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How Much My Skoolie Conversion Costs

How Much My Skoolie Conversion Costs So Far

How Much Is my Skoolie Conversion Costing? In this video, I chat briefly about the costs of converting my short bus: Bubba the Bus. *NEW VIDEO EVERY WEEK* On this channel, I will document how I convert and live in a bus as a solo female traveler. GET SOCIAL WITH ME: Instagram: @writerjacks As always

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Driving in Sonoma

Life Lessons from Driving My Skoolie: Bubba the Bus

I imagine if you lived near a Home Depot during your Skoolie conversion, it would make life simpler. I do not. I live in the City of San Francisco, where oversized buildings are practically non-existent and mini-buildings are at an obscene premium. The housing crisis continues unabated and residents flee the City in search of

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My Skoolie Conversion and Cork Underlay

Raging Hormones After Menopause & Cork Man

I learned a few things today: I was still subjected to hormonal horrors, even though I have gone through menopause. (This was a surprise for me, as I thought they abandoned ship along with my menstrual cycle. They have not.)
2) For every hormone hostage, there will be an innocent bystander in the line of fire. Today, that bystander was Cork Man.
3) Being single and hormonally unsound can be a mixed blessing. If I ever had to see Cork Man again, I might be embarrassed—but today, there was no need to pay retail as my raging hormones, saved me $50.00.

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Five Ways to Meet People as a Solo Female Traveler

This past summer, I hopped on an Amtrak train and went across the USA. I spent time in incredible cities; some I had been to before, others were brand new. While in Nashville, Tennessee, I found, fell in love with and bought a small school bus. At the end of the summer, I returned to Nashville, and with a few detours drove him back to San Francisco, via the historic Route 66. It was an amazing summer; one in which I went to discover America; and discovered myself along the way. I completed the entire journey as a solo female traveler; a feat which seems to surprise and delight people of all genders and ages. Here are a few ways I met people while I traveled.

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Visiting the Tiny Living Festival in Richmond, California

The dream of tiny living is taking over the country. Be it financial or environmental concerns; yearning for freedom or being bit by the travel bug, tiny homes of all sorts are becoming en vogue. For reasons of my own, I decided to take up the adventure and convert a short school bus; a lifestyle that has spawned its own lingo, culture, and community; that of the #skoolie: #skoolielife #skooliebuild #skoolieconversion and #skoolieadventure.

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Embracing the Grey

My son, 10 years old at the time, was perched on the back of a chair and I was sitting at his feet. He was armed with tweezers prepared for our weekly ritual of plucking the stray gray hairs from my head; the ones I had missed in the dyeing process. I patiently waited; his hand

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My name is Heather and I was raised on Indian Land in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen, when I left and spent a year in Australia as an ‘experimental exchange student’.

When I returned to the USA at the age of 16, I attended college, received my FCC license, followed by a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies & Journalism from CSU Sacramento and a Masters Degree in Rhetoric & Communication from UC Davis. Later, while living in Laguna Beach, California, I became a certified yoga instructor.

I have traveled extensively and worked a variety of jobs. During the ’80’s, I worked in radio, followed by a foray into the music industry, where I spent time in A&R, booking, concert production and as a glorified babysitter. Eventually,​ I worked as a music journalist for a major independent record label and several online publications. I have also written a few books.

All of this as a single mother. I recently hopped on an Amtrak train and traversed the country. By the end of that trip, I had logged over 10,000 miles on planes, trains and Bubba the Bus, a short bus I purchased in Nashville, which I plan to convert into a tiny home.

I hope this blog and these stories inspire you to live the life you love.

May you never settle for a life that is anything less than extraordinary…. Cheers!

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