That’s A Wrap! From Concrete To Paradise

The van is parked in the middle of chaos, in the eye of a human storm known as Walmart. The field of pavement rises to meet me, and as I circle the van checking out tonight’s home, the security guard circles me with his lights strobing. This, is van life. At least, it’s one side of it. Van life is whatever you make of it, and my mind wanders back.

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Headstands in Walmart. Somewhere, Florida.

Back to one week ago when the van was parked in paradise, with coconut trees not light posts, shells not trash, and the only circling was the Osprey flying free above.

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A tropical paradise. The Florida Keys.

The place was the Florida Keys, and the reason was the production of season 2 of the Where’s My Office Now? web series (watch season one here). The crowd-funded project consisted of one month of filming, 13 modern nomad interviews, a couple of breakdowns, and memories to inspire our future days.

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Interviewing van dwelling musicians Jason Sharp and Nikki Talley.

As I sit in this concrete world, I reflect on the completed production. It is the people that inspire me every single day to continue life on the road. Every person has a unique story yet we are all united by the desire to live full, happy lives of personal growth, experience and adventure.

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Concrete reflections. Cape Cod, MA.

It doesn’t matter where I am, Walmart or the Florida Keys, my heart is warmed by the fire of the individuals out there taking risks and living outside of their comfort zones, far beyond society’s boundaries. Anything is possible, and as Corey and I move into the post-production phase of this project I envision a world where we all say yes to what makes us happy and the world a better place.

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The folks from Wandrly, one of the families we interviewed.

Join the community!

We are in the process of developing a new WheresMyOfficeNow.com website which will feature stories from modern nomads, to inspire and empower you to live your dream. We are looking for people, nomadic or not, who want to be involved in this process as website testers or contributors. To join the community, please fill out the form here and we will be in touch as we continue to move forward! Live the dream. :)

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The Nomads Know – Please help!

Many people dream of a lifestyle that gives them freedom of location. The ability to throw on a backpack, begin pedaling, or get in a van and just go. Go… to see the sunset in a faraway land. Go… into the unknown. Go… to collect experiences rather than stuff. Go… to gain new perspectives. Go… to… well, just go!

It’s romantic isn’t it, this vision? But it’s more than romantic, it’s possible. We live in an age of unlimited possibilities given the information and technology within our grasp.

But how, you ask. The Nomads Know!

The question is, how can people fund such a lifestyle? Should they work really hard and save up, or find a way to generate income while traveling? How can an average person working a traditional job take steps to transition into a life of more freedom and passion? We believe the answer begins with the collective stories of the community already living this lifestyle.

The vision for WheresMyOfficeNow.com, is to develop into a community-based website that will serve to inform and inspire 1) people who desire to live nomadically and 2) all of us… to pursue whatever our dreams are.

As part of the website in development, we are raising funds to produce season 2 of the Where’s My Office Now? web series in collaboration with Idle Theory Bus. If we reach our goal, we will set out on a mission to interview people living and working on the road, to learn who they are and how they’ve funded their lifestyle. In addition to the web series, these interviews will be part of a community website currently in development. Not only will we interview these nomads, we will document the process of locating them and how they inspire us.

How you can help!

Living on the road is very much about the people we cross paths with that forever change us. We’d love to bring you along. To contribute, please click here to visit the Where’s My Office Now Kickstarter project.

If you are as stoked as us, please share the campaign with friends and family that may be interested in it.

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Calling All Nomads

Van life is more than just an alternative lifestyle, it’s a vehicle for cultivating personal growth, our connection to nature and our passions. It gives us sight beyond the paradigm. For these reasons, we believe van life can change the world. This is why we are driven to empower those interested to live on the road. This is why we are in the process of redesigning this website to help teach those interested how to manifest it. We are committed to our vision of putting together resources and collecting stories. But we cannot make the vision happen without you. We don’t often request help, but we are right now. If you have found our messages valuable over the past two years, please consider helping us.


Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign to learn more

On Nov. 15th, we are planning to leave New England on a mission to interview nomads exploring questions pertaining to how they’ve planned and funded their lifestyle.

These interviews will be part of Season 2 of the Where’s My Office Now? web series, and will also serve to inspire and educate visitors on the new website currently in development. The new website’s mission is to empower us all to find the space where our passions and skill sets intersect. This is the space where work is no longer work, but the value that you give yourself and society. We will accomplish this, in part, by interviewing individuals, couples, and families who have found ways to manifest their dream lifestyle.

Here is how you can help:

  1. We are searching for nomads and need your help! Do you know anyone living nomadically by van, foot, bike or boat? We will be traveling from Maine to Florida. Please email us at info@wheresmyofficenow.com if you have any suggestions!
  2. Funding for production is needed! Our vision, is to caravan with creatives James and Rachel of Idle Theory Bus. They will direct the videography, so that we can focus on finding and interviewing the nomads, and developing the new website. Thus, we are planning to launch a two-week Kickstarter campaign next week. Please note that we are switching fundraising platforms. This means that we don’t keep ANYTHING unless our goal is met. Your early contribution to the campaign may make or break its success. Once our Kickstarter campaign is live, we will send you the link.



Thank you in advance! Live the dream!

Here is the latest episode:

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She Explores Interview

Recently I was interviewed by she-explores.com, a great website dedicated to outdoors women. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my story with others and hope you enjoy the following interview. Here it is:

How long had you and Corey been together when you hit the road?

We had been together one year and four months. However, our relationship was substantially tested when we traveled to Central America for two months of backpacking after having dated for five months.

What was the biggest obstacle in deciding to live a van life?

The decision to live the van life happened smoothly, and to be honest, without obstacles. This is not to say that planning for and living in the van was smooth, but the actual decision to live in a van and travel seemed natural and effortless. I think that this is due to where I was in my life including my desire to do something outside of the societal norm, and also the acknowledgement of my internet skillset which I realized I could operate from anywhere.

After this decision was made, the biggest obstacle for me was having the patience to wait for everything to come together. After deciding, it took 6 months before we bought the van and then another two months of prepping. I tend to be spontaneous and at times impatient. I like to see results and there were times in this planning process that I had my doubts about it coming to fruition. I was thankful for Corey for constantly reminding me that it was going to happen.

VW’s are notorious for their maintenance and community of fans – any stories of help given by others along the way?

The Vanagon community is chock full of inspiring, passionate, interesting people that we immediately connected with. Once, we were broken down in Sedona, AZ (not a bad place to be broken down!) and we had been given the name of a Vanagon mechanic about 45 minutes away in Flagstaff. We had no idea what was wrong with our van at the time, and this guy drove all of the way to meet us to let us try a working part of his that may have been the cause of our breakdown. We’ve met people who give us gifts immediately upon meeting us … spare parts, food, and gas money. A year ago, Corey broke his collar bone in a remote location on the Lost Coast of California. We had to quickly plan a trip back to New England, and were faced with the challenge of finding a safe place to store Boscha and all of our gear. We asked our Instagram followers for some help and a fellow Vanagon guy, Dave, offered to store Boscha at his place of work. We’ve been friends with him and his family ever since.

How do you balance deadlines with the unexpected on the road? Do your clients know about your lifestyle?

Prioritizing certainly helps, as well as skills like planning and time management. This may mean playing it “safe” when an important deadline approaches by sticking to places where I’m certain there will be internet, either in the form of cell phone service, or a cafe. One thing that’s great about living on the road is that it can be inexpensive compared to apartment/house life given that there’s no rent or mortgage. Because expenses are less, technically I don’t have to work as many hours to support myself and this lifestyle. Thus, I work less (anywhere from 15-40 hours/week but usually on the lower end) giving me a cushion for emergency work tasks that may come up and more time for exploration and adventure.

How do you balance a web presence (social media and website/blog) with day to day life? Is the former time-consuming?

Balance is the ultimate challenge on the road. A perfect balance of work, travel, relaxation, and adventure is impossible to maintain. Currently, I’m working on redefining the picture of balance that I have had in my mind for a long time. I’m accepting the feelings of ups and downs and imbalance, and most importantly, energy management. Living on the road requires a lot of energy both mental and physical. Sharing the journey on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our website is something that happens organically and doesn’t take a lot of time.

That being said, there are many unwritten blog posts and a lot of videos to be edited. These larger tasks have taken back burner the past few months. Short posts like photos and a caption are easy to fit into daily life and are not time consuming. The larger pieces like blog posts and videos are much harder and I’m still struggling to get into a routine with them.

What inspired you to make a web series?

I want to show people that living on the road is a viable, simplistic lifestyle option especially given the technology of today. Beyond this, I think it’s imperative for people to pursue their passions and live their dreams. The risk is worth it. The ups and downs are worth it. The unknown is worth it. From the beginning of this journey, we felt it necessary to portray this lifestyle as honestly as possible. We believe that the best way to do this is through video. We tried filming ourselves, but it was too time consuming and also pulled us out of the moment, and thus wasn’t the honest portrayal that we were looking for. So we ran an IndieGoGo campaign and hired a camera guy to live and film with us for a month. We are still releasing episodes. Perhaps down the road we will have a season two. ;)

What have you learned about Corey that you might not have without this excursion?

Before leaving, I knew that Corey liked to have things organized, but I had no idea to what extent!! He is the neat one, and I… I am the opposite. I’ve also learned how good a planner Corey is. He keeps the van together. Water, electricity, gas, van maintenance. His mechanical knowledge has really impressed me.

You say, on your blog, that you can’t hold grudges in such a small space. Do you have any advice for other couples thinking about traveling together?

Alone time is important, even for just 20 minutes a day. Also, working with my own feelings and emotions, through meditation and acceptance, keeps me from projecting them onto Corey. I also think it’s important to accept the emotional swings of both myself and Corey. Accepting simply means to not feed it with more negativity.

What piece of gear/equipment did you not know you would need?

We were given items that we’ve learned we don’t need, like extra clothing. We’ve donated a few bags and routinely perform a van purge. It’s amazing how little we actually need.

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Any “oh crap” moments?

In Sedona, AZ, we were hanging out having dinner at a friend’s house. When it came time for bed, they offered us their driveway to park in. We were about to say yes, and I had a feeling that we should just head out to the National Forest that we had been camping in. The next morning, we woke up to a message from our friend saying that a drunk driver had crashed into their driveway. Exactly where we would’ve been. “Oh crap,” is the watered down version of what was said. The lesson? Listen to your intuition! And we are probably just as safe sleeping on a city street as we are in a friend’s driveway!

You’ve been on the road for almost a year and a half – If you had to pull over and choose a town to live in, where would it be?

It’s a toss up between Pacific City, OR, Sedona, AZ, and Mt. Shasta, CA. Portland, OR is cool, for a city. But I don’t think I’d want to live in a city. Gosh, I really don’t know. There’s so much beauty and character out there.

UPDATE FROM THE ROAD: Currently we are in New England visiting family and loving the weather here! Today is our 618th day living and working on the road. The people we’ve met and the experiences we’ve had have shown us that every journey is worth the risk and that we create our own reality. If you’re interested in seeing our daily photo updates, follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Also, we’ve been releasing many videos giving you an inside look at life on the road on our YouTube channel. Live your dream. Whatever it is!

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When A Dog Chooses You

Living in a van with a dog is its own adventure. That’s right, we now have a dog. Rewind to April 19, 2014, the day I turned thirty years old and also the day that Corey took me to the animal shelter in Cottonwood, AZ. Just to look. Yeah, right.

Her name is Penny Rose. Penny because she is the color of copper. Copper is one of the oldest metals and is known in many cultures to be a protector against evil and attractor of love. This is exactly what Penny Rose does. Rose because roses are beautiful and so is she. Plus, she has a great sense of smell and enjoys sniffing plants and flowers.

So, how has Penny Rose changed my life?

Penny Rose needs much exercise. I’m in way better shape than I was prior to rescuing her. Walking, running, hiking, biking, and frolicking are part of daily life now.

Penny Rose needs a calm assertive leader. There’s simply no space for any sort of drama or emotional instability.

Penny Rose is often a reflection of my own energy. When I exhale deeply and take a moment to relax, so does she.

Penny Rose lives in the moment. I find myself meeting her here. Here, now, is a wonderland.

Penny Rose is a free spirit. Joyous and free this dog is meant to be. Chasing butterflies, watching ants, frolicking along shorelines and eating poop. It’s the little things.

Thank you Penny Rose for somehow choosing us.

Do you have a dog? How does your dog inspire you?

Having a dog on the road is challenging yet doable and rewarding. Do you want to learn about the logistics of having a dog on the road?

UPDATE FROM THE ROAD: Currently we are in New England visiting family and loving the weather here! Today is our 575th day living and working on the road. The people we’ve met and the experiences we’ve had have shown us that every journey is worth the risk and that we create our own reality. If you’re interested in seeing our daily photo updates, follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Also, we’ve been releasing many videos giving you an inside look at life on the road on our YouTube channel. Live your dream. Whatever it is!

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6 Reasons to Live in a Van

This is a post I wrote for ExpandedConsciousness.com.  I’m thankful to them, for giving me the opportunity to write and share van life!   Today marks my 572nd day living in a van with Corey and our new dog. In January 2013, we left New England to run our website development company out of our 1987 VW Vanagon. Our life over the past year and a half has consisted of 80 square feet of living space, 30,000+ miles, 32 states, and 1,433 hours of logged website development work. You may ask, why would anyone choose to trade the comfort of a house for the unknown of the open road? Here are what I believe to be the top 6 reasons to live in a van.

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1. Affordability

The cost of living in a van is dependent on variables such as the type and condition of the van, your mechanical expertise, van maintenance, fuel prices, how far and often you drive, and additional expenses like food and personal expenses. However, living in a van means living without paying rent or a mortgage. In many states, there’s free public land to camp on. Many people choose ­to live in a van to simply get ahead in their finances.

2. Feasibility

According to a study by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, the number of people telecommuting to work has increased 80% since 2005, with 3.3 million Americans calling home their place of work. The technology of today has made it possible, for many people, to work from anywhere.

3. Personal growth

Living in a van cultivates new perspectives. Van life has taken me into the unknown, from sleeping in the woods and Walmart parking lots, to not sleeping, unexpected breakdowns, and severe weather. Consistently facing my fears has gifted me a greater sense of inner peace amidst the ups and downs.
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4. Freedom

Van life affords the freedom of location and time. Essentially, a van is a home on wheels and can be parked almost anywhere. Wherever your heart desires, you can most likely be. Given that van life is relatively inexpensive, we can work less, and thus have more time to do activities that we find intrinsically rewarding. This is freedom, or at least it feels like it.
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5. Inspiration

People and nature inspire us beyond imagination on the road with compassion, ideas, innovation and natural beauty. This country, this world, isn’t what the media portrays. There is far more good than bad. Far more magic than fear.
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6. Environmental

Let’s be real, there’s not a lot of living space in a van. 80 square feet to be exact. Between us and our dog Penny, we each get 26.7 square feet to claim our own. We consume less, simply because of limited storage space. Purchases such as clothing, accessories, and home furnishings are rare to nonexistent. Less consumption means less wasted resources and ultimately less pollution ending up on the land we walk on, ocean that provides for us, and air we breathe. Although van life isn’t perfect (fuel consumption!), it is a step in the right direction.
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Thank you ExpandedConciousness.com, for giving me the opportunity to write for you! Check them out on Facebook.