Life Update: The Bus

I wanted to share a little life update for those of you who don’t know me really well or haven’t seen my Facebook posts about this. Recently, Cameron and I discovered that the school bus we were currently converting into a skoolie (for those of you who don’t know, it’s basically a bus turned into an RV/mobile home), wouldn’t be finished by the time our lease was up in May.

Due to our landlord and our current housing’s lack of basic human needs, we decided to put the project on hold temporarily. We will be moving up to Ohio to be closer to my family for a bit while we get everything finished.

While deciding on this, we also came to the conclusion that we don’t want a 42 foot long bus. It was impossible for us to drive on a normal road or to take any kind of turn with it. So we are exploring our options and will definitely be going with something smaller.

It was sort of a sad ending for that bus, but honestly it will probably work out much better for us in the end. Anything else we get will be much smaller and easier to convert, and I get to spend some extra time living around my family.

Thanks for reading! Sorry about the shorter post today- I’ve had a migraine all day and decided to keep it short and sweet.

One more update, I’m going to be doing book videos on YouTube every Monday and Thursday now, so there’ll be an extra update on the blog every week!


A Bucket List


When I was younger I used to put together bucket lists all the time. It always seems like such an easy task, until I sat down and tried to think of the ideas ‘most worthy’ of being on my list. I wanted to try my hand at a new one today where I was less strict and just included anything that I am passionate about doing.

-Write a book and get it published.

-Walk on the Great Wall of China.

-Complete the Appalachian trail.

-Go rock climbing.

-Build my own home.

-Perform on stage, whether it’s singing, playing an instrument, talking, etc.

-Rescue as many animals as possible.

-Visit every national park in the United States + Canada.

-Live on a farm and grow my own food.

-Learn to make my own clothing.

– Meet Amanda Palmer in real life.

-Be a part of a protest I feel strongly about.

-Volunteer for a fantastic cause.

-Go to a ceremony for every religion.

This is it for me for now. I’m sure there will be other things to add to the list as I go through life.

What’s on your bucket list? Feel free to share them with me!

Coming Back Down


My goal for this week was to do a regular blog post over the weekend, and then a favorites post today, however neither of those things are happening.

I spent the past five days at my parent’s house in Ohio. It was a much-needed break from reality and my everyday life, and I couldn’t make myself stick to any sort of habit.

I did do a lot of reading this week, between audio books and my normal reading- but wasn’t able to finish anything that I liked enough to do a favorites post. By next week I will have some things finished that will be worthy of blogging.

As for a regular blog post, I made it a point to barely touch my computer all weekend. The break was so good for my mental health, and I only wish it had lasted a little longer.

Instead of sticking to a writing schedule and strict work schedule, I spent time with my parents and siblings, played more with the dogs, read more, ate whatever I wanted, and slept in. Time was less important, and every second was well spent.

I drank without worrying about waking up the next morning, I didn’t time myself for anything, I slept until waking up naturally, and I ate what I wanted without thinking about it. It was surreal.

I think it would be helpful to make it a point to give myself this kind of break at least once a month. It’s so easy to get lost in your career/chores/schedule/etc. that you can completely forget who you are and why you’re doing what you’re doing.

So I am adding that to my New Year’s resolutions. At least once a month I will take a day unplugged from technology, eating and sleeping when I want, and taking care of myself.

What do you do to recharge mentally? Share it with me in the comments- I need some inspiration!

The Upcoming Adventure


“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Terry Pratchett

  So as I have mentioned in my very first blog post, my spouse and I are preparing for quite the adventure starting next May. We are renovating a school bus and getting ready to travel the country with it.

This is something my husband Cameron has been planning to do for years. He has made up many plans for designing the bus, planned routes to take/places to stop, and has wanted this for a long time. This year it was finally made possible for us, and we bought a retired bus at the end of the summer.

At first, I wasn’t planning to go at all. I am a very reserved person, and like to stay in one place that’s rooted in the ground. I had honestly planned to rent a place closer to my family in Ohio and take care of our dogs and work there. However, I realized I would miss out on too much and really regret the year or two apart later on. (Cameron also pointed out that there wouldn’t be any rent to pay if I went, so that helps too). So now we are both going to be on this adventure with our two (soon to be three) dogs.

The trip is basically going to consist of us living in the bus full time for around two years-while travelling around the United States and Canada and stopping at all the national parks. During this time, I’ll still be working full time (I am fortunate enough to work remotely) and we will be documenting our trip through YouTube videos, blogging, photography, and a separate website.

I’ve never really traveled anywhere. I’ve always lived on the East Coast and haven’t seen much of the country. Cameron, however, has had a lot of experience with moving around and is excited to start it up again. I honestly think it will be good for me to live a constantly changing, minimalistic lifestyle for a few years. It will allow me a better perspective, more writing opportunities, and a great chance to have an amazing experience with my spouse. The only thing I will really miss is having my huge library in the same living space.

Over these next few months, we’ll be completely hollowing out the bus and then building a small home inside it for ourselves. I will probably continue to  briefly write about the bus on this blog, but for the most part it will be on a separate site. (Once it actually becomes active, I will include a link to the website on here as well).

I truly am a believer that the greatest things are achieved when you are nudged out of your comfort zone- I strive to do that to myself as much as humanly possible. There will be many pros and cons of living a life of constant movement and change, but I do believe I am up for the challenge. This gives us the beautiful gift of seeing much more of the world than we had previously before settling down somewhere out west.

Would you consider this type of lifestyle? I would love to hear your thoughts! If you have any questions about the building/destruction of the bus, or about our plans, definitely let me know in the comments below!