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Keeping it all in perspective

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Photo of the day: Big sky, tiny moon. I just started reading Jedidiah Jenkins new book Like Streams to the Ocean. I’ve loved Jedidiah’s positive and insightful lens on life ever since I came across National Geographic’s You Tube video about his journey from Oregon to South America titled “Life Lessons from a 7,000 mile bike ride”. His memoir, To Shake The Sleeping...

Time wasted

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Photo of the day: Heading home from grocery shopping. We’ve really settled in to a rhythm of maxing out the 14 day limit at each place we camp. Years ago we could hardly sit still in one spot for more than 3 or 4 days and now 14 days flies by. The last two stays feel like they’ve gone by especially fast. I’ve also slipped back in to my bad habit of worrying about where...

Discovering the root of my contentment

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Photo of the day: Our evening stroll around camp. Have you ever taken inventory of what’s most important to you? At the top of my list would be spending time in nature and nurturing my mental health. (And for me, those things conveniently go hand in hand) There are many reasons why I love living a nomadic lifestyle but the fact that it honors those things that are most important to me is...

Conversations with Claire

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Photo of the day: Enjoying snacks, sunshine and good conversation with Claire (and Luna). The last few days have included some great conversations with my dear friend Claire.  I love that every time we’re together we go deeper in conversation and because of it we continue to grow closer as friends.  I tend to be an open book with my friends. I believe good things come from being honest...

Finding community where I least expected it

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We had some technical difficulties while trying to get a photo of us with Anne before we part ways. It resulted in some fun photos though. In 2017, when we were living on the road in our Casita, I had the realization that I was craving community. An unfamiliar feeling for someone that has gravitated towards solitude and independence for most of her life. My very introverted nature has rarely...

The beginning of a new chapter

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We’ve spent nearly two weeks on our property now and it’s been 12 days that I won’t soon forget.  The first two days were spent cutting in a driveway that would allow us to access and park on our property.  Friends came for the weekend to celebrate our purchase with us and just as they were leaving the first major snowstorm of the season was rolling in.  On Sunday somewhere...

A story of four friends

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{Photo of the day: Camping with Claire & Brandon, Almo, ID.} I can’t let our time with Claire & Brandon pass by without telling the story of how our friendship began. I love it too much to not share. Claire & I met at a yoga studio in Nampa, Idaho. I was 6 months in to living in Idaho, was struggling with the lack of access to public lands for exercise and was at a total loss as...

A year I’ll never forget

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Last year, through a very wonderful and random chain of events, our 19 year old niece from Iowa moved out to Idaho to live with us for the summer. Three months turned in to a year and this past June we parted ways. Saying goodbye was harder than I ever would have imagined. I didn’t know Mackenzie all that well before she moved in with us. I quickly learned that she has a huge heart, a...

The truth is…

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The first signs of fall have begun to appear. I’m feeling everything lately. I’m frustrated that our world is bubbling over with bad news on a daily basis. I’m as confused as I’ve ever been about the future. I feel resentment towards those not taking COVID seriously while Mark & I have made drastic changes in our life to not contribute to the spread. I’m sad that Mark is no longer doing the...

8 essentials I carry for comfort & safety in the wilderness

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About 10 minutes in to an evening walk today, Mark decided to turn back since he wasn’t feeling great.  As I continued down the road without him I realized I had nothing with me that I usually carry when venturing out alone.  Mark knew exactly what route I was taking and it was only a couple of miles so I decided to not worry about it.  However, it got me thinking about the handful...

Michele

Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less stress and more joy. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at http://www.oncwest.com

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