Why Reflective Stickers?
Do you ever get worried about something so much that you just don’t feel safe until you’ve fixed it? I’m not talking about making a tinfoil hat so the government can’t read your brain waves, that’s just outright paranoia (or is it?). Our moment came while sleeping in a Walmart parking lot in New Mexico, as another big-rig roared by at what we were sure was just fractions of an inch from our travel trailer. This was a really popular boondocking site with nearly a hundred rigs of every shape and size neatly organized in long lines, security patrols and picnic tables. They even allowed slideouts. . .and that’s where the paranoia started to set in.
At night the backends of most campers don’t really stand out. They can be pretty hard to see, but a slideout, well, that’s downright camouflaged. The slides are usually white or black with nothing to alert those around you to them. So as another semi came by, I hiked into the store to find some sort of reflectors. As I’m sticking $1.50 bicycle reflectors on my rig at four in the morning I’m beginning to wonder if there isn’t a much better way to protect us and our investment. And so, Wander And Reflect was born with the goal of keeping everyone safe with stylish, fun and highly reflective decals.
This Is Us. . .
We’re you’re typical Rvers, a middle-aged couple who has grown tired of working all year so they can run away from their jobs for a few weeks here and there. We’ve been camping most of our lives, working our way through a variety of tents, pop-ups, travel trailers and our current pride and joy, a 37 foot 2018 Montana High Country Fifth Wheel. We drag it around the country with our Dodge Dually from our home base in Northern Arkansas. Our kids are now in their 20’s and off adulting so it’s just the two of us for the first time. We’re trying to take advantage of this empty nest by grabbing our dog Tucker and running away from home as often as possible. The plan is to take this circus on the road full time in a few years, but there is a lot of work ahead of us.
Kathleen is a Real Estate Appraiser and is self-employed. It’s long hours and tons of stress, so she’s looking forward to the transition into whatever this next season of life might be. With most of her mom-responsibilities behind her, Kate has begun crafting and is apparently on a mission to try her hand at everything Hobby Lobby offers. Until recently, Kate had been a volunteer Fire Fighter and 1st Responder and she loved driving the big red trucks! Now I’ve got to convince her that pulling the fiver is just as much fun.
A while back Kate read a couple of books and started following a few blogs, it seemed harmless at first but I didn’t realize how much it would change our lives. Probably the one that would have the most impact was “Grace not Perfection” from Emily Legh. I can’t explain what switch this woman flipped in my wife, but it’s been incredible. We now live more purposefully. Our lives aren’t cluttered with so much stuff. We could have never given full-time rving any real consideration before these changes.
I’m Shane, Kathleen’s assistant, Office Manager and the luckiest guy on Earth for having found the perfect partner. I’m also the guy who creates the graphics and cuts the decals. I have a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and worked in plant-turnaround and application development for about 25 years. The skills I brought to those careers have helped me dabble in all sorts of things and now I’m working at making them useful in our full-timing future. As a retired volunteer Fire Chief I miss the excitement and adrenaline, but I’m doing my best to adapt to middle-age. Kate’s love of Christmas decorating has infected me and my latest hobby is building our computer controlled lighting display. I love the joy Christmas lights bring to people, I’m just not quite sure how to take a 16 foot digital Christmas tree on the road.
Together, we have owned a handful of businesses including real estate appraising, database programming, a high-end baby furniture retailer and consulting services for retailers and manufacturers. As we enter this new season of our life (isn’t that just a great doctor-phil-worthy expression?) we hope to take what we’ve learned from these careers and apply it to some new, bold adventure. But I’ll be honest, we haven’t really figured out what that is going to be yet. We do know that Wander And Reflect will be a big part of it, as we love helping people stay safe in fun and creative ways. So sit back, browse our decals and we’ll see you around the campfire!
Kate & Shane