician at age eighteen. After procreating, she became Earth Mama, then Helicopter Mom, hovering over every detail of her children's lives. She and her husband are the creators of the popular website GypsyNester.com. Veronica has held approximately thirty-three different jobs including writer. She is never bored.
"If you are tempted by the awakening of your own long-dormant wanderlust, Going Gypsy can serve as a primer. . . . The questions [Veronica] poses about 'what next' are relatable ones for all empty nesters." --PBS's Next Avenue "Any parents who have gotten through the launching stage of life with their sense of adventure (and humor) intact deserve our attention. They got mine! If I could be on the road again--and I guess we really all can--this is how I'd do it. An empty nest just means the kids have learned to fly. How nice to know the parents can too!" --Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids "It's quite a talent to turn a midlife journey into compelling and amusing reading, and the authors of Going Gypsy clearly have that talent. There are as many smiles as miles in this unique travel memoir told in the voices of both halves of a newly nest-emptied couple. Veronica, especially, shares her internal struggle with genuine insight--after all, she's been a very involved mother of three kids. Can a couple really just sell the nest and take off in an RV with hardly any plans? Seems so, and we lucky readers vicariously get to enjoy it all with them." --Susan K. Perry, creativity blogger at PsychologyToday.com and author of Writing in Flow, Loving in Flow, and the empty-nest novel Kylie's Heel "Warm, funny, clever, and inspiring--makes you see the fun in being empty-nested, whether you take to the road like David and Veronica or stay at home and reinvent your life with the sense of adventure they found on their journey." --Linda F. Burghardt, PhD, author of The Happy Empty Nest "A thoroughly charming account of a romp across America and beyond by childhood sweethearts who discover life without children, rediscover the joy of thirty years together, and learn firsthand the magic of living with eyes wide open to the wonders of a new and independent life." --Victoria Zackheim, editor of Faith: Essays by Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists "As soon as I read the dedication I was 'in, ' and the rest did not disappoint. I found myself chuckling at every turn. Loved the writing style as well." --Rayya Elias, author of Harley Loco "Veronica and David's story reminds us [that] when we set out in search of adventure what we really discover is ourselves." --Karen McCann, author of Adventures of a Railway Nomad "Charming and adventurous . . . Reading their book feels like they are sitting down with you and telling their hilarious adventures over a couple of smart cocktails. . . . A great book to read when you're on vacation." --Arthur Wooten, author, playwright, and creator of The Dizzy Traveler