My Van Champ

January 10, 2016 3:36am

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On a caravan road trip with my best friend.

Manifestations. There are many things I have manifested for myself over the years. It is magical how people or objects have shown up in my life when I’ve needed them. One of my favorite stories is when I manifested my van back in my early 20s.





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Just enjoying life with Sadie, my dog and Earl, my first car.

I was about 22 years old and I was traveling the US working at Renaissance Festivals. I was in route from Colorado to Minnesota and my first car (Earl) took a dump on me somewhere in Iowa. I believe it was Story CIty to be exact. There wasn’t much I could do. I was about three hours from where I needed to be in Minnesota and a little stranded. Just me and my dog Sadie, a Lab/Dalmatian mix who was a little over a year old. I remember seeing a friend along the way that tried to help me with a little trouble shooting but nothing worked. I can’t quite remember who it was or the details of the situation. After all it was 18 years ago. The friend who stopped to help me had to be on his way so I was left wondering how I was going to get to my destination. I remembered another friend was on the same route as I was. He was only an hour or two behind me. I called him and lucky for me he was able to pick me up. He already had a passenger and somehow managed to make room for me, Sadie and a few essentials I needed when we got to Minnesota. It was a bit comical riding for three hours crammed into a minivan with a 60 pound dog on my lap but I was ever so grateful.

A few days had passed and I was able to borrow a car to get to Earl. I left him at a Ford dealer in the middle of nowhere. He was a ’87 Buick Century. Not very suitable for road life but served me well over the years. I ended up cleaning him out and signing him over to the dealer. I didn’t want to spend the amount of money it would cost to fix him. It was cheeper for me to just buy a different car. At this realization I was on my way back to Minnesota. I was a little sad but this is when I started thinking of what would be a perfect vehicle for me.

In all actuality I started thinking I wanted to buy a van when I was working in Colorado. I just didn’t find one that I liked. So this little incident was a bit of a blessing in disguise. I started to really think about what I wanted. I wanted a conversion van. Something with a bed in the back because I was living in campgrounds and traveling a lot. I could only spend about $2000. I wanted it to have 3 seats so I had some extra room to move around in. It had to have less than 100,000 miles on it. I also wanted it to be rust free. That was a big deal in Minnesota. That was my criteria for the van that was a perfect match for me.

A few weeks later I was chatting with a friend over coffee. He was looking for a car himself. He had the local paper and asked me if I wanted to see it. As he was walking away he told me to check out the bargain section. Everything listed was under $3000. I thanked him and got to reading. There were only a couple of listings I was interested in. The first one was an automatic no. It looked terrible. Like it wasn’t even worth $500 let alone the couple thousand it was listed for.

Then I found Champ.mel van I remember driving up to the house of the people selling him. As I got closer I knew instantly he was mine. He was a ’88 Chevy conversion van. The owner said they used him primarily to bring their kids to and from college. He had 88,000 original miles on him and no rust. A bench seat that folded down to a bed in the back and 3 seats up front. The owner apologized but said the fourth seat was ruined by their cat because they left it in the garage when they weren’t using it. He also said that the dealer offered them $2250 for it but he wanted to sell it privately. He also knocked $250 off the price because it needed new brakes. The best part of this whole thing? The color was blue, my favorite. I didn’t even think of a color when I was making my mental list of things I wanted the van to have. It was almost like it was taylor made for me. That was it. Decision made. I got a cash advancement on my credit card and bought it for $2000, my asking price. BOOM! Magical Manifestation.




It was pretty amazing.

Grateful thoughts:

More and more often I catch my husband staring in awe at our daughter. He has a special bond with our son and naturally I want him to have an equally special bond with our daughter. Its so beautiful when I catch him interacting with her in such a gentle loving way. It really warms my heart.
I got an unexpected text from a friend saying she wants to visit. What a wonderful surprise!
I had a lovely conversation with couple at the park today while watching my son play. It reminds me that everyone is just making their way.

6 thoughts on “My Van Champ

  1. Angela Montuori

    Hi Melissa, I have started doing this about 6 months ago. I have been manifesting small things so far. It has been mostly parking spots and when I can’t find something. I just say it will show up and it always does. I love it if you would suggest some reading materials.

    1. melissasly Post author

      That’s great Angela! I try to practice with smaller things too. I notice it happens mostly when I think of someone and then receive a phone call or text from that person. I love the book “Ask and It Is Given” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It has helped me a lot along the way. I also love “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.

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