Aaron Symons and his wife Sheila were living in the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex raising their family. They had a big house with a big mortgage and battling a big, 2 hour commute. Aaron always had the dream of pulling the ripcord and moving to a small town but moving outside of Texas was never on his radar.
One random conversation turned into the ripcord decision to move to the tiny Colorado mountain town of Stagecoach, 30 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs. Once the decision was made, Aaron got to work on executing the plan.
Less than 12 months later they found themselves in the moving truck driving out of Ft Worth running from an ice storm into the mountains of Steamboat.
There were an infinite number of excuses that they could have pointed to but they kept plowing, literally, ahead. Now a year and a half later we discuss what has transpired since their move from the Texas heat to an annual snowfall of 30+ feet.
My favorite question of our conversation is:
Q: If someone said that you had to move back to Ft. Worth tomorrow, how would you feel?
There is the answer on if it was worth all of the struggles to make their dream a reality.
In this episode we cover…
- Battling a daily 2 hour commute in DFW.
- What their typically days consisted of.
- Selling their house, cars and hot weather stuff to prepare for 30+ feet of snow each year.
- Leaving a metro area with over 6 million people to a community with 200 families.
- Racing an ice storm out of Texas only to find themselves cresting the mountains in Colorado during a snow storm.
- How they were able to keep their jobs and relocate their lives to Colorado.
- How their son has transformed in a completely new environment.
- What it is like to truly live in a community were survival is dependent upon helping others.
- The outdoor sports history of Steamboat Springs.
- How they feel coming back to visit and how difficult it still is to say goodbye.
- What is easier about their lives now and what is more difficult.