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From Nurse to Yoga Teacher Van Life

Mary grew up camping and enjoying the outdoors, so after graduation, she was excited to move to Arizona, get a job in nursing, and spend her free time exploring. Eventually, travel nursing was calling her, and she decided to live out of her car between assignments. But she hit a crossroads with her nomadic life and was ready to change things up.

That’s when she became a yoga teacher and energy healer and decided to build out a budget van conversion. Using plenty of reclaimed materials, Mary was able to buy and build her van for $35,000. While she has plans to upgrade and improve certain things, Mary is happy with her little van!

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Yoga Teacher/Energy Healer & Her Nomadic Life

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The name of the paint color for the cabinets is “Meditation.”

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Tiny open shelves hold her dishware.

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Mary has a fixed bed at the back of the van.

Former Travel Nurses’ Awesome Van Home

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  • Mary grew up spending tons of time outside and going camping with her family, so it was no surprise that she’d want to spend time outdoors as an adult.
  • She has a stealthy van with plenty of safety features so she feels comfortable while traveling solo on the road.
  • She did some travel nursing after living a “normal” life in Arizona as a nurse. Between gigs, she camped out of her car.
  • Finally, Mary made the decision to purchase a van from a friend and make it into an amazing home.
  • The reclaimed materials helped her keep costs down, and she spent a total of $35,000.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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