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Two months

I have now spent: Two months living in a van. Two months doing a complicated upgrade of a van conversion. Two months living during a pandemic. I lived on the road in my camper van for two months last summer, making my way from Seattle through the midwest, across the southwest, and up the Pacific…

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Van Life in the Time of COVID-19

Written March 27, 2020 For the millions of RVers who use their vehicle for vacationing, they have another home to go to.  For the thousands of van-lifers and full-time RVers that live out of their vehicles, these are extremely challenging times.  They may not have homes, or family or friends where they can park and…

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The Build – Part 2

One important thing to remember in doing a van conversion (and in life) is that you don’t have to do all the things at once. In fact, it’s often a much better idea to do some things, live with them, learn from them, build on them, and rinse and repeat.  So Part 2 of my…

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The Build

Wonder what it takes to turn an empty cargo van into a livable, road-worthy vehicle?  To say that this was one of the most challenging (and soul-sucking) projects of my life is an understatement. Even though I have done many physically and emotionally challenging things in my life (including ripping out bearing walls, replacing car…

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Where is Home?

What makes a place ‘home’?  Is it where your stuff is?  Where you sleep at night?  Where you were raised? I often asked my doula students, during their introductions, to tell me where ‘home’ is – and leave it up to them to define that for themselves. As a person without a house by choice,…

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My first destination

My first destination was Kansas City to visit my dear friend, Margaret, and to teach a Birthing From Within workshop. Twenty-six hours of driving divided by four days = six hours driving a day. Pretty reasonable. Getting through Eastern Washington and Idaho was a breeze. But Montana went on and on and on. But what…

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On the Road – It’s REAL

This is where I am today, October 9, 2019.  I have a lot of blog catching up to do, but here’s the synopsis:  On September 1, 2019, I finally – FINALLY! – left Seattle for my new life on the road, living in a van. That’s a picture of me heading east on I-90, with…

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A Love Letter to the Seattle Birth Community

An Open Letter of Love and Gratitude…  As I close the doors to Big Belly Services, sell off my belongings, and prepare to drive off into my new life, I am filled with so many memories and so much gratitude for the Seattle birth community.  My midwives who started me off on this path, Suzy…

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Making the Cut

When I was a little girl, I’d lie on my back on the living room floor and look up at the ceiling. The tops of the built-in bookcases became the bottoms, the light fixtures became mushroom caps, the ceiling beams became thresholds to different rooms, different worlds. That ‘ceiling’ was the floor of my private…

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This is it.

If there’s anything I am drawn to…. it’s CHANGE!  I know change can be an uncomfortable proposition for many, but I have always leaned into it and actually thrive on it.  For those who know me well, they’d even say I go out searching for it.  And they are right!  My biggest fear is being…