Getting Ready For Van Life

Getting Ready For Van Life has a picture of patchwork hippie van covered in snow.

Getting ready for van life is something you don’t do overnight.

In my previous post Preparing For Van Life I had listed 3 foolproof strategies for adopting a minimalistic lifestyle:


Being Practical

Taking Trips

Check it out if you’re tossing around the idea of living a nomadic lifestyle or if you’re curious.

Kevin and I have the three foolproof strategies down like a boss. 😉

Getting Ready For Van Life. Kevin knocking snow off our car with a broom. The van is beside the car.

Three weeks ago, we realized that we’d be spending another winter in North Dakota.

I mean really, who is going to buy our house in the middle of winter, right?

We agreed to park trying to sell our house until springtime.

We did our part.

Let’s just step back and leave it alone.

We made our peace with it.

The next day, I got a Facebook message from a guy regarding our house.

I told him the information he wanted to know, then he asked if he could see it that evening.

Well, yeah, of course, you can. 😊

Getting Ready For Van Life is a picture of a barn-style house with a log enclosed porch in front.

Long story short he, his wife, and sister-in-law stopped by to look at our house, and he told us he’d let us know what they thought after they discussed it.

The next day came and went without a word . . .

. . . And the next day.

Do you know how many times people who have toured our house have told us they’d let us know if they were interested or not and never followed through?

A lot.

If you say you’re going to do something, then do it.

If something comes up and you can’t, no worries, but please let that person know.

It’s called common courtesy people.

Okay, little rant over. 🙄

So, we thought he wasn’t interested in our house.

On the third day, I got a Facebook message from him . . .

“We’re ready to make an offer.”

We couldn’t believe it!


For real? 😂

We thought we’d have to spend another winter in North Dakota. 🥶

Those six words are surreal to me.

Those. Beautiful. Six. Words. 🥰

We accepted his offer, and then the pieces to the puzzle came together like a lovely sonnet.

So far everything in this process with him has been fluid.

It’s amazing!

This whole experience has not only reaffirmed in me to let go and trust the way of things but that we’re all connected and things do happen for a reason.

Black and white picture of the world and colorful people made from chalk, holding hands.

Now shit is getting real.

Good thing Kevin and I have already been taking the necessary steps towards this new way of life because it saved us a lot of time and stress.

However, there are things we still need to do before escrow closes.

We had to get rid of our car. 😢

Getting Ready For Van Life. Picture of a 2004 Ford Taurus next to the hippie van.

I’m not a materialistic person, but I did love our car, which was mostly my car because I drove it 99% of the time.

We’ve had the car for over 15 years and it’s been great for us.

The day we sold it was a bittersweet one for me, but it went to a good owner and that gives me comfort.

Another thing I had to do—Kevin already did this—was get rid of all the clothes I don’t wear.

I had three closets full of my clothes and a big ass dresser as well.

I learned I’m a clothes hoarder and most of them were from the 1990s. 🤣

The only clothes I have now are what fits in a tote that’ll be stored under our bed in the van (White Rabbit).

I have to be honest here, I feel liberated since I did that.

Wrists up in the air with broken handcuffs on them.

It’s amazing.

We’re starting to move our stuff into the van so we can determine where everything will go and what we have room for.

I’m looking forward to traveling on the road and finding out what works and what doesn’t work for us.

I imagine we’ll be getting rid of more things as we travel and acquiring small treasures like a cool sticker, crystal, etc.

The next thing we’re going to do to get ready for van life before we bail is established residency in South Dakota and get a permanent address we can use while living a gypsy life.

We need a permanent address to do many things like getting insurance, open a bank account, driver’s license, and so forth.

We’re going to create a video about this whole process, and I’ll post about it as well, so stay tuned. 😉

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