Category Archive for "Life on the Road"

TechNomads, Perched to Fly, and Hatch Words

Just a quick little post to direct you to three other places to hear from me! Ramblings: Tales from Nomads – Chris and Cherie interviewed us waaaaaaay back in 2010 when we had JUST hit the road, right before I had started coaching and when our entire world was transitioning us into Who We Are. This is the updated Where-We-Are-Now video!  Life, Love, & Source with Hatch Words – This lovely website is truly amazing. Stories from all walks of spirituality and understanding. Joni interviewed me on my journey from Christianity to whatever you would call me now. I have to say, I’m used to the basic interviews but this one was so much richer and deeper than I normally get to share. It was wonderful for me to just put my experiences and feelings into some sort of (inadequate) words. Fulfilling Life with Perched to Fly – Connecting with…

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And It Shall Be Known As The Big Chill

We met and connected instantly with the Paul family and the Mattern family back at Wide Sky Days in September. Justin and I invited them to join us in January in the Keys. We weren’t sure it would come together (because how often do such things ever pan out with three busy lives?), but it did. It may have taken us 3 hours to decide but our time together came to be known as #thebigchill13. (You can see all the photos on Instagram with that tag). I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it is to call these families our friends, to see our kids connect, and to have so much fun. So different in so many ways, so very much the same, all with a total love and appreciation for one another. The sheer amount of laughter, depth, fun, and support we shared with these incredible people is…

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How can Life possibly be against you?

Have you ever had one of those days where it literally seemed like Life was out to get you – and only you – melodrama and all? {Don’t front. I know you have. } I had one yesterday. It was a travel day and I’ve learned that travel days are a huge instigator to anything I need to DIG IN to. I’ve gotten proactive, planning meals ahead, taking time to ground myself, bring along my essential oils to keep centered. It worked on the first travel day. But two travel days in a row I was ill-equipped for. So my son woke up cranky…I’ve got this. I get it. I’m not a morning person either. Breathe. Surrender. Keep flowing. Then the fan belt began to shred. Actually felt good through this. My husband is a rockstar, noticed it, changed it, back on the road in no time. Aaah. Feeling good….

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Time Again to Pull Back In {And a Request For Happy Mail}

Erin Goodman is facilitating a #slowholidays tradition this year and I’m taking that as just another cue from the Universe that it’s time to unplug my HSP self for a bit. “Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, I’m finding enjoyment in the things that stop time”. – David Hyde Pierce I seem to do this nearly every year around this time don’t I? Last year it was The Holiday Reset Challenge with Hannah Marcotti. A few years before that I took the whole month off the internet. Hea-ven-ly. This year it’s just me, slowing things down and pulling things in. Me and Justin closing out the year together, looking back on what we’ve done and looking forward to what we want to do. Me, Justin and Zeb coming together. It still feels like a giant reset button for me. Here’s what I intend* it to look like: No social media….

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A Small Christmas for a BIG Reason

We’re enjoying the warmth of Florida for Christmas again. {Well, I’m enjoying it; my men are lamenting the lack of frostiness and its impact on the holiday season. Pffft.} After a lot of talk between us, we decided to do a small Christmas this year. Very small. As in Justin and I are skipping gifts for each other and only getting Zeb a few things. We’re not really spending money on anything else, unless we decide to make and mail cards. Why? 3 reasons. We have been officially, completely, 100% debt-free for two years now. No credit cards, no mortgage, no car payments. Nothing. Zip, zilch, nada. This isn’t altogether abnormal for us. We rarely used credit cards, and only had “smart debt”, like a mortgage and a car payment {just one at a time}. But being 100% debt-free is something we’re not willing to give up ever. We’d like…

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The Things That Matter in 5 Years, What We Birth, and the Space Between

A lot of you have asked me where the inspiration for my “Organic Wisdom” updates on Twitter and Facebook come from. The answer? They are my own reminders. They are the things that my intuition reminds me when I pay attention, the things I hear when I’m banging my head against the keyboard, the words Spirit slips my way when I’m artfully avoiding it. This one {above} has been with me for years. Do you know how often I find myself nit-picking, nagging, sighing over {a little habit I picked up from my mom – thanks Mom. }, getting riled up about, worrying over, or generally being a bitch about that WILL. NOT. MATTER. in five years? More than I care to enumerate. Life is a freaking process. Growth is a practice. Letting go challenges me in deep and sometimes shattering ways. We travel to Vegas this weekend, to meet…

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Sending Him Off Again

Zeb left yesterday afternoon, heading to Vegas again for an extended visit with family and friends. We’ll meet him there before Thanksgiving, and for my little sister’s wedding, which means we have three weeks to share together – just Justin and me. It’s still weird, having a teenager who has a life beyond yours. Does that part of parenting ever get less weird? I’m told it doesn’t. I suddenly understand this quote so much better now: Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. (Elizabeth Stone) He suddenly has memories that I don’t share, details that I’ll never know, conversations with strangers on a plane that I’ll only wonder at, trivial moments of his life that are only his, not worth sharing or even knowing but still taken for granted as a mama that you’ll…

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The Life Lessons of Purple Hair

I did something I haven’t done since I was a teenager. I applied chemicals to my head, drained the tips of color, and filled it back in with purple. Yes, I’m the “Organic Sister”…my life orbiting around the natural, the innate, the organic, the mindful. And I bleached and colored my hair. (@tarawagner on Instagram) I don’t use shampoo. I don’t condition. I don’t use styling product or tools. (I use water, and my fingertips, and that be all, folks.) I cut it myself and I intentionally avoid products because, quite frankly, figuring out what’s safe and what’s not is a royal pain in the arse and why bother when it’s not really necessary. Having dreads for almost 4 years got me into this habit of minimalism. Then, shaving my head placed me square in the habit of fully alive. Still, it’s sort of a big deal for me, being…

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Living in a Bubble {And Making it Bigger}

We left what felt like a bubble in Ithaca. Said goodbye to our friends in the caravan first, then goodbye to our friends in Ithaca. We’re traveling south for the winter, like the snowbirds we are. It’s quiet now on the road. We’ve been surrounded by friends, family and friends who have become like family for almost a year. Now it’s suddenly just us again, the slow pace together needed but strange. It hit me the other day that this is likely our last year on the road, and I realized how many opportunities I’ve missed. I know that’s natural. There is SO MUCH to see and do, and you can only do so much of it. The fact being that this isn’t exactly vacation for us makes that even more true. We have businesses to run and a desire for downtime (being homebodies and all). There are plenty of…

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Going Our Own Way {Saying Goodbye to the Conscious Caravan, and Maybe Even Life on the Road}

We said our last “See you later’s” to the Conscious Caravan on Monday. After traveling together for the better part of this year, it’s time for us to go our own way. Let me back up. If you remember we started traveling with this band of wild nomads back in March after first connecting in January. It was a serendipitous connection of many dots that brought us together and met the needs of our family in such deep and meaningful ways. Mostly, it was a traveling village…actually dubbed “The Village” between us. It was friends, a network of support and a lot of love. Some split off in the spring to head up further north for the summer, but even then they were in our hearts. The rest of us traveled up the coast and into Maine together. I’m trying to find words that describe the experience – the love,…

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