A MILLIONAIRE who moved out of her mansion to live in a van has revealed she is “as free as ever.”
Caitlin Pyle, 36, last year downsized from an almost 4,000 square feet mini mansion to 84 square feet van.
The certified coach, who has a networth of £3.9 million, decided to pack up her things and move out of her big house after getting divorced.
She now wants to encourage other people to be “curious” and “want to know why I decided to downsize so drastically when I didn’t need to.”
Caitlin has set up a TikTok account which now documents her life journey of living in a van, and she has since gained over 52k followers.
Caitlin, who “didn’t get rich because I got divorced” but earned millions after building and selling successful online businesses, didn’t like the person she had turned into.
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She said: “I worked my ass off, and I got so burnt out that I didn’t recognise myself anymore.
“I ended up committed against my will to four different mental hospitals in two years.
“Mental illness is a sign that something is out of alignment.
“Your brain and your body aren’t balanced because you aren’t living the way you’re meant to live.
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“Which is happy, free, safe, and doing what you love.”
Since moving out of her house, Caitlin has noticed a change in her mental health.
She said: “We’re meant to be free, we’re meant to live in harmony with each other, we’re meant to thrive and have fun every single day.
“That’s who we are, we are not angry mobs protesting or killing each other.
“We’re not cattle, we’re not economic slaves, so that’s why I downsized because I realised that my house was holding me hostage.”
Caitlin felt like a “prisoner to the belief that I needed to stay in one place forever in a gigantic house, that’s nicer than most luxury hotels, and work really, really hard so that I can pay for it and pay huge amounts of taxes as well.”
She continues: “Does that sound like freedom to you?
“I downsized because I wanted less unnecessary stress that contributed to the burnout that left me feeling so empty and dead inside for years.
“I downsized because I wanted to be as free as possible, and that’s why I live in this fancy ass van.
I worked my ass off, and I got so burnt out that I didn’t recognise myself anymore
Caitlin Pyle, USA
“I love it so much. It has removed so much distraction from my life and that’s making it easier to notice what’s really going on in the world.
“Things are going to get better from here.”
The video in which she is explaining this has since gone viral with thousands of people rushing to the comments section to share their thoughts.
One wrote: “Happy for you and wish you the best on your new journey.”
How a £20 Ikea item lets you transform a van in a camper in just 10 minutes
Stephen Reid went viral when he uploaded a TikTok clip showing how he converts his work van into a kitted-out camper in 10 minutes using a £20 Ikea item.
He used a few sheets of plywood and some railing bought from the popular furniture chain to construct a temporary bed in the back of the vehicle.
In no time at all, he was able to screw the frame together and create a comfortable place to sleep almost out of thin air.
Once it’s built, he can pile the rest of his camping equipment into the back of the van and get going on his travels.
Best of all, once he’s done it takes just moments to collapse the bed, which can then be stored in the van until he needs it again.
Another said: “Burned out in 2017, haven’t recovered since.”
And Caitlin replied: “It can take a while for sure! I have a bunch of episodes about burnout on my podcast.”
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A third agreed and said: “I agree with everything you’re saying, keep things simple.
“Look after your health, a healthy body makes a healthy mind, it’s all about choices.”