Monday, January 23, 2017

Vagaries Abound

By Jen.

You have likely noticed changes to this blog’s name and address.  While we didn’t have a name for the van yet, we (I) really didn’t want to have the blog name tied to a van that we no longer have. So, we have been trying to think of new names for a while (last 2-3 years), without any success. On the days right before our trip to Australia, I kicked it into gear and did lots of research. I found these unique and rare travel words that were inspiring:


One of my favorites that Jonathan nixed right away was coddiwomple. Isn’t it just fun? The words that made it into the final cut were:
  • Yugen
  • Vagary
  • Numinous
  • Vander (combination of van + wander)
  • Annu Mirabilis
  • Fernweh


We obviously chose vagary:
vagary (n.) - An unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild or unusual idea, desire, or action

It is from the Latin word, vagārī, meaning “to roam.” Obviously, we are on a wandering journey. But, we are also grasping onto an unusual idea and living out our dreams. You know that old adage about your 3 resources in life? (If not, see the end of the post.) We are trying not fall in that trap and live out our dreams in the now, while we have all the resources at our disposal, instead of waiting for a later that might not happen.

We felt like the term vagary went with along with our motto:
Life is too short to spend all of it behind a desk, paying off debt for things we rarely use. Instead, we choose to make our dreams happen and be intentional. With a craving for travel, we are hitting the roads in our camper van to see the marvels of the world.


3 Resources
You have 3 resources in life: money, time, and energy.
When you are young, you have time and energy, but no money.
When you are middle-aged, you have money and energy, but no time.
When you are old, you have time and money, but no energy.

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