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My story starts with a defining moment…

A moment where I knew I had hit bottom and in which my life would be changed forever.

It was August 2015 and after leaving a significant relationship 4 years earlier, my life had become a wreck. I was recovering from a back injury that left me unable to work for over a year. I had navigated 5 house moves in 2 years, an eviction, 2 job losses and was about to find myself homeless again. Or so I thought.

Sitting at the dining table that night, physically, spiritually and financially broken, a lightening bolt shot through my sobbing and the idea of living on a bus arrived in my consciousness.

I knew immediately it was the answer to everything and it would become my Purpose.

I frantically searched ‘bus house’ online, found it was a real thing and fell in love with a 1976 Leyland bus in QLD. It was priced at $10k, which is more money than I could even imagine at that time but it was my starting point.

Before bed, I wrote the following ‘to do’ list
and began working on it the very next morning.

  1. Find a job
  2. Move to a house with a big enough driveway for a bus
  3. Learn to drive
  4. Learn to drive a bus
  5. Buy and convert a bus

By December, just 4 months later, my list looked like this:

  1. Find a job
  2. Move to a house with a big enough driveway for a bus
  3. Learn to drive
  4. Learn to drive a bus
  5. Buy and convert a bus

And by the following October, 14 months after hitting bottom,
my list looked like this:

  1. Find a job
  2. Move to a house with a big enough driveway for a bus
  3. Learn to drive
  4. Learn to drive a bus
  5. Buy and convert a bus

I had no idea that hitting bottom would bring me so much joy or fulfillment. 

…Of course, I named my bus, Purpose. Because, in finding her, I found a life with more meaning. I found passions, possibilities and the pursuit of helping others do the same.

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Sign up for my newsletter and get purposeful messages, sustainability news, all things tiny and living off grid, as well as updates on Mrs P, Alliepup and myself, straight to your inbox.

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Affectionately known as Mrs P, my bus is a 1968 Bedford Comair that I’m lovingly converting into my tiny house.

Mrs P turns 50 on 17th October 2018 and is 28ft long (8.5m) by 7 and a half ft wide (2.23m). I bought her on Ebay for $4000 AUD on 1st October 2016. She has a 6 cylinder petrol engine with LPG conversion, which I plan to replace with a diesel engine to eventually run her on recycled vegetable oil.

Mrs P will be my full time, long term home and so we’ll hit the road fully self contained. This means I’ll have a double bed, full shower, kitchen, dining and living space, as well as a composting toilet and grey water system.

I’m doing this conversion completely debt free and using approximately 90% reclaimed, recycled, and re-purposed materials.

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