At the beginning of the summer, I made the goal to better define what it is I'm going for - Asking myself what kind of story do I want to live out and share with the world? ...I think what it comes down to, when all things "fluff" are stripped away, really I just want to be honest. To create honest art through living an honest life. And right now, for me, that looks like saying "I don't know" more often. It looks like leaning into the search rather than pretending I'm sure. Because that's where I'm at. Searching, embracing, listening and learning. So here's to being human. To finding meaning in the mess, and doing it in the best way possible: together. I hope you'll join me. 🖤 @gabriellenelson_#VanlifeExplorers
Sometimes in this digital age we make it to places where you still have to bring out the trusty old paper map, the best thing is they never loose connection, have buffering issues or redirect you the wrong way!
how do you handle a challenge or conflict? in recent months, we have experienced our fair share - our car breaking down on Halloween, a $400 part needed, our bumper being backed into and cracked on New Year's eve (a hit and run), our puppy ripping our curtains in half (on the same night, I might add), the list goes on.
when you take control of your life and do what your soul truly desires, you will be questioned and challenged by the world around you. how bad do you want it? are you willing to push past obstacles to get to where you are meant to be?
what I have come to understand is that challenge is the ultimate opportunity for growth. when we view it this way, it's a lot easier to feel grateful for a sticky situation - and everyone experiences those in all forms.
every time a challenge arises I check myself, how am I reacting? is my energy expanding or contracting, and how is this escalating the situation? is this situation/person showing me what I don't want in my life? be thankful for it. still incorporating this one, but it definitely helps make life a little more graceful.
Those of you who live in small spaces with another person would probably agree that the most frequently said phrase is “can you hand me ____?” It doesn’t have anything to do with laziness, it’s that logistically the accidental elbows thrown are far fewer if you and your tiny living partner morph into one being for ease of moving around the small space. But there are other times when the crisp air is too much to bear as you’re cozied up on the sheepskin and you’re simply being lazy asking your partner for a brew. We paired up with @sierranevada who provided the cold beverages along the way. #enjoyoutdoors
I remember pulling into this beach. Not because it was more beautiful or special than any others, but because it was one of the first ones where we noticed the half dozen sun baked men scrambling over the rocks, weighed down with bulging canvas sacks, full to the brim with ocean smooth pebbles and rocks. When we asked what was going on we were told they were collecting rocks to be shipped to the US and distributed to stores like Home Goods and Target, ready for American homes with decorative rock paths and coffee table displays. Now without too much of a commentary on trade and industry I remember being taken a back, thinking "Would people still buy those $10.99 little mesh baggies of aquariam rocks if they knew?". There is a culture today of asking these questions. Where does our stuff come from? Limiting your plastic use, buying local, and reusing. But it goes beyond that. We strive to value another humans existance as much as your own, no matter how far removed it may be. We fall short every day but we keep trying. 📷@everyroadleadstohome#VanlifeMagazine
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Late Breakfast in the Alabama Hills. I’d seen this place from a few perspectives a hundred times, but the feel of the sunrise and the way sound escapes out here was all new. I tend to avoid the areas that everyone goes, I’m certain I’ll be back here. 📷 @isaacsjohnston#CamperLifestyle
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Phew, we’ve been absent for a while. After a lot of holiday/work travel, finally back in SoCal! This is how the van sits at the moment with the bench/bed cushions dry fitted. We start electrical and plumbing tomorrow, followed closely by cabinets. Promise we’ll keep ya posted for once lol! #vanrebuild
Favourite spot 🌫 what are you're secrets to stay warm in and outside the van?
Since I am always struggling with wet hair after a surf session in the cold, Josh is building me a vanlife hairdryer by connecting a tube to our heating system 🙈
He's the sweetest man and I'm so excited about the result....stay warm!
"N'importe quel jour en vaut un autre pour mourir. Parce que je ne vis ni dans mon passé ni dans mon avenir. Je n'ai que le présent et c'est lui seul qui m'intéresse. Si tu peux demeurer toujours dans le présent, alors tu seras un homme heureux. Tu comprendras que dans le désert il y a de la vie, que le ciel a des étoiles, et que les guerriers se battent parce que c'est là quelque chose d'inhérent à la vie humaine. La vie alors sera une fête, un grand festival, parce qu'elle est toujours le moment que nous sommes en train de vivre, et cela seulement."
-L'Alchimiste • Paulo Coelho