*welp* Change of plans...
What do you do when your plans go to s***? I've found that my plans are just that...MINE. There is always a bigger plan when my intuition guides me on an adventure.
Our epic roadtrip to pick up my minivan and renovate a camper...which I haven't even really posted about, yet... has turned into an even more epic court battle. The money I saved for the camper went towards a lawyer that ate most of my retainer, in a week. So I've had to re-align and re-think our "next right thing".
And I'm re-thinking home.
I had a long talk with my son's reading tutor and she emphasized that stability and security isn't built around a place. It's the daily structures and rituals that create that.
Home is not a place. It's the feeling of love and security that you create in a family.
Instead of being bitter about not being able to renovate the camper or our lives still being in limbo, I've decided to create a vacation home with what we've got.
So, I've decided to convert my minivan into a small space, traveling, vacation home. For a family that loves camping and travel, this doesn't really put a cramp in our lifestyle. It allows us to have all of our things with us when we go on roadtrips or pet sit, which has been my biggest complaint since we started house sitting again. Calvin LOVES house-sitting and I personally HATE packing and unpacking. This solves that issue. It also gives us our own space and fun camping adventures while we finish out our case in family court. And allows me to keep costs low while I pour money into lawyers.
So I apologize if I've been quiet in this space. I realized that I never even sent out my monthly newsletter. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the family court system and not having the money to protect my family, the way that I need to. But I know that everything is happening for us, not to us. Everything will turn out exactly as it should.
I know that becoming a minimalist and following our dreams has led to some amazing realizations. I'm more present and patient. We are closer as a family. I've decreased my stress and we have the ability to live tiny, while opening up a world of opportunity for travel and adventures. People and places, not things, has become my mantra. In that space, is the magic I've been seeking.
What does "home" look like to you? Have you ever desired to simplify and rethink what home looks like for your family?
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