Like a Weed

When you travel, you grow. You are learning from the people you meet and the situations you are forced to deal with. Complacency killed the cat. Or camel or something.

Our journey and choice to change our lifestyle, so far, has forced all of us to not only examine the choices we have made and are making, but to look internally at who we are and who we want to be.

I am working on being still. Allowing myself to not work or think of what I need to be doing. I think it all stems from not wanting to waste time and the need to squeeze the most out of each day.

Mike has to tell me to stop, or sit, or put my brain on hold constantly. Sometimes I can turn it off and just relax, other times I just have to keep my brain and body stimulated all day long.

Mike is working on being more compassionate. He wants to learn to love people without gaining anything and without worrying about what their motive is. Just to love. He wants to focus not only on his needs and wants but also on the needs and wants of those around him, including those he knows intimately and deeply and also those who he may just meet in passing.

Bryce is a like a sponge and so he is learning so much about EVERYTHING. He is working on being helpful and understanding that working as a team is important and beneficial for all. He walks Riley, feeds her, helps clean up after dinner, carries wood. And all not to gain anything. He doesn't earn an allowance because he took the trash out. You know why? Because he is a part of this team and he needs to pull his wait.

He is also working on being aware of the resources around us that we use everyday. Water and electricity are limited when we are off the grid and so he has to be fully conscious of what is plugged in or how long he is running the water to brush his teeth or wash his hands.

We are all learning to adapt to this new lifestyle all together. We have to be considerate of each other and the space we all occupy. 175 square feet of living space means we are always around each other and so it is imperative to be thoughtful and aware of how we are each feeling.

It's not all roses and sometimes it's lots of flies buzzing around. We eat what we have and make it work. We use a toilet that doesn't flush and has to be churned when you go poo. We are cold at night if it is cold outside and we may have smelly hair and dirty pants on half the week. Eating at a restaurant or driving thru for fast food is a luxury now and drinking a hot cup of coffee is very rare. Dirty finger nails and runny noses, dry skin and chapped lips.

So WHY? Why do we do it then?

Sunsets with 360 views of the Badlands. Photographing the Milky Way because you are camping in one of the darkest places in North America. Spending more time together and having the option to make each day exactly what we want it to be. Not worrying about pleasing everyone else but instead, living with intention and making decisions that make us happy and fulfilled. Being photographers...ALL THE TIME, not just when we are shooting a wedding or event. Sharing our story with so many people who feel inspired and motivated to make changes to make their lives look and feel the way they want it to. Growing as individuals and as a family. Hell, we even find happiness when Riley is able to run around without worrying about her getting hit by a car.

Need more reasons?

Where are we? Man, it's been quiet on here...

Two months. How has it already been two months since we sold our house and all of our things and crammed what was left into our 175 square foot bus-house?

Has it been awesome and full of wanderlust? Yes. Has it been extremely difficult some days? Yes. Do we have to adapt constantly and communicate completely and learn how to make daily life what we want it be? YES, YES, YES. And we get through the stressful times by arguing and spewing foul language and then we come up with a new plan and solution and hug and move the hell on.

We have shared our story with so many people (even filming with Living Big in a Tiny House and also doing a podcast interview with Brian Hosan of Launching Out...let you know when both are released) and have received so much support which makes our hearts both happy and heavy. It is upsetting to hear how many people feel stuck. Stuck in a job they hate, an unhealthy lifestyle, an unhappy relationship or an unfulfilling life overall.

Change is possible and change means growth. Growth means something new, something different and possibly something much better. Making intentional decisions to change our lifestyle was mandatory to free us from the lifestyle we thought we were expected to have, but didn't actually want.

We hope that our story and our decisions to create a lifestyle that is not based on what everyone else is doing or what the "norm" may be, will encourage others to be bold in their decisions and ideas about how they want to live daily life and to seek adventure in all that they do. 

So driving and living in a bus full time may not be for everyone. We are making it work for us and we are enjoying have both old friends and new ones hang out with us and "do life" with us on the bus. If you will be in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, possibly New Mexico and Texas within the next month, hit us up and let's hang out!

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We are also running our photography company on the road and are so excited to continue to shoot weddings all over the world! WE ARE BOOKING into 2018 and would love to hear from you. Check out our About Us page first and then if you think it would be fun to collaborate, fill out our Contact page.

For those who refer awesome couples to us and they book us, some cash money will be thrown your way.

Here are just a few of the quadrillion photos we have taken over the last couple months. We have so many but these will give you a glimpse into what life has been like living in our sweet Georgia. You can also follow along daily on our bebold_seekadventure Instagram page.