Well, I’ve got one month under my belt now of living in my van. To be honest, it’s been pretty awesome! Here are some of the highlights so far:
I’ve been spending a lot more time outside. The sun gives me strength and energy.
Having a membership at the gym, so I can have 24/7 shower access, has actually led to me working out several times a week too. Helping me get in shape.
Been saving money. With a two week tour coming up next week, this couldn’t have worked out better. I’ll also not be paying rent for a place I won’t be at.
There is something special about going to sleep and waking up outside.
I’d like to expand on that last dot point. From day one, I had planned on putting up curtains. Mainly for privacy, but I’ve also normally treated my living area like a cave. One of the things I’ve grown to like most so far is waking up outside. I’m in an area surrounded by trees and bushes. My entire view is green. I wake up to the sounds of birds and I can lay there in the morning and watch the squirrels play in the trees. It’s pretty special to feel part of the land, the outside like that. I don’t know, it’s just something I might not have gotten to experience if I had blocked it all out.
Here’s to another good month! Thanks for following my blog! :)
I’ll admit, I was a little nervous posting about this to FB yesterday. But I’ve been so overwhelmed with the support I have received. It’s really amazing. So many people have messaged me with their ideas and supportive words, it’s really been wonderful. So thank you to all of you, it helps so much. :)
Guys, I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a while. It must be because van livin is going so well. 4 months in and things are great!
One of the things I thought was very interesting has to do with perspective. So… I’m in a band that tours. BEFORE livin in the van, it was always kind of a downgrade sleeping-wise when you go on tour. You were usually sleeping on couches or air mattresses or even just the floor some nights. But AFTER livin in the van, this summer we went on tour again and it was almost an upgrade. Getting to sleep inside and sometimes having A/C or a fan or just having electricity was such a welcome change! It felt like I was living large and was being spoiled. It was cool.
Anyway, I suppose you should be careful what you take for granted sometimes. Always be grateful for the things you have.
Hope I don’t take as long before the next update. It’s getting colder, so I’m sure I’ll have more to talk about. Take care. :)
I’ve always been a van guy. I’ve had a van ever since I was maybe 17 or 18 and pretty much always had one. Mostly because I’m a musician and I wanted to be able to tour. Some pretty crazy circumstances lead me to owning this one. Short story: I was on tour in my dream van, the nicest greatest van I’ve ever had. In Houston, a band mate wrecked it on the interstate and totaled it. After a couple days stuck in Houston, the insurance money cleared and we bought this pretty crappy van just so we could get back on the road and finish the tour. After we got home, knowing we had a terrible van, we traded it for this guy.
A 1993 Ford Econoline 150. I’ve had it for many years now. Not nearly as awesome as the wrecked van I had, but it’s been treating me well. It’s just a regular old conversion van. Probably not the best starter kit for a home after seeing camper type vans that were built for storage and sleeping, but that’s okay. I don’t need much. Like I said, after getting all the seats out of the back, there is a 5 foot by 10 foot space left for livin.
Mom always knew I had some hippie-like tendencies in me. Even when I first heard John Lennon’s “Imagine” as a little kid, it impacted me. “Imagine no possessions.” Those and all the song’s lyrics always make me think. Well I’m definitely going to get a chance to put that to the test. This week I realized that I’ll be going from roughly a 500 sq. ft. apartment to a 50 sq. ft. van. It’s definitely time to remove the clutter from my life. It’s time to simplify to only the essentials. I have this feeling that it’s going to be quite freeing. :)
I’m pretty sure that I ultimately don’t care what other people think. It has been weird/tough to talk with some people about CHOOSING to do this without feeling judged, but it’s not a huge deal. I just wanted to say for the record, I am doing this BECAUSE I have my shit together, not because I don’t.
It’s not that I don’t think I can do it, because I know I have it within me to live in a van. Maybe it’s another one of my social experiments? Maybe it’s just time for a change? Maybe thru this blog we can all learn something. It’ll be an adventure either way!
I just watched this documentary on Netflix. It’s freakin great. It obviously deals with a lot of things I’ve been thinking about lately. Give it a chance if you can. http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70273279
Almost there. Only one more week until I move out into my van. It feels like I talked about it way too early… cause it seems like it’s taking forever to get here. But I know I should be savoring these last moments of…. this kinda life.
I’ve got most of my things packed up and in the storage unit. It only proves to me how little I really need to survive. I also have found a place to park my van. My best friend is donating a tiny portion of his yard. What a sweet person! Another bonus, it’s walking distance from work, so even less gas I have to consume.
Kind of excited to contact my electric company and internet provider this coming week to tell them I’ll be canceling their services. Even more money I’ll be saving now. Yippee! :)
Ran into a little hiccup. When I initially talked to my landlord about moving out, he was really cool and understanding about it and living in my van. I was surprised. And so I had this feeling that he might let me park in our huge parking lot up where I live. I got excited because it would be an awesome spot. It’s quiet and near woods. But when I finally got to mention it to him… it didn’t go as I hoped. It’s a little disheartening. I’ve been doing lots of visualizing in this spot. Ahh well… I’ll figure something out.
I talked to my landlord today and let him know that I will be moving out of my apartment by the end of May. It wasn’t an easy decision… but then again, I’ve been doing my best to deal with the concept of “nothing is ever permanent”. I knew I wouldn’t be in this apartment forever and I also know that I won’t be living in my van forever. So knowing that, I hope to make this new chapter a fun adventure, at least while it lasts. It also helps that I’ll have a month to get packed up and get the van ready for livin.