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Hi, I’m Michele. I live on the road full-time and photograph mountain weddings for a living. This is my personal blog where I share my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less stress and more joy. Want to follow along? Sign up below to receive new posts straight to your inbox.

You can find my wedding and portrait work at www.oncewest.com.

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How we plan our travel days

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{Photo of the day: Arriving at Valley of the Gods.} It’s been about 10 months now since we sold our house and began living and traveling full-time in our RV.  As many of you may already know, this isn’t our first time, it’s actually our 3rd.  All the previous experience has culminated in a wealth of knowledge that is making our travels more enjoyable than they’ve ever been. ...

Six weeks in the Verde Valley: A recap

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A few years ago, I never could have imagined us camping in the same area for six weeks.  Our house has wheels so that we can move.  Why would we stay put for a month and a half?  I think it has to do with a lack of urgency.  When we owned a house and went on trips in our truck camper, there was always an end date.  Whether the trip was a week long or a month long, there...

The simple act of noticing

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Photo of the day: The last drops to remain after today’s storm. It’s been nearly 15 months since I began the practice of photographing my life daily. When 2020’s 365 project came to an end, I couldn’t imagine stopping. And so, without really thinking too hard about it, I woke up January 1st and kept going. It’s been challenging and rewarding, some days are hard and...

A sunrise hike to start the week off right

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Photo of the day: The effort to get to Shaman’s Cave in time to watch the sunrise was totally worth it. We woke at 4:20am.  We were on the trail before 6:00 and arrived at our destination 20 minutes before the sun rose.  Our timing worked out perfectly. I had casually said to Claire & Brandon a few days prior “we should do a sunrise hike to the cave”.  I was merely filing the...

9 ways I’ve reduced stress in my life

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Photo of the day: Working on my meditation routine. I used to think that stress was just a necessary part of being a successful business owner until Mark one day pointed out that being stressed-out doesn’t accomplish a damn thing.  It does nothing but make life more difficult.  It takes up space in our already busy lives.  Stop and think about this for a second.  When has...

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...

All the weird & random things that happened in Ajo

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I actually kept a list. By the time the third weird/random thing happened I decided it was time to keep tabs. It started with the night we genuinely thought the world might be ending. I’d stepped outside for a moment when a wildly bright light in the sky quickly caught my eye. Bright enough it was casting shadows. Yet it seemed to be quite a ways away. We spotted a smoke trail behind it and...

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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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