A journalist from the Sunday Star Times asked me some questions last week about what it’s like to have left the full-time working life. Not surprisingly, only a fraction of my answers made it into the story that was published in the paper so I thought I’d publish my full answers on my blog.Read More
Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm a 30-something on a mission to find out what life has to offer when the 'traditional' path of marriage, kids and 9-5 jobs just isn't right for you.
I live in my campervan and travel around New Zealand while I write about happiness and personal growth, challenging the status quo, life off the beaten track and finding your own path instead of following everyone else. On this blog, you will find stories about my own insights and experiences as well as stories about other people who are doing life differently.
Last week, I attended NZ’s Tiny House and Alternative Living Conference. The day was incredibly informative and inspiration but also made me question my decision to stay put in Auckland for a while and go back to doing what everyone else is doing.Read More
My usually pretty mellow life has turned into a rollercoaster ride this last few weeks with me receiving some of the best and worst news in a long time. But the good far outweighs the bad and as so often, its the challenging times that help you learn and grow…Read More
It’s been 14 months now since I said goodbye to the busy city life and the comfortable, regular income and moved into my campervan. It’s been amazing. I’ve loved every minute of it. But lately, there has been this nagging voice in my head that keeps saying “maybe I should just go back to normal! At least for a while…”Read More
Since I’ve started to live and travel full-time in my campervan, my life has changed completely. I meet different people, I visit new places, and I have a lot more time and freedom. All of this has taught me something about regret.Read More
I’m a big believer in being true to yourself! I believe that self-awareness is one of the most important ingredients of a happy life. However, lately, I’ve been thinking about the limitations of ‘being true to yourself.’ How do you know if you’re actually being true to yourself or if you’re just stuck in your comfort zone?Read More
Why is it so hard to do life differently sometimes, even when you know you’re doing the right thing for you? Because it means living life without a plan. And that can be hard, no matter how right it is.Read More
It’s Friday and I spent the day at the beach. I almost didn’t go. I almost listen to the little voice in my head that was reminding me of all the things I should be doing instead – it’s a work day after all and fun is for weekends…Read More
Being true to yourself and living life your way is hard - especially when it means being different. Being back in the city after living and traveling in a van for 5 months made me realise just how easily you pulled back into ‘normal’ and lose sight of who you are.Read More
We all find ourselves in situations sometimes where something in our life just doesn’t really fit anymore and we want change, we want something new. But how is that change or new going to find you if you just hold on to the old? You need to make space in your life for new things to find you.Read More
After over four months of living the Vanlife, it was time to make some big decisions about the future.
As it turns out, living up to my new 'Be fearless. But don't be stupid' Mantra is easier said then done. But luckly a chance encounter helped me figure out the right next steps for me.Read More