The Wanderings of Kit
(Do you wander or just wonder?)
With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life. By writing this blog I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way and find joy how you can.
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ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!
INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>
Going up and down in my mind on how I am feeling, but I guess that happens to everyone. I’m finding that at one moment I am extremely happy, the next moment I don’t want to live anymore. I must find balance in my thinking.
We each have to remember (me, too) how happy “we” plan to be.
Find and make joy how you can.
Put a smile on your face, even when you don’t feel it.
And, important, put a smile on everyone else s face, too.
The van needs work on the underside. I found a very good place, I think, that will take care of things well. I will let you know.
A bright blue sky, should be about 85 degrees today, NICE!
WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.
This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on the path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire yourself.
Inspiration >> The process of being mentally stimulated to do a certain thing.
I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determine everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.
When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!
Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed humorous quote can make someone laugh, our own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control.
You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
To be successful, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule, next to impossible.
But the best part is, the more you accomplish, the more you’ll want to do, the higher you’ll want to reach. So as long as you have the hunger for success, you will always have the power within you to achieve it.
Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.
I hope the words I pick do help you.
BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS>>
From my book series, Beyond Your Potential.
You Can Get Smarter!
Other studies have shown that adults who are highly curious also have the greater analytic aptitude, better problem-solving abilities, and higher intelligence overall. Examination is showing that it is possible for you to increase your IQ over the course of your life. In the past, scientists were under the impression that the IQ you were born would be the IQ you had your whole life, but this idea has changed. This suggests that additional curiosity in your daily life is likely to make you smarter. No, you are not too old to be creative, to be curious, and to advance your life. But, you must start – NOW!
Innovate and Create
Your creativity can advance the world. Creativity and innovation drive the designing of better or more effective products, lifestyles, juggling moves, technologies, processes, services, or ideas that are available to everyone to make the world a better place. Innovation is different from invention in that innovation is an original and different way of doing things, while invention is coming up with one product or idea that is new. Creativity is the invention or origination of a new thing, or, often, this is taking a thing already designed and tweaking it in a way that adds to it, makes it better, and makes it different.
If there is one thing that exclusively sets humans apart from all the rest of existence on earth it would be our ability to think, to be creative and to use our imaginations. Being content with routine thought patterns allows us to do the many things we need to do without having to think about them, but we must go beyond routine to make the world better for ourselves and for those who will follow after us. Use your mind, think, and discover new ways that will advance your life and, hopefully, will advance the world. At times, we have to temporarily forget what we think we know because our minds get muddled with convenient answers. We don’t take the time to think that there might be another way to go about things. Sometimes we need to take the time to rethink a situation and to break our routine patterns.
The Better Way
Creativity is more than a mind full of new ideas. Creativity is also being able to implement new ideas with thought, judgment, and selection. An innovator is constantly changing and challenging the rules, thinking in new directions and trying new ideas. There is always a better way to do most things. Use your mind to come up with new uses for old ideas and maybe even redevelop a product.
Change the Question
Sometimes, if we change the wording of a question in our own mind, we can come up with a way to solve the question in a different way. Over time, almost every advancement in business, science, technology, juggling, art, medicine, and most every other field has occurred when someone challenged the rules and tried a different approach.
Now, it’s time to get out there and do
something incredible that you can rejoice in! =================================
MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
1/15/21—It is Friday at about 3 pm. I just published my blog for the week. Each week is a start a new one, it’s like I start a new life.
Came out to the van, having no idea where I will be heading next. South, no question, and to the national parks. Yet, I have no idea what the future holds, as none of us do have.
Even though it wasn’t very large, I had to get out of the city. I looked at my GPS and picked the most remote place I could find. I’m here now it’s a dirt road in a farm area with eatable plants growing all around. Here for the night I am.
Hope you sleep well tonight.
At 4:45 in the afternoon a very long train passed by, the tracks no more than 30 feet away from me. I don’t want to be awoken at 3 am by another train. So off I go to find another place to park for the night.
I found a place to park right off the road near a cell phone tower. Right now is somewhat noisy, as usual, as night comes the traffic will be less and less and less.
Dinner tonight, a can of Stag Chili from Costco, with fresh-cut red onions and cheese on top. This is probably the best chili I’ve ever had. Just bought more today at Costco, along with fresh lettuce and some wine, and, with what I already have on board, that’s all I need to last me for a few weeks.
How strange it was, I heard some frog or toad noises coming from somewhere near. I was actually parked on a bridge going over a water flow for the farms.
Right now it’s just past midnight, and I can’t get back to sleep. My mind is totally clicked on, and I will try, but I think I’m up for the day. What is it you do to make yourself get to sleep?
As the night came on, traffic diminished more and more. Later at night the frogs/toads went to sleep, I guess. They stopped making their sex calls for a mate. And no, I wasn’t attracted whatsoever (well, maybe just a little bit.)
1/16—The van is getting noisier. It needs a new control arm. Through the internet I found Alan and his company, ET Auto Repair, right in Miami. Alan ordered the parts today, they will be here on Tuesday. So, I have today, Sunday and Monday to spend time.
Went for a ride again on my new bike, I really like it. I will be spending time juggling, biking, unicycling and trying to be happy.
Today had to get away from the busyness—people and cars and the such. Right now I am at Naranja Library to the south of Miami in Naranja, FL.
1/17—Sunday today, of course, the library is closed. But it has a big empty parking lot to me! So I took everything out of the van, cleaned everything well inside and out, and then organized as I put everything back. To go to the photos.
About living in a vehicle, I’m seeing more and more people going that route. People also living in a car, and they can make it very comfortable. For me, a minimalist life is a better life. Living with less is actually living with more.
No more rent, no more mortgage, no more utility bills. I will never go back to living that way. Life on the road is fantastic! If you can find a way to do that, you will love it!
You might not be able to tell, but if you rent or own a home you’re constantly spending money. Many people work 8 hours a day, in that time they’re paying rent or mortgage for their house. You can’t get away from it, it is constantly there.
When you live in the vehicle, you only cost goes towards fuel. And, of course, you don’t have to mow the lawn once or twice a week. And, you may not know, I often grow lettuce, cilantro, and spinach in my sun windows—my rolling edible garden.
For food, you can always go to a food bank. They never question me about income, the only want to see an ID and who you are. You would be surprised at all the food I am given. And, it’s all good, perhaps a little out of selling date, but quite edible.
To continue about today, after I took everything out of the van and cleaned, I made some lunch. Like most days for me, very comfortable.
1/19—Last week the front end on the van was making noise. I stopped in at Tires Plus to get looked at. I was told it was the control arm on the right side it needs work. Also, they had a price of over $1,200 to do the work.
So, I did the search for mechanics in the area and I found ET Auto Repair and went by to have them take a look. Alan’s price was much better at around six hundred bucks. Alan seems to really know his stuff.
I’m scheduled to go in tomorrow, Wednesday, to get the work done. He also said he would look over the entire van to make sure it’s safe and doing well.
Alan’s business is right in the heart of the city of Miami. So, I searched for a library that was a ways from all the goings-on. I discovered Miami Springs Library, out to the side of the city. Open from 9:30-8pm daily, that works for me. I will make good use of the time. And then sleep on the library grounds.
So, I had a few days to spend, I filled the time well, though. I did from biking, some reading books in the van, some computer work in the library, and spent some time thinking of you!
The van will be finished tomorrow, I expect it to be in excellent condition. To the south I go. I miss the wilderness so much and seeing animals.
I hate to get on a political point, but it is worrying me much. I believe that Biden is going to take the US down a horrible path and, once it goes down, the rest of the world will follow. A definite fear in my mind. And, that is why it is hard for me to know where to go next—where will it be safe? Makes me want to sink back into my 37-day coma.
Also, I feel so lost tonight, so lonely. But, this is the life I am choosing, I know I will find many many better times in the future. Typing this at 2 am, I could not sleep, once again.
Through juggling, Allan is an old friend I’ve known since 1977, we talked recently on the phone. It seems that, because of our differing political views, he does not want to hear from me anymore through my blog. I thought we had a solid friendship that would not be broken. Makes me sad that I will never connect with Allan again.
Over time, I’ve lost a few friends because they think in different ways than I do. I will never go down that path with you. As we go through life, we gain friends, we lose friends. People die, we gain new friends. I would love to keep all the friends I’ve ever had, but life is not like that. I’m glad you are my friend.
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1/20—Wednesday, already planning on where I will be to put the blog out on Friday. I want to go next to Flamingo Florida, but don’t know how it will be for Wi-Fi there. So I will spend a few days before I get down there in populated areas where I can find library. Always thinking of you, I am.
I brought my van in to Alan to get the work done. I have total trust that he will do excellent with the van to keep me on the road.
1/21—Drove to Flamingo, Florida, driving through national park the whole way. Quite a nice drive, I must say.
I went to check out the camping first. They want twenty five bucks to stay the night! And, with my access pass it is usually half off, only 10 percent off here. So, I parked in one of the big parking lots for the night. Anhinga Train.
I’ve written before, it does not matter where I sleep, my eyes are closed anyway, but, nicer to awaken in a park than in a city.
I first went to Royal Palm, I was told I might see gators there. And, yes, I did! A long gater sunning him/her self in the water next to the wooden walk. This walk goes on for a very long ways, which I did.
Getting to sleep was no problem, in the dark, in the quiet.
1/22—What a wonderful day this is! Had no trouble with where I was parked last night. In fact, I slept until 4:30am, that’s a late sleep for me.
Went for a long bike ride, felt great! Now I am at the visitor center, they have free wifi. So, before I continue on I had to get this to you, it’s Friday, after all.
I’m lonely out here, I would love to hear from you.
Either through Facebook or email, email@example.com
MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>
Remove everything from your house and clean thoroughly. I took everything out of my house (the van)–you can also. And no, your house is not TOO big! I went from a three-bedroom two-story house, to living in the van, after all.
After you get everything out of your house and clean the house, go though each item and ask yourself, “Do I really need this or use this?” A minimalist lifestyle can be a much easier way to live.
Often people accumulate a house full of stuff that they don’t even use. Are you like that? Keep in mind that there are others who can use the stuff in your house that you are not using. So, get it to them, it will be better for all.
Make a big pile of stuff to give away to others who could use it.
You might end up living in a van, like me!
Heading to Key West, and the islands (keys) in between.
I’ve been down before, I like.