A new year deserves a new look.

I was getting a little bored with the look of my site and decided to give it a little makeover.

It looked ok to me but I didn’t love it, it is just what I created quickly when I first set up my blog. But a year later, the color combination and clouds became a little to bubble gummy and whimsical for me. So it was time for a change.

Now I wanted something with a more elegant feel and a richer color combination. Oh and get rid of the clouds.

If you forget already what it did look like (it was last year ya know), here is a reminder.

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So what do you think? Yay or nay on the new look?

2017 is going to be my year……onward and upward!!!!! I’m really excited for things to be moving along and the goal getting closer.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy new year and all your dreams come true.

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Happy New Year!

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Cooking on the road.

As I get closer to purchasing my van I’ve been thinking about numerous floorpan options for my van interior.  I’m obsessed with Pinterest and pinning any great ideas that I come across.

Once I get my actual vehicle I’ll be able to really plan it out depending on the measurements I will have to work with.  But there are certain options that I know I want that won’t change depending on the vehicle.

One of them is a way to cook.  It will be basic and simple but I still want a way to cook.  After much consideration I decided on a two burner cook top.  Initially I was thinking something like the Coleman camping stove but then I did some more research and came across a safer option that would work better for me.

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I have now added the Origo 3000 Alcohol Stove from West Marine to my wish list.  This will be the best option for me because safety is my biggest concern.  This stove is a marine stove so if it’s safe enough to cook on a boat it’s definitely safe enough to cook in my van.

Camping stoves use propane bottles which are combustable and that worries me in a small space.  The Origo stove uses denatured alcohol which isn’t combustable and burns vapors from the alcohol and can be quickly distinguished.  It’s like those little canisters used underneath catering trays.  This stove is safe and easily installed without the necessary safety requirements of propane stoves.  And it can be installed set down in a counter tops with no hazards of heat concerns.

It’s a little pricey but I think it’s definitely worth the investment to keep my mind at ease.  After all, this will be my home so I will spend a little extra for the safety of something I will be using daily on the road.

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Some women want diamonds….

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Yes, this pretty much sums me up perfectly.

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Radical Self Love!

We should all love ourselves right?  Yes we should!  But we don’t always love ourselves like we should.

I try to live a happy and healthy life and I always talk about being positive and I truly believe in law of attraction.  I really do.  But I don’t always live that way.  And I self sabotage my goals constantly.  It’s a viscous cycle in my head that’s constantly in motion.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy and I have a good life.  I’m not saying I’m some pathetic train wreck here.  But I know if I just practiced more self love and gratitude every day my life could be more than good, it can be amazing!

Well it’s time to get my shit together, put my head on straight, love myself as I am and make the life I want.

The last month has been fantastic because my travel plans have really kicked into gear.  I hope to be out of my apartment by February 1st and then begin the next step of my “hit the road” plans by couch-surfing with friends and family for several months to really start saving some cash.  Then let the travel life begin!

But to really make this new life happen and to really love it, I need to start loving myself and CREATING MY OWN REALITY.  It’s fun and exciting to talk about it but to really make it happen and to believe that I deserve this, I need to start changing the way I think about myself and my life.

Well, this is where this new book I just purchased comes into play.

I’ve been following Gala Darling for about a year on Facebook and her blog.   I love everything about her.  Her message is amazing and she empowers all woman to love themselves, truly love themselves.

Today I decided to purchase her book.  And I am so excited to start reading it.

It’s time for me to practice what I preach and begin to love myself. From there, my opportunities are endless. We are only tied to the restrictions we put on ourselves and there is no need to live life in any way other then how we truly want to.

I normally wouldn’t talk about a book I haven’t read yet but I am so excited to read this book and couldn’t wait to share.  I will definitely do a review once I finish it.

In fact, I just got a thought.  Since I am such a big reader maybe I’ll add a page for reviews on books I read.  I read a lot, so much that trying to par down my book collection for travel is an issue.

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A diva what?

I think I need to discuss a topic here just for the girls.  So you guys may want to turn away and block your ears.  Hey, I’m a girl so topics like this will come up from time to time.

Whether I’m traveling across the country in my van or backpacking abroad, dealing with the dreaded period is an inconvenience.  Carrying feminine products and disposing of them is something I don’t want to worry about.  Not to mention I loath putting toxins on or in my body.

I had been doing some research for alternatives to using feminine products and stumbled across the Diva Cup.  How am I only just now finding out about this little treasure at 47 years old?  I feel ripped off!

What is the Diva Cup you ask?  Well for those of you who don’t already know, it’s a reusable menstrual cup that is made “from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone” and you can wear it for up to 12 hours without the worry of leakage.

Some find it a little pricey but I think it’s a great investment.  You buy it once and use the same cup for up to a year, or maybe longer.  In the end, you’re actually saving a lot of money considering the cost of tampons and/or pads every month.

There are two sizes.  One is the Diva Cup 1 Pre Childbirth  This is pretty self explanatory.  It’s for the younger girls and for those who haven’t given birth.  And then there is the Diva Cup Model 2 to be used “for women over 30 years old and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by c-section”.

         

I have used it for my last two cycles so I feel have used it enough to be comfortable in recommending it to you.  No I take that back.  I highly recommend it!  This little gem is a total game changer.

Honestly, if you haven’t tried it yet you should.  It does take a little getting used to but once you figure it out, it’s the best thing ever.

“This little gem is a total game changer”

Let me know what you think if you decide to try it.  And don’t be shy, if you have any questions about using it you can email me privately.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends wherever you are.

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Don’t make life about stuff!

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I couldn’t have said it better.

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The momentum has begun!

Those of you who follow my blog know that I have been trying to sell my furniture, and everything else I own, for several months now.  I feel like I’m in limbo until it all goes.  I can’t really take the next step until all my crap is gone so I can get out of my apartment and start saving for my plans.

And most of you know how aggravated I’ve been with this process because it’s very time consuming, aggravating and emotional.

Well, I’ve reached a breakthrough and momentum has begun!

I posted all of my big furniture again last week on a Facebook yard-sale sight and got an abundance of interest and inquiries.  Like I was completely overwhelmed, but it was great.  There are still a couple of big pieces left and a couple people are interested but no commitments yet but I got rid of a lot of items this weekend.

My sister came to hang with me for the day which was good because she talked me through my mini melt downs as I watched everything go out the door.  My big flat screen tv, coffee table, end table and my beautiful bookcase.  Ahhhh my bookcase.  Yup, I’m a big book person so that was a big thing for me to let go of.  If you are a book person like me then you understand.

So all that’s left in my living room is my couch, love seat and tv stand.  Then I still have to get rid of my dining room set which has proven to be harder than I expected because soooooo many people have expressed interest in it, because of course it’s beautiful, but it’s just too big.  A lot of people see it, want it and think it’ll be perfect for their kitchen, until they look at the dimensions.  It’s just too big for a kitchen and a lot of people don’t have dining rooms these days apparently.  But I know it will go when it’s meant to go.

Now as I wait to get rid of those last couple of large pieces, I will start to get more intense with going through everything else I own to get rid of.  I look around and realize I have a lot of stuff to still get rid of.  Wall art, home decor, kitchen gadgets, collectables etc.  I have my work cut out ahead of me here.

But now that I broke through with getting rid of some of the furniture, I’m really motivated to get through the rest of this stuff quick.

I’m going to make piles of keep, sell, donate and trash.  The keep pile is initially going to be what I think I’ll keep and then after I get rid of the sell/donate/trash piles I’ll go back to the keep pile and purge again.

I can’t wait until I’m standing in the middle of my empty apartment saying goodbye.

Whoah, that just sounds weird.  I’m actually doing this, it’s really happening.

There’s no going back now!!!!!

See you on the road, hopefully soon.

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Should I stay or should I go?

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Lately, my mind is in a constant struggle as to whether I should stay and travel the country in a van or travel abroad and backpack Southeast Asia.

I have always had a dream of traveling abroad for a year, or longer if possible.  But I have never been in the situation where I could do that while being married, working on my career, continuing education blah blah blah.

So several years back when I became single again, I was thinking it was the perfect time to do it.  I had nothing holding me back anymore.  Not tied to a relationship, no more mortgage, no children and no debt other than my car loan.  But I just felt like it wasn’t something I had the guts to do on my own.  I kept talking about it but knew I wouldn’t actually do it.  That’s when I came across the tiny house movement and then later the van dwelling lifestyle.  I felt that was a safer option for me.  As usual, I always take the ‘safe’ road.

Needless to say I’ve been dreaming for the last year or so about buying a van to live in and travel the country.  But you know this already because that’s what my entire blog has been about.

Well, I have to admit.  For the last month or so I have been feeling a strong pull to do the backpacking abroad option again.

Why am I so confused as to what I want to do?  I keep waiting for a sign or something to tell me which direction I should go.  But I know ultimately I need to decide what’s best for me.

I feel like if I do the van option first then I’ll never follow through with the travel abroad.  But if I do the travel abroad option first then I won’t have resources when I get back to purchase and customize a van.  What to do…..what to do.

I think once I actually get rid of all my crap and get out of my apartment, it will just come to me what I should do.  Who knows but I hope so because I’m so torn.

Story of my life.

 

 

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