We are a little over a year into this whole blogging thing, and it’s time we introduce ourselves to our newer followers/update everyone as to where we are now. When we started the blog, my wife (then fiance) and I were still working corporate jobs in Texas. We had to hide behind internet anonymity for a few months, but that is no longer the case. My name is Chris Conant and my wife’s name is Rebecca Conant. Together we make up the Sunset Seekers. Our goal with starting this blog was to help folks find a way to live better now.
Who we are
I describe myself as a recovering lawyer, fishing addict/guide, dog dad, and husband to Rebecca Conant. I describe my wife as “Becca Conant: Accounting Superstar”, dog mom, crafter extraordinaire, and all around badass. We found love in the hopeless bowels of the internet (matching twice before connecting actually), survived my father’s passing, and dealt with job turmoil before leaving the Texas heat behind for Teton Valley, Idaho. If you are ever in the area, come say hello at Teton Valley Resort. Please bring treats for our dogs, they will love you forever.
I now manage the South Fork Outfitters fly shop in Swan Valley, Idaho and my wife is putting her CPA license to use for Chircop and Colyer in Driggs, Idaho. When we left Texas, we had no idea where our travels would take us, but opportunity presented itself in the form of a job offer for me. Becca quickly found her skills in high demand.
Why we started the blog
We hatched the idea to start the blog on a car ride to Waco, Texas for our nephew’s first birthday party. I was a little sheepish about suggesting the idea to Becca, but we had already been discussing making big changes, why not document everything? I took a deep breath and blurted out the whole concept. Before long, we were tossing around ideas for a name.
I wanted the blog to combine our love for travel, personal finance, and overall self improvement. We agreed the title should be flexible, so we could take the blog wherever it may take us. I really liked the concept of finding a better way to end the day. For years, I ended my days working jobs I hated by indulging in beer and fast food.
It was a terribly unhealthy lifestyle, as well as an awful way to end the day. And something I wanted to change when we got on the road. And so, we settled on The Sunset Seekers. Worst case scenario, we’d have something to show our kids to prove that we weren’t always boring worry warts.
In the moment, we already knew we were quitting our jobs and hitting the road. That’s a hard thing to explain to folks. What we were doing. Why we were doing it. How we were doing it. So we figured putting it all on paper might help folks understand our motivations a bit better.
When people gave us the “y’all are crazy look,” we would just refer them to the blog. Actually, people got about three questions before they were referred to the blog. It can get exhausting explaining things to folks! And we got a decent amount of pushback when we started telling our family and friends.
Finding our voice with the blog
Turns out, we had a lot more to say about our adventures than just where we went and what we did once we got there. A lot goes into making a decision to relocate across the country, especially taking five weeks in a teardrop trailer to get there. It took a lot of convincing (even ourselves) and communication to make it a reality. And it takes hard work every day to keep the dream alive.
Now we are living and working in Teton Valley. But always keeping an eye on the future and figuring out what the next adventure is going to be. We need to restock our fun tickets after our wedding and honeymoon in New Zealand.
Where are we going?
We hope to be a motivation for anyone trying to make a change. Most importantly, we want to hear your story. What obstacles have you overcome? What direction do you want your life to move? If we can help even in some small way, let us know!