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Episode Info: For this episode, we’re exploring a slightly unusual question—why should you move into a van with your spouse? And that’s our topic because Ted recently had a conversation with a couple who recently uprooted their lives and now live in a decked-out Sprinter van traveling all over the country. They’ve learned some important things about their marriage and we can all learn from their experience. Links Let’s Be Us website: https://letsbe.us Let’s Be Us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/letsbe_us/ Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrispochiba/ Sara on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sara_aho/ Chris’ website: https://chrispochiba.com/ Sara’s website: https://www.saraaho.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/letsbe_us Holy Hustle: https://holyhustle.co/ Interview Can you tell us how you met? Chris: We met five years ago when we were both bicycling across America. We were biking from Seattle to New York City to raise money for refugees in Thailand. We fell in love—you know, because of all the spandex. We were team leaders and with all the other people there we didn’t want them to know there were feelings growing so we kept it a secret. Sara: I was still living in Athens, GA and Chris was in Raleigh, NC. After I graduated, I moved up to Raleigh and we dated another year and then got married. Why did you guys decide to elope instead of having a big wedding? We wanted to move out west to Seattle, where we officially met. Both Sara and I like big parties and don’t like big parties at the same time. So eloping felt right to us. It felt intimate. We climbed a mountain in our wedding clothes with a photographer. There’s a lake at the top of the mountain and we baptized each other there to start off the marriage. We missed having our families there but it was very us. Can you tell us about your current living arrangements? We live in a van, but not down by the river. We transitioned from living in a stationary apartment to an 80 square feet Mercedes Sprinter van. It looks like a FedEx truck on the outside. We do need to make it clear—it’s by choice, not by lack of work or something like that. What made you guys decide to live in a van? We’d been saving money for a while; some of it had been for wedding money. We’d been in Seattle for a while but had landlord issues and we weren’t buying there anytime soon. We’d been talking about doing this and we just bit the bullet and did it. What about your personalities played into your decision? Chris: We’re both adventurous and like trying new things. We weren’t ready to settle down and buy a house. From an Enneagram standpoint, Sara is a 7, the adventurous type. I’m a 9, which is the peacemaker. I think that compliments each other—she’s always pushing and it gets me out of my comfort zone. Sara: And he keeps me level headed and makes sure we’re grounded. How did you get rid of enough stuff to move into a van? Chris: We moved before that Net...
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