Nina Nelson on Living in a School Bus! SHP013

Nina Nelson on Living in a School Bus! SHP013

Before I get in to today’s episode of The Slow Home Podcast, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who answered Monday’s brief survey about Slow Living Workshops.

At this stage Portland is the clear front-runner for a September event, but I’m also making a list of cities I’d like to hold events in next year. (Chicago and London both representing, big time!)

If you want to cast a vote for your preferred city, head over here and let me know. I can’t wait to share more with you soon!

On to the podcast!

Today’s episode of The Slow Home Podcast features a delightful guest. Nina Nelson is the natural living expert behind Shalom Mama, and is also a mum, writer and entrepreneur who chose to live with her family (of six!) in a converted school bus.

We chat about a whole lot of things, including the pressure people feel when trying to embrace simple living, the process she went through to cull her family’s belongings before moving into the bus, and the reasons they eventually returned to a “regular” home (for the time being at least).

I also reveal what type of unconventional home I’d love to live in, and our kids make their first, unexpected podcast appearance.

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What You’ll Hear About  in Today’s Episode:

    • What constitutes a healthy home.
    • What Nina thinks about the idea that simple living creates pressure that goes against the ethos of living a slower life.
    • Why Nina and her family of six decided to move into a converted school bus.
    • And why they decided to move out.
    • How 6 people managed their stuff in such a small space.
  • The best part of living in a “normal” sized home again, and what she misses about the bus.

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10 Responses to Nina Nelson on Living in a School Bus! SHP013

  1. Hi Brooke,

    Great episode, of particular interest to me since I lived for over 2 years in a Motorhome. I just recently moved into a small house because we couldn’t find a suitable location to park our motorhome in our current town but we miss the Motorhome. It is OUR home.


  2. This was exactly what I needed to listen to this morning!Trying to make a difficult decision and this podcast just put a new slant on things! Really enjoying the podcasts – keep them coming!

  3. Feeling pressure to be a certain way within the realm of simplicity is definitely anything but simple. I think what feels good and right to you and your family is the only standard that truly matters.

  4. This was a great interview! I loved listening to it, and checking out the photos of Nina’s schoolbus. One of my favourite childhood books was “The Trolley Car Family” about a family who moved into an old trolley car on a farm when buses took over trolley cars, forcing the dad out of work.

    Thanks for all your work setting up and producing these podcasts, I haven’t heard all of them yet but have been enjoying them.

  5. Great episode, enjoyed every minute of it.
    A few years ago, when I was unemployed for over a year, i started living
    inside my Wagon. After a few weeks I found a job, but I always thought about the freedom to live expense free… No bills, no obligations…
    Having the freedom to travel anywhere I want
    In some sense, we sell our freedom for living a luxurious life :)

    • That’s absolutely right – “In some sense, we sell our freedom for living a luxurious life”. That’s what I love about slow living, it’s up to the individual person to work out where the balance lies. For me though, more freedom! :)

  6. I would not be able to think of myself living in a smaller space, although I generally like to keep my living areas uncluttered, Removals would definitely be simpler if we all had less things of course – less things to worry about and all that. But while I don’t see myself doing it, I’m really impressed by the people who have decided to make a lifestyle of it themselves!

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