Giving myself a reminder that ‘pushing yourself’ doesn’t always mean sport, physical activity or work......Today it is writing.
It’s not a chore; I actually really enjoy writing. It’s not as if I am lacking in inspiration; there are plenty of things for me to write about and plenty of ideas swirling around my head. Sometimes it’s just hard to tell yourself to focus and try to get those swirling ideas down on the page in some sort of coherent manner.
That’s been my biggest obstacle recently; I’ve had so many ideas, so many experiences and thoughts, but I’ve been struggling to apply myself enough to actually sit down, sift through, and produce something from them. And because of that, I haven’t actually written anything since March.
I also think that a part of it is due to the fact I have become so at home in Chamonix. I have formed a network of friends and Chamily and a solid repertoire of activities. While it’s wonderful to always have options for something to do, it does mean that I neglect to spend time by myself.
I think it’s important for everyone, but especially for me, to spend time alone. This has always been when I am most productive; when I thrive, when I find my motivation to organise, create and produce. Some of my best experiences in life, I have been alone, particularly while travelling. But after the social madness I have immersed myself in recently, I was beginning to forget how to be by myself and as a result started to lose focus on things that are important to me.
But let’s hope things balance is being restored; I’m feeling content with my own company, motivated to write, create art and music. And to share! I am in the process of revamping and reviving my blog, hopefully with some new pieces on there in the next week. And maybe, just maybe, my vanlife vlog I have been planning, might finally surface......exciting times!
Well hey there 2019, it’s nice to meet you! Now let’s see what you have to offer.
2018 set the bar high, in fact it was undoubtedly the best year of my life so far, by a long way. It surpassed all expectations, and some of the experiences I’ve had over the past year will be with me forever.
To sum it up in a few numbers: 11 countries visited, 45,000kms driven, 8 flights, 5 big bucket list ticks, 3 broken bones, 1 fear partially conquered, 3 festivals, so many new friends and fantastic people in my life, many new skills gained and others improved, uncountable incredible experiences, more fun and happiness than I’ve ever had and as far as I can think of, no regrets.
Until now, I’ve never been able to say I’ve had a perfect year before, and obviously there were some days that weren’t as good as the rest. But when I think back over the last year, I am overwhelmed with happiness.
I made some fairly significant decisions this year, all fairly spontaneously and some of which could have been a disaster; quitting my jobs, leaving behind everything and everyone I knew to move to a different country on a whim where I knew next to no one, spoke none of the language and didn’t know how my van would cope with winter conditions it was not designed for. These things and more could have sent my word crashing down around me if they had turned out differently. But luckily, they didn’t and the fun gets to continue.
So thankyou obviously to my perfect Effy van, without her, this year and the decisions I made literally wouldn’t have been possible and also to each and every person that has had a positive impact on my life this year, everyone I’ve shared good times and made memories with. You’ve given me some of the best ones so far. Shall we make some more now? Happy 2019 everyone! Enjoy your hangovers!
Good morning from this beautiful spot.
Yesterday @mathis_ox and me worked on Rudi untill 3am 🛠 a reason to start the day relaxed and slow 😇.
We did some major updates and renewed some parts.
As we will hit the road to the CMT fair now... I will show you everything we did when there is a bit more time!
Anyone at the CMT today?
“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment—or unlearning—of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ULTIMATE reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in OURSELVES and others, is the meaning of life.” - Marianne Williamson
That’s all... 🙌🏻
3 1262 hours ago
Pretty well ready for the next road trip. We have Whisky and Books. A cracking Aussie Whisky what’s more! Bring it.
2 432 hours ago
This is dad, then mum appeared then after we’d fed them they brought their pups to see us. We had to leave before we scooped them all up. So many dogs roaming around which is a trouble when you have a dog that does not like other dogs! #vanlife
dann starte ich mal einen zweiten Versuch etwas zu posten.
Neuerdings kommt es bei jeden zweiten Bild vor, das der Text einfach nicht mit gepostet wird. Was nicht sehr förderlich ist.
Keine Ahnung woran es liegt. Kennt jemand das Problem?
Ich trinke jetzt erst einmal einen Kaffee, während Morten auftaut. Draußen ist es richtig dolle kalt.
Heute geht es an das Thema Elektrik. Mal schauen wie weit wir heute kommen.
Was macht ihr so?
I need 😈😈👭Comment & Share to your friends👍 D is for... Duvet rice!
Day four of the is dedicated to this wondrous energy-saving hack for cooking rice in a campervan. It's simple; bring it to the boil on the hob, then take it off and wrap it up in a duvet. You can also chuck a blanket or sheepskin over the top for extra insulation (as per this pic). 20-30 minutes later - unwrap and done! Perfect rice every time using the minimum amount of gas. If you make sure it's secure, you can even drive while it cooks and arrive at your destination with freshly made rice.
What other Dinner hacks do you use?
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Nach den ersten Nächten im Bus unser Fazit zum Schlaf- und Kochplatz: ▪️Unser Bett hat die Maße 1,90mx1,20m und ist ohne 🐶voll ausreichend! 😄
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1 184 hours ago
Morning👫Comment & Share to your friends👇 This years felt like an everlasting summer, today marks 7 months on the road and we’re so thankful for the countless hours we’ve spent chilling in this spot, catching the rays ☀️
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everyday is about being a team for us, but today we really shined 🤗🌞 according to matt’s mom’s neighbor (that was moving everything out of her garage next to us the entire day today) she said “I never heard you guys swear or yell at each other once!” 👍🏼👍🏼😇 yay for us hahaha .
we took the biggest leap of all today and CUT A 🤬‼️ HOLE IN THE ROOF!!! which to do, we really didn’t have a choice to be anything other than a team.... I mean, we cut a hole in the fucking roof. 😳
Matt and I needed said hole for our 🔊👉🏼MAXXFAN DELUXE 👈🏼🔊 *cue echo* - we need this bad boy for ventilation when we cook so we don’t blow ourselves up, and also to catch some fresh air so we don’t suffocate 😁😁 the Maxxfan Deluxe has a rain cover so the fan can be open when it’s raining or if we are driving 🙌🏼🌧🚙 very convenient 💯
things we needed:
- reliable teammate! aka someone just as crazy as you for doing this 👫 - Maxxfan Deluxe - #ryobi jigsaw w/ metal cutting blades - drill - screwdriver - 3M butyl tape (acts like putty) - dicor lap sealant - sander & clear rustoleum paint (for rust spots-don’t worry we will paint over them and make them pretty) - 3/4 in. plywood to make a frame for support (not necessary, but our van needed it) .
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1 384 hours ago
Blending in • Our yellow van isn't the most discreet when it comes to trying not to get a knock on the window for overnight parking... but sure does a good job at blending in with Baja churches.
It was time to say goodbye to RTR and move on. The plan was to drive to Yuma however, we kept on being swamped by waves of curious crowds.👬👬👫👫👬 Everybody wanted to see the van built.
The original plan was to leave in the morning, but due to "complications" we drove off just before sunset.🚐
Short on time we only managed to drive to the neighbouring BLM land, where the Skoolie Palooza gathering took place. If you look closely you may even see a few buses.
Test fitted the new wheels, this is with 1.5” wheel spacers, ideally I’d have 1/2 wheel spacers but I don’t want to cut the studs so im gonna try 8mm wheel spacers just to clear the caliper and see where they end up. Stay tuned still figuring out where to let these wheels rest.
16 2176 hours ago
Our favourite nook has had a makeover! Does anyone remember what was on the wall before? 🤔🙊
I've never spent any real time in NM until recently. It's proving to be a beautiful State with some amazing history!
7 1408 hours ago
I finished one side of the sleeping area with fabric using Thinsulate as batting. This was pretty difficult as it took me three tries so I ran out of fabric for the other wall haha. I glued 1/2" plywood to the wall to screw into, hopefully that holds. I also removed the window trim ring and screwed it down over the fabric so it looks clean. Apparently the only way to do it is with fabric tapping screws or any screw with a washer that doesn't move with the screw.
Nothing beats a bowl of Kraft Dinner to start the weekend right!
3 2279 hours ago
Step 5: Install electric and propane system.
With the heater installed; batteries and power hooked up. I framed two seats and slide out table.
1 469 hours ago
Story time💛 .
After homeschooling myself my senior year (2017) and working 6 days a week to save up money, I sold my Ford Explorer, dumped my boyfriend, payed off my rental bills, bought my van and left Oregon!💛 .
I spent 3 months adventuring the beautiful lakes and countryside of northern Idaho. Towards the end of my trip I drove to Libby Montana and spent 2 weeks broke down, doing repairs and driving the jet ski around the kootenai lake. .
I had an orthodontist appointment in Oregon but ended up running out of money in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. I painted some numbers on storage unit complexs and did some housekeeping. I made enough money to make it back to Oregon in September of 2017. .
Summer was over, and I was out of money. So I camped in my dad's shop with three of my best friends. We all, (crammed in like sardines) slept in the van and used the shop kitchen & shop bathroom. We celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, and my 19th birthday together. We split ways then I packed the van up and headed to Klamath falls just before Christmas. .
I had an ex boyfriend down there, (the one I dumped to go on my road trip) and he said he had a really nice job. He wanted me to come down and live with him. To get away from my hometown.. well that was a sack of shit. . As soon as I made it down there, he "lost his job" and we were stuck living in the van in freezing temperatures with no food, no propane, no gas, and no money. Surprisingly I stayed with him until the middle of February. When things took a turn for the worse. .
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A few years ago I was standing at a bus stop in Chicago. It was getting dark but still light enough not to worry. I pulled my phone out to mindlessly scroll until the bus arrived. A young man walked passed me, I looked up, and we both politely smiled. I looked back down at my phone and suddenly felt the presence of someone all over me. He took one huge lunge at me and it was all a blur. He grabbed me, picked me up, threw me back down, felt all over my body. I still have no idea if he was trying to rob me or assault me. But I was kicking and screaming so hard that I don’t think he knew what to do. Eventually he slid his hand between my legs, squeezed as tight as he could and ran off. It made no sense. What just happened? This is one story of many that I have and certainly not the worst of them. The reason I’m telling you this is because it would make perfect sense if I chose a safer life. One with no risks and little danger. But that’s not the life that I’ve fought so hard for. It’s not the life that I kicked and screamed to tell. You can choose the safer route and it would make perfect sense. But as women, we fight. We kick. And we scream from the rooftops. We’re here. And we can do anything we want. I get asked if I’m scared every single day to be doing what I’m doing.. Sometimes I really am, but I’ll never allow it to dictate my decisions.
I wrote something for @project.vanlife on how I stay safe as a solo woman. Being prepared makes all the difference. In my bio now.
“What goods a single wind chime hanging quiet all alone— the music our collisions make is the sound that turns, “the road that leads us back Home,” into “home.” @mewithoutyou — Happy Birthday (weekend) Nat ❤️