Saturday, June 30, 2018

Day Zero of My New Life

Tomorrow is July 1, 2018, the day I start to change myself and my life forever. I've spent weeks thinking and planning how I'm going to do that, and the only way I could see was to change  the things I
do every day and how I do them.

The Regimen

In order to accomplish anything, I have to be on strict regimen, 6 days a week. Sunday has always been my day off, so it will continue to be. Everyone needs time to rest and recover from a hard week's work.

This will be my regimen:

  • 8 hours of money-making work, 5 days a week to save money for a van and necessities of the vandwelling life
  • No less than 30 minutes of exercise a day
  • Eating better & tracking my food intake to lose weight
  • Taking my supplements on a regular basis.
  • Decutter and rid myself of 90% of what I own.
The first four things will happen every day, and the decluttering will be done slowly. My priority is to buy the van, which will make decluttering so much easier, since I'll be able to pack several boxes into it to take to donation shops. I'm going to try to go through one box a day in the meantime, and take small bags over to the Goodwill near me, but that's all I can do until I get a vehicle, so that has to be a priority.

Part of decluttering will be to start selling things, also towards saving for a van. Large things will go first, because I need the room to work on all the boxes of useless items. Plants will go this summer/ fall so I don't have to bring them all in for the winter. 

Uncertainty Rears Its Ugly Head

I'm not sure I'm going to love van life, and I won't know until I do it. People say I should take several short trips first, but I don't have time for that. I only have a year to prepare, and most of that time will be spent earning money. If things go well, maybe I'll take a few weekend trips, but nothing longer. 

Since I'm uncertain how things are going to work out, I plan to put a few things in storage in case I decide I want to live in a dwelling again. I'll try to keep it to a bare minimum, of course, but there are things I can't just part with, and I can't take them in the van, so storage it is. Life throws you curves sometimes, and if I do decide to move back into a dwelling, I'll have the necessities to start over.

So that's the plan so far. I'll be tracking my progress here at least a few days a week, and providing information that I hope will be helpful to others considering this lifestyle. Subscribe in the upper right sidebar to receive updates by email.  

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