I'm currently traveling nomadically, witnessing how mindfulness can change us along the way, while tracking down plant-based and gluten-free (celiac) food.
I'm traveling with a certain someone (the navigator, head cook, and ski instructor) and I'm sharing here to support you in venturing as mindfully and simply as you desire, too.
Below I've added more detail, in case it helps to read a little background. If there's anything else you'd like to know, please ask, as I'd love to help.
Once Upon a Time...
More than forty years ago, my parents had the courage to toss us on the North American road, for a year. Frugally.
Everyone thought it was a crazy idea. They couldn't wrap their heads around it. They were certain we'd be deprived of life's necessities. And this was one of the wisest decisions my parents have ever made.
Over the years, my parents also tossed us into the wilderness for weeks at a time, and eventually overseas to be with family. Our little eyeballs met endless history, stunning wildlife, and vital diversity. And then, there was more.
It was a bit humorous, though, that my travel gear and plans often felt chaotic. After extensive planning and packing, I'd arrive at a destination and continue to spend endless time sorting through my things, only to feel lost and unprepared for what was ahead.
Along the way, thank goodness, my immigrant grandparents also inspired me to live as simply as possible.
Witnessing my grandparents' simple ways made me want to live similarly. So I kept downsizing my home life over the years, eventually whittling it to 3 bags. This is how I learned to carefully seek travel gear and resources that truly fit my needs. This is when I began to finally feel free and ready for just about anything.
There's one more thing:
Cautious childhood habits (budgeting, saving, living simply) taught me that those with a small income could ultimately do anything. And that later, when one has a larger income, it's meaningful to choose to live beneath one's means.
Acquiring lots of things just never brought lasting fulfillment. Whereas focusing on loving growth and daily adventures—in even the littlest of things—have brought so much meaning to my life.
I spent my early years caretaking children and the elderly, volunteering as a camp counselor, working in retail, traveling in the corporate world—producing national events—then later volunteering in television, film, radio, and working as a community journalist.
I witnessed emotional and physical struggles in those environments, just as clearly as what we witness in our personal environments. But, as one might imagine, nobody discussed them, and people visibly suffered.
This, along with my own life experiences, motivated me to train as a Certified Trauma Specialist, Certified Peer Counselor, Mind-Body Medicine Professional, Certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy-Based Crisis Counselor, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/MBSR Teacher, Personal Wellness Facilitator and Health Coach, and earn a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.
This training made it possible for me to volunteer with mental health practitioners and assist clients experiencing crisis, as well as volunteer with medical doctors and assist patients in need of making critical dietary and lifestyle changes.
These experiences remind me how rare it is to find someone who isn't in need of such support at some point in their lives. For we all face challenges, no matter where we're located.
I'm still in awe that when I take mindful action in a challenging moment, the calm it brings allows me to handle the next moment with more ease. And when I forget to do this? It's my reminder to practice. (I'm reminded to practice a lot.) XO