Most of my english speaking friends know me as Vanessa, but growing up in Taiwan, my family called me Lefan (樂凡) What does that name mean? Le 樂 means joy Fan 凡 means ordinary And when the character 樂 is pronounced /yuè/, it means music! Even more, when this character is written with 艹 symbol, which represents plants, it becomes yao 藥, meaning medicine. Why does this matter? Because when realized the true meaning of the name I was born with, I also realized my purpose here on
One of the questions I get most frequently about the van life is “what do your parents think?” Especially because I come from an Asian background, people often assume that I have strict/ traditional thinking parents, which is not the case at all. Any of my friends who have met my family can attest to how chill they are. I am very fortunate to be raised by two amazing human beings who have always valued and nurtured my love for creating and exploring. As a child and teenager
Travelling in a backpack and then downsizing to living in a vehicle has made me realized how little I really need in my life. Earlier last year after reading the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up went through a process of giving away, selling, or throwing out a large majority of my material possessions, keeping only what I need or what sparks joy. The book goes into more detail of the concept of what "sparks joy", so if you're interested I highly recommend the read.
In my previous post I answered the commonly asked question of WHY I chose the van life. The next most commonly asked question that follows is: WHERE DO I SHOWER AND USE THE BATHROOM? This first month of living in my van has definitely being a huge learning experience, especially when it comes to being resourceful and problem solving for simple everyday things that can be normally taken for granted. Having access to warm running water and toilets is one of those first world pr