A New Home, a New Book, a New Adventure

It has been two months since I quit my job in the hopes of bigger adventure and I am busier than ever. I have zero regrets and I’m excited to share some of the things we have in motion this month:

1. RV Purchase

Shacky and I are days away from owning our new home, a Rialta QD RV. Here is a video tour of our tiny mansion:

Quitting our Jobs to Live in a Tiny Rialta QD RV from Vanessa Runs on Vimeo.

We’re both very low maintenance campers at heart, and I have no doubts about this move. A year from now, we’ll be looking back and kicking ourselves for not making it sooner.

The most challenging part of moving into an RV will be getting rid of all the stuff we have in our house. We are now opening our home to “looters” who can come and grab whatever they want, make an offer/donation to help us out on our new lifestyle, and walk out.

We have all the normal stuff that people live with and everything must go:

  • furniture
  • electronics
  • kitchen stuff
  • movies/video games
  • books
  • clothing
  • linens
  • vacuum

We even have unopened wedding gifts from a past life containing brand new dish sets, glasses, decorations, etc. We also have a motorcycle… and our hybrid car to get rid of.

“Like an estate sale, only you’re not dead,” as Caity put it.

If there’s anything you’re looking for, feel free to send me an email at vanessaruns@gmail.com. If we have it, you can have it.

Email me as well if you want to just drop by and take a look. I’ll be putting stuff on Craigslist as well.

And – we’re looking for a mountain bike to possibly trade or buy cheap. This will be our transportation when we’re not driving the RV. It’s not for racing or anything special other than getting to the store for some groceries or checking out a new town. Something used and reliable will do.

We’ve already given away or sold:

  • A motorcycle
  • Full weight sets
  • Lawnmowers
  • A brand new (still in the box) beer home brewing kit
  • A kayak
  • Fishing gear

As you can see, a lot of great stuff that we just have no way of keeping.

2. My First Book

I’ve written 38,022 words so far. I still have a few more things to add to the first draft, but I’m super psyched about this book. It inspires ME to run. Often when I’m writing, I’ll have to stop, get up and go for a run because it puts me in the mood. This will be a great read.

3. Transrockies

Shacky and I have been sponsored by GORE-TEX to run Transrockies this month, a once in a lifetime opportunity. For six days, we will be running beautiful trails in amazing company. Ginger will vacation with Matt Seng, who will be taking her on brand new trail runs of her own.

Great things are happening! Don’t forget to dream big my friends…


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7 responses

  1. I am thoroughly enjoying reading about your adventures. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. You are an inspiration!

    I am also on the drastically-downsizing journey. While we are not moving into an RV, we are trying to reduce to the point where we can move out and sell our 5 bedroom 2,070 square foot home (which served us well when all 7 kids lived here with us) and instead live in a 2 bedroom apartment with less than half the square footage. We have already given away thousands of pounds of STUFF and don’t miss it one bit! Perhaps when the last two children leave we will be ready for that RV, Tiny Home, or house boat of our dreams!

  2. So excited for you! This will be a fabulous experience and will give you so much fodder for your book! Can’t wait to hear more and congrats on the TransRockies sponsorship from GoreTex…that race is on my bucket list!

  3. You will love the RV. I have gotten a good deal of good info and advice from reading about your adventures so far, I look forward to the reading about the adventures to come. If i can offer a excellent resource for this new adventure, I suggest you read about the Geo Method for your holding tanks. It will make living in the RV much easier for both of you.
    ( https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/ ) Good luck with the Trans-Rockies. TjP

  4. We are working out the details to do the same. We constantly joke that we are about to become gypsies…kinda…My motto lately is life in an adventure, may as well enjoy!!! Good luck!!!

  5. I am certainly looking forward to read your book. Also, planning to get rid of all the stuff that’s suffocating me. Jason Robillard and you have been a real inspiration for me.

  6. So happy for you guys! Love that your entire life is an adventure, which is the way it should be. Tell Shacky he’s looking especially sexy these days with his mountain man beard and hippy hair. LOVE IT! Enjoy every last second of every day guys! Can’t wait to meet up again on some trail. :-)

  7. Sounds exciting but my only questions are practical ones – so where will you actually “live” will you travel from camp site to camp site and will that not prove to be expensive? or will you camp out at friends homes? just curious – and will you be coming back to Ontario for a visit with your new home? Your sisters would love to see you, God bless, Mom

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