When I was creating the Crafting my Life online class, I knew I wanted to interview someone about living an unconventional lifestyle. I immediately thought of Alison, who also goes by Bluebird Mama. Luckily, she agreed to be interviewed. At the time, she was living in a duplex in a small town on Vancouver Island, after spending years living in a converted bus in East Vancouver. She shared some of her story in a guest post here on Strocel.com. Since recording the podcast her family has moved back into the bus in a rural area, and built an extension for it.
The reason I wanted to speak with Alison is that I admire her willingness to step outside the box and do what works for her. By contrast, my own lifestyle is very conventional. I live with my husband and two children in a three bedroom house in the suburbs. I sometimes fantasize about throwing it all in and creating a different sort of life, but the truth is that I’m not likely to do it. In part, this is because I’m actually pretty happy right where I am, all things considered. But in part, this is because I’m a rule-follower par excellence, which means I sometimes let my fear of what other people will think get the better of me.
During our conversation, Alison talked about not letting fear run her life. She discussed her history, and how that contributes to her decisions to live ‘a life less ordinary’. And she talked about how she finds support in her decisions.
If you’ve ever considered embracing a less conventional life, you’ll want to take the time to listen to the podcast:
I’m still working out what I’ll be running next week on the Strocel.com podcast. I have a couple of great interviews in the works, but I’m not ready to make any promises. However, what I can tell you is that it will be worth listening to. Subscribe to the Strocel.com podcast in iTunes, and you won’t miss a minute! Also, if you have a podcast idea, please share it with me. I’d love to hear your suggestions!