March 28, 2018No Comments

Van Life Essentials: 5 Ways to Improve Your Conversion

I'm a total list kind of guy. Whether it is a simple to-do-list, a packing list, or a van life essentials list.

I think lists tell you a lot about an individual. They represent someone who relies on structure, who has an organized thought process and is a visual thinker. For me, if something is written down on a list it will get done.

So, whether you're someone who functions by making lists or if you are someone that keeps everything in your head, it's important to remember we must do whatever works best for us. Because finding the tool that helps us grow is essentially one of the most important things in life.

After some thought, I've decided to put together a van life essentials list for anyone interested in taking on the van life or maybe you're just generally curious about what goes into a van conversion.

Here are 6 van life essentials:

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February 27, 20184 Comments

Van Life: the Truth, the Lessons, and the Desire

It seems within the last couple years van life, camping, and adventure have become the big craze.

From an age I can only remember byways of pictures and stories, I've had a pretty solid appetite for the outdoors. Coming from a family of six raised in Northern California, weekend camping trips were always in sight.

Adventure has always been in my blood.

But, there's more to where it all rooted from. My father, often spending his summer days in Aptos, California, decided to purchase a van. It was around my father's early 20s he commandeered a Chevy G10 short wheel based van.

Equipping it with all the goodies, AKA enough supplies to survive near the beach for a few nights, this is when the desire for adventure began in our family. Not long after, he sold the van to his brother (my uncle) to pass on the knack for adventure.

My uncle was immediately captivated by the van life; he would eventually buy a 1980sVW Westfalia in my early days. It always caught my eye - the style, the rhythm of life, the surfboards in the back; I was always inspired by what he was doing with his van and where van life was taking him.

I vividly remember begging him to let me check it out at every family gathering. Although nothing changed since the time before, the fascination seemed to grow each time.

Well, that fascination is still growing.

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October 23, 2017No Comments

48 Hours in Yosemite

Departure: 4 am Destination: Lower Pines, Yosemite, CA

 After camp was set up, through the woods we went

 Some miles later, we arrived at Vernal Falls

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September 4, 2017No Comments

Ventures Far From Home

Searching for a change of pace, we flew over to Spain for a break of routine  Quickly, we reconnected with friends; meet Charlie and Hayley

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November 15, 2016No Comments

Farewell, mate.

Let's see here, where do I begin? What was I going to talk to you about again? Ah, that's right, my two favorite things: creative work and passions.

Recently, my creative brain has been firing with new ideas that excite and motivate me every day of my life. It may sound easy, but it's not. When an idea comes to my head, I nurture it. I write it down in my "Idea Journal." I think about it 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days....just kidding you get the point, though.

With so many new creative projects I have been trying to work diligently on, I have started to think how I perceive each creative piece. I'm here to share those thoughts with you with hopes to save you your sweet time in the future. Read more

August 5, 2016Comments are off for this post.

Thirty Eight Days

Quick Takes:

  • Use an open mind to embrace the positive people around you
  • Connect on a personal level to create an everlasting relationship
  • Be on a mission to find clarity in your life

38 days, 10 countries, 16 cities, 1 backpack. The most amazing backpacking tour has come to an end, although a new journey awaits but we can focus on that another time. For now, I want to reflect on these past eventful 38 days. 38 days that have defined who I truly am and have provided me with some of the most beneficial life lessons I have encountered thus far. My mind has been opened to many new extraordinary aspects of life. Aspects which I will carry proudly with the hopes to pass the lessons learned onto those who I cross paths with in the future. The number of lessons I have been taught along this journey through experiences and people would take me ages to tell you. So, I have surprisingly narrowed it down to one sentence to give you a broad summary of what I have been taught. Here it is, don't get too excited, it is really just one sentence. I've learned how to perceive life in a new manner that is constantly developing along with grasping a stronger vision of who I want to be as a person. Now that we got that out of the way, sit tight because it is time to reminisce and reflect on the last 38 days.

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May 19, 2016No Comments

Embrace the beginning

Hey friend,

First off, I want to welcome you to this piece of work I have been developing for the last two months. It started as an idea, a small idea. An Idea I didn't have much passion for. But day by day I realized it was an aspect of my life I absolutely cared about. It became something I wanted to put my mind to. Throughout this development, I had a realization that this blog had the opportunity to become something much bigger than I originally imagined. It could be a way I could not only open and challenge my mind, but also hopefully do the same to yours. 

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