When summer ended, I couldn't shake these four thoughts from my mind...
I hate these cliche blog openings... but it's been a while since my last post. Winter dreariness has that effect on me.
With my four thoughts nagging away at me, I set my blog aside to focus my energy on laying the foundation toward making these bullet points a reality. One of my greatest fears is to wake up and realize that my life was wasted away doing the same old thing. I don't want 2018 to consist of the same things I did in 2017. I need to evolve!
For the next while I will be posting memoirs recounting what I have been up to for the last few months and what I am doing to work toward my goals. This is the first memoir, which took place back in October of 2017.
After the summer season in Colorado ended, I moved back to my parent's place in Utah, SUP'd Westwater (my last blog post), and decided to direct my savings toward renovating my van. I knew that time the approaching winter temperatures were not going to be conducive to working on the van, so I decided it made the most sense to move down to Arizona to my boyfriend's place to work on my van. My boyfriend was working on converting his own sprinter van at the time, so it worked out perfectly that I could use the tools and his help.
From November 5th to December 15th, 2017, for about 10 to 12 hours each day, my life consisted of nothing but van building. I had never, ever built anything before. It was a giant undertaking that was incredibly stressful. Brad also had never really built anything before, but the fact that he is a man meant he grew up around tools and had a basic understanding of how to build things, unlike me. I had A LOT I had to learn. It was truly a challenge, but I'm proud to report that Project Renovate Van is complete!
My van was completed with the following features; the following are linked to Amazon, so if you click the link and buy anything, then I get a little bit of money:
And more features; not linked to Amazon:
Bed Frame with elevated platform with capability of sliding into a full, queen size bed
Storage for 4 inflatable paddle boards under the bed
Dresser and extra storage boxes in the front of the bed frame
Cabinet with food storage and wood laminate counter top from IKEA
Kitchenette for additional kitchen storage, doubles as a bench for sitting while working in the "kitchen"
Lots of blood, sweat, and many more tears went into this project. It's such a love-hate relationship with Richard Parker (my van's name.)
The completion of this van renovation meant that the possibility of traveling somewhere warm over the winter was even more realistic!
However, while I was in Arizona, my teeth were aching. It had been a year since my last dentist visit. I didn't have dental insurance and I just blew all of my savings on renovating my van. These factors determined how I spent my time in December and January--on the next memoir!