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November 2015

Breanna's Journal

Your Shit Will Set You Free

Throw it out. Donate it. Give it away. Whatever you do, just get rid of it.

Shit, that’s all it is. It fills up our homes, life, and time.

Last spring we decided to do some clearing out & we haven’t stopped since then. This past month alone we have made five trips to Goodwill.  Last spring when we went through we thought we had cleaned out everything we didn’t need. We had a huge carload full of clothes, kitchen utensils, books, and so much more. Everyday I find more things around my home that I don’t use enough to be worth keeping. Every time I put something to the side to get donated, I’m relieved. Having so much stuff can be stressful. I never realized that I had accumulated so many unnecessary things.

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(Sifting through random soap samples.)

I love shopping, just like any other girl. My mom used to take me clothes shopping all the time when I was in high school. I’ve always had nice clothes and worn brand named labels. Once I got my first job at Olive Garden (where Josiah + I met), I continued to spend money on clothes, shoes, and makeup. I never realized how much money I was pissing away on material things. I could have used that money to go on vacation, but instead I was just getting immediate gratification from having a new pair of kicks. Downsizing my closet has been the hardest thing for me when it comes to being a minimalist. I spent my hard-earned money on those clothes, how could I dare just hand them off? I had clothes in my closet with the tags still on them. I told myself I haven’t gotten enough use out of them to donate them. But I did. Because I knew if I hadn’t worn them by now, I wasn’t going to. I had to stop lying to myself. Telling myself, “I’ll wear that ‘next time’.” Because when “next time” rolled around I’d wear one of my usual favorites. I’m down to four pairs of jeans, and that’s not very many for a girl who is used to having a closet full. I know there’s more clothes in my closet I can donate, I’m just not “ready yet”, but I will be soon.

I found a lot of items in the kitchen to donate. There’s only four people living in my house & yet we have 10 plates, why? Why do we have 12 pots of different sizes? I only have two burners ever going at the same time. Just so much extra stuff. 10 bowls, 23 glasses and coffee mugs, 50 pieces of mismatching Rubbermaid containers, 3 spatulas, 3 loaf pans, 5 different cupcake pans, 3 pizza trays, random gadgets, and way to much silverware. I had to tell myself my cupcakes would taste just as good if they’re the classic round or in a butterfly shape.

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(Do I wear all of this jewelry?)

It’s not easy, but it makes life easier. Now when I go out to the bar, I don’t have to spend so long trying to figure out what I want to wear, because I love everything I have. I don’t have to decide which eyeshadow, because I only have one palette to choose from.  It makes life simpler having only what I really need and find important. Now I’m constantly slimming down whatever I can. Like today I cleaned out two file holders and twenty pens. There is no reason to have so much stuff just taking up valuable space. I now have made it a challenge for myself to see what else I can toss into the donate pile.

The one area we have not gone through yet and slimmed down is the basement. We honestly don’t have that much stuff in our basement. It’s just going to be a big pain going through packed away camping gear and filled tool boxes. We are saving it for a snowy day this winter when we are locked inside the house when we are unable to work on the bus or jeep.

So I challenge you, donate what you can this holiday season. & only buy what you truly need to on Black Friday. Just because you can buy something doesn’t mean you should.

It’s not a sale, if you don’t need it.

Veggie Life

Meat Has A Face

It’s so obvious. Obviously the bacon from my bacon cheesburger came from a living breathing animal.

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Except that was my biggest struggle when becoming vegetarian. It was so natural & habitual for me to just order “chicken this” + “chicken that” without even considering what the meat actually was. So, believe it or not, meat comes from animals who have faces + feelings.

I remember a day specifically while standing in the Panera line, thinking to myself “Chicken Noodle? Sounds great. Oh nevermind that has meat in it”. As if I had forgotten my meat had a face. I had become so accustom to ordering a meat filled dish that I had disassociated it with coming from a living breathing animal.

My first thought about steak never used to be images of a blood filled slaughterhouse or deforestation, but bbqing in the summer or at a fancy dinner. Steak was about spending the day grilling and drinking beer in the backyard. It was about getting the right flavor and finding the right bottle of Cabernet to go with it.

Turning vegetarian is about awareness. It’s about bringing awareness to what on your plate was born with a face.

Now that you’ve heard about my biggest battle becoming vegetarian, in the comments below I’d love to hear yours!

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Our School Bus Conversion

Turtle Speed

Well as you may have figured out not a whole lot has been happening on the bus lately. I have received the skylight however have not yet gotten it installed as the welder that I had lined up bailed on me for no reason. I would like to weld in the support for the window myself but it will be cheaper and faster in the long run if I outsource that job.

Not to mention the fact that we have used the past couple of nice weekends we’ve had to hang out and have some fun. But up next we are going to be prepping the metal floor to be covered up. I have thought long and hard about how we should cover up the holes in the floor and have finally decided on fiberglass. I think overall it will go on fairly easy and will not have to worry about water or corrosion. After the floor gets patched we will paint with rustoleum then put insulation and install the plywood.

I was watching a very cool video about a van conversion the other day and he made a cardboard version of his van first to get the design perfect.  Which we are now going to do over the winter! Yup we are going to build a full scale version of our new tiny home out of cardboard. This will allow us to fully maximize the entire space as all winter we can tweak and modify to perfection. So my goal is now to have the sub floor in before snow so that the metal floor will not get wet and rust then start building the tiny cardboard house.

Veggie Life

Shuffling Towards Veganism

I always knew I’d stop meating (eating meat) one day, I just didn’t know when.

My name’s Breanna, I’m a vegetarian going vegan. But that’s not all. I’m also a cookie eater, horse lover, dog cuddler, Jeep driver, wannabe minimalist, and wife of a husband who’s converting a school bus into a tiny home.

I still have the memory clip in my head. I was 13 and was on a youth group trip with my church friends heading to one of those team building resorts. A girl named Kaitlyn was defending herself on why she didn’t meat. We all sat there thinking she was crazy. She went into detail about how KFC threw their chickens against the wall to kill them (I never did check the credibility on that).  That moment, is the exact moment that started this all.

It wouldn’t be until college that I’d have another run in with vegetarianism. I never thought when I met Dr. Miller, my philosophy teacher, that he would have a lasting impression on me. On our very first day he asked us if we were speciesist. Did we as meat eaters think we were better than others, such as cows, monkeys, and horses. Strangely, maybe because of  our pride, we all answered “no”. I mean we all ate meat and yet never would admit that we thought less of the animals that provided the flesh. Over the course we would watch tons of documentaries about where our food came from. We viewed Forks Over KnivesFat, Sick, and Nearly DeadFood Inc. and any other documentary out there that makes one question what’s on their plate. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the instance I declared my love for vegetables and stop eating meat. I wasn’t going to let propaganda and biased Netflix documentaries change my comfortable lifestyle.

Years later after eating my fair share of chicken caesar salads and bacon cheeseburgers I decided I was going to dedicate myself to being a vegetarian. But it wasn’t until after I saw something with my own eyes that my life would change. My best friends and I were on our way back home from Nashville, TN. We had just spent the weekend killing our livers, stuffing our faces with BBQ, and having the time of our lives for my Bachelorette party. As we were in the midst of the 8 hour drive back home a semi pulled in front of us. It wasn’t just any semi. It was a semi truck trailer filled with chickens. Alive, dead, and frightened chickens were aboard a ride to hell. I knew from that moment on I didn’t want any of those chickens atop my iceberg lettuce.

The one thing Dr. Miller did teach me was that, life is about shuffling in the right direction, because eventually after enough shuffling, things will be where they need to be. These three instances shuffled me into place.

& That’s it. That’s my story. I’d love to hear your story about becoming vegetarian or vegan in the comments below 🙂

I wonder if Kaitlyn is still vegetarian.

Breanna

Captains Log

Star Date 11-6-15

So I thought that it would be fun to just start documenting more and more of our transition from the normal 9-5 to living aboard our land yacht of a tiny home. Now when I say normal living our “normal” life is still a tad alternative in the fact that our week starts on your Thursday with our weekend being Tuesday & Wednesday. Not to mention that we also have two roommates along with our two children Koro & Pumbaa sharing a whopping 1,470sqft.

 Let’s start with some truth shall we:

There are only two reasons that this website and our social media accounts exists, first being to bring in a small income that we can use while on the bus full-time along with other jobs. The second is we are able to reach a lot more people and hopefully make enough of an impact in their life (YOUR LIFE) to promote change.

 

If you haven’t read Breanna’s post about going vegan which she is in the process of doing and I am switching to more of a vegetarian based diet.  This transition has been very eye-opening to both of us that the world we are looking upon today is changing and not for the better I might add. I am sure that I will be discussing this in further posts so will leave with that for now.

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