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For those of you who follow my life on social media, I do not think there is any doubt about how much I love my lifestyle. Living on 12 sqm suits me so well, and the facts that there are wheels under my home is even better, because then I can get around and experience, while having my work with me.
A little bit
I am a 40-year-old woman from Denmark. As a person, I am very smiling, adventurous, caring, responsible and quality conscious. I am both outgoing and introverted in a good mix, and I have a positive outlook on life.
I NEVER get bored because I can always come up with something to do. I have a lot of wonderful hobbies that keep me busy.
I am an educated graphic designer, and photography has been a part of my life for the last couple of years. In the summer of 2019, I started as a freelancer after having worked both at an advertising agency and as an in-house graphic designer for many years.
A big part of my lifestyle is photography. In 2016, I started taking photography more seriously. And this was also when Iceland and nature in general hit me hard.
I really just want to live life while I have it. And I do that by having experiences that make me happy and which develops me.
I follow my dreams, and I love the quote below, which my mom wrote on a card she gave me just before starting my journey:
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West
How did I
START THIS LIFE?
I live to experience. Here I am in Iceland in 2018 with my old Land Rover, which I named Thorleif. I travelled around Iceland for three months while also working.
It’s actually hard to say exactly how it all started because it is small fragments of several things that have gathered it all to where I am today. I have always loved travelling, and we have always travelled a lot in my childhood and youth.
But there is no doubt that my former boss, who was very open to his employees not having to sit in a permanent office and work, has played a role. As a result, I chose to bring my work with me to Iceland – on a two and a three-month trip in 2017 and 2018, respectively. That definitely made me see what is possible. And therefore, it did not feel like such a big leap to make the full one.
Furthermore, I saw the documentary “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”, which inspired me.
A friend asked me, as he looked at my two shelves in the living room filled with books and games:
“When was the last time you used things from these two shelves?”
That really made me think and opened my eyes! Because I could not remember when was the last time I used anything from these shelves.
A few days later, I was cooking and opened a drawer, thinking: “I always use these three tools – the other 30 are just there.”
Suddenly, I saw my home in a whole new way. First, there were a lot of things that I did not use at all but just owned. And then my new lifestyle kicked off.
This is from my last move. It is crazy… so many boxes! In addition, there was all the furniture. I am single and have lived alone for over 10 years! I had way too many things, despite the fact that I had sorted a lot the last time I moved.
THE NEXT STEP?
I remember the day I showed up for an interview with Ugeavisen Odense. It was in the middle of my preparation to drive in the summer of 2019. Photo: Klaus Knakkergaard.
I started as a self-employed graphic designer and photographer in 2019. I bought a motorhome, which I named Bumle, which turned out to be my home for a year and a half. I held a flea market and sold everything that I would not have in Bumle. It felt great, and I miss none of it.
I drove around Europe, experienced, worked and fell more and more in love with my own life.
Covid-19 showed up, and I had to go home. Since then, I have spent most time in Denmark. But I have had a wonderful time and enjoyed Denmark more than I expected.
I now have Hugo, my new motorhome, which is an all-year-round home. I look forward to meeting the cold winters in it. You can read all about him on his own page HERE.
You can see my timeline when I started to where I am today, ‘My journey.
It is not like I suddenly thought that now I should be a minimalist, live in a motorhome and only wear wool clothes. It has been a long process, and thereby it all came naturally to me.
But why do I want to live like this?
I believe that a simple and simplified life can make room for so many other things. I feel calm over not having to relate to all the things I had before.
Moreover, it is that I can combine my work with travelling around and experiencing nature with my camera, the dream for me.
DID I REALLY SELL EVERYTHING?
No, because I have saved the things that mean something to me and that I need in my everyday life.
I have also saved pictures and a few things of great value to me, such as the masks that I bought when I lived in Africa, the Book of the Child, etc., which I have packed in a few boxes that are being stored.
HAVE I REGRETTED ANYTHING?
I have thought hard about whether I have regretted any of the things I sold, but I cannot think of anything at all.
In general, I do not regret anything. I let the days go by as they do, and I do my best to live life to the fullest. So there is nothing to regret.