Once upon a time in a place called Oklahoma, there was a young girl who grew up camping with her family. Tent, pop-up, and finally motorhome….they all provided an escape from the norm, in those days school, and seemed like a glorious ongoing slumber party with my brothers and other family friends. Skipping rocks, ghost stories, catching fireflies, fishing, learning to water ski, boating, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on the campfire, mosquito bites, scraped knees, talking to each other on the CB radio, loads of laughter. And, in magical places like Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, and mostly in Green Country Oklahoma near one of our beautiful lakes.
Then, high school/boys/cheerleading came along, college, first job, second job, adulting, marriage, more adulting, and no sign of camping in sight. I didn’t even realize how much I missed the activity until the hubbs suggested we give it a whirl in a 34’ bumper pull travel trailer that he had originally bought to use on the hunting property and later decided it was too nice for stinky men and dogs. Lucky me!
My thinking: I am in heaven! I love the planning, I love loading and unloading, I love the drive, I love the campgrounds, , I love taking hikes, lazy walks, nature, reading, sleeping, cooking inside and outside, talking to EVERYbody in sight, campfires, party lights, stars, stillness. LOVE. IT. ALL.
Mr. Queen Bee? Not so much. He knows he can experience each one of those items back at the homestead without having to plan, pack, drive, set up, tear down, or make idle conversation with strangers. When we stumbled across a women’s camping/adventure group on one fateful weekend…he knew he had an out: “Brenda, don’t you want to be a solo camper like these women?” And the rest is history!
I have been consumed with all things RVing again for several years now and even decided to pursue a new career in the industry: Certified RV Inspector. My passion for RVing has collided with a lifetime of experience in event planning, coaching, real estate sales, cheerleading uniform/gear sales, speaking, and teaching. Heck, my first high school job at Hot Dog on a Stick probably plays a role in what I am doing today, too.
In addition to performing RV Inspections, my primary focus has now become educating RVers - specifically women! I am teaching workshops all over the country for various groups of female RVers. I have also been invited to speak on a variety of podcasts and YouTube channels, write magazine articles, create course content, plus appear in commercials and on radio. I have an awesome YouTube channel and co-created a powerful series of videos called "52 Ways to Empower Women RVers." I adore the opportunities to inspire, share, mastermind, and continue learning anything and everything about RVing.