Why You Should Make a Vision Board

Figuring out life goals and keeping them in focus can be a struggle. I know I struggle with focus and motivation regularly. That’s why everyone should have a vision board! Check it out!

Figuring out life goals and keeping them in focus can be a struggle. I know I struggle with focus and motivation regularly.

A vision board is a tool to help put chosen life goals into perspective and provide a visual representation of those goals. This week at work, one of the group therapy sessions was to create a vision board for how the kids wanted to improve their mental and physical health.

Tools Needed:

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Paper/poster

First thing you’re going to want to do is think about what parts of your life or daily routine you think could use a visual cue to help you stay focused on your goals.

Next you go through the magazines and look for things that inspire you and fit the idea you’ve thought up in your mind. Don’t worry if some things that catch your eye don’t make sense…that’s part of the fun!

Cut those things out. Since the kids at work can’t have scissors, we ripped out the pictures. I actually like the look of the ripped paper, too!

Glue everything on in the placement you want and voila! I got a little extra and doodled in the empty white spaces that hadn’t been covered by magazine pieces.

Let’s disect my vision board. Some things I put on there simply because they make me happy; the corgi, panda, cats, and smiley balloon. The word ‘awesome’ honestly just looked cool and fit with the aesthetic of my board.

Phrases like ‘make life unexpected’ and ‘miraculous experience’ help remind me to live life to the fullest and not take it for granted. ‘Portion control’ and ‘refresh’ help me to remember to eat healthy and not stress eat. And by stress eat, I’m talking a whole pack of Oreos!

The yoga chick represents my newfound love for yoga. I’ve implemented it into my morning routine to help keep myself relaxed and balanced.

Your vision board is exactly that…yours. Make it how you want it and hang it up somewhere you know you’ll see it every day. I put mine on the mini fridge in my room.

If anyone decides to make their own vision board or already has one, I’d love to see them! Drop a comment below!

Until next time!

Love always,

Caitie

Moms Are Joining Van Life?!

So to be honest, I had definitely planned to put this blog post out yesterday but got caught up watching royal wedding documentaries on TV and then I finished up Son’s of Anarchy and was in absolutely no shape to function after that. I’m talking ugly cry kind of shit.

Moving on!

Technically, yes, my moms want a van life. Just not quite as an involved one as I do. They really want to purchase a conversion van. They also like traveling, but prefer the comfort of hotel rooms or houses they rent for a week or two. So we set out yesterday morning to Doylestown, PA to check some vans out that they had seen online. They asked if I wanted to tag along, so of course I went! I wanted to obviously be there to give them my third-party opinion on the vans and also see if there were any cargo vans that I could look at to help get an idea of what I will want when it comes time for me to purchase my van.

Unfortunately, the place we went only sells smaller conversion vans, so no options for me. However, we looked at a few for my moms and it was pretty cool. We sat in four vans; two Chevy Explorers and two Ford Transits. Part of why my mom invited me to go with them is because, while she is around 83% on board with me living in a van, wants me to observe every possible option. That, for her, includes looking at conversion vans and class b camper vans.

They want a conversion van for road trips; the most frequent one being to Maine. Their plan is to eventually retire to Maine, but we still vacation there often. This August, in fact, they rented a house right on the coast for two weeks. It’s going to be the two of them, me, my sister and maybe her boyfriend, and the four doggos. They were also kind enough to invite two of my friends from Massachusetts to go along, so that might happen as well! I got close with two lovely ladies at my old job and it would be great to go on a trip wtih them. They came to visit me not long after I moved and I visited with them as well when I went back up to get my furniture.

Anyway, the main purpose of getting a conversion van is to have lots of space for dogs or humans to travel. They might even get a portable toilet if they deem it necessary. However, like I said, they prefer the overnight comfort of a hotel or rented house.

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Looking at the vans we did yesterday only pushed me more towards my desire to convert a van into my dream tiny home on wheels and to do that myself. Doing it myself ensures that I can make it exactly how I want it. I have done a lot of research on converting a van and that usually led me to YouTube. There are several channels that have a lot of awesome content about how they live van life and what has or hasn’t worked for them on their journeys. Eamon and Bec as well as Minimal Millennials have been two of my favorites to keep up with. Definitely check them out on YouTube and Instagram!

A perk of hanging out with my moms for the day is that it almost always means free food. We decided on Chickie and Pete’s near Philly as we were driving by it on our way home. None of us had been there before, but we all absolutely loved it! The atmosphere was great and they had a large variety of sports going on several TVs throughout the bar area, which included softball! I love watching softball and definitely miss playing. My mom and I shared crab bruschetta and a lobster pizza while my stepmom got a classic Philly cheesesteak. I’d definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for a sports bar in the Philly area.

All in all it was a good day, even though it was raining the whole time. Keep an eye out for more posts in the next couple days including a review of the emotional rollercoaster I went on while binge watching Sons of Anarchy. I’m also hoping to get Albus out on another adventure here in the next couple days if the weather cooperates with me!

Until next time!

Love always,

Caitie♥

New Life Goal: Van Life

For a couple of years now, I have been obsessed with tiny homes. I’d watch all the shows on TV, look up videos on YouTube, and find stuff on Pinterest. My favorite ones to look at were those that could be towed and moved wherever you felt like living.

I liked the idea that I wouldn’t have to live in any given place for an extended amount of time. I mean, how am I supposed to decide where I want to live for the rest of my life when I haven’t seen even a quarter of the possibilities? The more I looked into tiny home living, the more options I saw. One day, I stumbled upon van life. The thought of having a van with my whole life in it, giving me the freedom to pull off into some parking lot to sleep before moving on to my next great destination gets me so excited for this next stage of my life.

I think maybe subconsciously I knew I wanted a more nomadic lifestyle a long time ago. It just took recent events in my life to give me the push and courage to really go for it. I am fully aware that this will be a year or two long process and I’m pretty sure my mom thinks I’m just kidding or going through a quarter life crisis kind of thing. This very well may be a quarter life crisis but I can’t think of a better way to focus my motivation than working towards my dream lifestyle. Better for me to do it now than when I’m 50 and consumed by regret.

I’m 25 now and already carry regret. But while there are aspects of my life I regret, out of every bad situation, there’s come something good. Whether it be in finding new close friends that I’ll have for life or adopting a cat, I’ve always managed to find something positive.

Moving on back to living in a van…

Most of the people I’ve told about this plan think I’m crazy. Maybe I am, but I’ll be a crazy cat lady on the road. Most of them, I’m sure, think it’s a random idea that will work its way out of my system after a bit. But I have never felt so sure of something before in my life. I’ve done a lot of research into what it means and takes to live on the road in such a small space. I currently have a lot of shit, so downsizing is definitely necessary. I also know that van life will not be all sunshine and pretty views.

One thing that I am like 93% sure of is that I want to self-build my own van. In doing that, I want to try to use as much as I already have in the build. For instance, I have a chest of drawers 20180328_081001with a top that lifts open. In that top section, I can fit my makeup and there is a mirror on the underside of the lid. I THINK that I can dwindle my clothing down to fit in that piece (not including sweaters/wintery items). I also have a nightstand that I Harry Potter-ized that I would really like to keep as well because of how cool it turned out. In addition to those, I already have a nice mini fridge.

I have a very particular layout and design in mind when I picture my dream van and the only way I can get that is if I do it myself. I would obviously need some help with the harder stuff like electrical and water hook-ups. I want my van to be able to go completely off-grid. I’m talking solar panels, back up batteries, maybe even a water filter system if the price is right, that way I can take water from any source if need be.

Money is a crucial topic to this project, especially since I am firm on aspects I want in my van. It is going to take a lot of saving between now and the next year or two. A huge part going towards a van. I don’t mind if I have some sort of payment on the van because I don’t want a super old one with a ton of miles on it. But that would just add onto my need to have a job on the road, which is definitely necessary thanks to my college education. What I would ideally like to do is find a remote job doing work such as transcribing or freelance/content writing. Now would probably be a good time to mention that I’ve been working on a fantasy fiction trilogy with a co-author/one of my best friends. So if that takes off, it could prove helpful. Also, even though this blog is more of a therapeutic outlet, I know it can prove to be profitable if done well. Even if I only make a small amount from it, every little bit helps.

I am 100% positive that I want to have in my van is some sort of shower. Not an outdoor one, either and it doesn’t have to be your stereotypical shower. I have found a bunch of different and unique options for a shower in a camper van. I also want a toilet. I would take advantage of public bathrooms when possible, but if I’m camped out somewhere, I’m not a fan of getting out in the middle of the night to do my business in nature.

Another aspect that will play a huge part in the layout is Albus. I want to catify the shit out of the van. My biggest fear with this life shift is Albus. He currently does not enjoy the car. However, the main place he’s ever gone in a car is the vet and no pet likes that. So currently he nervous drools a lot when he goes in the car. However, on the 7 hour drive from Massachusetts, he did very well. He only drooled for about ten minutes then curled up either in my lap or in the back seat. His vet prescribed him some kitty sized Prozac and said that would help him relax in the car. I’ve also found this pheromone travel spray for cats that is supposed to help reduce stress while traveling. I’ve only tried it once so it’s hard to give it a review. While I worry about Albus adjusting to van life, I also think of how much he loves being outside and what an adventurous personality he has. I had him outside yesterday on his harness and I pictured taking him all over the country exploring. I also have a vision of having a ‘catio’ attached to the side of the van so he can get some fresh air even when I have to stay in the van to work.

This is just the beginning of what I hope will be an amazing journey. If you have ever or currently or dream to have a van life journey, I would love to hear from you! Drop a comment below!  Until next time!

Love always,

Caitie♥