AND THEN WE GOT THE VAN

Like many Americans, we’ve decided to cut our loses and scale down from paying rent, utilities, wasting energy in an apartment we’re never in, and live small in a big way.

AND SO WE GOT A 1989 VOLKSWAGEN VANAGON GL

We named him DR. VANAGONZO because (for me especially) Hunter Thompson is a great inspiration of ours and Gonzo style of participation (journalism) is what we intend to do. This is one band wagon we are happy to jump on. Most of the time we just call him

THE VAN

We’ve sat around and witnessed many instagrammers and bloggers living the van life, and I gotta say its an upgraded ideal of some twilight version of the gold rush. A gold rush to live a minimal, simple life where you can be as mobile as you need to be. Or as immobile as you please, hence the hash tag HOME IS WHERE YOU PARK IT.

Its an ideal lifestyle for our nomadic generation of millennials, always restless and curious. Itching to see that alleged America the beautiful we would sing about in our elementary days. And see it we shall, with a front row view and an open sky ahead.

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My nephew trying to have another jump session with Doc

There’s much to be done and we’re gonna be wandering 757 for a while trying to get the van road ready.

Doc is currently experiencing some exhaust and starting problems so he had to go see a man about a horse.  Our first priorities are the flooring and basic insulation of it. We’ve definitely taken on a huge project but this is something we are invested in and are eager to gain insight from.

In times like now, when the economy for middle class 20 somethings is a vicious cycle of work and pay, the amount of energy we were paying for and not even using was RIDICULOUS.

We want to be conscious of our footprint on the earth. We want to lead a simple life while doing minimal damage to our already polluted home. We don’t need an excessive amount of space or stuff.

In time, we’ll do a Subaru conversion to the van to maximize fuel efficiency as well.

And have solar panels hooked up for fully sustainable power.

But for now, Doc’s got to get himself up and running again. Until then.

~

Peace

Scale Down: Rediscovering Minimalism

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I love the things I have. We all do, admittedly. I moved around a lot when I was younger, and had a lot of people come and go in my life, so I really never clung  to people or houses. I clung to my things. My beautiful crystals, my pretty vintage finds, records, decor, hand-me- downs, and all my books. Plus a ton of other crap I’ve collected (hoarded) over my 23 years.

We just bought a van, so how am I going to fit all these things I love in this van?

I’M NOT

It’s just physically not going to be in the cards (or in the van). Hayden (my love) has very few things which is awesome because then hopefully I will take a bit of extra storage that he won’t use 😉 However! I will be very strategic on limiting myself to the amount of things I’ll store at my mothers house and bring on our ameri-van journey.

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I’m going to go through everything I own, see what holds value, and it if doesn’t it’ll be put into a category. This includes EVERYTHING I own. Its mostly clothes and art supplies that I need to scale down on. It also includes decor, books, Dvds, furniture, and everything in between.

HERES THE SYSTEM:

  • SELL– Depop, etsy, poshmark, let go, offer up, shit even Facebook is a good platform for selling unwanted items of all kinds. Things that are worth something to you and possibly could finance other parts of your life. People like to support you when you put yourself out there, in my case, it’ll help build the interior for our Dr. Vanagonzo.
  • KEEP– Only the necessities (project 333 was very inspiring) and items that TRULY bring value to your life. Key points- Does it make you want to cry having to give it up? Do you really need it or is it just a pretty desire? Can you do more than one thing with it? Can you just take a pic of it and feel satisfied preserving the memory? Consider the season as well!
  • DONATE– many people will benefit from you getting rid of the 40 pairs of shoes you own. Re-gifting is also another amazing way to get rid of things, while still loving it, now it can go to a different home leaving you with more space. I donate to a local orphanage since my clothes are still considered ‘youthful’ and also the a local homeless shelter. You can do the same, or donate to a different place/thrift store and get a tax receipt, which is always nice.

*Another optional pile you can have is the STORAGE category. This could be appliances, winter/summer clothes (whatever season it may be) and other practical things that you’ll need/want to use some day, but isn’t necessary on a day to day basis* (for us its appliances, summer clothes, gardening stuff, and other furniture that we’d like to put in out tiny home (or dome)  one day when we have land as well.


I’ve started the process already, and my car is just about out of space because its filled ONLY with things I can donate. I’m still sifting through the sell, keep, store categories.

I may cling to a lot of things, as we all do, but I can just as easily detach from it. Not to be a cynic, but none of it really matters in the end.

Its just stuff.

I’d rather have love and space.

If your trying to scale down and minimize as well

Here are some awesome links that inspired and helped me.

http://www.trashisfortossers.com

http://bemorewithless.com

https://minimalismfilm.com (which was first a book)

http://frugaling.org

Theres plenty others if you just google anything with the word ‘minimalism’ in it, these are just some of my favorite.

Also, I was just simply inspired by my claustrophobia and love for open air. Having too many things around me, suffocating me, made me CRAZY, as if I’m not crazy enough. I needed space to think and be still without constantly cleaning and reorganizing to maximize space I didn’t have.


These are my platforms of choice for selling, you should check em out! I hand make upcycled art and sell unique vintage pieces! There will be more to come!

MY ETSY STORE

MY DEPOP SHOP

Beginning My Trail of Dreams


A Journey to find America the Beautiful 


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The first comment I get when I tell people im going to live out of a van is usually the same. There eyes widen a bit and they say “oh..yeah, wow okay”, and other vague gestures trying to hide the fact that it sounds completely absurd. As of lately, now that the van is in our life and its a tangible dream becoming reality, people seem to be wishful that they could have traveled when they were younger, or how they wish that they could just pack up and go like we’re doing. Every so often I get people who say, ‘Wow, thats going to be awesome, I used traveled a lot and i would definitely do it again if I could’.

For me, I simply wish to be home free, in a slightly different sense of the phrase. Home Freedom; a millennial, such as my self, is extremely open to the idea and is willing to reduce my carbon foot print via electricity, minimalism, and veganism. Along with other fun sustainable hobbies. Other people my age seem, in a way, envious because they aren’t able to detach from the safety of ‘home’ and parents, and the net they fall in if anything goes arye. Ive fallen in this net plenty of times. So many times it starts to wear out and I ended up hitting the concrete jungle floor. Now, I’m at a point where I no longer have to climb up some imaginary ladder, run in a hamster wheel, and please people who I don’t need to please. 

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This has been a long term goal of mine for five years, actually since its the new year six years, and now finally after all these years its become a reality. It’s even better than I wanted, I’ll soon be living out of a 1989 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon GL. Mechanically, its pristine. Cosmetically, doesn’t have rust, the front paint job is cool, but all in all it could use some TLC. Interior, is a blank canvas, a bare shell waiting for us to create a home and a life. A dream come true.

On top of my dreams jumping from my slumber into my waking life, this will ultimately lead to a more sustainable life. A transition of sorts; this will be the first major step toward the construction of the tiny house of my dream, complete with farm lands and many cats. This investment needs to be seen as such, its not a bad idea or a totally insane notion, its a smart one. Risky, yes one could say that, but I feel strongly it will work. I can feel the motivation flowing in my veins, I just need to get out of the familiar boxes of this place. Get rid of all those emotional purchases I acquired while in Richmond, Virginia. When the day comes, oh, there will be song, celebration, and fire spinning.

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For 2017, I vow to write every day. Even if its a short paragraph. I want to share my journey as so many have. I want to prove to doctors and other diseased people that your life does have to be and uneasy one. You just have to work hard has hell and now what you want.


THANK YOU EVERY ONE WHO IS FOLLOWING AND SUPPORTING THE DREAM!

BLESSINGS AND LOVE!