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?!?!?
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!!!
In planning my trip to the UK last fall I couldn't pass up some spiritual shit: Avalon, King Arthur, Jesus, Chalice Well, where do I sign up!!!! I decided to bring along some chakra beads from Dakota Stones. I wanted to channel the energy of these magical badasses into the beads, which I did. I also dipped the beads in the Chalice Well, which is said to make you see through walls and even FLY! Okay, okay.....maybe I made that up but doesn't hurt to try.
After my trip, I jumped in the studio creating empowerment beads to carry with me while I train for Tour Aotearoa (and eventually I will take them with me on the Tour.). I'm very excited but also a bit scared for this new adventure and hope that some of the good juju from Glastonbury UK will help me along the way, making me a badass (fingers crossed!). I also added an empowerment bead necklace and bracelet to my website shop to share with you!!!
This months video showcases my time with Merlin, the knights, The Mists of Avalon and all the spiritual awesomeness. Make sure to watch til the VERY end, past the credits.
I hope you all enjoy this months video!!!
Heart Shaped World
"Some want a diamond watch, others value the time."
This time of year is filled with time with family and loved ones, reflection, looking back and remembering why we are here in the first place. When looking back on this holiday season I hope you see the value of it. The little things. The hugs, the laughs, the kisses, the snuggles, the late night games, the tears of joy, the bonds, the adventures, the precious time we GET to spend with the ones we love. I hope everyone is having an amazing holiday and will ring in the new year with an open heart filled with hope, joy, health, prosperity, compassion, adventure, rebellion and love.
Happy New Year!
Heart Shaped World
Case of the Nomads named one of Upventur's
Best of 2017 Digital Content Creators
It's been a hard struggle, the last couple of years. Navigating uncharted territory, living solo on the road in a van, following my true calling, becoming my true self than getting to know that new self. This has all lead to my passion for adventure and love of creativity sharing it with you.
At times, I feel alone. At times, I am alone. I sometimes feel that no one is listening, but I don't create just to please others or to hear your praise (even though it's really nice when you do, thank you!). I create in hopes that by sharing my story I'm helping to show the Casey of the past, my 10 year old self that is in others, that you can follow your crazy dreams. That you can live life and that these things: life, love, passion ARE worth reaching for. Yes, it can be hard. You're gonna faceplant, especially when reaching beyond your grasp. But you're also going to get up and reach yet again!!! It's okay to rebel against negative stereotypes, to feel empowered by going by the beat of your own drum, to wander til you find your path!!! And most of all, you are not alone.
An added bonus is to be recognized for this rebellious hard work (I think I saw Star Wars too many times, the Rebel is aligned!). I'm honored and beyond stoked that Case of the Nomads was named one of Upventur's Best of 2017 for Digital Content!!! Ohhhh shit ballz, it's getting real!
Thank you, to you all, for all your support and love over the past years. There is so much more adventuring ahead of me and I am honored to have you all along! Give yourself a pat on the back for being so rad and I'll do the same.
Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and I'm sending you all my love.
Heart Shaped World
When I'm out on the road, all alone, I sometimes need a friend. That's why I created the Top 10 Rebel Girl Songs for Every Nomad!
It's YouTube Tuesday and with the holiday season strongly among us I thought it would be nice to reflect at all the gifts in life. I'm thankful and grateful for being able to live the life that I want to. To be me and have the support of my family, friends and others.
A big thank you to my sponsors. You make it so a little punk like me can explore the world. Thank you:
- BioLite for keeping my spirits lifted with the best morning coffee or pipping hot evening stew.
- Big Agnes for keep India and me warm at night with a snuggly sleeping bag and roof over our heads when its too hot to sleep in the van.
- Gnarbox for making film making soooooo much easier.
- Dakota Stones for the most badass chakra stones, which brings empowerment to us all.
Happy Holidays and mad love to y'all!
Heart Shaped World
90% of people have some sort of regret at the end of life. I don't want to be in that 90%, do you? There are things that I will never do and I'm okay with that. But there are things I MUST do before my death: bike solo across NZ, get married, be a mom, build a house for my family (with my own two hand from the ground up), bring empowerment to women, have a successful business, spin prayer wheels in the Himalayas, visit the Sahara Desert and much more. Don't forget the daily MUSTS: meditate, enjoy nature, be kind and loving to myself and others, 3 gratefuls, live life, love life!
I'm busy training and planning for my solo bike tour across both islands of New Zealand, Tour Aotearoa! I'm riding as much as I can (thanks to the nice weather!!), gathering gear, working with sponsors, raising money to finance the trip, booking plane tickets, planning routes, and making all sorts of plans. I'm even making plans incase I get hurt or die. I'm putting together my advance directives, which is pretty much a written document stating my medical treatments, my living will and power of attorney.
Yesterday I went to a family members funeral. The service was very nice embracing the life that was lived but I couldn't help but think how will I be remembered??? Who will tell my life story? How will they tell it? This kind of upset me making me feel like I have no control. So I've decided I will tell my story by pre-planning my memorial service.
For the last 4 days, I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest fears, phobias, and changes in life: Death. This topic is one that most do not like to talk about. I find comfort in talking about the things that scare me most. The more I learn and accept the less I'm fearful.
Each generation has skepticism on the future but I have to say I have a lot of faith in the next generation. I've visited schools across the US and mountain bike coached our future selves. This opened my eyes to how each and every one of us helps to shape the world around us: past, present, future. If you are afraid of what lies ahead, then step in and "be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi
The Road Grateful
The road has given me so many amazing gifts that it's almost impossible to narrow them down to three grateful but here is my attempt.
Beads of Courage: The Beads of Courage Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program members tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. I'm grateful for this generous charity and the brave work they do! I'm also grateful to be carrying beads of courage with me during the 2018 Tour Aotearoa.
For this week, I feel its very fitting to focus on gratitude. This practice may cause you to be vulnerable, which I'm grateful for but I know vulnerability can lead to fear. I also know, that the more we practice gratefulness AND vulnerability the less scary it becomes and the more pleasurable it will be. If you add this simple practice to your daily life I KNOW that your fear will be replaced with love.
Challenge for this week: Add the 3 Grateful to your daily life. Either ask your family at dinner, friends over drinks or message me on this blog but share the 3 things you are grateful for each day. Do this all week long, month long, or add to your daily practice to see if you feel your heart swell.
The Evil Reverend "India" Santiago Sheppard III, Esq: She's a beasty brindle boxer full of spunk but she's also my protector, partner in crime, dinner dance partner, bed hog, trail buddy and best friend. I'm grateful to have had 9 amazing years with her and look forward to many more!!!!
Cracker Salad: My family created this strange yet delicious Potato salad-esque (sub potatoes for saltines, yes, saltines) holiday favorite. I wasn't able to indulge in this traditional treat for years BUT thanks to gluten free crackers I can now, once again, part take! And what's even better, I get my very own bowl!!!!
Multi Thanksgivings: I come from a multi-family where the holidays use to be so much! I'd race from holiday house to holiday house trying to fit everyone in for some lovin'. I felt this as a burden until I realized this is a blessing. I spent so much time alone during van life that I began to appreciate my large, strange, unique, diverse, loud, weird and amazing family!!! I am grateful for them all!
Enjoy your day and this amazing time with your family. That's what today is all about! Happy Thanksgiving!
Order your Empowerment Beads by Dec 10th for Holiday Delivery!!!
10% OF ALL SALES GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHARITY BEADS OF COURAGE
Heart Shaped World
My homestate of Nebraska is badass! I am grateful for being from such an amazing place. Yes, it's cold in the winter, far from the coasts and innovation is just taking hold BUT there is room to grow, every place in the world is just a plane ride away and there are a LEAST 2 weeks a year of the most amazing weather!!! Good 'ol Nebraska.
I'm grateful that the world has a voice. That no matter the outcome people speak up or share their stories of their beliefs, of equality, love, life, the environment, adventure and why we are here in the first place.
As I mentioned before, I have a LOT of change happening in my life. Graduating from van life, focusing on female empowerment, and becoming engaged. These changes have brought things that I was NOT expecting. For instance, during one of our first meals together, my fiance hit me with a very surprising, yet most epic daily practice that, I'm stoked to say, we have brought into our lives.