I am sitting here, snuggled up in my van after work, deciding which van topic to write about next. It is cold and snowy outside. I am sipping on a hot cup of tea. It is one of those evenings where gratitude is in the air. A mellow thankfulness is in the air. As I sit here, I find myself reflecting on the many people who have helped me on my van journey so far. One of the main people key to the whole van conversion process was Jim Stephens of Umpqua Bank. Without his help and financial guidance, I would have never figured out how to cover the expenses of my van conversion. For many, #vanlife is a pipe dream because of the perceived financial barrier of making it happen. Well, I am here to tell you, where there is a will, there is a way......
Read more here: How I Paid For My Van Build
For a majority of my 20's, and now into my 30's, I dreamt of being a vagabond, free out on the open road. Originally, the vagabond seedling idea was to live out of a Volkswagon Bus (most likely too minimalist for me though!). Vagabond dreaming was still abstract. Pulling off an adventure of that scale off and still maintaining a stable enough life to make it through school while jumpstarting a career seemed elusive. Nevertheless, roaming and some kind of vagabonding was a bucket list adventure I often thought of.
You see, moving around has been apart of my life since I was a little munchkin. For a portion of my kid life, my dad was a long hauler, an 18 wheeler driving fiend. He, my mom, and I were on the road non-stop. Long hualing was where I was given my first CB handle: "Twinkle Toes." From long hauling, my family (which also grew by one sister) went to living in Mexico. Dad flew medical crews in and out of the remote regions. Again, we were always on the move. I think in the span of the 2 years we were in Mexico, we lived in 3 different homes. Upon returning stateside and by the time I was in my 20's we had moved more than fifteen plus times. Moving was stamped into my DNA......
To check the rest of the post, go here: Vanliving Chronologues #1
Cheers for now!
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