Its been over a month since the last bus update and even though the cold weather and the holidays have slowed down progress we still got a lot done. I am anxious to do more and finish more. Some big projects that didn't happen this fall will have to wait until the weather is warmer. We hoped to paint the bus and get the solar up already but we didn't. Its just too cold to paint right now and we are waiting to get the solar and electrical in before we do the insulation and ceiling in the inside. To be honest with you I need to get something big done soon because I feel like I'm losing momentum. Winter is a downer for me and the slower progress on the bus is bumming me out a bit. If we got something big done I think it would invigorate me, and I need it.
One of the parts about being a doula and a birth worker I love the most is when someone who is thinking about becoming a doula, or a brand new, just out of training, doula calls me and wants to meet for coffee and to ask me a couple questions. I love their excitement and energy. I remember that excitement, especially before I had attended any births. I also remember being nervous, about starting my doula business and wondering how was I going to get anyone to allow me to support them. Usually these are the kinds of questions I get asked and many more. After meeting with A LOT of new doulas for coffee, I thought it might be a good idea to offer a mentoring program. It would give new doulas, who just completed their training some real experience and knowledge from someone who has been in their shoes and now, after quite a few years and births, has some experience to share.
One of the questions that we get asked the most is, do you have a route planned? Where are you going to go? The answer is, we kinda have a route planned and we want to go everywhere. That really says a lot, doesn't it? Truth is we don't have to have a plan because we are not going to be on any real schedule. As of right now we are just wanting to go where we want and stay there for as long as we want. If we really dig a place we will stay for longer and if something isn't as cool as we thought we will move on sooner. We want the freedom to take recommendations from people we meet and go to the cool places they love. We also want to go to places that might be having events, celebrations, and festivals, so we are open to taking the road less traveled to be able to experience the whole country. A part of the adventure also involves meeting and chatting with birth workers all over the country so if I meet someone who suggests I visit with someone else we may find our next destination that way. We are going where ever the wind will blow us!
We have a loose plan though, which involves leaving New Jersey late summer of 2019 and heading north to New England. We have good friends in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine whom we would like to visit and we will probably spend a month-ish in Maine. The "plan" is to then head south, probably via the coast where possible. We would like to play in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. I follow some awesome doulas in Fredrick, MD and I would love to sit down and chat with them. Since we are on no real schedule we will pop into towns and stop in National Parks and Forests all along the way. We will visit friends in Ashville, NC and my guess is we will stay there for a bit because we hear it's right up our alley and there are some cool doulas there too. From there we are heading south, maybe stopping in Savannah and Athens, Georgia and who know what we will be doing and where else we will be but we will be ending up at Universal Studios in Orlando in the beginning to middle of December to take the kids to The World of Harry Potter for their holiday present. Then onto my parents and family in Port Charlotte, Florida for Christmas. We will hang out in Florida for a bit, there is a bluegrass festival in The Keys in January so we'd love to check that out, some volunteer opportunities in Orlando, and I'm sure some awesome birth workers to chat with. After Florida things become really unknown, we will leave Florida mid-January and head west, we think. At this point we don't need to be anywhere but we want to be in Telluride, CO for the Bluegrass Festival in June so that pretty much leaves things wide open. We were talking about trying to get up to Alaska in the summer of 2020 after Colorado but who knows. Driving up the west coast is also in the plans as is visiting parts of Canada and Mexico.
Last year at this time we made decisions that would change our family's future forever. We decided to really live life. We decided to truly give up debt and things that tied us to a life that we weren't LIVING but letting pass us by. We decided to buy a bus to convert it into a tiny house and travel the country with our kids. So in the past twelve months we did buy a bus, a large 40' school bus, we gutted it and are in the process of building our tiny home on wheels. We have learned about solar energy, plumbing, building, and electricity. We have touched every inch of that bus while we turn it into our home. We have learned so much and made other decisions too about how we want to live once the bus is finished and what kind of life we would like to show our kids on the road. We have evaluated what is really important and what can go. I have blogged about all this, and shown photos on Facebook and Instagram but you might not know exactly how this all came about, what is our why?