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10.Stay out all night

8 Sep

Originally I put this on my bucket list with the intention of having a night full of antics, and those memories you laugh about for years to come.

The reality behind scratching number ten off of my bucket list is one of fear, devastation, and uncertainty.

Wednesday started before 4am to finish taping trash bags over my 30-year-old windows, cramming my lounge chairs, stairs, and kayak inside my hallway, unplugging the power, cable, water and sewer.

Wednesday afternoon was business as usual carrying on with the lesson for the day…but I don’t even remember what that was now.

Right after school a friend helped me move the Scooby Shack off of Hutchinson Island and into Stuart. Looking at my home for what was most likely the last time broke my heart. I knew then I was choosing to leave it behind to guarantee I got out of the state in time. I knew I’d probably lose everything. I knew I could end up homeless. I ignored those thoughts and refused to let them fully form. They are forming now.

Powered by adrenaline rooted in fear I drove 1,064 miles in 18 hours; alone in the car but held company with many over the phone as I drove to safety and away from my possessions, home, and job.

I need to remember that things can be replaced what matters is that I evacuated when I was supposed to; getting to safety without issues or delays. If only my brain could communicate that to my broken heart, my scared and defeated soul, and my shaking body.

34 hours without sleep crossed this bucket list item off the list.

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The Tiny House: Search

13 Jul

While initially I wanted to build a tiny house, cost and time steered me to the camper option. Once I decided I wanted a camper I started to do research.

31da558a105e9b7aca3fffe0d4f3b28cThere are a lot of options out there:

  • Pop-up camper- easy to haul but too temporary.
  • 5th wheel- great space but requires special equipment in the bed of a heavy-duty truck to transport.
  • Pull behind trailer- the best option as far as being better for full-time living and for transport.

Once I decided on a pull behind I needed to narrow down more options:

  • Length- anywhere from 14-36 feet..ultimately I decided I really didn’t need larger than 22 feet. It’s just going to be me the majority of the time so I didn’t need anything huge.
  • Slide outs- the extra space is nice but the possibility of the slides leaking wasn’t worth it.
  • Age- I could buy a new camper that would have a warranty, but with that also comes a large price. Lets be real: if a car doesn’t hold its value after you drive it off the lot what do you think will happen to a 10k-35k camper? So I decided I was okay with an older camper because once they get to about 10 years old or so they hold their value at 2k.
  • Price- I did not want to spend more than 5k and really I would rather be under 3k which at that price I’d be spending as much as I would on first, last and deposit to get an apartment. With the camper at the end of the day I would own something and I wouldn’t be tied down with a lease.

Once I decided I wanted 22ft. and under, no slide-outs, under 5k, and 10+ years old I needed to start looking:

  • Online at retail stores- such as camping world, I found a couple of interesting options and went out and walked around a few with my mom and nephew. Walking around them really helped narrow down the search to include not being smaller than 18ft. Looking at them in person I decided new was just not for me; I wanted to be able to update and make the space my own.
  • Craig’s List- since I wanted an older camper this was an obvious choice to check out, and I did find a couple but that just makes me too nervous, you don’t know who you’re talking to… so I stopped looking there.
  • Newspapers- I found several great campers for sale in the newspaper.
  • Facebook- I reached out to friends who might know of campers for sale, found several that way. I also joined local garage and resale groups for my area where I found several more options.

Overall search where you feel comfortable, and give yourself time to look so you don’t feel pressure and urgency to make a decision.

 

Tiny House Nation 

11 Jul

be9940b509abf6e671865b9ba51207a6The Tiny House movement is becoming more and more popular with the millennial generation that I am a part of…and it has intrigued to me for some time now.

For me the tiny house is utilitarian. I can’t see living in one for no reason; I wouldn’t want to live in one just to live in one. I’ve watched Tiny House Hunters and the like on HGTV and the single or young couples going on a tiny adventure are doing so to save money, travel and “live more”. The tiny house is giving them the freedom to live the way they want, wherever they want, when they want.

That’s exactly why I am going to join the Tiny House Nation.

The idea of not being constrained by a lease or tons of stuff to move is very attractive, plus where I am in my life right this second the tiny house lifestyle is perfect for me. I’m single, I travel a lot…I need something inexpensive so I can travel more and save money for later.

My first thought was to build a tiny house myself with my family, since we have all the skills to do so we wouldn’t have to hire it out; making it cheaper. However they can be heavy, still more than I would want to spend, and take time to build. Ultimately I decided to go with a camper. I can use my skills to renovate and make it my own, it will be lighter, and less expensive.

I’ll be blogging each step of the journey to find, renovate, move, and live in my Tiny House.

This is how I live a life with no regrets.

Ultimate Packing Guide

7 Jun

I fly a lot, specially this past year. I’ve committed over packing enough to have my packing down to a science. What you see would last a minimum of 5 days possibly 8 if I mixed up the combination between the shorts and tops.

  1. Start with a great back pack, this one is Swiss Army brand I got it at Wal-Mart for $40. It is jam-packed with awesome features. A cup holders on either side, tons of pockets and dividers, and the metal loop on the front is a great place to clip a carabiner with my car keys.
  2. Two pairs of shorts; one more casual the other a little dressier gives you more options for appropriate dress if you end up in a museum or a theme park. Torrid buy one get one 50% off.
  3. One awesome, easy to wear dress that can work nicely for a wedding or a nice dinner. Lilly Pulitzer $109 on sale.
  4. One pair of exceptionally versatile shoes; brown leather with a heel strap makes them easy to walk in all day as well as match everything I packed. Wal-Mart $12.
  5. Tops, choose two easy to wear t-shirts, and two nicer tops if you need to dress up a little more than a t-shirt.
  6. Pajama’s could pass for another outfit in a pinch. An old Phi Mu shirt and softy shorts.
  7. For the beach/pool: beach towel (aldi’s $6) , SPF top (Old Navy $12), bikini top (Torrid $30), bikini bottoms (Lilly Pulitzer for Target $20), flip-flops ($2.50 Old Navy).
  8. Make up bag including a mini body spray and deodorant and hair brush.
  9. Book and snacks for the plane.
  10. Lilly Pulitzer wristlet that holds ID, credit cards, cash, and cell phone $30.
  11. An empty Tervis is also great to take you can fill it up at a water fountain on the other side of security and then you’ll also have it the rest of your trip, bonus it doesn’t sweat, $15.

As for the flight: I fly Frontier the most. Their tickets are priced amazing as long as you don’t purchase the extras. Let them seat you wherever they want that will save you $12 each way. Pack smart and just take the backpack, it counts as a personal item and you don’t have to pay for a carry on or checked bag saving $30-35 each way. Download the app and you can check in on your phone saving yourself at least that line, and you don’t have to print your ticket it’s right there on your phone.

What to wear on the plane: I always wear yoga pants, sneakers, and a t-shirt with a zip up over that. These are comfortable, give you temperature options, and are bulky items you’re keeping out of your backpack.

Safe Travels.

9. Pick Up & Move Someplace New

29 Aug

IMG_4345When I put “pick up and move someplace new” on my bucket list I didn’t really think I would do it…or if I did it would be within the state of Ohio. I NEVER thought I would end up moving over a thousand miles away from home.

After a heartbreak that jolted my reality I threw everything I had into a job application, sent it off, got a call within a week, interviewed a couple of days later, and a couple of days after that I was offered the job. I turned in my two weeks notice where I worked, and moved another week after that.

I packed clothes, shoes, my computer, my desk, and beauty products. That’s it.

Loaded it all into a little rental car, along with my mom and our cockapoo, and headed for Florida.

Another Bucket List Item Bites The Dust. 

Kiwi the Kia

14 Aug

11796194_10103608101288124_2804063366538073884_n“Everyone should own a brand new car at least once in their life.” -dad

That’s what I’ve heard my dad say dozens of times in my life so far. So when I accepted a job over a thousand miles away from home I decided I better get a new car.

I bought a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport outright with cash not too long ago. I love jeepy. Read about Jeepy here. But…jeepy is old and has a few mechanical issues that arise every-so-often. Which never was a big deal because my dad could fix it. A hassle I didn’t want to have when I was taking on learning a new city, a new job, and living on my own.

Once I made this decision I got online and reached out to a local Kia dealership in Florida that has a really good reputation. I got pre-approved and set up a contact person and time to go into the dealership when I got into town. I also went a test drove the car I had in mind while I was still home in Ohio and asked questions without pressure because I knew I’d be buying in Florida.

It was a very long day but I left with a beautiful new car with fantastic gas mileage; a 2016 Kia Rio. It had seven miles on it when I bought it! Compared to my powerful Jeep, the Kia now known as Kiwi, is a bit of a wimp, but I love her.

 

The Moving Process 

10 Aug

I moved one thousand and sixty miles from home and cried nearly the whole way. It’s scary to leave behind everything; your family, friends, home, and in my case my car, most of my belongings, and a nephew I’ve come to adore above all others.

Moving is exceptionally expensive. Gas, rental car, a few new clothes, and minor storage solutions. I’m lucky to be living with friends so the only furniture I needed was a desk, and even at that the rental car was filled completely.

Packing up my life into boxes was really no different then when I did it for four years of college. No, the process of moving is emotional. It’s see-you-later and for some its goodbye…. Moving is finding out who your real friends are, because some won’t care. Some will even be upset for the change it causes in their life, not even thinking about the change for your life.

The moving process isn’t really about packing and relocating. It’s about being brave enough to try it, it’s about putting everything on the line and leaping into the unknown. It’s about loosing relationships and knowing its okay.

The moving process is about facing gut-wrenching changes head on and finding yourself in the process.

 

3rd Anniversary; College Graduation

5 May

graduation-girl-clip-art-932133 It was three years ago today that I walked across the Ashland University Stage and accepted my Bachelors Degree in Journalism and English, officially graduating from college.

Three years is a long time, a long time that went so fast. I’ve spent my day so far reflecting on what I’ve done with those three years and for the most part I’m disappointed in myself.

It took me six months after graduation to find a decent job, over a year after that I was laid off. I spent quite a few months unemployed but with a full-time job scouring the internet and connections for another job; I applied to nearly a thousand jobs during that time, and I counted so that number is accurate.

What I’m disappointed in is my student loan debt climbing and being unable to make a dent because the interest is so high.

yckg57G9iI’m disappointed that I got burned out being a journalist.

I’m disappointed that I have this mind-set that is knowingly preventing me from working in retail or restaurants to make more money.

I’m disappointed I have no goals or direction. Three years after graduating college I still have no idea what I want to do. None.

Do I go back to school? Can I risk the debt? What do I go for?

Do I keep applying for full-time jobs? Where do I apply? What jobs should I look at?

What would make me happy? No idea.

How can I be 27 years old with a college degree, living at home, and still only be able to get a part-time job? Because I don’t know what I want to do, I’m stuck. Still. 

I know if I had a goal I’d be making it happen. I am just so fearful of making a mistake that I’ll never be able to bounce back from, so I feel a constant weight of failure.

Today’s 3rd anniversary is not welcome.

Disappointing Lilly

27 Apr
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Nosey Posey Tank Top. Photo with doodle who, yes, is wearing a Lilly leash.

The launch of the Lilly for Target collaboration was one unending stream of frustration and disappointment.

It started with a sleepless night of repeated site crashes where I lost my cart and then the items in it so I had to start over a total of three times. But all is okay because I was able to place an order, and got the order confirmation.

Wrong.

Turns out my other orders were charged to my card even though I never got an order confirmation so now I’ve got several of the same item coming.

Great.

This goes on until 4:30am. The next morning I drive over an hour to get to a Target a little before they open, I’m the first in line; YAY!

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Nosey Posey Flip Flops and Tote Bag

Once I get in the store I grab the scarf I want as well as flip flops, a tote bag and two tops, I also get the chair I want. The chair, come to find out, has a 160 pound weight limit. So, I sell it to a sorority girl on Facebook but its $140 to ship it to her so it’s now returned to the store.

I get the first shipment from target.com; they sent me mismatched swim top and bottom, the dress is way short and too small, I should have sized up, and the one piece suit is horrifying low, like who thought it was a good idea to make a swim suit for a plus size gal with a large chest that low?

So I sell the swim top and the one piece and the dress all to sorority women on Facebook and only marked up enough to cover shipping.

Wrong again.

Paypal took a chunk from each of the payments I got and shipping was more then I thought it would be so I lost money.

Shipment number two from target.com comes in, sold it and same as before lost money.

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Nosey Posey Scarf

I didn’t even mention the mass quantities of selfish women who purchased everything they could get their hands on, and then some, just to turn around and sell the merchandise for three times the value?!

Yeah, that happened. Continue reading

Lilly List

15 Apr

home_teak-beach-chair---nosie-poseyThe launch of the Lilly Pulitzer – Target partnership is fast approaching! I have my wish list/purchase list all ready to go, I’ve started to do my research on what sizes to buy since the Plus Size is only available in stores, insert eye roll here.

I’ve been closely following Lilly for Target on Facebook and Twitter and have still found plenty of ticked of girls that this is even happening, insert another eye roll here. The productive information I have gathered, from this questionable stocking I’ve been doing on the topic, is that some items, they’re not saying which ones, will go live and ready for purchase in the wee hours of the morning on April 19th.

I’ll be sitting on my computer, logged into Target with my credit card information saved and ready to go at midnight. I’m hoping this isn’t a long drawn out release because I’d like to sleep at some point but I’ll be staying up until I’m able to purchase everything I’m planning on.

Fingers crossed they don’t sell out of the things I want! Continue reading