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Post-Camino life changes

K Turner

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
August-October 2019 CF
My husband (ExiledSW) and I just wanted to share some big changes in our lives since returning from our Camino in October 2019. This forum showed us tremendous support before and during the journey, and we are grateful to everyone here. (My apologies for the post's length!)

Three weeks ago, we became full-time residents in our renovated 1992 pop-up camper. It has been a challenge living in such a small space, what with two adults, a 17 year old, three dogs, and a snake. We talked about doing something like this for years, but after our life-changing experience on the Camino, we knew the time was right to start the process. We cleaned out our 2,200+ square foot home, put it up for sale in January, and sold it in under 24 hours. Our youngest is graduating high school at the end of May, so we are staying locally in the pop-up until then. After that, we are moving 1700 miles/2735 km away. We are going to build a small cabin on a few acres of land.

We currently live in a city of over a million people. I grew up 2,000 miles away in a rural area, while my husband is a born and raised local here in the southwestern United States. We have been here nearly 18 years and as time passed, we realized we just aren’t happy in our surroundings.

During our Camino, we learned so much about ourselves and about one another, even after twenty years together. Living out of our backpacks for six weeks, having no idea where we would sleep each night, where we would eat, it was a challenge, mentally, physically, and emotionally. We also learned that the stuff that filled our home is exactly that: just “stuff.” We were perfectly happy simply having what was in our packs. Everything else takes up space as unnecessary luxuries. Once we were home and took a look around, we questioned why we had all this stuff that truly does not make a difference in our lives.

It was time to let go. We had a yard sale, sold items online, and made dozens of trips to local charity shops. There were times when we fought emotions, wanting to hold onto some items that had been with us for years, such as things given to us by friends and family. We kept a couple things, but we donated nearly everything after coming to the realization that it wasn’t about an object itself: it’s about the story and memory behind it. We do have a storage unit, since the camper can’t hold much and it will be a couple months before the big move. It is for basic furniture and household items, and is amazing to see how little is left after getting rid of at least 80% of what was in our home.

Many people have asked us if we are sad to have said good-bye to our home and most of our belongings. Honestly, we expected to feel that way a bit, but have been pleasantly surprised to find we do not feel that way at all. We loved our house and what we had, but it was time for them to serve someone else. It is amazing to not feel weighed down by all these things, and incredible we didn't realize we felt that way in the first place. There are challenging times ahead, to be certain, but we are ready.

It was the Camino though that helped us realize our priorities, and it was where we found the courage to set our new path into action.

Edited to add our new camper door decal!
 

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Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023?)
My husband (ExiledSW) and I just wanted to share some big changes in our lives since returning from our Camino in October 2019. This forum showed us tremendous support before and during the journey, and we are grateful to everyone here. (My apologies for the post's length!)

Three weeks ago, we became full-time residents in our renovated 1992 pop-up camper. It has been a challenge living in such a small space, what with two adults, a 17 year old, three dogs, and a snake. We talked about doing something like this for years, but after our life-changing experience on the Camino, we knew the time was right to start the process. We cleaned out our 2,200+ square foot home, put it up for sale in January, and sold it in under 24 hours. Our youngest is graduating high school at the end of May, so we are staying locally in the pop-up until then. After that, we are moving 1700 miles/2735 km away. We are going to build a small cabin on a few acres of land.

We currently live in a city of over a million people. I grew up 2,000 miles away in a rural area, while my husband is a born and raised local here in the southwestern United States. We have been here nearly 18 years and as time passed, we realized we just aren’t happy in our surroundings.

During our Camino, we learned so much about ourselves and about one another, even after twenty years together. Living out of our backpacks for six weeks, having no idea where we would sleep each night, where we would eat, it was a challenge, mentally, physically, and emotionally. We also learned that the stuff that filled our home is exactly that: just “stuff.” We were perfectly happy simply having what was in our packs. Everything else takes up space as unnecessary luxuries. Once we were home and took a look around, we questioned why we had all this stuff that truly does not make a difference in our lives.

It was time to let go. We had a yard sale, sold items online, and made dozens of trips to local charity shops. There were times when we fought emotions, wanting to hold onto some items that had been with us for years, such as things given to us by friends and family. We kept a couple things, but we donated nearly everything after coming to the realization that it wasn’t about an object itself: it’s about the story and memory behind it. We do have a storage unit, since the camper can’t hold much and it will be a couple months before the big move. It is for basic furniture and household items, and is amazing to see how little is left after getting rid of at least 80% of what was in our home.

Many people have asked us if we are sad to have said good-bye to our home and most of our belongings. Honestly, we expected to feel that way a bit, but have been pleasantly surprised to find we do not feel that way at all. We loved our house and what we had, but it was time for them to serve someone else. It is amazing to not feel weighed down by all these things, and incredible we didn't realize we felt that way in the first place. There are challenging times ahead, to be certain, but we are ready.

It was the Camino though that helped us realize our priorities, and it was where we found the courage to set our new path into action.
After my 1st Camino in 2017, I too found that I needed to do a significant house cleaning and down sizing. For me though, it was between my ears. What I found as I finished up was that even a lifelong Humanist like me had a spiritual side, long missing but happily rediscovered. Buen Camino to you all, it seems as if yours continues as does mine.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-FIN(09/2018)
PORTO-SANT(11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe(01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT(09/2019)
Madrid(7/2020)
Living life more purposefully with less, well done guys for making the first step to absolute freedom. I'm going through a similar epiphany and direction of travel and reading your accont reinforces any doubt that hasn't crept in yet but when it does I'll use your story as a beacon of light. Ultreia 🤠
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Very happy for you.
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
Hi K. you are definitely not the first to make life changing decisions follow a Camino Experience, although I can not recall a couple making such momentous changes as those that you are contemplating. Not sure how the 17 year old will manage for the next 8-10 weeks. Best of luck with your new Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I’m right there with you and absolutely understand. 💕.

Like you, I sold my house to my youngest son two years ago and built out my ford sienna minivan and have been traveling the western US not missing much of the ‘stuff’ I left behind. The Camino taught me how to live with less and be so much happier.

When I get home I’ll post photos.

I loved reading your story. Good for you!
Annie

PS: Did you attend the RTR?
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
My husband (ExiledSW) and I just wanted to share some big changes in our lives since returning from our Camino in October 2019. This forum showed us tremendous support before and during the journey, and we are grateful to everyone here. (My apologies for the post's length!)

Three weeks ago, we became full-time residents in our renovated 1992 pop-up camper. It has been a challenge living in such a small space, what with two adults, a 17 year old, three dogs, and a snake. We talked about doing something like this for years, but after our life-changing experience on the Camino, we knew the time was right to start the process. We cleaned out our 2,200+ square foot home, put it up for sale in January, and sold it in under 24 hours. Our youngest is graduating high school at the end of May, so we are staying locally in the pop-up until then. After that, we are moving 1700 miles/2735 km away. We are going to build a small cabin on a few acres of land.

We currently live in a city of over a million people. I grew up 2,000 miles away in a rural area, while my husband is a born and raised local here in the southwestern United States. We have been here nearly 18 years and as time passed, we realized we just aren’t happy in our surroundings.

During our Camino, we learned so much about ourselves and about one another, even after twenty years together. Living out of our backpacks for six weeks, having no idea where we would sleep each night, where we would eat, it was a challenge, mentally, physically, and emotionally. We also learned that the stuff that filled our home is exactly that: just “stuff.” We were perfectly happy simply having what was in our packs. Everything else takes up space as unnecessary luxuries. Once we were home and took a look around, we questioned why we had all this stuff that truly does not make a difference in our lives.

It was time to let go. We had a yard sale, sold items online, and made dozens of trips to local charity shops. There were times when we fought emotions, wanting to hold onto some items that had been with us for years, such as things given to us by friends and family. We kept a couple things, but we donated nearly everything after coming to the realization that it wasn’t about an object itself: it’s about the story and memory behind it. We do have a storage unit, since the camper can’t hold much and it will be a couple months before the big move. It is for basic furniture and household items, and is amazing to see how little is left after getting rid of at least 80% of what was in our home.

Many people have asked us if we are sad to have said good-bye to our home and most of our belongings. Honestly, we expected to feel that way a bit, but have been pleasantly surprised to find we do not feel that way at all. We loved our house and what we had, but it was time for them to serve someone else. It is amazing to not feel weighed down by all these things, and incredible we didn't realize we felt that way in the first place. There are challenging times ahead, to be certain, but we are ready.

It was the Camino though that helped us realize our priorities, and it was where we found the courage to set our new path into action.
I too finished the Camino in October. Have you dried out yet?! My path is very similar. I experienced similar emotions and satisfactions regarding the letting go of my job, my beautiful apartment, my possessions. Like you, letting them go on their journeys with a blessing. I’ve been traveling as well. In Central America at the moment, hunkered down until travels again are safe. Looking forward to another Camino. Thanks for sharing. I feel a kinship. Maybe we passed one another.
 

Jay Es

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017 the del Norte, home via the Portuguse to Vigo, Planning a Via de la Plata for October 2018.
My husband (ExiledSW) and I just wanted to share some big changes in our lives since returning from our Camino in October 2019. This forum showed us tremendous support before and during the journey, and we are grateful to everyone here. (My apologies for the post's length!)

Three weeks ago, we became full-time residents in our renovated 1992 pop-up camper. It has been a challenge living in such a small space, what with two adults, a 17 year old, three dogs, and a snake. We talked about doing something like this for years, but after our life-changing experience on the Camino, we knew the time was right to start the process. We cleaned out our 2,200+ square foot home, put it up for sale in January, and sold it in under 24 hours. Our youngest is graduating high school at the end of May, so we are staying locally in the pop-up until then. After that, we are moving 1700 miles/2735 km away. We are going to build a small cabin on a few acres of land.

We currently live in a city of over a million people. I grew up 2,000 miles away in a rural area, while my husband is a born and raised local here in the southwestern United States. We have been here nearly 18 years and as time passed, we realized we just aren’t happy in our surroundings.

During our Camino, we learned so much about ourselves and about one another, even after twenty years together. Living out of our backpacks for six weeks, having no idea where we would sleep each night, where we would eat, it was a challenge, mentally, physically, and emotionally. We also learned that the stuff that filled our home is exactly that: just “stuff.” We were perfectly happy simply having what was in our packs. Everything else takes up space as unnecessary luxuries. Once we were home and took a look around, we questioned why we had all this stuff that truly does not make a difference in our lives.

It was time to let go. We had a yard sale, sold items online, and made dozens of trips to local charity shops. There were times when we fought emotions, wanting to hold onto some items that had been with us for years, such as things given to us by friends and family. We kept a couple things, but we donated nearly everything after coming to the realization that it wasn’t about an object itself: it’s about the story and memory behind it. We do have a storage unit, since the camper can’t hold much and it will be a couple months before the big move. It is for basic furniture and household items, and is amazing to see how little is left after getting rid of at least 80% of what was in our home.

Many people have asked us if we are sad to have said good-bye to our home and most of our belongings. Honestly, we expected to feel that way a bit, but have been pleasantly surprised to find we do not feel that way at all. We loved our house and what we had, but it was time for them to serve someone else. It is amazing to not feel weighed down by all these things, and incredible we didn't realize we felt that way in the first place. There are challenging times ahead, to be certain, but we are ready.

It was the Camino though that helped us realize our priorities, and it was where we found the courage to set our new path into action.
Awesome. Good Luck with your new life.
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
When the time is right
What a lovely and inspiring post. Thank you for taking the time to write and sharing. I’ve yet to do a Camino but the planning and training with my backpack have given me the energy to purge my « stuff ». Wishing you and your family great fun in building your cozy cabin. Part of me is a bit envious. ❤

Ultreia y suseia 😊
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
The Camino is a strong teacher. Less is more.
 

K Turner

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
August-October 2019 CF
I’m right there with you and absolutely understand. 💕.

Like you, I sold my house to my youngest son two years ago and built out my ford sienna minivan and have been traveling the western US not missing much of the ‘stuff’ I left behind. The Camino taught me how to live with less and be so much happier.

When I get home I’ll post photos.

I loved reading your story. Good for you!
Annie

PS: Did you attend the RTR?
I had to look up what "RTR" meant, sorry! That would have been fun!

It sounds like you have been on quite the journey! I look forward to seeing pictures.

Buen Camino!
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-FIN(09/2018)
PORTO-SANT(11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe(01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT(09/2019)
Madrid(7/2020)
The Camino is a strong teacher. Less is more.
The Camino is a classroom full of infinite resources and lessons. We are both teacher and student. Less is more and less in equal measure 🤠
 

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