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 realized that what I dreamt of 3 years ago is no longer what I dream of now. What I pictured our road life to be when we hit the road 2 years ago, is no longer the same picture. We’ve sacrificed much to be here, I knew I had to be honest with Todd. So we sat down and spoke about where we are individually and together. Not location wise, but where our hearts and souls stood. I was worried, guys. For real. Because our lives have made a complete 180 and so has who I am as a person. So I hoped my husband could see and accept the changes I’ve made. After I told him everything (what I told him is a conversation for another day 😉), to my relief, he said, “that’s funny you say that bc I’ve felt the same way.” At the end of the conversation, we just looked at each other and said, “all I want is to travel the world with you by my side.” ❤️❤️ “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.” – @shellyibach
Hey Kind Humans! phewww it’s been two years on the road. Okay so I’ve taken a long break from Finding HumandKIND. That’s okay because I’ve been on quite the journey! Rewind.. My last personal blog post was 40 days into our 8 month long trip (April 2017). After 40+ states and many adventures (December 2017), the plan was to settle down in our favorite state and get jobs. We decided this wasn’t our cup of tea. Sooo we switched out our 150 sq ft travel trailer for a 350 sq ft mansion! We started a photography/video business because we love that shit. And Finding HumanKIND is now a nonprofit because I had to check it off my vision board – duh. We’re officially addicted to road life! Fast forward to April 2019, two years of tiny living. Two years of growth, adventure, and constantly searching for purpose! When I was in high school through 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. Know this, you will never “find your ONE self” because you will always face change. Your values, thoughts, and passions will always change. 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.
We’re 40 days into our 8 month, cross-country journey and it’s been a whirlwind of experiences, emotions and learning curves. Constantly an adventure – new places and new people every day – I take a moment to appreciate the pause in time. This is our tiny life, and it couldn’t be more perfect. #tinyliving
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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