About

Hello!

I’m Connie. I live a full-time nomadic lifestyle in my cozy little home on wheels (currently a Ford Transit named Bella).

Simply Connie
Bella ~ My Cozy Little Home On Wheels

I started this blog to write about my nomadic lifestyle and share my adventures.   

My blog doesn’t start at the beginning, though. The blog starts about a year and a half after I hit the road.

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

Why I Chose A Nomadic Lifestyle 

The simple version is, I chose a nomadic lifestyle as a way to live better with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).

For the nitty-gritty details about my life with MCS, check out my Living With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) post.

My Original Plan For Hitting The Road

I’d never camped or traveled very far nor had I ever lived in a home on wheels.

My goal was to move into the nomadic lifestyle slowly by:  

  • Converting my van into a cozy little home on wheels.
  • Taking short trips to learn how to camp and travel.
  • Retiring early in 2018 (age 55) and, then, hitting the road full-time.

But Life Had It’s Own Agenda

In August 2015, life threw a wrench into my plan.   

My job of almost 30 years was eliminated, my daughter (Nikki) was planning on leaving the nest and I had to come up with a new plan. 

I briefly considered staying in the little one room, 400 square foot house I’d been renting but I didn’t want to spend the winter there.

My job loss presented me with an opportunity to hit the road earlier than planned – albeit totally unprepared.

October 2015 – Hitting The Road

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

My daughter (Nikki), our dog (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 cram-packed in a tiny little home on wheels.

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

The First Few Months On The Road

There were challenges and struggles as I adjusted to my new lifestyle. 

During the first few months I had many “What the hell was I thinking wanting to live in a van!?!” moments. 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.

I was still a nomad and my van was still my home. This was simply a hiatus from the nomadic life in order to care for my Dad.   

In hindsight, if I had waited to hit the road in 2018 like I originally planned… I may never have done it.    

Related Post: Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Wait For The Perfect Time To Go Nomad

February 2020 – Life Deals A Harsh Blow

Both Dad and Cookie passed away in February 2020.

The Covid Chronicles began shortly thereafter.

As for the rest of the story…

You can read about it 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. 

Cookie…

Cookie, a cute Toy Poodle, joined our family in 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 my cozy little home on wheels. She’s a 2015 Ford Transit Cargo van that I converted to a mini RV / camper van.

My conversion is very simple. I’ve shared a few of the details in my Van Life posts.

The Homeland…

My Homeland is Illinois. 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.