09/19 — Life on the Road

This is old news for some of you, but it’s time to tell all y’all about it.

See, I have a Plan.

I’m gonna buy a bus. Or RV. Or something. And I’m gonna move into it, me and the cats and the computer and all the herbs. And I’m gonna live wherever the heck I want.

This makes sense, I swear.

For several reasons, but only one of which is the really big one.

  • I could tell you how it’ll make my life easier. I have friends and family all over hell AND creation, and I don’t see any of them often enough. Because no matter where I am, most of them are too far away.
  • I could talk about the festivals and events and shows that I can’t do because they’re too damn far away, and I don’t have the money/don’t want to be away from home/Chocolate that long.
  • I could say that I can, because I work online, because I sell at shows everywhere.

But simply and at the root of it, I love traveling. Being on the road. Into the distance, off to the next adventure, the journey not the destination. I want no destination. I want all destinations. And I want to GO GO GO.

Because there’s so much out there that’s beautiful, O my best beloveds, so much to see, to go, to be in, to BE. And here I am stuck here.

It’s not that I’m stuck in Tennessee, particularly. I’d be as stuck in Pennsylvania or Colorado or anywhere. It’s that I’m stuck here, wherever HERE is, I am stuck, I cannot move.

Yeah, I can pack up the car and Loiosh and go, but then I’m away from my Bumper and my Emily, my desk with everything Just So, my stuff which alas I still need some of. I’m tethered, and soon enough I’ll have to go back, and it’s always too soon.

But if I bring it with me…

Like a snail with its home on its back…

Chocolate, my sweet Bumperkitty, is always there.

I sleep always in my. Own. Bed.

(Which really does make the sleeping easier.)

I’m always at my. Own. Desk when I am blogging or twittering or whateveritisthatIdo.

If I run out of soap, poof! I can run home and make more.

Cos it’s right there.

All not-very-much-that-I-own is right there with me.

That’s been the goal…

…of all this decluttering. The smaller vehicle I fit into, the better gas mileage, the easier to drive, the more places I can get to more easily.

That’s been the goal of expanding my online businesses, because it’s not just Om Shanti Naturals, now, there’s more to it than that (and more about that soon)…

That’s been the goal of the planning and plotting and RV-hunting and money-saving I’ve been doing for more than a year now.

And that’s why I’m posting this — it’s not just telling all y’all what the Plan is, it’s me putting it out there that this is what I want to do, and I need an RV for that, and it’s time to manifest that RV into my life.

(Although the decluttering, now, that has its own merits.

The less stuff…

…the better it is…

…the lighter I feel, the less to clean, easier to find what I’m looking for, less to trip over…

But those aren’t the main reason. The less stuff, the easier to take off, to take flight, to GO.)

What are you running from?

I got some answers to that question.

  • From? Must I be running from? Perhaps I am running TO.
  • Perhaps I am running from a Life of Quiet Desperation*
  • The third answer has some rude words, so I shan’t spell it out here, but if you really REALLY think I’m running away, c’mere, I’m’a tell you a couple things.

* Perhaps you might recognize the quote. Look at your life. Really look at it.

Here, have a hanky. I know. I’ve been there. I know you’re feeling stuck where you are. YOU CAN GET OUT TOO. I promise.

But more about that later.


I am running TO.

I am running to adventure, to freedom, to my people, my land.

I am running to my family (who I will get to see far more often this way.)

I am running to life and living it.

It’s time to GO.

Time to GO.

But how?

I have Plans. And plots. I’ve done a crapton of research. Whatever objection, whatever ‘but that’s impossible because’ you’re about to give me, I promise you, I’ve thought about it.

I’m not going to give you the details now. There are too many. Too much is still up in the air. And the details aren’t what this is about anyways.

This is about me, getting this out to the Universe.

Here is this. Here is me. I am wide open, waiting to see how this will happen. If it’s not quite like I envisioned it, that’s how life is, isn’t it?

But it’s time. It’s to to get on the road. Time to travel, to spend time with the people I love. Time to go.

Go and see, go and breathe, go and see the world, smell it all, breathe it all, hike it all, climb it all, see it all.

A disclaimer of sorts.

I know some of you think I’m nuts. Some of you envy me (YOU CAN DO IT TOO! GO DO IT TOO!). Some of you don’t want me to. Some of you are afraid.

That’s okay. This is not your life. This is not your plan. You don’t have to do this, unless it’s what you really want (and if it is, let’s talk!).

It’s mine. It’s time to go.

27 Comments on “09/19 — Life on the Road”


  1. I will reserve you some chickens.

    Andrea on 19 Sep 2011, 1:15 pm (Link | Reply)

  2. Kate, I am very happy for you! All I can say is you GO girl, I would love to be able to do what you are doing, but my time is not here yet and I will live vicariously through your adventures and misadventures, I’m sure they all will bring joy & enlightenment for you and the kits…my driveway is pretty inviting….:)

    Pam on 19 Sep 2011, 1:45 pm (Link | Reply)

    • Yay driveway space! Hoping to see you guys (soon? Depends on how quickly the RV manifests itself…) and a place to park for a little while is always welcome.

      (And who knows…your turn may be closer than you think!)

      Kate on 19 Sep 2011, 1:48 pm (Link | Reply)

  3. All I can say is “good for you”! No more landlords saying you can’t. No more paying rent on a place that isn’t yours. I’ve told you before we have tons of room so c’mon and park your butt and your RV in our yard anytime you’re in the southeast! At least while I’m still here….I’m so happy for you my friend. You and your kitties.

    Kathy Adams on 19 Sep 2011, 2:08 pm (Link | Reply)

    • YES. Exactly! Thank you darlin.

      Kate on 19 Sep 2011, 2:09 pm (Link | Reply)

  4. Not fearful — I am living my life how I want. =)

    A stable place, where I can grow plants, flowers and vegetables. Where I can go and travel when I want, but come home to one place.

    I have nothing but positive and happy encouragement for you!

    DwenjustDwen on 19 Sep 2011, 3:14 pm (Link | Reply)

    • Dwen, m’dear, you’ve done such a lovely job of building the life _you_ want since we met. You inspire me! Keep growing roses, and I shall visit you to smell them.

      (And if the peas are ripe, that’ll be EVEN BETTER).

      Kate on 19 Sep 2011, 3:17 pm (Link | Reply)

  5. Your severe case of wanderlust sounds much like mine ;).

    One reason I left my job was so, as a family, we could get used to living on less (by forcing the issue so to speak /grin) and become more mobile with the thought that someday, we’ll have an opportunity to do just that.

    I’ll be watching for more about your life on the road!

    Jen {The Wholehearted Life} on 19 Sep 2011, 5:42 pm (Link | Reply)

    • Hope to see you on the road someday, Jen! Thank you for stopping by my place.

      Kate on 19 Sep 2011, 5:48 pm (Link | Reply)

  6. I love this idea and always have wanted to be a nomad. For now, I will offer you parking space and a heavy-duty extension cord.

    Also, keep a good collection of parts, etc. for the road.

    And keep on bringing us the joys of road pictures and cats.

    Regina on 19 Sep 2011, 6:42 pm (Link | Reply)

  7. Fly, baby! My parents did it when they retired – sold the house, took the Airstream, and disappeared for a couple years. They loved it! I know you will too. When you get to Colorado, there’s enough space at my house to park the RV. We could introduce Loiosh and Mojo.

    Rae Gerold-Smith on 19 Sep 2011, 9:22 pm (Link | Reply)

    • Yay parking space! And introducing cats is _always_ a blast. Thank you m’dear!

      Kate on 19 Sep 2011, 9:23 pm (Link | Reply)

  8. Awesome! We have a huge parking lot here, too! I will feed you tons of food 8^} When we finally get rid of , erm, when the kids are grown my hubby and I are thinking of doing the same thing! I am such a homebody {I like to have all of my things, be they few or many} but have always figured if my home went with my body, I could travel anywhere!! Right know we are joint-custody-STUCK…. but someday….. until then, please add PA to your list of welcome homes 8^)
    ~Diana

    Diana on 20 Sep 2011, 8:57 pm (Link | Reply)

    • Awesome! Yeah, joint custody makes it difficult, alas, but in time…in time…

      Kate on 20 Sep 2011, 8:59 pm (Link | Reply)

  9. Odd you should mention this… I’ve just been thinking random thoughts along these lines. I myself don’t have RV dreams, but the larger question of what is keeping me stuck and what do I really want to do has suddenly taken a fascinating turn. I’ve gone from feeling rather down to somewhat curious about my life in a very short time. I expect to blog about it myself in a while, but for now I’ll just nod at your post and say YOU GO GRRRL!!

    MakingSpace on 22 Sep 2011, 1:54 am (Link | Reply)

    • The RV thing for me is just a symptom of the larger issue of finding out what I want and going for it — which is hard, so hard, for people to do! I know a lot of people who say they are happy in their lives — and then turn around and complain about their job, their huge mortgage payment, whatever it is that’s bothering them, and I want to tell them yes, there _is_ a way out; it’s just hard to see because society tells you that you need these things you cling to.

      The fact that you’re in the process of breaking out, too? I LOVE that! It’s the hardest damn thing ever. And it’s so essential.

      I am looking forward to seeing what you have to say about what _you_ are heading for!

      Kate on 22 Sep 2011, 10:16 am (Link | Reply)

  10. I’m happy that youre living your bliss.Far too many of us haven’t or have forgotten how.My husband and I are on the other side of the road-or at least working on getting there.Neither of us has owned property for over twenty years, but our bodies are getting older even if our minds think were still kiss and were looking at buying property and settling down in N. Cal for the last part of our lives.Keep pposting, and we’ll always have parking space for the free spirits of the world living their bliss.
    Blessings, Renee

    Renee Ferguson on 2 Oct 2011, 2:04 pm (Link | Reply)

    • Good to hear from you, Renee! Good luck with finding the perfect place to settle down, and hopefully I’ll be taking you up on that offer of a parking space soon.

      Kate on 2 Oct 2011, 2:18 pm (Link | Reply)

  11. YAY! I’m so happy for you! Looking forward to the announcement that it’s time, and you know you’ve got parking space here! I envy you a little; I wish I had the certainty you do about what I want to do with my life. But I’m choosing to believe that it’ll come, with some hard work and time. You’ve shown me it can be done, after all. :) Hope to see you soonish! :D

    Kitrona on 12 Oct 2011, 3:35 pm (Link | Reply)

    • It will! And you’ll know, and you’ll _do_ it, and it’ll be _awesome_.

      Kate on 12 Oct 2011, 3:45 pm (Link | Reply)

      • Thanks… I really hope so!

        Kitrona on 12 Oct 2011, 7:25 pm (Link | Reply)

  12. Here, have a hanky. I know. I’ve been there. I know you’re feeling stuck where you are. YOU CAN GET OUT TOO. I promise.

    I wish… I wish I knew where to start. I often dream of doing what you do – making wonderful things and selling them, but I’ve no idea where to start. Pick up a book for recipes? Buy ingredients (from where)? And why would anyone ever buy anything from me?

    Anyway, a lovely friend from LiveJournal mentioned you and thus I found you, and your stuff looks wonderful and I will surely buy some when I have the money!

    Anastasia on 30 Oct 2011, 5:03 pm (Link | Reply)

    • First off, thank you for stopping by, and for commenting, Anastasia!

      Secondly? Yes, you can. You absolutely can. I’ve found it’s not so important to start the right way as it is to just _start_. Pick up a book, if you like. Buy some ingredients and play with them (that’s more-or-less how I started). There are a gazillion recipes and tutorials on the net — take a look around and pick something that suits your fancy. Heck, there’s plenty of things you can make with what you find in most kitchens.

      Take some salt — plain table salt — and mix it with powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, or other baking-type spices. Pour in some olive oil or canola oil or corn oil. Mix it all up until it feels about right. Poof! Body scrub.

      …just as an example.

      Why would they buy from you? Why do they buy from _me_? I was where you are, about four years ago. I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy, cos I’d be full of crap. But if this is what you really want to do? Yeah, you can do it. I believe in you.

      Kate on 30 Oct 2011, 5:13 pm (Link | Reply)

      • Thank you for the kind words. I wish I had as much confidence in myself that others seem to have – at least, when it comes to following my bliss, as opposed to drudgery work that pays the bills.

        But I have put it on my calendar to buy and make something as soon as I can afford to purchase the materials!

        Anastasia on 4 Nov 2011, 12:31 pm (Link | Reply)

        • It’s always hard to have confidence in yourself — we’re kinda taught not to, actually, and that’s hard to overcome. But this is why you find supportive friends and keep them around — they can be confident for you, when it’s getting tough.

          Yay for making something! Let me know how it turns out, okay? Promise I won’t steal your recipe. ;)

          Kate on 4 Nov 2011, 12:35 pm (Link | Reply)

  13. Still thinking here — have you considered a Kickstarter fundraiser for a grubstake with Om Shanti products as rewards?

    Just thinking out here . . .while I am knitting shawls.

    Regina Krause on 12 Nov 2012, 9:42 pm (Link | Reply)

    • I’ve been giving it thought, on and off. Even have a list of tentative rewards for different levels of money. I put it aside for a while, because I’ve realized that right now I need to focus on healing from the last couple years of awful crap, but I’m thinking I might pull the thing back out after the Christmas rush.

      The fact that you thought of it, too, gives me hope it’d actually work, though. And that? Would be awesome.

      Kate on 13 Nov 2012, 10:59 am (Link | Reply)

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