Discomfort is the sweet spot. It’s how I grow best. I love bumpy roads, down pours, sweating and even breakdowns. I love the stimulation and excitement of living in a van. But it must be balanced. Chronic discomfort aka chronic stress leads to burnout, and I’ve been there a few times.
I am adaptable. I have to be on the road. Work demands it. I must be able and willing to roll with the tides of income as a freelancer and influencer marketer. Working for myself, I must be able to strategically employ the skill sets I’ve learned in my 34 years to create opportunities. Together they are synergistic and have helped us design our dream lifestyle. I hope they inspire you to look at your strengths and how they can work for you.
I don’t live in a van to live in a van. Sharing 80 square feet of space with a partner and two dogs is all sorts of cozy, but I really chose this lifestyle to be outdoors. Nothing brings me more joy than practicing yoga in the fresh air, blazing a mountain biking trail, scoring waves, watching spectacular sunsets, and hiking away from civilization.
Vans are unique, like the humans that occupy them. Lighting concepts are no different. We’ve toured many vans and have experienced the full range of creative lighting solutions, from psychedelic flashing LED strips, to small puck lights, fluorescent fixtures and sometimes a minimalist headlamp.
Vanlife is a piece of cake. There is a tried and true formula. First, decide if it is the leap for you. Then, simplify your life and purchase the right van to meet your needs. Last, create remote work. That’s it! Now drive off into the sunset and snap a few photos to inspire your friends on Instagram. Piece of organic sugar-free vegan delicious cake, right? Well, sort of, no, not really. 😉
#vanlifequestions How did we partner with GoWesty? We reached out to GoWesty almost four years ago, when we began vanlife. We had just started Instagramming and blogging. We saw vanlife as an experiment, an inquiry into the merging of a traditional 9-5 with a nomadic lifestyle. Sharing our story came naturally, as we desired to offer an authentic-as-possible look at life on the road. GoWesty believed in our vision, and our partnership began as the best partnerships do. Slow, steady and a lot of fun. In our contract it was required that we meet Jad the General Manager at a Mexican restaurant for food and beer. We received some discounts on products and lot of good vibes.