Get rid of stuff and free yourselves dude!


Hey!!!  I am writing this evening from the lake 😀  I have to say that car living is so far so GREAT!  Knock on wood I haven’t had any issues so here is to keeping the good going good!

I have been thinking about all that I have given up and the freedom that has come with that.  One may say, “Lori you don’t have any kids nor a husband, how much more freedom does one need?!”  Well freedom from material things is completely different than an absence of a partner or children.  Whether we are ready to admit or not we DON”T NEED all the MATERIAL things that we have.  The more you have the more those things are capable of cluttering your mind.

I am not the first one to completely down size nor am I some kind of life decluttering guru but take a look around your place and take in all that you have.  I can safely bet that most of you don’t use all that you have.  I know I didn’t.  I had two closets and a small storage space filled with stuff that had been following me around from city to city for the past 11 years!  Holy crap, 11 years!  When you learn to part with things, you add more and more freedom to your life.  I believe everything has energy.  People, places and things all carry some form of energy.  Things take up your energy.  All those extra gizmos and gadgets that you have in your home take up YOUR ENERGY, they take up space.  I will never forget the time one of my nephews said to me, “Aunt Lori, I like that house you lived in out in the country.  It was clean and spacious.  My mind felt better there.”  I kid you not that is what he said.  And it’s true.  I lived in a nice home with beautiful furniture and kept things at a minimum.  My partner (at the time) and I kept a clean clutter free home as he and I liked an order to things.  Not in a rigid way but in a “the less we have the less we have to clean and take care of way!

Now I am not telling you to sell or donate all your stuff and move into your car like I did!  But how much do you really need to be happy?  I think you’d surprise the heck out of yourself.  People back in the old days worked harder and had way less stuff then we do now.  They knew the value of the stuff they had in their life and spent their free time with people, connecting.  Also the stuff that they worked hard for was awesome quality stuff that was built to last.  Unlike the cheap flimsy stuff that fills up stores now.  Also they were way less lazy.  They did for themselves and if they needed help they could call upon their neighbors because they made connections with them.

I love my mom!  However, my mom spends such an excessive amount of time on her phone.  She is addicted!  Sadly most people are these days.  Instead of people asking about the other’s interest we ask, “Hey did you see that thing on Facebook?!  Here let me show you!”  I would love to have a conversation with one of my friends and them not check their phone at least twice during dinner or coffee.

Back to downsizing…

I have my shirts, pants and sweatshirts in a 12″x 36″ bin,  a smaller bin for socks and underwear, a hanging toiletry bag, a small library, a glass gallon water jug, a yoga mat, 2 pairs of shoes and my dry bag of coffee, fuel and a pocket stove in my trunk.  I go to the market every morning for fresh fruits and veggies for the day.  I sleep like a rock in my foldout bed!

We don’t need all the extra crap in our lives but we have been sold on the lie that we do.

What we need is more awareness with the people in front of us and time with ourselves disconnected from technology instead of us disconnecting from others and ourselves.

I am trying to live the best version of my true self. I am much happier and freer than I was living in a cute apartment filled with lots nonsensical stuff.

Now quit reading this and start freeing your mind!

~L

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Freedom in a tiny space…


The familiar whiff of freedom.  The feeling of total euphoria when I leave some place because my time there had run its course.  The giant giddy smile that creeps across my face as my dreams start to unfold in the most organic of ways.  The optimism that is ever present in my mind that fuels my desires and keeps my wheels perpetually turning without effort.

I have been trying to find a place that I could sit, have a beer and write this out.  I finally found a great neighborhood bar, Gormley’s.  My neighborhood is too busy and the adjoining ones can be a bit stuffy.  So I moseyed up the road to a place that I have passed by several times and never stopped at.  I have been here 15 minutes and the barkeep (Joe) is nice as can be, welcoming and doesn’t care if I sit here, sip beer and write out my thoughts. Thanks man.

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Road to peace
So dudes… I have written on the blog before about my crazy life moment traveling through Blackfeet Reservation and how that led to my 5 year plan.  Well let me tell you where I am going.

I have had this RESTLESS (yes it needs to capitalized..lol) feeling for months now.  I have been thinking about materialism, challenges, freedom, happiness, monetary liberation and how to get the heck out of this slump of entrapment that I was living on a daily basis.  I have come to accept the fact that even after being back a for years and seeing all my friends and family settled down all cozy in that homey existence and thinking that it may rub off on me, that no matter what, I don’t have that gene!  That gene that wants to nest and build a stationary life.  So one day I was coming home, again…from work, and going through the same routine and saying to my self, “I cannot do this anymore.”  I asked myself how am I going to grow and live and thrive?  I thought by now I’d meet a guy and converge our lives and interests and there would be a mutual respect for each others desires and dreams.  That we’d let each other be their awesome authentic selves while exploring our mutual interests.  Well that hasn’t happened, although I thought I might have been close but…nope.  But gosh did I really like this one guy and thought, “maybe!”  I even asked this guy,  “If this thing were to go extra innings and I were to live in a grounded home with you, would you be okay with me traveling for three consecutive weeks out of the year because you know that it is vital for me to ramble?”  I am adaptable!  But he flat out said no.  So I continue on with my life’s wants and hope that one day I may share them with an awesome adventurous man.

So what have I done?!  I down sized the heck out of my life!  I sold most of my things, gave away a few, donated a ton and put a few mementos in storage and moved into a tiny home on wheels. 😁  And. I. Love. It!!!!  I am mobile, free, unconfined, and giddy with exploration.  I wanted to wait a while before I shared this with anyone.  I am sure my Ma knows as she is no dummy.  But neither am I.  I have researched and contemplated and really dug down deep to figure out whether or not I am capable of doing this.  I moved into my vehicle.  A good friend went along with my crazy plan and helped me build a platform bed for my car.  Which is AWESOME!  The platform folds up nicely so you’d never know that someone moved into such a tiny space!  I have researched safety, livability and weather.  A little side note about weather.  I am not a martyr.  When the weather turns to absolute crap I will be renting a room or an efficiency!..lol!

I have been talking about living in a tiny house for a while now.   What better way to figure out if you can live in a very small place then to live in your car for a bit?!  And let me say this.  I am doing this because I 150% want to, NOT because I had to.  My dear sweet landlord even tried to talk me out of it for three straight days and even up to the moment when the new tenant was to sign their lease he said I could back out of my plan and stay. Thank you Ted.  You are awesome and I thank you for your worry and love.

More to come…

~L

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow