It began with spring-cleaning. Last May, I began to give away most of my belongings, intent to live on a small sailboat. But it began long before that when my father introduced me to sailing. I was hooked, and looked for more and more opportunities to retreat to nature and live in the moment, to free myself from life’s access…even if for just a day…and “live deliberately” as Thoreau described.
So, in the spring, even though I didn’t feel ready to buy a boat, I pretended like I was and began to give away my stuff to prepare for the shift in lifestyle. One thing led to another, and now I’m living on my Nor’sea sailboat, which I named Daphne after my grandmother. I didn’t give away alllllll my things. Some of them still reside in storage at my parents, but I enjoyed the process so much that I plan to continue freeing myself from the shackles of clutter more and more, each time I visit my parents. I found it very satisfying to recognize that I didn’t need something, to find a better home for it, and occasionally make a little money from my used items.
This blog is one way I can share my story; one of a new found freedom and the pursuit of happiness. And of course, one of silly, fun, and challenging adventures of living aboard a boat.