Photo Friday: Food from Spain

There’s no better way to get to know a country than through its cuisine. When we went to Spain in 2018, we barely scratched the surface when it came to the places we visited. The food is a diverse, rich reflection of Spain’s complex history. Barcelona Seville Granada Madrid If you’ve been to Spain, please…

Hoarding and Collecting: What’s the Difference?

I’m putting my foot down. From here on out, I will no longer collect anything. I used to be a collector, not of valuable paintings or artwork, just . . . things. When I was in college, I started collecting coffee mugs. As a University of Nebraska student, I just had to have a mug…

Celebrate World Whiskey Day the Self-quarantine Way

Happy World Whisky Day, everyone! Do you crave a good bourbon, Scotch, Irish, rye, or something else? For me, it has to be double-oaked bourbon. Do you prefer your whisky straight or in a cocktail? Either way for me. Do you enjoy sharing a good whiskey with friends, but recent Twitter images of unmasked patrons…

Believe Me. You Really Don’t Need These Kitchen Gadgets

Decluttering the kitchen is one of the most satisfying tasks you can ever accomplish. It’s been tough for me, but the more I do it, the easier it is to discard the kitchen gadgets I once thought I needed to be a better cook and to keep from going out to eat all the time….

7 Easy But Exceptional Ways to Cope with Coronavirus Cabin Fever

Happy April! This will be a quick post. In case you’re not yet sick and tired of Googling, Tweeting, discussing, or hearing the phrase social distancing, I thought I would weigh in on the global conversation. If you’re sick of it, that’s okay. Hear me out anyway. Did you know that the World Health Organization…

4 Ways Daydreaming Can Get You Through the Tough Times

Is daydreaming a distraction from work, or work a distraction from daydreaming? Marty Rubin It’s Friday happy hour. The waiter brings over the shishito peppers, which are bright green and blistered from roasting. We’re just finishing our patatas bravas, which taste just like the ones we sampled for the first time at Madrid’s Mercado de…

Can I Still RV Full-Time During a Coronavirus Outbreak?

Hello! Unsettled Essence here. I’m finally digging myself out of my lethargy and working on my next post. In the meantime, I’ve thought about how the Coronavirus threat has changed my day-to-day life–I’m teleworking full-time, I can’t go out for a nice dinner, and I can’t hang out and play cards with my boyfriend at…

The 5 Best Ways to Clean out a Peanut Butter Jar Like a Boss

Do you recycle your food jars or toss them straight in the trash? What about messy containers like peanut butter jars? Are they still worth the trouble to wash out? You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know how to clean out a peanut butter jar. You can be practical or more creative…

Let Go of That Sentimental Item Without Feeling Guilty About It

As a lifelong book lover, it’s been hard downsizing my library. I can’t have all that book weight slowing down my future RV and taking up valuable space. After many months, I’m proud to say that I’m now down to about a dozen books. One book that I’ve held on to for a while is…

Book Corner: Ten Years a Nomad

Do you like to read? I hope so, because you’re looking at my first monthly installment of Book Corner. Once a month I’ll give you the low-down on books that inspire me, as well as teach us an aspect of hitting the “reset” button on life and pursuing the dream. I read Matthew Kepnes’s book,…

With this carry-on, you’ll never have to check a bag again.

If you travel a fair amount you’re familiar with the hassle of boarding a full flight or being on a low-priority boarding list. The hassle is made worse if your carry-on bag is too big and has to be gate-checked. That means waiting in a line upon arrival to retrieve the bag, often causing you…

Three compelling reasons to travel more this year

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. –St. Augustine As an introvert, I’m not really good at small talk. But if you really want to engage me, tell me about the cool countries or cities you’ve been to. Having seen some wonderful places myself, I love talking…

A no-fail Home Decluttering Timeline to get ready for RV living

Deciding to make a life change is a major milestone. For me, that means getting out of my sticks-and-bricks apartment and transitioning to full-time RV living. For you, there might not be an RV in your future, but maybe you want to simplify your life and live with less. Intent is important, but you also…

4 easy ways to survive the 30-Day Minimalism Game

Yes, I’m still doing the 30-Day Minimalism Game . . . mostly. I forgot to purge 18 items on Tuesday, so I have to catch up somehow. Yesterday was Day 19, and here are the items on their way out the door: Why did I deviate from my goal on Tuesday? . . . Well,…

How to downsize for your RV kitchen

One of my favorite things about camping is getting up early, brewing coffee, and then fixing breakfast. I can’t wait to do this in my very own RV kitchen. But you can imagine how space can be an issue. This means that to make the adjustment to RV life I have to start downsizing the…

Update: 30-Day Minimalism Game

As promised, I have an update on my progress on the 30-Day Minimalism Game. It’s Day 9, and today I got rid of: a rhinestone necklace a pair of rhinestone earrings a rhinestone bracelet a knitted bracelet a flower vase a pair of reading glasses a sleeping mask a tan wicker basket, and . ….

De-clutter with the 30-Day Minimalism Game

Getting rid of excess stuff used to be hard for me. I’ve been a pack rat for most of my life. It’s a trait I must have inherited from my father, who still keeps some of my old toys in the attic. I’ve hung onto old t-shirts, commemorative mugs, and other things for sentimental reasons….

Save time with a muffin in a mug

In my quest to do things on a smaller scale, I often experiment with cooking and baking. One of my favorite breakfast foods is a muffin. I know how to bake a dozen or two in the oven, but that takes time and planning–blech! Baking can also take up a lot of space, which is…

Being a Princess is Overrated.

I remember being about 4 or 5 and sitting on my dad’s lap. It was one of those tender moments from my childhood. On one of those occasions he asked me a question I’ll never forget: “Don’t you want to be Cinderella when you grow up?” Huh? . . . The little kid in me…

Things to make with duct tape

Before I began planning my RV life, I was addicted to buying in bulk. I felt like a prepper stocking up on tissues, toilet paper, toothpaste, and boxed food because it made me feel prepared. It also fed my desire to save money for trips and experiences, and for my dream RV. On one bulk…

I need a vacation from my vacation!

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I were in Germany–Frankfurt, Füssen, Nuremberg, and Berlin. I turned 49 while we were in Berlin. To celebrate, we made our own chocolate at Ritter Sport, attended the Day of German Unity celebration near Brandenburg Gate, and enjoyed a wonderful Spanish tapas meal at Barcelona restaurant near…

How I made my boss laugh

The division director at my work intimidates the hell out of me. When it comes to my performance, he’s the last person I want to disappoint. But he also has this sense of humor that pops up on occasion and never ceases to cheer me up. Earlier this week I had to give a presentation…

Quit Asking Me, “What Do You Do?”

Several years ago I attended a lecture by a well-published scholar. I don’t remember her topic, but I’ll never forget something she said during the Q&A session. She told the audience that when she was just five years old, an adult asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She recalled her…

Taking a detour: Prague Castle

Ever since I started on my RV transition, I’ve been exploring ways to earn income on the road. I really enjoy writing, so I’ve started looking for freelance blogging and content writing gigs. I’m not able to replace my current income yet, but I’m building my portfolio and gaining experience writing about several new topics. Below…

My Favorite RV Camping Hacks

I love reading hacks for RVing, camping, or being outdoors. And I thought I’d read it all. I rarely open new “hacks” articles anymore because I assume it’ll be the same information I’ve read over and over again. Wrong! Here are some hacks that I ran across recently that surprised me. To me they’re original. I…

Visualizing my RV life

I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.  —Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey Show, 1997 When I need to relax, I close my eyes and visualize future moments from my RV dream…

How I Build Confidence in My Full-time RV Dream

As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success. –Tamara Taylor Building my RV dream is exciting. It also scares me to death. On some days, I look at my plan and wonder if I’ll ever realize my dream of full-time…

How to make ice cream in your RV

The best way to prepare for the “smallness” of RV life is to start living it now. And homemade RV ice cream is a good place to start.

What are the cons to full-time RVing?

When considering a major life decision, I create a list of pros and cons. But when I envision my RV life, my cons slightly outweigh the pros. That doesn’t matter. The cons aren’t reasons to bail out of my dream. Rather, listing them gives me a chance to anticipate the challenges. Then I’ll know how…

Transition

I can’t stay still anymore. I need to move. I have a nomadic spirit, and I’m finally honest with myself about it. I want to live full-time in an RV.

Four ways to make daydreaming productive

As an introvert with ADHD, hyperactivity and daydreaming are normal for me . . and for many others. Both happen when we subconsciously pull ourselves away from boring activities.

4 Ways to Tackle Task Avoidance

Here’s my reason for task avoidance: It’s how I cope with stress. I’m a worrier. Because I’m ADHD and an introvert, I’m in my head A LOT. What if I don’t do it right? What if I look stupid? What if I don’t get it done on time?

I don’t want to

If someone wants something from me, and if I want to say no, I will say “no thanks” or just “no.”