How Long Will I Do This (Lifestyle)

I had a friend ask me the other day.. How long will you do this? I believe she was referring to this lifestyle I’ve chosen living in my car. It’s a fair question and one that I would surely ask of a friend or a family member too if they had chosen this ‘unconventional’ lifestyle as I have.

Living full time in my car and traveling the country!

Guess what! I don’t have a definitive answer except to know that when I started out on this journey of ‘New Beginnings’ that I made a decision to at least try it out for one year then re-evaluate whether I want to keep on keepin on down the road. I do have this lifestyle ‘bug’ so God willing.. I’m going to keep on keepin on!

In awe of God’s magnificent masterpiece

Many years ago I attended a convention with a direct sales company that I worked for as an independent contractor. A dear friend of mine was one of the main stage speakers. the title of her speech was “It’s always too soon to quit”. I will never forget that title as it is relevant to many things we choose to do in life. I feel that any amount of time shorter than a year would be quitting too soon.

Why? you may ask.

It seems to me that something so different as living in a car by choice when I’ve never done anything remotely like this; needs a chance. A chance to get use to, a chance to travel and see the country, a chance for God to work out all the details of how He wants to use me, who He wants to put in my path and what He wants me to do next. I don’t want to try and put God on a timeline. It wouldn’t work anyhow!

So as long as nothing unforseen happens; a year in Serenity Sedan is a good start.

‘Serenity Sedan’ is her name.. Serene and Simple life is my game😊
Sept 15 we (Serenity and I) celebrate a year of sweet bliss off the treadmill into the great unknown. Perhaps we start all over again on year 2 countdown. That’s the way we roll in this new lifestyle.. a happy traveler, nomad, gypsy soul.. living one day at a time and looking forward to the journey on down the road!

Incredible views.. never get enough

My hope and wish for you is that you too are able to live one day at a time and embrace a ‘serene and simple life’.. however that may look for you.

smiles and joy,

Linda

Alone..Groups or Caravans

As I venture out further into the great unknown I find myself pondering over how I want to proceed. Should I join a specific, formal type group with a label such as WIN – Wandering Individuals Network, LOWS – Loners on Wheels, Escapees Escapees RV Club, Escapers. There are also caravans set up on cheap rv living with specific locations and time frames to literally just show up at your leisure. Or should I just go it alone?

The first three months of ‘New Beginnings’ in my ‘Serenity Sedan’ was completely a solo move. I had no real life friends in this new lifestyle; just cyber ones. The facebook groups were my support. In the early morning hours or late at night I would plug in to connect with other like minded people. My social needs were being met. At least for the time being while I lived and worked in various cities.

My biggest desire beyond abolishing a renter’s life style was to meet a new tribe of ‘real’ not cyber friends. That desire was met at two back to back gatherings- Women’s Rubber Tramp Rendezvous and the massive Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. Part timers, full timers, from every state on the map plus Canada in every kind of rig possible were present. My heart was full. Once these gatherings were over; 10,000 people dispersed.. alone, joined a group, a caravan, or headed back to a home base.

After the two huge meet ups (WRTR and RTR) I spent five days in the desert on BLM land alone. It felt amazing as I took the opportunity to decompress from workshops, seminars, an abundance of people and conversation. The  quiet air and simplicity of daily life without an agenda was a good change. Being proactive with Say It Display It business, my you tube channel Serene and Simple Life looking for seasonal work and working alone at the library gave me a great sense of being productive and purposeful.

Now what?

I met Jann in person at the RTR. We had connected on facebook months ago. IMG_2272Her and I  made a loose plan to stay in the immediate area separately for a few days after the RTR then head out together to meet up with Debbie at the single’s group; WIN for a couple days. From there we would head to Slab City, CA. where Randy (a nomad for 42 years) and his group named ‘Friends of Bob’ is residing. Our upcoming plan is to check out a formal caravan from cheap rv living in another week or so. They reside on BLM land for two weeks at a time then moves 25 miles away to the next location.

First I want to revisit solitude again for a few days. Bob Wells- founder of cheap RV living is doing video shoots of different kinds of home set ups in all kinds of rigs next week. I’m planning to join in the fun to share my home with him and his staff. He has a massive following on his you tube channel where over this next year he will be posting these videos. Cheap RV Living – You Tube

For the last week Jann and I have been socializing with plenty of down time in between. We visited gorgeous sand dunes, hung together at camp fires, participated in a huge pot luck and dance in the desert.  I went on a tour of Salvation Mountain image1 (3)and East Jesus IMG_2329with some of Randy’s group while Jann chose to stay behind. Seeing new things and having people you know around to share in the excitement is way more fun to me than going it alone. Another one of my favorite parts of big gatherings is meeting people from everywhere, from all walks of life and sharing stories. The community meals within our little neighborhood at the RTR were some of the best meals I’ve eaten in a long time. In the week alone I was back to the simplicity of tuna packs, snack attacks, lunch on the run and soup.

I’ve decided in another week or so I will head out into the great unknown without being plugged into a group or caravan. It feels right to me in this first year of new beginnings. I  no longer have an internal conflict about choosing a solo journey. I’m experiencing clarity and peace instead.  It seems there are pros and cons to everything. I feel that God is calling me to serenity and solitude.. It is a desire of mine to be more in tune when He speaks, listening and paying closer attention to what His will is for me in 2019.

In May I will start working and engaging with others as a camp host. At that juncture I will once again move in and out of company with people and being alone. It will provide the balance I need.. to be filled up in the presence of others to learn and grow then retreating to my own company. Being alone provides necessary re-grouping and re-charging time though it also helps me to simply quiet my inner noise and my outward chatter!

One day at a time.. open to whatever God has in store for me and where He would guide me on down the road.

Smiles & laughter,.. Joy in the journey

Linda

Serene and Simple Life

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