Who am I?
My name is Sandra, I’m from a middle sized town in Sweden called Västerås – it’s a weird name I know, and it sounds like Westaros like in GOT – I know. It has nothing to do with it though, no matter how much I wish it did.
The last 11 years I’ve been living all over – California US, Falkenberg, Jönköping and Stockholm in Sweden.
This is pre-Vanlife I’m talking about if that wasn’t clear. Furthermore, I have been living a completely “normal” life working as a Store Manager and Project Manager for the most parts of my adult life – I’m 32 by the way.
End of November 2018 I moved into my van that I converted myself, it took me 30 days to build it – don’t ask me how – and since then I’ve lived all over Europe too: Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, England, Wales, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Greece..
Sometimes I get restless and I’m wondering what the point of life is, when that happens I get a sudden and strong feeling of sadness and anxiety. It’s always when life makes me feel like I’m a hamster in a wheel and everyday looks the same.
My solution to that is always to think about what I’m doing and what I want to be doing – then I do my best to try to make it happen, I think that’s why I’ve moved around so much always searching for that feeling of being content and happy that “everyone else” seem to have.
What I’ve learned so far is to never settle but to always explore possibilities, be open and to value my time – it’s the most precious thing I’ve got.
I like to play board games, eat tacos and be weird. I have a bad temper and get angry when people don’t know how to behave on the road or in life in general. I believe in Karma but nothing else. You normally find me parked near any type of water and I’m usually outside soaking up the sun.
I LOVE to do things I’m scared to do, it gives me butterflies and I feel like I’m evolving afterwards. If I could give one tip to someone who feels like they’re in a rut, it would be to expand your comfort zone;
Make a list of things you think would be fun but you’re kind of scared to do – it can be how small and how big you want – then when you get the feeling of boredom, or “what am I doing with my life” or however you identify that negative feeling – you go to your list, pick one thing and you do it! This is something I did a couple of years back, and I promise you it will help.
I got some great memories out of it and it shaped me into a new better, happier and healthier me.
Which brings us into who I want to be.
I want to be the best version of me. I want to be a person who’s happy and who thinks outside of the box. I want to be a person who spreads joy and positive energy. I want to be a person who is smart, aware and grounded. I want to be a person who likeminded people want to be around. I want to be a good person who attracts good people.
That’s a little of my story.