About

Hello!

I’m Connie.

This is my little corner of the World Wide Web where I share my thoughts, lifestyle and adventures.

I live a full-time nomadic lifestyle in my cozy little home on wheels. My current home is a 2021 Jayco 145RB travel trailer towed by my 2015 Ford Transit Cargo van.

Bella (the van) and Lulu (the trailer)

My blog doesn’t start until a year and a half (or so) after I hit the road full-time.

Actually, my first few posts are a bit odd as I tried to figure out what I wanted to write about and writing style.

To bring you up-to-speed at a glance, I created this About page to give you a little of the backstory, some recent tidbits and a little bio on the main character’s mentioned in my blog.

Why I Chose A Nomadic Lifestyle 

I chose a nomadic lifestyle as a way to live better with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).

For more details, check out my Living With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) post.

My Original Plan For Hitting The Road

I had never camped or traveled far. Nor had I ever lived in a home on wheels.

My goal was to move to the nomadic lifestyle slowly.

The plan was to convert my van into a home on wheels, take short trips to learn how to camp and travel.

Then, in 2018, I would retire early (age 55) and hit the road full-time.

But Life Had It’s Own Agenda

In August 2015, my job of almost 30 years was eliminated.

Nikki (my daughter) was also planning to leave the nest. She and Cookie (our dog) would be moving to southeast Florida (from northwest Illinois).

I briefly considered staying in the little one room, 400 square foot house I’d been renting. But my job loss presented me with an opportunity to hit the road earlier than planned – albeit totally unprepared – so I went for it!

October 2015 – Hitting The Road

My first day of full-time nomadic living was October 1, 2015.

Simply Connie
Bella

I began my nomadic journey in a 2015 Ford Transit Cargo Van named Bella.

Nikki and Cookie would be moving to Florida so I decided to take them there myself… in the van… and we’d make an adventure out of it.

Nikki, Cookie and I hit the road in a partially converted camper van… never having camped… never having traveled more than a few hours from home… and never having lived in a tiny little home on wheels.

I wasn’t planning on jumping in head first and clueless but life opened a door and I chose to walk through it.

The First Few Months On The Road

Nikki ended up traveling with me for about 4 months. Then, Cookie traveled with me for a couple more months while Nikki got settled in an apartment where Cookie later joined her.

The first few months on the road were quite adventurous. They were also heavily sprinkled with challenges and struggles.

Adjusting to my new nomadic lifestyle, job-loss and becoming an empty-nester all in one fell swoop was quite a learning curve. 

But it’s those challenges and struggles that made me stronger.

Rather than quitting… I kept moving forward.

My reward for moving forward was doing things I never thought I would do and accomplishing things I never thought I could do.

March 2018 – Taking A Hiatus From The Road

In mid-March 2018, after 2 1/2 years on the road, I took an unplanned hiatus from the road to move in with and take care of my Dad – who lived in northwest Illinois.

When I got the call about Dad I was in south Florida visiting Nikki.

Just before I left Florida… Nikki had to move to a new place and wasn’t able to keep Cookie with her.

No problem… Cookie would simply come live with his Grandpaw (my Dad) and I!

February 2020 – Life Deals A Harsh Blow

Both Dad and Cookie passed away in February 2020.

The Covid Chronicles began shortly thereafter.

In the middle of a global pandemic, my family and I sold Dad’s house and wrapped up his affairs.

I was back on the road in October 2020.

As for the rest of the story… you’ll have to check it out on the blog!

Main Character’s

Here’s a little info about some of the regular people, places and things you’ll find mentioned in my blog:  

Nikki…

Nikki is my adult daughter who traveled with me for several months (back in 2015) and left the nest in early 2016. Nikki moved from northwest Illinois to southeast Florida where she resides today. 

Misael…

Misael is Nikki’s boyfriend. They began as friends but have been together (as a couple) since 2011.

Cookie, a cute Toy Poodle, joined our family in September 2006.

Shortly after Nikki left the nest (in 2016) Cookie went to live with her in Florida. He traveled with me a few times (briefly) but lived with Nikki until March 2018 when her housing situation changed. Nikki couldn’t keep Cookie in her new place and that’s when Cookie came to live with me.

Check out my Poodle Adventures posts highlighting some of Cookie’s escapades during his time living with me.

Cookie crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 13, 2020. You can read more about it in my Cookie’s Final Poodle Adventure post. 

Dad – Grandpa – Grandpaw…

My Dad… Nikki’s Grandpa… Cookie’s Grandpaw from northwest Illinois.

Dad passed away on February 27, 2020. You can read more about it in my And Then There Was One – Remembering The Boyz post.

Bella – My Cozy Little Home On Wheels…

Bella is a 2015 Ford Transit cargo van that I converted to a mini RV / camper van. My conversion is very simple – it was cozy and functional but nothing fancy.

Bella is my original cozy little home on wheels – from October 2015 until June 2021.

Related posts: Van Life 

Lulu – My Cozy Little Home on Wheels…

Lulu is a 2021 Jayco 145rb travel trailer. I got Lulu in June 2021 and she’s towed by my original home on wheels, Bella.

Lulu is my second cozy little home on wheels.

For Lulu’s reveal, see My New Cozy Little Home On Wheels post.

Related Posts: Trailer Life

The Homeland…

My Homeland is northwest Illinois – places I’ve lived include Freeport, Lena, Stockton and Warren IL.

I lived in the Homeland from the day I was born until I hit the road on October 1, 2015.  

Home…

Home is simply where my cozy little home on wheels is parked.