We’ve been planning since August 2017 to be digital nomads, but in February 2020 van life was cut short and this is why . . .
. . . It took us over two years to live the nomadic lifestyle, but that was because after we bought and renovated an RV, we decided to convert a van into a camper instead.
It also took us longer than we thought to sell our house.
Once our house sold, in the middle of winter (January 2020) in the Dakotas, we began van life in our homemade camper van.
I’m not going to lie; we had a rough start.
The roads were terrible, especially in Kansas, which made it difficult to drive the van.
I got sick from bad food. 🤢
And the cities we were looking forward to visiting sucked.
It was chaos driving through them and we didn’t feel safe.
We even tried boondocking in the desert, but something didn’t feel right, so we decided not to.
We then took a day off and stayed in a nice hotel.
We meditated and reflected on our situation.
We realized we were forcing our agendas and not allowing things to flow instead.
We decided to let go and see what happens.
We headed to the Pacific Coast.
It was a game-changer.
On the way to Oregon, we stopped at the Redwoods.
I always wanted to see the Redwoods.
I have a bizarre affinity with trees.
It’s kinda weird. 🙄
We went there and . . . OMG, I’d never seen such huge and amazing trees like that in my entire life.
And we lived among them for a few days.
It was wonderful.
I loved it! 😍
After that, we ended up in Oregon on the Pacific Coast and made a decision that changed everything.
On a whim, we decided to camp out 100 yards from the beach for a week in a small coastal town . . .
. . . Well, we fell in love with the town and decided to see if we could stay for a year and see what the area had to offer.
How we live our life is if everything flows, we’re on the right path.
We heard it’s tough finding a place to live here, but we figured if it was meant to be it would be.
Let go and see what happens.
The next day we found a place to rent that’s half a mile from the ocean and river, that’s surrounded by forested mountains and a block from a 2-story bookstore with a kickass coffee shop.
Oh, and the coldest it gets is 40 degrees and the hottest is 75.
So, we’re staying here for at least a year and plan on exploring the Pacific Coast.
Where we’re at is perfect for our creative and wandering spirits.
We haven’t even been here a month and Kevin ended up playing his guitar on stage at the theater with other musicians.
I got a tour of the theater, and we were asked to come back.
Just about every day we walk to the beach and explore it.
We became friends with seals and sea lions.
My new hobby is finding sea glass and hag stones.
When we decided to be digital nomads and van lifers, we had full intentions to travel parts of the U.S. for a year, but it didn’t turn out that way.
But that’s okay.
We’re still living instead of just existing because we live in an area and part of the world where we can do that.
It’s all good. 😉
If you let go of preconceived ideas and trying to control the future and instead, trust and go with the flow, you’ll be amazed and possibly dumbfounded how your life will unfold.
Van life was cut short and now you know why.
I don’t feel bad about it.
There are no regrets.
We wouldn’t be where we are if we didn’t decide to travel in a homemade camper van and step outside of our comfort zone.
And we’re much wiser for it.
And it’s changed us in a good way.
Never in a million years did we think we’d live in a place like this picturesque town that’s bursting with creativity, great food, life, and adventure.
But we are and it was all because we decided to be true to ourselves, returned to being minimalists, created the life we want, pushed the ego aside, let go, and trusted the process – the way of things.
I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring or the next day and so on, but I do know we’re all in the process of becoming and it’s never-ending.
Our next chapter begins here on the Pacific Coast, and I will apply what I’ve learned and will continue to learn so I can be the best person I can be and live the life I want.
Cheers to exploration, adventure, creation, and good vibes. 🥂