Wednesday, November 8, 2017


By Living Free Forever - Melody & Ric Schafer

We, as a family, are always aiming towards living a passionate life. I hope we  can inspire you to follow your dreams & goals, so you too, can wake up to a life full of passion.

Whatever your passion is...only YOU can make it happen. It won't be easy. It will take research, time and a lot of hard work but in the end it will all be worth it. 

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Moving Out Of State CATCH 22 !!

By Living Free Forever - Melody & Ric Schafer

In this video I talk about moving out of state, some ideas to get around the obstacles of finding a job or finding and apartment when moving out of state.

Moving in general is a stressful event, so being prepared and armed with information is a good idea before setting out to your new home or location.

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Friday, November 3, 2017


By Living Free Forever - Melody & Ric Schafer

In this video I discuss the pros and cons to renting a home versus renting in an apartment complex. I personally have lived in both so I share my personal experience.

Renting a house or renting an apartment in a complex really is a personal preference. We all have different needs and wants so do your research and check out all options before making a decision.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017


By Living Free Forever - Melody & Ric Schafer

Follow the afternoon with our family in this video enjoying Sarasota County in Southwest Florida. Our eyes never tire of the beauty that surrounds us.

Ric & Melody believe in LIVING FREE FOREVER. We aim for a minimalist & simple lifestyle, so we can feel free to do what matters most to us...spending time with our family, traveling & just enjoying life.  We hope to inspire others to follow their dreams and goals as well.

SSN News link on car accident The roadways can be very dangerous so please don't text, drink or be distracted while driving...your life and ours may depend on it. Let's be responsible drivers. Save a life by doing just following the law and rules of the road.

Friday, December 9, 2016

It's Like Living In National Geographic

By Melody Schafer - YouTube Vlogger

We are originally from Ohio but moved to Southwest Florida 7 years ago. It still feels like we are living in National Geographic with all the AMAZING wildlife in nature. Seeing an alligator cross the road is not so uncommon as one would think.

We were not bird watchers when we first moved to Florida but we soon became one with the variety of beautiful birds and of course other wildlife. We also started a YouTube channel called Living Free Forever, ,  to share the amazing experiences we have had here in Florida with our family as well as our future plans of travel.

There is so much more diversity in nature and wildlife here in Southwest Florida than we ever could have imagined. We hope if you have not had a chance to visit Florida that you will do it one day. It is definitely a wonderful destination.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Get Rid Of ALL Your Stuff BEFORE Moving!!!

By Melody Schafer - YouTube Vlogger Subscribe

No matter if you plan on studying abroad, traveling the world, or just moving to another state....downsizing should be one of your first steps. Decluttering and getting rid of most of your stuff will make your life so much easier for the next stage you have planned in your life.

The more you travel or the more you move, the more you will see that all that STUFF is just getting in your way and not as important as you once thought it was. You either have to pack it, store it and also have to PAY to have it moved and/or stored. It's just not worth having STUFF.

I can see why minimalism or becoming a minimalist is becoming so trendy these days. Younger people see how their parents are bogged down but STUFF and are afraid to travel or move because it is just too much work to even think about because what will they do with all their belongings? Many younger people are thinking ahead and want to live "light" so they can have more freedom to do what they want, such as travel.

This video gives you a little insight on my thoughts on this topic. Free yourself! Declutter! Downsize! Minimalize!

Monday, November 28, 2016


By Melody Schafer

Ric & I are YouTube vloggers, own our own business, homeschool our son while our daughter attends college.

We believe in following our dreams and goals. We enjoyed living in the country in Ohio for 10 years then we decided to downsize and move to Florida for a little sunshine. We have now been here in Southwest Florida in Sarasota County for 7 years and ready for our next adventure. We have absolutely LOVED Florida and we may be back one day.

What is this next adventure? Downsize MORE! and travel the world carrying only one carry-on each. Where we will end up? We are not exactly sure. We do have family in Spain so that will be one of our destinations. We are going with the flow or "Swaying With The Palm Trees" as my father used to say.

We believe in living life to the fullest and when our time is up in this world we don't want any regrets.

Watch this video for full details of our plans. We will be vlogging our planning stages along with our travels. We would love to have you join us on our journey on YouTube Channel at