Don’t wish for a life that’s too comfortable 

Don’t wish for a life that’s too comfortable. Don’t pray for Internet that always works. Don’t forget how good the sun feels and the air tastes long before it’s been conditioned for your mood or connivence. Don’t design a life around coffee from plastic pouches and miss the smell of espresso mixed with flame and…

The Essential Facts of Life

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” -Thoreau The essential facts of life are so simple. Painfully simple. We can hardly stand to confront them. It is easier to add noise and diversions than to come to terms with these facts. It’s more…

The Steps Aren’t Numbered 

“I know I’m never going to have fewer responsibilities than I have right now” – Dakota Fanning, 22  Really? Why do people say this stuff? Or more frightening yet, could it actually be true?  While I admire the intent to seize the day, I find myself with this nearly primal rejection to the idea that…

Geography Changes Everything 

The biggest realization 17 days into this big [small], crazy new life is that geography changes everything. Your place has this extraordinary power to change your perspectives, your priorities, your actions, your trajectory. This is no small phenomenon. I’ve always had to LOVE where I live. I know this about me. Being consumed with school…

Better things to do

You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. I’m not saying that you’re your own worst problem, but what I am saying is:  You are smarter than you claim, You are standing in your way, and  You know better.  So stop it, ok? Seriously, just stop. I firmly believe…

Love and Duty 

Duty causes us to do things well, love causes us to do things beautifully. There are so many things I could say about this quote [attributed to Zig Ziglar, although I’m not sure he was the first one to say it.]  On this Memorial Day, I am starkly reminded that I know nothing of duty….

Math only works with numbers 

I’m currently somewhere over the middle of the country heading from meetings in Houston to meetings in Chicago. The Airstream is currently somewhere between new sink and plumbing and new bed and curtains…. It kills me to not be there, putting on the finishing touches. Even more so, not sharing in the sweat equity required…

Deep breaths & baby steps 

We are supposed to be here in ten days. Ten days. With only one productive weekend left in between now and then. ….But the airstream is still in pieces, work is trying to call me back, and Adam has been so sick lately I’m not sure we’ll finish her to even a basic level of…

Short-term Goals

Every time we round the corner and see her my heart skips a beat with possibilities. Can you seriously love metal this much? Though I’ve been pining after all the fabulous rigs and travel destinations online for years, I know that the Airstream is only half of it. It’s not just the shiny polish or…

Last Years Resolutions 

2015 simply had to end. It isn’t possible for a year to hold any more life than this one has….but I’ll be damned if we don’t try. Cramming the best possible changes and adventures into one single year is hardly fair to the years that follow, unless we resolve to make them just as grand….

Campfire Burgers

Challenge: go cook dinner outside!  Not on a grill, with a million trips back and forth into the kitchen….just grab a handful of simple ingredients and make a fire like the good ‘ol days.  We tend to be wood charcoal snobs as it is, but there is something so flavorful and satisfying about cooking over an…

Kate + Adam

Individual tastes can only take you so far. If you get to the point where you know what you like and you like what you know, it is time to shake things up. Our great new adventure came in the form of sharing life with another person who has the same drive and appreciation for…