It’s been almost two years since we moved out of the bus and I still get asked if I miss it. Yes, yes I do.
I miss being able to clean my entire home in less than 30 minutes. I miss the closeness we had as a family. But most of all? I miss the giant visual reminder that we were swimming upstream on purpose.
Living in the bus was a blatant symbol that certain things were important to us (living simply, time freedom, location independence, etc.) and that we pursued them even if everyone thought we were strange.
But now? Not so much. Frankly, since we moved out, I’ve felt a little lost. Like I’m just floating along, going with the flow, doing things the way everyone else does them just because that’s the way everyone else does them. I’ve slipped back into not-so-intentional living and man was it easy.
I have this really bad habit of forgetting about what I’m working toward when it’s not right in front of me. Out of sight, out of mind, just like that. It’s really annoying, really.
That’s why the bus was so great. If I ever forgot that we were on this simple living journey so we’d have more time and money for the things that mattered most, it was like, “Hello! You live in a freaking bus with four kids!” “Oh yeah, I’m living simply so I can have more time and money for the things that matter most. That’s right.”
But you know what, not everyone can live in a school bus (duh, Nina). We may never move back into ours. If living simply so we have the time and money for what matters most is that important, it needs to happen no matter where we’re living or what we’re doing.
(I’m just now seeing my lesson in this as I write. I’m a bit slow on the uptake sometimes.)
My priorities have gotten skewed. I’ve gotten off-track and it’s time to make my way back.
That’s why I’m taking time away from my online life this summer to course correct and get clear again on what I’m working toward and what I’m doing here.
Upstream Field Guide
I’m no stranger to swimming upstream (I had two of my babies at home, home schooled all my kiddos until this year, lived in a bus and now I do CrossFit, which for some reason gets me more crap than all of the previous stuff combined). But for now, I need some help with getting back on track.
In addition to more time offline, I’m going back through my friend Tsh’s course, Upstream Field Guide (hurray for lifetime membership!). My husband is even joining me this time!
I love this course because it has lots of great tools that help you:
- Get to know you better.
- Create purpose statements so you don’t forget why you’re doing this!
- Take everything you learn and put it into action.
It’s self-paced, which is code for awesome, at least to me. So you can get super ambitious and do it over a long weekend (sounds like the perfect excuse for a retreat!) or spread it out over a few weeks or months. Your choice. (See? Awesome!)
The course has eight sessions and each one has a podcast, interview, downloadable (or two), playlist and a list of resources to go deeper. Plus there’s a private Facebook group where you can connect with other people on the journey.
It’s a ridiculously good course and if we were chatting in person about the Upstream Field Guide, I would tell you the same thing I tell my lady friends when I’m extolling on the virtues of the Moon Cup, which is, “Get it. It will change your life. Seriously.”
See you in a few months!
p.s. I’ll still be active on Instagram and in contact with my newsletter people, so if you want my random summer updates (like photos from my upcoming trip to Italy, squee!!!), sign up here to get on the list.