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.
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!
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.