Our Journey

This FB memory describes our lives perfectly. Three years ago, we left it all in Tampa, packed up, moved into an RV and traveled the country to follow our passions of photography/travel/nonprofit work. Thus, NomadiCam (nomads with cameras), our photography company, and Finding HumanKIND were born. After our 2017 road trip, we settled in Portland for a hot minute then Cali for a couple months… with no idea where we were going to live or what we were doing .. we just knew it felt right (story of our lives). The past 3 years we’ve hustled harder than ever and made a business, we had no experience in, into a thriving company sustaining our lives! And what was supposed to be 2 months in Cali tuned into our new home 8 months/year.
Life can be crazy, uncertain, and sometimes scary. Through all our challenges, we’ve learned NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOURSELF! You are capable of achieving anything you put your mind and heart to. Follow your passions and do what you love bc life shouldn’t be spent chasing a fat paycheck or a prestigious title! Don’t let society’s unrealistic and ridiculously high standards shape your life, stop comparing yourself to others bc let’s be real…no one is as perfect as social media makes us out to be! We all have our own struggles and it shouldn’t be taboo to talk about it!!
Do you! It’s never too late to start over & you’re not too old! Someone once told me that they want to make the leap of faith for an “unconventional” life when it makes “sense.” Chasing your dreams/passions, most of the time, doesn’t make “sense.” That’s okay, it’s more fun! When I told my mentor/boss I was quitting to travel indefinitely, he said, “this is the dumbest financial decision you’ll ever make and the best decision you’ll make for your life.”

Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you! ❤️❤️❤️ Happy Friday loves!

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The “firsts” of life..

Throwback to our first camping trip together. Todd and I have been married for a long 1.5 years 😂😉😘 (together for 5 yrs) and the past two years we’ve had a lot of “firsts.” We traveled to all new places for the first time, we’ve started a business together for the first time, we travel the country and live in a 300 sq for RV for the first time, almost everyday we experience a “first” together because our road life is constantly moving and changing. It’s exhilarating and also challenging. This past year, I’ve done a lot of soul searching and became frustrated that I wasn’t finding my ONE self.  In my mind, after all these “firsts” we’ve experienced, I should’ve figured out life by now! As if, the Joyce I am meant to be would reveal herself and everything would just fall into place. LOL I know, I’m crazy and I proudly own every inch of it.  I now realize it is important to constantly ask, “Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I want to do? What am I grateful for?” BUT, don’t seek an answer. WHAT?! Where am I going with this, right?!  The answers to all your questions will be revealed when you are ready. If you demanded an answer immediately, would you have been ready for it? On top of that, answers always change based on the stage of life you are in and (get ready for it) what your soul needs to hear in that exact moment.  You aren’t lost. You are GROWING into the wonderful person every day.  Be patient. Be open. And love every step of this crazy journey of finding who you can be.

” ‘Finding yourself’ isn’t really how it works. You aren’t a ten dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you dream as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. ‘Finding yourself’ is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.” – Emily McDowell

“Modern love and intimacy no longer means “two becoming one” — it means allowing yourself and your loved one the space to exist and grow individually so you can come together as a stronger unit.” –  PREACH @shellyibach

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2 yrs later and it’s a wonderful journey!

Hey Kind Humans! phewww it’s been two years on the road.  After 40+ states and many adventures (December 2017), travel has become our life!  We switched out our 150 sq ft travel trailer for a 350 sq ft mansion! We started a photography/video business because it’s our passion! LET’S DO THIS!  And Finding HumanKIND is now a nonprofit because its been on my vision board for 10 years!! I can’t explain the satisfaction of crossing out a 10 year old goal on your vision board! Ekk!

Fast forward to April 2019, two years of tiny living. Two years of growth, adventure, and constantly searching for purpose! From high school up until 2 years ago, I thought purpose and happiness were a destination. A permanent place to arrive at after a long journey of searching. After much self-reflection, mistakes, wins, arguments with my boo, coffee dates with my mentor, and so on and on.. I’ve realized the journey never ends.

See, purpose and happiness are not permanent states. Wholeness is. Don’t confuse the two. Whatever “wholeness” means to you is for you and only you to decide. Life is not a destination, but a journey of change, challenges, and growth. It can be frustrating. You will find yourself unhappy AND happy – life’s a roller coaster, strap in.  It will cause you to doubt who you were and what you thought you’ve become.. That’s okay! It can be exciting because anything is possible. Literally, the world is your oyster and you can do whatever your heart desires. It’s also scary, which means your brave self will grow. Because…  “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”  There is no destination here, only the journey to enjoy with those you love most. So grab life by the horns and make that leap of faith. Love you. Mean it.

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Thank you Key West for an amazing start to the first leg of our journey!

Todd and I are overwhelmed by the hospitality of all the locals we met. When we arrived, we planned on gathering kind stories from those we passed but it was a bit tough as everyone had a place to be, possibly with air conditioning as the weather was brutally hot. When Todd and I stopped at the Blue Macaw for a drink, we were quickly welcomed by a group of friendly locals. That’s where we met Chef Zingg (his story previously posted) and Kim, a local 5th grade teacher from Poinciana Elementary. I spoke volumes about finding humanKIND and our cross-country journey… literally, I can’t stop talking. Before we left, I gave Kim my contact information, in hopes we could connect in the future. Hours later, I received a text from Kim with a schedule of interviews she set up with her fellow colleagues and students at Poinciana. I was completely blown away! I did not expect to gain so many interviews for finding humanKIND from a conversation with a person I had just met at a restaurant. To say the least, I was completely in awe of the power of passion. My experience with Chef, Kim and the interviewees at Poinciana Elementary was a stark reminder that life has a funny way of working out perfectly when you move with passion. When you speak about what you love, the dedication and sincerity in your voice are evident and infectious, flowing with each word you speak. Thank you Key West for all the love, until we meet again.

Stay tuned for kind stories from Poinciana Elementary in Key West, Florida! Let’s inspire kindness and empower change!

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