Buying Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency

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I was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1986, three years before the Berlin Wall fell, communism didn't pan out. When my parents and I moved to America in 1996, everyone was still using the Deutsche Mark as currency. Then, in 2001, several European countries joined the EU and Germany converted its money to the Euro.

Since then, times have changed dramatically. Digitized currencies are here, and they're here to stay.

I have been living in a school bus since August of 2015. During these years, I have truly come to value my time over money, saving as much of both as I can. I can always earn more money, but I will never have more time. Living in a 189 square foot bus home has allowed me to look at what is important, and what is not. 

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Over the past few years, I have met so many people and traveled to so many places. I thoroughly enjoy talking with people and hearing about their dreams and passions. What does everyone seem to want and need? More time and more money.

That's where Bitcoin comes in. Let me share with you, a few of the things I've learned.

Bitcoin - How much do I buy?

Just like there is the US dollar (USD), Chinese Yuan (RMB), British Pound (GBP), Euro (EUR), etc there is Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), and so forth. These are all digital moneys which have different values to different people.

You can buy as much or as little as you want. Do you want to buy just enough to cover a purchase, or would you like to buy more as an investment, for when the price of bitcoin goes up?

You can buy 1.0 Bitcoin, 1 million Bitcoins, or .00000001 of a Bitcoin, which is termed a “Satoshi.”

1 Satoshi is worth USD $0.0000937402 – mere fractions of a single penny. That penny on the ground you walk by is worth more than the lowest possible denomination of a bitcoin.

Just as banks own gold bullion, the average person might have gold jewelry or gold teeth fillings, or use gold coins. All of them have a price and value, from the biggest bricks to the smallest nuggets.

1 dollar bill today is worth 10,668 Satoshis, which is equal to 0.00010668 BTC.

1 Bitcoin today is worth $9373.83 US Dollars (Price last week, today it's actually at $10,391.14)

What can 1 cent buy you? What can 100 cents buy you? What can 1,000,000 cents ($10,000) buy you?

Money is money, and I love it all. The more the better!

What do you need to learn?

I am not trying to make any of this sound daunting or complicated. Everything I use these apps for, day to day, can be done without having a scrap of knowledge about bitcoin or anything else about Cryptocurrency.

I don’t know a thing about how much USD is in circulation, how the Federal Reserve works, how much money it prints, the intricacies of digital banking, or all the legal stuff involved with any of it. I just know that if I have a dollar bill, I can go somewhere and spend it. If I have a lot of dollars, I can open an account and the bank will take care of it for me.

Just as you get paid in dollars and spend your dollars, you can get paid in bitcoin and spend your bitcoin. It doesn't have anything to do with investing, expensive computers, programming, nothing like that.

You download an app or two, configure your bank account information with these trusted companies, and save some money here and there on the things you were buying and doing anyway.

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Real World Use

Do you spend money at Starbucks, Target, Amazon, AMC, Best Buy, Home Depot, Dunkin' Donuts among other places? You could easily be saving money at all these places with a couple free apps and a few minutes of your time.

Coinbase and CashApp/Venmo

The Coinbase app is by far the easiest way to buy and use digital money. Purchase, spend and send over 20 different kinds of currencies anywhere in the world.

Another app that I really enjoy, which offers only Bitcoin and US Dollars, is the CashApp. Have you ever seen the Square payment systems at farmers markets and stores? That company runs this app.

Both Coinbase and CashApp are considered "non-custodial" wallets that hold your digital money for you. Non-custodial is having your money at the bank, you own the funds, but they physically hold it for you.

Other digital wallets, like BlueWallet, are called "custodial" wallets. You own the money, and the money is right there on your phone, in your own account. You own it all and can access it at anytime. The physical wallet in your pocket would be a custodial wallet, you physically own the money inside of it.

CashApp, Coinbase, Venmo etc get linked to your bank account, in order to transfer your checking account dollars into the app’s wallet. From there, you can use the apps for making purchases, sending and receiving dollars, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Venmo does not offer any Bitcoin services.

Any of these apps provide you with digital wallets that hold your digital money, even if you only load US dollars into these apps. You can transfer money out of the CashApp non-custodial bitcoin wallet and send it to your personal favorite custodial wallet. That is like taking money out of your bank account, and putting it into the wallet in your pocket.

With CashApp you can easily buy bitcoin, to send and receive to anyone in the world, by using the app to scan QR codes, phone numbers or through email.

You can also invest as little or as much into the stock market through the app. Either way you use this app, it might help you save money.

CashApp does what Venmo does, and more!

If you're used to Venmo, you’ll have no trouble using CashApp. Both apps offer payment services right in the app, as well as free physical debit cards they will send you if you want to pay that way.

The main bonus to CashApp is its built in and easy to select "Boost program." Download the app, and on the screen you will see your virtual Visa card. From there, you can choose several "Boosts" to load onto your card. It's basically a coupon you are loading onto your card, much like you would do on your Wal-Mart and Safeway app. A boost is a digital coupon, and CashApp offers some of the best!

Browse through the Boost options, select whichever one, and as soon as you pay with the app or the physical debit card, that Boost discount discount is immediately applied when you go to pay with your Cash app or Cash card.

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Today is the first of the month, which means I get paid for my social media work. I get paid right into the CashApp.

Instead of getting paid into a bank checking account where I pay maintenance fees and receive zero interest, I can get the money sent to the CashApp for free and save money on stuff I am buying anyway. I can turn my paycheck dollars into bitcoins right in the app.

Buying bitcoin in the app is super simple with low fees, which are charged anywhere you buy and sell bitcoin.

I use the app at my favorite local coffee shop and save $1 instantly with the "$1 Off Any Coffee Store" boost selected. Later on I can use CashApp on my phone or their free debit card to save 15% off DoorDash, $5 off at any restaurant, 10% Taco Bell, 5% off Home Depot, and so forth. 

Now it gets even more beautiful!

Fold App

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This is the easiest and most efficient way to save money on things I’m already buying. To begin using it, you do not need any other app besides Fold.

Basically, the Fold app works with merchants to offer bitcoin-back rewards from buying digital gift cards right inside the app.

For my afternoon trip to Starbucks, I opened the app, which is linked to my debit card and bought a $25 Starbucks gift card.

(You could link a cash-back credit card, saving you even more money!)

I received 1.5% back in bitcoin satoshis, which is available immediately in the app.

Opening up my Starbucks App, I clicked ‘add gift card,’ and entered the gift card details from the Fold purchase. Boom! The money was instantly available in the Starbucks app.

Ordered my grande dark roast with no room, scanned the Starbucks app at the register and earned Starbucks stars to use towards future discounted purchases.

It’s that simple!

If I had set-up my Fold account with a bitcoin wallet like BlueWallet and not only my debit card, I could have saved 3% cash back, but that’s just a little more involved, but not by much.

My bank statement will show a "Fold gift card purchase", instead of "Starbucks gift card." If this kind of privacy matters to you.


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Saving the Most Money at Target

My wife and I love target. We mainly come here for clothes and exchanging our SodaStream CO2 refill cartridges.

Walking through the aisles, I opened the Fold App and bought a $50 Target gift card.

I'll get 2% bitcoin back - which is 0.00010819BTC, worth $1.12 today -  on that gift card purchase. If I was purchasing this gift card with bitcoin I already had, which is a little more involved and technical, I could be earning 4% bitcoin back (0.00021639 = $2.24).

Earlier in the car, I bought a $25 REI gift card earning 8% bitcoin back, and a $50 Amazon card with 4% back, so I accrued some bitcoin in my Fold app wallet. I used this towards the purchase of the Target card, which I bought for $44.66. I’ll get the 2% or $1.12 back from towards the purchase of another card.

So really, a $50 card for $43.66 which was instantly available to me and the cashier with a scannable bar code.

My wife and I also use the Red Card and use the Target app with its “Target Circle Benefits” linked to that same gift card. So we also got 5% cash back, loaded right into the Target app. This 5% is also valid at any Starbucks located inside of a Target.

The fold app is so easy to use, and lets you save more money the more you learn about how bitcoin works.

Main Takeaway

I highly recommend Coinbase, CashApp, and Fold as free apps to use to learn about digital money, saving you cash money and letting money be a tool you can wisely use. Use the apps and rewards that are available to you from the places you visit the most.

Saving a dollar here, 2 dollars there might not be much, but I’m in this for the long haul. I’m about wealth, not getting rich quick schemes.

I am stacking pennies like I am stacking Sats(Satoshis)!

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Want to learn more about Bitcoin, having fun and EARNING some yourself, at no cost to you?

Go to your app store, download the "Thunder Games" Bitcoin Bounce game and the BlueWallet for 'Bitcoin and Lightning network transactions.'

Play the game for free, collect tickets, and every day there is a winning raffle for 25 to 5,000 Sats ($0.002-$0.459) that you can load right into your BlueWallet lighting wallet and pay wherever you want. How about getting 8% off Dominos Pizza on the Lightning Network? Operated by Fold as well.

Ever see those Gift Card racks at your local grocery store? Some of them have Bitcoin cards! They are super simple to use. Want to learn more? Take a look.

It's that easy. Happy earning!

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Our fear of doing nothing outweighed the fear of the unknown.

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 The night before we moved into our bus I sat on the floor of the bedroom where we slept for the past two years. It was empty besides stacks of boxes from the incoming renter and blue fabric that would become our bus curtains.

We threw ourselves so hard into converting our new home, a 1996 34-foot Thomas International school bus, that we neglected to make a plan. It was far from ready, but our lease was up. In the other room, I overheard Richard, my partner and co-pilot in this decision, talking to our landlord. He said our local Walmart looked like the best option for our first night. This was not riding off into the sunset as I imagined. It felt more like jumping off a cliff.

Building a bus into a home is a psychological experience. Fear of the unknown keeps many people from jumping in, and we’ve dealt with our share.

This article looks at the fears we’ve faced, the fears placed on us, and how we re-imagined them to truly embrace life on the road.

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Fear of Regret 

That heading pretty much sums up how we got here. Before we started looking at full-time travel options, a feeling began to settle into our lives. At first it was subtle but then it grew. It started to feel too easy to let our lives pass us by without actually living them. We spent years getting educated and working less-than-ideal jobs. We became comfortable with the daily grind.

I questioned how I would feel later if I let this daydream go. Whatever the risk, would it outweigh not trying something completely new?
We know we won’t live this lifestyle forever and the only thing that’s promised is the present. Basically, our fear of doing nothing outweighed the fear of the unknown.

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 Fears from Family and Friends

Some people spend months or even years researching the ideal bus. Us? It went something like this: we learned about self-converting skoolies on a Monday, found one in our price-range by Friday, and rolled ours off the lot by the next Tuesday afternoon. It might seem like we were fearless, but the truth is virtually no one knew until we owned it.


We were afraid someone would talk us out of it. 

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 Richard’s sister was the first to know. She heard the beep of the bus backing up, ran out of her house, and yelled over the groaning engine, “Why is there a school bus in my driveway?!” We popped our faces out of the window and smiled. “We bought it!”

In our experience, the more people cared about us, the more fearful they were. This is not necessarily bad, but we realized they wanted to keep us safe within their own worldview, not ours. So really, these feelings had nothing to do with us. Once they saw that we were committed and working toward our dreams, they came around and it inspired them to think out of the box too. 

Fake it while you Make it

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We lived in a subdivision with a homeowners association, so by definition, we shouldn’t have even attempted the bus build. But we rolled on anyway. We parked in front of our house and worked on the bus daily, storing it at night.

We pried up the floor, scraped and patched rusty holes, and scoured YouTube for advice. We weren’t always sure of the next step. But as the deadline loomed closer, we found satisfaction knowing why we were tired and what we were working for.

We became the entertainment of the neighborhood. We met some neighbors for the first time, shared our progress, and let them know our plans so they wouldn’t have to guess or label us. Before we left, we made fliers thanking them for their patience and invited them to our bus reveal, a few pieces of furniture placed inside our barely insulated and floored bus shell. This experience helped us hone our story, and we’ve been doing it ever since.

Mobile Stability

The leading question we get (besides where we shower and go to the bathroom) is how can we possibly afford this lifestyle? While I understand the practicality behind this concern, it is based on fear. We met a cashier at Wynn Dixie in rural Florida. He was young and enthusiastic, said we were living his dream. The only way he would do is if he knew it would come with financial stability.

As we left, I said, “If we thought like that, we would have never done it.”

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 How many people spend their lives doing things they don’t like because of the promise of stability or freedom someday? It might not actualize no matter how safe we play. Getting on the road before we had it all figured out forced us to think on our feet. We started with a little bit of savings and quickly had to think about what we would do to keep going. Seasonal jobs, consolidating bills, remote work, selling things online, putting some things on credit have helped us through. We are far from rich, but our lives are full. 

It Happens

One of the biggest fears people have thinking about life on the road is breaking down. It probably will happen. It happened to us – twice! When trouble happened on the road, instead of feeling alone, we reached out to the community. Nobody knows bus life like other skoolies, so we picked up the phone and called friends, looked up solutions on blog sites, and sometimes we would still have to go to a shop.

We built friendships along the way, and we were sometimes able to help when our friends needed it. In addition to getting help when we broke down, we also connected our water and solar on the road with the help of new friends, so we literally would not be off-grid without them.

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  Adventure is Fear Spelled Different

We didn’t just build a bus; we rearranged our lives. The benefit of fear was having the realization that we could use what we were feeling to take action. Every time something came up, we knew we had a choice to change our thinking and look for the good. Now we have been on the road for over a year-and-a-half, and do I have some stories to tell!

There's no one way to build a skoolie. Now that we're traveling full-time, sometimes we forget how much work it took to get here. Each part of this project has challenged us to improvise and tap into the knowledge of others, realizing that the only way "out" is "through". Sometimes we had to work separately to achieve a common goal, but we always came away with new skills and a greater appreciation for the process.

For us, the challenge became the reward. Every day is now a once-in-a-lifetime experience – even if it always has been – and unpacking our fears gave us the courage to notice. 

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GnomadQuestions :

"When and where is the Midwest Vanlife Gathering?! What can I expect from the weekend?"

~ By Contributing Writer: The Gnomad Home ~

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Spill the tea! What’s the dirty deets?!

We have HELLA announcements about the Midwest Vanlife Gathering that we’ve been exploding to share with you all!


The Midwest Vanlife Gathering is May 17-19

For an additional $10 we invite you to come a day early on Thursday, AND/OR stay a day late until Monday!


We had hoped to work with the INCREDIBLE Forest Service in Missouri again, but the government shutdown threw a wrench into those plans. SO we adventured out in search of a new venue!

And we found Camp Manitowa - Cedar Point in Makanda, Illinois! It is a killer location for a van event. It is a family-owned, 257-acre property with a 12,000 acre lake!

We will have shelter in case of storms, electricity for live music, and they even have a super dank and cheap CAFE that will be open all weekend in case you don’t feel like cooking all of your meals!

There are also miles of hiking and biking trails, and a 9-hole disc golf course!


This will be a fun weekend of camaraderie with fellow nomads. We’ll have:

  • Open mic jams, a community potluck, informational panel discussions with speakers such as AlwaysTheRoad DivineOnTheRoad
  • Van conversion companies set up to discuss their services and answer van build questions.
  • Stand up paddleboarding provided by the incredible crew from SUPStl and ShowMeSUP
  • Yoga
  • And an INSANE raffle.

Sidenote - this event is kid and pet friendly, and all rigs (or tents!) are welcome! This isn’t just for vans - come one, come all!


Buy Tickets

You have LESS THAN 10 DAYS to snag your Early Bird Tickets! Early Bird tickets are $42 for Friday-Sunday.

Extended stay (Thurs-Mon) tickets are $10 more. Price is PER VEHICLE. Starting March 1st, ticket prices are going up to $52.

And don’t forget - the MWVG is a fundraiser! We are donating ALL of the proceeds from the event and the raffle to our nonprofit partners. So grab yourself some tickets and let’s raise some money for some kickass organizations!

Midwest Vanlife Gathering is sponsored by ProjectVanlife

Hey everyone! Welcome to our Bus Life Adventure.

Let’s have a little chat about working for yourself, working for someone else, and what kind’s of things you want to keep in mind while you are looking for work.

The way I see it, if you’re getting a job and working for someone else, accept the job that pays decently well AND comes with great benefits and perks. You are trading your lifetime in for a couple bucks an hour, make it worth your time and energy! Don’t spend your life on things you don’t want to do, and don’t just do it for the money.

In high school I worked at my parent’s office, because it was close to home and with familiar people. In college I worked at a movie theater to watch free movies, eat unlimited popcorn and left over hot dogs and candy. Then I worked for several airlines for the free and heavily discounted flight benefits, also for the great healthcare.

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The handful of jobs in-between which I was working simply for money never worked out for long. If it’s not your passion, and you simply show up to earn money with no other benefits, it’s difficult to give it your all. If your hearts not in it, you won’t win it.

My life-time is more precious than any dead end, only for money job. I want more out of work and life!

“Some have maxed out all their credit cards
Some are working two jobs and living in cars
Minimum wage won’t pay for a roof, won’t pay for a drink
If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. C.E.O.
See how far 5.15 an hour will go
Take a part time job at one your stores
I bet you can’t make it here anymore”

- James McMurtry “We can’t make it here anymore”

Dinner in the Big Blue Bus

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Mary and I were sitting at the dining table, sampling the variety of tacos, cheese dip, salsa and guacamole which she brought home after her shift at the Taquiera, her new second job.

“Dang! This one with the pulled pork and BBQ sauce is nice! I like the crispy onions.” I told Mary with my mouth full.

“I’m not too much a fan of this one, with the pineapple and pickled cabbage.” She replied.

“Dude! How sweet is this?! This is what Bus Life is all about! I love this!” I smiled at her.

With a thoughtful smile she told me “It’s the best home I’ve ever had”

“Remember living with that one lady? That place was disgusting.” I made a gross face towards Mary.

“And the sea cucumber apartment!” Mary replied back.

“Oh! And the place with 5 roommates, only 1 of which I ever saw!” she continued.

Nights like this are the reason why I am so glad that my wife moved onto the bus with me. I know where she is now, and that she is safe. When we were doing our long distance relationship, I always worried about her. I knew she was fine, but it was difficult not knowing where she was living without seeing it for myself, with transient owners in the other rooms. I am so overjoyed that we are together in our little bus home, able to share our meals together.

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New Town, New Jobs

We have been in Florida for about a month, parking the Big Blue Bus in my friend’s driveway for the winter and spring. We worked out a deal with our friends to upkeep their second car while borrowing it for the time being. Packing up the bus everyday to drive it around town would be too much of a hassle, so we really lucked out to be able to park here and use their car.

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The third day here, Mary went around the entire town, handing out her resume. Mostly Cafe’s, restaurant and managerial positions, since her resume is filled with 13 years of fine dining experience, management/supervisor positions, customer service/retail, as well as 6 years of specialty coffee training.

She walked into the Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner and they basically hired her on the spot, she had her first shift at 5 am the next morning. It was that easy to get a job.

She thought about working there in the morning and a restaurant job in the evening. You really can’t beat taking home cash money tips at both jobs.

My focus was on the perks — free coffee and doughnuts! What more could you want?!

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Speaking of Coffee and Doughnuts

Mary absolutely loves coffee. I mean, LOVES coffee. LOVES LOVES LOVES! And I extremely love doughnuts.

It has been so wonderful to learn about and experience different coffee throughout our travels. French presses, pour overs, drip, black, creamy, latter art, cinnamon, vanilla, crema and whipped cream.

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As far as life on the road is concerned, this is probably our all time favorite perk of living in a bus and traveling the country, the coffee!

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I am satisfied with a large cup of Love’s or Race Track gas station coffee, while I do appreciate specialty coffee. Mary, however, has so much knowledge, passion and love for coffee, she only settles for the best. Otherwise it’s not worth her time or money.

“Life is too short to drink a bad cup of coffee.”

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 During her time in Seattle, Mary was moving from one apartment to another, working as a manager-in-training and barista at a local chain of coffee and doughnut shops. It was there she fell in love with coffee.

While she was living and working in Seattle, I was living in the bus and working in Florida. We were carrying on a long distance relationship for over a year until we realized this was not working out and neither of us were happy. We decided for Mary to take a break from her job, run out her lease, and fly to Florida to move into the bus with me. We wanted to be together, to experience what Bus Life had to offer both of us. We were tired of being together but not together.

A day after she moved in, we began a 2,500 mile road trip from Orlando, Florida to Portland, Oregon in order to attend a Tiny House Living Festival. From there we drove the bus up to Seattle, where Mary resumed her position, with the promise and hope that she would soon run her own cafe.

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Now we were both living in the bus together in Seattle, where I could focus on writing full-time, and Mary could focus on her specialty espresso career. She was super excited to play a much bigger role in her own cafe.

However, as more and more time passed, she was told “soon, soon” but soon never came. Delays here, delays there, shortages here, so on and so forth. Unfortunately for the company, Mary had to quit. She was not being treated well at that job, getting overlooked again and again. She deserved much more and was not willing to sacrifice herself for a place that was not sacrificing anything to help her become a better and more valued part of the company.

She put in her intent to move on and since we live on wheels, we packed up the bus and left town.

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See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya!

“So Mary, what do you want to do next, and where do you want to do it?”

“California, and duh! Coffee!” she replied without hesitation.

“Alright, let’s do it!” I guaranteed her, starting up the bus engine, heading to our new adventure.

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“Girl, I say, if only life would lean our way,
Well, you and me, we’d run away to be wherever our adventure waits,
And time would be a distant memory, nobody could tell us to stay,
Well, I’ve been dreaming ever since I’ve seen you
Heaven when you came my way.
I heard your heart say love, love, love
I heard your heart say love, love, love”

- Avalanche City “Love Love Love”

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We moved to California and worked throughout the summer season at a Resort and Organic Coffee Roaster, which we highly enjoyed. Mary learned a tremendous amount about coffee and worked with several of the baristas to improve their milk foaming skills. We found the job through Workcamper.

After the season was over, we moved to Vegas for the fall and Christmas time. During that time, I worked with my parents while we renovated the interior of the bus. It was a much needed upgrade to accommodate both of us living in the bus, as before it was a solo road trip vehicle, but now it’s a home for a married couple. Mary has been loving bus life, and is excited to permanently park and work.

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As for Mary working at Dunkin’ Doughnuts, that did not work out. After 3 shifts, Mary had to walk away. She simply cannot serve crappy fast food bean water “coffee.” The place was filthy, the health code was NOT being followed, and the employees were hateful and toxic, some of which just walked out on their shift. It was a literal mess that she walked into, and she walked herself right back out.

Luckily enough, the following day she received a call from the only cafe that serves craft espresso within a 50 mile radius, and they want her to work for them! She is extremely excited to work there, hoping to further expand her knowledge of coffee and continuing her coffee experiences while living the bus life.

As for me, I choose to write as much as possible

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Mary now has her morning job at the Specialty Coffee shop nearby, and several evening shifts at the Taquiera restaurant across the street from the cafe. I am lucky to be able to do what I do and she is able to do what she loves to do. She misses working at “her” Cafe in Seattle, and really wished it would have worked out up there.

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However, she loves her current work places and no matter what, enjoys interacting with people and brightening their day. I am definitely more of a home-body and am so grateful to be able to work on my writing. I have a much easier time setting my own schedule and working for ourselves while she enjoys having a schedule and leaving the bus to interact with folks and working with coffee.

I’ve learned to zone in on one thing at a time and do that one thing well. You can only do so much in a day, so I give writing my best effort. Once you give me two, three, or four things at a time, my attention is too divided and I struggle to accomplish anything. I enjoy and need my attention to be focused on one thing.

Get really good at something, so you get paid for doing it.

Six years ago, I was sitting in my car in my apartment complex parking lot, long before I ever thought about buying a bus. I was talking to my forever friend David about the Alan Watts video “what would you like to do if money were no object.” The premise is to do what you love, and at some point you’ll be so good at it that people will want to pay you for it. And no kidding, David has arrived at that point!

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He has become incredibly talented in the art of Bonsai styling and general tree up-keep, and has highly improved his woodworking techniques. After years of continued studying and working on his craft, focusing on that one thing, people now come to him for teaching opportunities and questions about his horticulture knowledge and art. He is able to sell his trees as well as other art work to be able to continue learning, growing, and nurturing his talents.

Congrats and hats off to you my friend, you have done it! You are one of the few.

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Whenever I sit and write and write and nothing seems to come of it, I ask myself “When will this pay off? What is this even worth?” I have to remember that I am not in this just for the money. It is allowing me to feel creative, alive, and believe that anything is possible.

I did not drive down this road to become a writer for fame, success, and mega money — which will all come in time- those are simply bonuses, I started on this journey to become the best version of myself, and believe that I am becoming that person through the art of writing and publishing my work. I am in this because it is how I love spending my time, and sharing my words with others.

I also have to remember that my friend and business partner Brock, founder of Bus Life Adventure, IS paying me. He pays an honest wage to write blog posts and articles for his audience through Bus Life Adventure. He trusts in my writing. Brock is the man!

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Whenever I doubt myself, I remember that Brock believes so much in me that he is willing to put his hard earned dollars on the line, and pay me to write articles and to be the Social Media Manager for both BusLifeAdventure and TheBusFair

Whenever I am writing, I always have my wife, my parents, my friend David and my buddy Brock in the back of my mind. I am so incredibly lucky to be able to spend my time the way I am, and these people heavily influence how and what I write. Thank you!

I am at the point where spending all these years writing is starting to come together and create the life that I want for my wife and me. I am doing what it takes to become a great writer. Even though my writing so far has not been able to fully sustain us financially, the reality is that 4 years ago I moved into a bus in order to make and create the time to put words on paper, and have succeeded in doing that. I have accomplished what I set out to do.

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AND! I have been getting a paycheck for my writing for over a year now. I set my intention and it came true. I’m doing it for the perks, not the money.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

- Paul Coelho “The Alchemist”

And you know what, all the traveling is great, all the stories we have gathered are fun to tell and write about. But at the end of the day, the greatest perk of bus life, is the simple fact that I am able to be with my wife, and eat some tacos and share a cup of coffee with her. To have these kind of moments with her so close, that is the best part about all of this. Spending time with my best friend.

“I been getting used to waking up with you
I been getting used to waking up here
Anywhere I go there you are
Anywhere I go there you are
There you are
There you are
You’re the fire and the flood
And I’ll always feel you in my blood
Everything is fine
When your hand is resting next to mine
Next to mine”

- Vance Joy “Fire and the Flood”

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How would you really enjoy spending your life?

Do that.

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#coffee is love. Coffee is life. ❤️❤️


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