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Fulfilled

About 95% of what I do I find quite fulfilling. My work is certainly that, my hobbies (which I’m trying to make into work) are fulfilling and the people I spend time with add to all this.

I don’t buy into the fact that we all need to go to uni and have boring careers all our lives. The race to “get ahead” when no one knows what they’re getting ahead of.

As a country our mental health statistics are shocking and you only have to look around to see how our physical health is looking. Divorce is what… 50% or so?

Basically what I’m getting at is fulfillment is what makes me tick. Am I a great example? Probably not. Do I reaaaaally enjoy what I do and want to do it more? Yes! Below is an example

I will target a group here for an example but if you’re into your 30’s and doing nothing but working, eating pies and drinking every weekend away…. You. Need. To. Go. Find. Fulfillment.

Put a list together of all those things you’ve always wanted to do. You need to get your own physical and mental wellbeing into a good place where you want to get up. Your social circle needs to add to this. Your partner, if you have one, needs to encourage this. YOU need to.

If you don’t you’ll be let wondering what could’ve been and no one wants that.

Anyway, I’m off to the Far North in a few hours and if you’re looking to sign up to a mailing list then sign up to mine here.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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What It’s Like Moving Into A Van

As of the 22nd of October I’ve lived in a van. Before I get into this blog post here is the video from moving week

Before you gasp and ask the obvious questions I will post some obvious answers.

It’s not a tiny van, I can stand up.

I park mainly up at my shed space where I run my business from.

It’s not that difficult to find a toilet.

Solar or borrowed shower. I’m still working on a really solid option here.

Yes it helps me save a lot of money.

I don’t have a move out date.

To be perfectly honest as of right now, this is one of the best things I have ever done. The van isn’t quite finished but I’m chipping away at it. It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all but it does make me feel warm, happy and freeeeee. Which is great!

So where to from here? Well I’m essentially rebuilding my business at the moment. The hardest thing I feel has been the volume of equipment i ave from boat stuff, van stuff, skimboards, surfboards, dive ear, print gear, you get the picture.

Overall I’m feeling super stoked on this and would encourage anyone out there thinking about it, to seriously look into it! I can’t wait to make some proper road trips happen very soon. Will keep the updates coming as I make progress.

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

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How It’s Been In A Van So Far

Sunday the 29th of October was my first night out in the wild. By out in the wild I mean not living in a conventional house.

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The van build has gone pretty well for a first attempt and it’s turning into one of those “shoulda done it years ago things”. As far as what I’ve learnt so far is that there’s no real drawbacks. There’s some mild inconveniences, but nothing I would consider a drawback. I’m writing this parked up by the Omaha Boat Ramp in fact.

Last Saturday was a great day. I got back out in the water after a injury and moving stint! No solid fish but was a cracker of a day!

Sunday we awoke by the water and set about competing with each other

So far the van is warm, dry and has been more rewarding than I thought it would be. I’m going to be uploading some New Zealand specific videos on the campervan/ tiny home/ mobile living scene regarding showering, biodegradable soaps and chemicals, general living and a full van build (when it’s actually finished).

See you  at the beach!

-Sam

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Picking Your Own Van Layout – Custom Campervan

When it came to the layout of my van I took special consideration into where I lay, literally.

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Things that were important was I wanted it to be comfortable (obviously), simple and a table to work from was a must. I feel the permanent bed option is better in terms of day to day hassle and storage options but the importance of having a good desk and working space was a top priority! Check the video below or all the layout info

I can tell you at the time of writing this that these have all proved pretty reasonable decisions as I’ve been living in it for over a week now!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

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Custom Van Build – Insulation & Epoxy Floor

When it comes to setting up the perfect van build for myself I had a few things that were important in mind.

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One was for it be be warm and dry so obviously insulation was important.

I also wanted it to be fairly water resistant as my ute indicates that she will be seeing a few fair damp bodies in its time.

I also wanted to keep it as light and simple as I could.

First up, after scouring many many videos online the insulation was installed but I would prefer to do it another way next time. All is detailed in the video below

When it came to the floor I needed to retain as much headroom as possible with the build so keeping it thin, strong and water tight were the things that were the most important to me. As again it’s all detailed below

Overall she’s looking good and a lot further on that these videos suggest. At the time of typing this the moving day is 9 days away.

Stay tuned for the ongoing updates as I am covering it in a weekly build fashion.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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My Life Is Going More Mobile – Custom Van Build

What does a home mean to you? Is it a home or just a house? Maybe you’re only there to lay your head at night or maybe you spend all your time there, bored.

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I’ve always loved the idea of a Campervan. Recently as I pulled up to a campsite in the rain, on the coldest weekend of the year I really wished I had one.

So here I am, it’s time. I’m chucking in this paying rent thing we do (well the bulk of it anyway), bought a van that I’m fitting out and I’m on the move. I don’t really have a plan, this is no Summer move or a two year thing, it’s just a move. It could be and probably is a business move as I want to build more so it’s much like the property market, just smaller. It’s also going to be my mobile office where I can edit, upload and produce all my content from while not being at my desk at home.

Check out the intro video here

As for vehicle specs, it’s a 1998 Fiat Ducato 2.5 turbo Diesel. Straight enough especially considering the year and has plenty of room. I’ve been waiting a few weeks to start advertising this as I didn’t want it to affect anything at my current residence which now that I’ve given my notice, it doesn’t matter.

As I delve deep into this life I will fill you in on the details and I’m documenting it all.

See you at the beach!

-Sam