Before Perú Bus Life

Car-free, Care-free

November 2, 2014

Okay, so my husband (who I will refer to as “Bear” from here forward) and I recently made a decision that would dramatically change the life that we know. We made the decision to sell – not one, but both! – of our vehicles. The funny thing is, we had talked about selling the Pathfinder next August when it would be officially paid off. We planned to sell Lil Blue, the Yaris, the following August when it was officially paid off. (A little back story… Bear had finished paying the Yaris off the same year that he bought it which was about two years before he met me, but then life kind of happened and we ended up refinancing it to loosen up some other areas.)

Anyway, we had this plan, and it quickly became a reality when a Gent from Bear’s work asked him if he knew of anyone selling their vehicle. The conversation went from ‘we are eventually selling ours but not any time soon’ to ‘let me chat with my wife about this’ to ‘when would you like to buy them?‘ Did you catch that little word in italics? Yeah, the Gent bought both of our cars. Call it what you will; we’re calling it a God thing!

See, we recently changed up our budget and were making drastic steps to live differently. Living differently had many implications for us, and we wanted to take action on our deep convictions. So, we felt that God might be setting us up to follow through with the things we felt He was and is still placing on our hearts with our finances. Selling our cars was one step in pursuing those things.

How do you just live car-free, you ask? Well, things lined up in the right timing. Bear’s company pays for him to use public transportation, and he’d actually been doing that on and off the entire year prior to us selling our vehicles. Then, I had recently been offered a great opportunity at a salon in Boulder, so I had made the switch to work out there as well. As you may know, Boulder lovvveeess public transportation, so I am able to take public transportation free of charge because of the location that I work in. (Thank you, Boulder, and thank you Awesome Salon That I Work For!)

I was very nervous at first because we started this as winter was starting, and I HATE cold weather. I hoped that I could rely on a good 300 days of sunshine in the beautiful front range of the Rockies – though it’s not very accurate. I hoped that my Columbia ski jacket would do the job on the bitter cold days, but it really hasn’t. I hoped that I wouldn’t find myself cursing under my breath at the weather because I found the weather to be unpleasant, and surprisingly, I haven’t. There have been maybe three days or so where I felt so cold that I actually didn’t think I could take one more step, and I did. Every day I have learned something new on this adventure, and I’m actually really glad we’re on it.

How can we complain when we don’t have a monthly payment to make on two cars; we don’t have to pay car insurance or the yearly fees of registration, plates, etc; we don’t have to pay for gas; and we don’t have to pay for public transportation. Our home is only a half of a mile from a major bus stop, and very close to our places of work. A little extra walking feels great, and I am learning that I am not allowed to be late. This may be the hardest part (aside from the freezing cold days), but I’m grateful for it!

Last night driving home from the old salon AND last time with the Yaris.

Last night driving home from the old salon AND last time with the Yaris.

Last photo in the Yaris! I'm not sure why it's so sad to say goodbye.

Last photo in the Yaris! I’m not sure why it’s so sad to say goodbye.

The last morning we drove Little Blue to work. The new owner picked up the car from Bear after he dropped me off at the new salon.

The last morning we drove Little Blue to work. The new owner picked up the car from Bear after he dropped me off at the new salon.

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