It has been several weeks since I last posted. #vandog and I headed out on my first travel nurse adventure and have been settling in to our new life. So far, I am loving being in a new town, on the road, and meeting new people. The newness of the adventure is stimulating and has had some expectedly unexpected turns. One of those unexpected turns came in the form of weather.
I chose my first contract location in hopes of better weather so I could start riding my bike earlier in the season this year. I love mother nature’s temperamental behavior, because, try as we might, humanity still cannot not dial in the predictably of her weather patterns. She has had California in a drought for several years, so, I thought heading to Northern California would mean dryer, warmer winter/spring weather. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for California), upon arrival, the soggy weather pattern continued for weeks, causing me to continue being held up in the van for more long periods of time. As the sunny weather finally hit and I was able to release the battened-down hatches, I realized I had a moisture problem.
Considering a van conversion? After settling into van life full time for a little over 6 months, I have 3 ideas you should consider:
Quality sleep is super important to maintain physical and emotional health, daytime performance, and brain function (NIH, 2012). So, to me, designing a sleep space that fits people comfortably is really important. When designing my sleep space I made 2 errors: overcrowding and a short bed.
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.
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.
This is the story of life with "Amelia" my 170 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van home. The adventure is just beginning. Join me as I share experienes and van lessons.
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