7 Year Nomadiversary with our family of now 7!!!!!!!
7 years ago yesterday (1/15/11) we took a giant leap into the unknown and left behind our life in the suburbs to hit the road full-time as a family 🚎💫💙🙌🏽 We stuffed what we could from our 1900 sq ft house into a 250 sq ft RV that ran on waste veggie oil and chose the road less traveled. It was a fast learning curve, we had to figure out what we truly needed, how to live in a tiny space with three kids (and a dog), where to get alternative fuel, how to balance self-employment and family time, and you know what, we’re still figuring all of that out, two more kids, and another rig later 😂🙃☺️ We’ve traveled from coast to coast (a few times), visited 48 states and over 20 National Parks and Monuments, along with hundreds of other National Forests and State Parks. We’ve hiked countless miles in all sorts of terrain and weather 👣 We’ve lived off-grid for months at a time, and stayed at all sorts of campgrounds and camps and farms in all kinds of places. We’ve participated in marches against Monsanto and for food freedom, protests for women’s rights and equality for all, and demonstrations to bring awareness and legislative change for GMO labeling in a number of different states. We stood with Standing Rock for two months and joined with nations from all over the world to bring awareness to the importance of our sacred water, lands, and indigenous rights. We’ve also worked over a hundred events from small college workshops to local farmers markets to three day camping festivals to huge Earth Day events in big cities. Our kids have grown up on the road, it’s really the only home our three youngest even know ☺️ And, we had two beautiful homebirths (one a water birth) in our RV, that truly has given new meaning to our beloved Eco Womb 👶🏼💙🙏🏽 But, the most beautiful part of the journey hasn’t been in the practical details of life on the road, it’s been in the magic of self-discovery, spiritual awakening, connecting on a deeper level with nature, learning to walk lighter on the earth, discovering our heritage, seeing the landscape and world through the eyes of our children, life learning right alongside them, finding our true passions, healing past wounds, finding our individual light to shine, and connecting with community across the miles that truly make home wherever we are together 💙 It’s been a wild and crazy adventure, there have been so many pitfalls and bumps in the road, but we’ve gained strength as a family by doing it all together. For, as cliche as it might sound, it’s never been about the destination, but always about the journey. Excited for what the next seven years brings and for our journey to continue unfolding 🚎💫💙🙌🏽