Today was a pretty nice day in upstate NY and all I can think about is how I can spend my whole summer just working and camping…
I spent the whole day researching camping gear and ideas for space saving for the trips. I stumbled on Van life. There are hundreds of people who chose to live in a vehicle to experience life in a different way. I wasn’t about to hop in my Jeep Patriot and start living on campgrounds… yet.
I now want to look into living on the road one step at a time. I want to spend all of Spring getting my self ready to spend two months camping out in my vehicle. It goes along with the minimalism idea to get rid of even more stuff and living as simply as humanly possible.
This challenge is going to force me to stop organizing my crap and start organizing my fun. I am challenging myself to be the very best I can be this year. I want my 2018 to be the year I don’t have to clean up my act, where I don’t complain about the mess around me and I finally freaking do something about it. Both the mess I have made of my health and the mess of my stuff. I want to be clean by 2018!
I’ve known for a while that I have too much stuff. My mother is very much a “place for everything” gal and I just never got that gene. As I have entered this journey of minimizing my belongings I have discovered just how bad my problem is.
Today I found a graded essay from the third grade… I am talking a book report from over 15 years ago! I decided right then and there this problem has to be controlled before I end up on a reality show arguing that I NEED those candy wrappers to survive. So today I began going through countless papers and old notebooks to start figuring out what is in them that meant so much to me.
I began to see a pattern. Everything I kept was something I worked hard on in my mind. It took time and effort to create these things and my previous self decided to keep them. I meditated on this for a moment to figure out what the root cause of my issue was.
In order to explain I have to take you back to a job I left a few months ago because we had an issue with my paid time off. They had paid me for hours that I didn’t take off and decided that it was good enough that I got paid for that time so they wouldn’t give it back… I remember how strongly I felt about losing a few days of vacation/sick time and it dawned on me.
I refuse to give up MY time.
I enjoy working, I love having something to do and people to help, but don’t ever take time away from me.
So my current journey into a minimalist lifestyle is going to be a really reflective time. I hope to use this time to see if I am able to give up my past and focus on my present. What are your goals for this year?
I have an obsession with Tex-Mex and all spicy foods really. So last night I decided that one of my first vegan meals would of course be Tacos!
1 Bag of Gardien Beef crumbles
3/4 cup of water
1 Pouch of Old El Paso Taco seasoning
Lettuce, salsa, spinach, Daiya cheese, Arugula, taco sauce for dressing
In a large frying pan break up the beef crumbles and pour the water on. Stir over medium heat until crumbles are warmed through (there should be just enough moisture for the mix to hold to the meat substitute). Mix in taco seasoning.
I added a layer of all my greens, a layer of salsa, a layer of Daiya, a layer of taco filling and topped it off with Taco Bell Mild sauce as the dressing.
A word of caution for those who don’t like spicy foods, the plant proteins hold the heat in more than meat does!! Caliente!
Those who know me know I would eat pizza all day everyday if my clothing would allow it. Fortunately for me I have very tight jeans that stop me all the time and scream “EAT A SALAD WOMAN!!”
So I started out on Pintrest and YouTube researching random information and recipes I thought I would like to make vegetables more appealing. I found some interesting recipes and a YouTuber that I fell in love with at first sight, Alyse Brautigam.
My first video I saw of Alyse was about dreadlocks (LOL) and I just couldn’t stop watching this inspiring creature. She is beautiful and smart and confident, everything I wanted to be. So after about four hours of watching countless videos of her it dawned on me… I can be like her.
She was doing videos about everything in her life at the time. She dropped out of college, moved to Hawaii, was a raw vegan and lived very eco-friendly. The ONLY difference between us is she is farther along in her journey. She found these things at an earlier time than I did. She is an inspiration and she helped me realize my true purpose in life (more on that later).
SO here I sit starting out on my slow journey into a raw vegan, eco-friendly, minimalist lifestyle and I am so excited for the journey ahead.