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The Nomad

This Tiny Life

I remember the first time I heard the word nomad. I was watching a tiny house transformation on You Tube, and they kept referring to living a nomad life. I went to Webster’s Dictionary online, and the definition referred to earlier settlers with livestock, who would move from place to place for better pastures. It interested me hearing the modern spin of a nomad life, and realizing that we really are not that different from history.

Today nomads yearn for a simpler, less materialistic life, than the modern day has to offer. Nomads envision a life of peaceful mobility, with all the modern-day creature comforts, but less room to compile more stuff. This Nomad lifestyle appeals to a variety of people, and is becoming more popular with each new day.

Do you have what it takes to be a Nomad? It is not for the faint of heart, and the entire concept behind living as a Nomad is having to redefine life goals, especially if they are centered around materialistic driven goals. We are no longer satisfied carrying the lifestyle of our parents, and grandparents. Nomad is a way of walking away from a materialistic driven life, and entering into a 'less is best' mentality. Granted not every person is capable of being a nomad.

The day we decided to turn into nomads was a very enlightening experience. My husband and I had been discussing making a move to a warmer climate. We just were not sure of how to go about it. We had to face the fact that transitioning into a nomad lifestyle was going to require a lot of personal self-sacrifice, from both of us. We knew it was something we both truly wanted to do. We sat down one night during dinner and a couple of adult beverages. Each of us listing personal reasons for wanting to change our entire lifestyle. When we finished that conversation, we both knew that we wanted and needed less responsibility, more cash flow, and a different scenario. It was that very day that we knew that we had some very big changes to make.

We were living in a four-bedroom, two full bathroom house, with dishwasher, washer, and a dryer. Our first step was purchasing a camper. We chose to start with a 25 foot, 2005, Four Winds Camper. We decided that if we can live in that small confined area for a year together, that we would consider upgrading to a bigger camper, or possibly a real stick built tiny home. We invested $5,000 in our first camper.

We parked the camper in our back-yard and we began the purge. We started in the basement and worked our way up. Anything that we took to the camper had to prove itself just worth. We had very limited space. We had a dicker and deal pile, that we placed things into, where we would debate the value of the item, and whether or not it was worth dragging a long with us. Did we get rid of stuff we could have used? Of course we did, that is just part of the purge, and you have to remember, you cannot take everything with you.

We have been living the Nomad life for a year now. We really do love our sanctuary on wheels. We agreed that after one year we would go through the contents of our stuff, and further reduce our materialistic weight. Life really is easier with less stuff. However, some people will never be able to give up all of their materialistic stuff, no matter what kind of peace it would bring them. Looking back at all of it, we would not change a single thing. I believe that together we decided exactly what we needed and what we did not. As long as we keep purging once a year, we will always have room to live.