We are bryan and jen
and karma, the wonderdog.
We started this blog a few years ago to keep in touch with those we love but don’t see often enough, and we keep it up to give us something to look back at over the years and remember our journeys. These days it mostly survives only so we have a photo album readily available to look back at the blur that has been our lives over the last few years.
If its photos and a real-time update on where we’re at, follow on instagram.
Our journey began when we ran away from “normal” and our paying jobs in order to drive E, our 1967 VW bus slowly through Mexico and Central America for a few years. We tried to find ourselves by getting lost and hoped to see life through a lens that just wasn’t possible in the day to day grind. We didn’t know what to expect or where we would end up, but assumed it would be on a small beach somewhere warm.
Instead we found ourselves having an epiphany that ending our newfound freedom was no longer an option for us. Instead of continuing south and spending the rest of our savings living off-grid for another year we set out to make our new life more permanent.
We returned to and created a “home base” in Portand, OR that will serve as a jumping off point for our travels and a place for us to call home near those we love when we choose to be close to home. We converted our garage into a tiny home/adu for us to live in while someone else pays our mortgage and we make decisions based upon happiness rather than money.
We are now living an unconventional and mostly nomadic lifestyle in our 4×4 Sprinter Campervan and (so far) proving that it’s possible to survive off almost nothing but to enjoy life fully…even in the middle of an urban environment. So far we’re doing just that thanks to our “creative home use plan”.
We are also offering small space design services to others looking to simplify, downsize or change their life for the better and in hopes that we can bring both our and their financial freedoms even closer. If you have a project we can help with or a dream you want to chase…let us know how we can help!
A few other stories about us and/or our way of life:
– TIME magazine, #VANLIFE: THE (ARTISANAL) AMERICAN ROAD TRIP
– Top this place, TheDangerz, aka Bryan and Jen
– NY Times, Grandma Never Had it so Good
– 1859, Oregon’s Magazine, Outside the Box
– Simple Living (coming soon)
You can also catch glimpses of past conversations we’ve had about our lives/lifestyle on past podcasts/videos here:
– Living in a van & building 2 businesses w/ Bryan and Jen, Hustle to Freedom Podcast
– Couple makes garage home + campervan a consistent life combo, Kirsten Dirksen
– Tangientially Speaking with Christopher Ryan
– The Year of Purpose Podcast with Zephan Moses
– HouzzTV: a Couple’s garage becomes their chic new home
– Tiny House Podcast
– Life Simplified Radio
Why the Dangerz?
We honestly cant tell you why the name came about, but we have several friends who started calling us the Dangers years ago, and at some point it just stuck. It’s okay with us as we’ve grown to quite like it. It’s also funny, since we see ourselves as anything BUT dangerous. We’re soft and silly mostly (albeit, not quite “normal”), but we do like the name. It’s rather like the tattoo jen wants… mostly all about floating hearts with wings, but every time we sketch it out at least one of the hearts ends up with crossbones. Just because its cute, but also a little badass.
We still often discuss legally enacting the name change…stay tuned.
We hope you enjoy our stories, we welcome your comments, advice and ideas,
and we look forward to meeting you (or seeing you again) along the way!
bryan and jen (and karma)