With iconic members like John Goddard, I thought it would be an impossibility that I would EVER speak on its honorable stage. Yet, I hoped. I wished. I dreamt. And then something amazing happened. I….yes, me….was asked to speak at The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles.
In the Spring of 2015, before becoming a nomad, I spent two days at Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment outside Joshua Tree, California. I considered this my nomadic training.
During the 31 day solo bike trip across New Zealand, I totally Nomaded it and stayed in a number of places. I didn’t make any plans on where to stay or stop for the night. I had loose goals each day. Some mornings I made a reservation at a campground or backpacker (hostel). Some nights I just rolled in. I really winged most of it and it paid off.
Fall riding is about being comfy, having some style or personality,and of course, layers! Here are my fav clothes for this fall.
A WEEK AS A NOMAD: A RAW VIEW OF SOLO VAN LIFE
“Taken straight from my daily journal, I’m opening up and getting real with you about what a week as a nomad is really like. And what van life is really all about. For two years I lived solo in a van while traveling around the US ….well almost alone, I also had my adventure dog India along with me. This journey changed my life. So come on, let’s crack this baby open, shall we, pages direct from my journal…”
When it came time to make my ford transit connect van into a home I had no clue where to start. With the help of my brother, we winged the transformation and lucked out. It only took a lot of blood, sweet, tears and beers for Jones to came to life as my….errr, sorry India..our home on the road.
I spent long days and long hours trying to find the perfect pee funnel. This is what I found and here is the truth behind a female urinary device aka pee funnel. What works and what doesn’t.
These are the 10 books I read before becoming a solo nomad, or at least the ones I remember. When I was preparing for the road and the unknown I found comfort and guidance in others stories.
Well I made it. I’m finally over the hill. Now how does one find freedom in turning 40? Is there really freedom in getting older?
Today my family and I were told that my Granddad has only days to live. He's been in hospice for a while now and is a stubborn man who loves his family.
How does one find acceptance of failure while on the bike? Here's my recap.
I found that Kiwis have this innate talent for creating the perfectly executed poached style egg causing me to have a new found poached egg love affair and to never look at them quite the same.
The morning of my first day of the tour was magical, but led to magically bad! It was as if I had never done anything like this before. Oh wait, I hadn’t!
A bike tour can be overwhelming with training, gathering bike gear and financial preparations. Here are my 7 Tips for Traveling to New Zealand with a bike.
Finally, Episode 12 is up and ready rock!!! I apologize for the delay. But ya know what? This video marks my year anniversary of making YouTube Videos....I never thought messing around with stop animation, videos, sounds, music and more would be so fun. I hope you enjoy this latest video and May the 4the be with you!
What have I learned from flying down under with a bike with? I'll share my:
7 Tips for Traveling to New Zealand with a Bike
Heart Shaped World
Hello my friends. How are you? Miss me? It' has been WAY too long, I know. After about two months away I am back. I have a ton of content in the works! But let's ease into it, okay?!?!?
Before we get into the 'blood, sweat and tears' of it all I need to catch you up on a few things. First off....I'm BEYOND thrilled to announce that I was the very first winner of the Big Agnes Bob Swanson Memorial Grant!!! This jaw dropping news came to surface just before I left for New Zealand so I wasn't able to let ya'll know. But how amazing!!!
Without this grant I would have eaten beans and rice the entire tour....err....which I did eat a lot of these peasant pleasures but again, we'll get to that later. Below is a link to give you more details about Big Agnes, Bob Swanson and this amazing grant.
This is a reminder that dreams, adventures and grandness isn't accomplished alone. Thank you to my team, friends, family, support and YOU for helping make all this come true for me.
Van Life Podcast
Wanna know more about van life? How to get started? Finances? Vehicle? Where to camp? Where to pee? Then this is the podcast for you! Postcard Academy's "Where to go to the bathroom and other Van Life Tips and Essentials" gets down and totally dirty. Van lifers Jema Patterson and myself get real about our van life lives. This podcast was recorded just days after the tour in New Zealand and reveal a few tid bits you may not know already. Listen in and share with others.
That's all for this week. I'll be back next Thursday, til then I hope you get a chance to explore, get outside or at least read about some epic adventures!
What goes into prepping for a 30 day self supported bike tour in a foreign country half way round the world? I'll get real, give tips, what to and especially what NOT to do when getting ready for such an epic event. Stay tuned!
*Got questions about bike gear? International travel? Solo travel fears? Music playlists? Send them my way and make sure include them in the next few weeks posts.
Heart Shaped World
As I'm franticly gearing up for my trip to New Zealand I'm hit with the thought of purpose. I don't think what I do is my purpose. I just ride my bike, do crazy adventures, take BIG crazy risks that others won't even think of and if they did think about them they won't think it would be something they would want to act on. But what is our purpose anyways????
An expert in the field of others living their purpose is Helene Stelian. She has searched the world, high and low, for people that are doing amazing things. Who are REALLY making a difference. From end of life Doula's to spreading literacy across india to spreading as much love to as many kids as possible! That's amazing!!!
So I was a bit surprised to hear from Helene. She wanted to share my story, my purpose. I find it CRAZY that I'm living my purpose but why??? I've worked my butt off to find my way and now I'm giving that back. Here's the fantastic post from Helene. Make sure to check out all the others stories, share them with everyone you know and get inspired to LIVE your purpose! Thank you Helene, for all that you do.
Rebel Heart Girls Kickstarter
With 13 days to go the Rebel Heart Girls Kickstarter is HALF WAY FILLED!!!! Thank you to everyone that has joined the rebellion. We are getting SUPER close, so keep spreading the word to others. If you haven't joined, here's your chance!
Francie & Finch in Lincoln Ne Presents:
The Happiness Hack by Ellen Petry Leanse
Book Talk & Signing Thursday from 6-7pm
I pick Ellen up tomorrow from the airport and excited to share her amazing book with you all. Please join us for a great evening event!!
LIV Winter Warm UP Recap
A BIG thank you to Vanna and LIV for hosting such a great event at Cycle Works in Lincoln last week. It was a KILLER turn out!!!
Heart Shaped World
I leave for New Zealand in a matter of weeks, days, hours, seconds! I keep asking myself:
WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? How are you going to do this???
I know you are asking yourself the same questions, along with: How will I be able to ride 86 miles a day for 30 days?? (I will have one day a week where I will have a rest day, but yeah, it's gonna be freaking HARD!) I've been training my ass off, almost literally. I've upped my gym time and ride outside as much as the evil midwestern winter will allow. Thanks to the freak 50 degree weather this week I plan to try out my fully loaded bike, with most all my gear, this week. I'll keep ya posted! On top of training I'm promoting my Kickstarter which, yes helps to fund this NZ bike tour BUT it also helps to spread the message of inspiring girls through adventure. (If you are down with that click on the kickstarter link). I also spent over a week creating the fun spot motion animation video which goes with it. I think it's pretty rad. Don't you think??
There are 20 Days left and I'm at 18%. Thank you to those that have already supported. That's AHHHMAZING. Those who haven't yet, I look forward to you joining the rebellion! BTW, This is an ALL or NOTHING campaign, which means if I don't reach my goal the project will not be supported.
Inspiring rebel heart girls to find the courage to follow their hearts by riding my bike 3000km across New Zealand along with a pre-sale “Rebel Heart Girls” sterling silver pendant
So I spend my day sending out a gazillion emails, making important contacts and relationships to kick this message throughout and across the universe!!! I also connect and touch base, give updates to my badass awesome sponsors who have been so generous and giving. I've been gathering, organizing gear. Booked my plane ticket. Eating. Going to the Gym. Prepping for upcoming speaking engagements. Planning my bike route. Eating. Going to the Gym. Organizing my team, or more like forgetting to organize my team. Figuring out my phone service (or lack there of) in NZ. Eating. Going to the Gym. Doing my normal life things of date nights with the fiance, dog belly rubs, family dinners, TBI support group meetings, coffee with friends. Eating. Going to the Gym. Nightly panic attacks. And most importantly sleep.
Financially I've been doing all that one can to bring in the monies. I work temp jobs, sell the items I no longer need or use, do without excessive luxuries, fundraise and keep it simple. Which, keeping it simple is much easier after road life. But I have the same worries as you, the same financial concerns. They wake me up in the middle of the night, plaguing me. Even though I have these worries I know they will pass. I know they won't keep me back from what I NEED to do. The road has taught me how to drive cross country with only 25 bucks, how to ration my food to last and that no matter what, there is ALWAYS a way.
The doubts of my abilities, the "what the F*** am I doing", the "are you crazy" are the worst of it all. Before falling to sleep (in complete exhaustion) I seem to be totally in tune with my utter most fears. Joshua comforts me as I spew out self doubt by the gallons.
I don't know if I can do this.
He reminds me that I will be okay and that I CAN do this. No matter the doubt, the challenge, the fear, support from family, friends, community, from anyone turns a I CAN'T into a I WILL. Thank you to my family, friends and YOU for all your support.
Heart Shaped World
I'm working on something fun that's full of rebel goodness! Here's a sneak peek and a quick video on how I cast a rebel girl heart pendant. Want to show your rebel heart girl support??? More info to come later this week. Stay tuned!!!!
Up Coming Events
Last week I sat down with Friday LIVE Arts Genevieve Randall to talk about jewelry, van life, the arts, New Zealand and my latest art project. Tune in Friday to hear the podcast and if you are in Lincoln stop by the Haymarket Mill to see the LIVE broadcast in person.
-Friday January 19th, 2018 9am CST
Join this all ladies event where I'll be talking about my female solo traveling. This is a great time to connect with the badass Lincoln cycling community. Thanks to LIV ambassador Janna for organizing this event and for being such a badass!
-Thursday Feb 1st, 2018 7-9pm CST
Join me for a unique opportunity in LA. Have dinner with me and let's chat adventure! After, hear my talk about the life lessons I've learned from solo traveling. Dinner is at 7pm, talk is at 8pm. The Adventurer's Club of LA is an old school epic club, you don't want to miss out. Make reservation online through the Club.
-Thursday Feb 22nd 2018, Dinner at 7pm, Talk at 8pm
Heart Shaped World
Thanks to Janet for sending in heart shaped photos. I LOVE it and that you are all seeing a heart shaped world. Keep sending them in!!! Mad love to you Janet, thank you!!!