After I Venmo'd the price of the vehicle, the keys to the delivery truck were placed in my hand. I sat in the squeaky driver's seat, looking around at the dirty cargo where my future house would be. This wacky project from my notepads was now staring at me in Santa Fe Springs, California, ready… Continue reading So This is How My Van Build is Going
Since I began looking for a reliable vessel that would steer me through life on the road, I've been micro-documenting my experiences. From trekking for long hours at a time just to visit a truck for all of 10 minutes to navigating male dominated spaces that left no room for women. Even now that I… Continue reading ROAD to #VANLIFE (episodes)
The #TravelNoire explosion is a very recent phenomenon. In previous generations, black travel was extremely limited and very dangerous. It was necessary to subscribe to the Green Book, a mid 20th century printed travel guide, to navigate places that aided black travelers. Thanks to many of our ancestors' sacrifices and advancements in recent decades, this… Continue reading Safety as a Black Solo Female Traveler
I been running all my life. But only just broke in my sneakers. Taking on challenges, Yet fleeing from chaos. Protecting my peace, Yet weakening my resilience. Am I retreating before the storm hits? Or quitting before it calms? Should I trust my forethought? Or regret my hindsight? I am stuck on the fence, Comparing… Continue reading Running Scenarios
HOW DID I GET HERE?The last time I lived in LA was nearly 20 years ago, before I'd hit puberty. I've missed my home and carried it with me ever since. Christmas 2017, I moved in with my grandparents with the intention to save for an investment, whether that was for property or a commercial… Continue reading Here’s WHY I’m Living in a Van This Year
I bet you like that flag, Blue-blooded lover of a guns, Oh how beautifully, it waves for you. Should I keep running this race while tied to a tree? Seeing my peers pass me up never acknowledging their head start. So focused on their privilege, I forgot whats special about me.