This week I removed over 1000 of the people I’m following on here and I’m not done yet. Do you want to know what happened when I removed them? I lost followers. People who were following me just because I was following them.
Most of them I couldn’t tell you a single thing about. If I clicked their profile and couldn’t remember a time we had any sort of conversation I unfollowed.
You see I’m here to build a community and I don’t really care about how many followers we have.
Being on the road can be lonely as an extrovert. I don’t meet many people my age that are willing to make more than awkward conversation.
And newsflash I am not a talk about the weather kind of girl. I want to know about you, your life, what makes you tick... your dreams and failures. I have asked approximately 4 people this week that I have never met in real life about their menstrual cycles because I had genuine questions.
So if you’re new here hey there... I’m Heather. I’m 1/4 of @wheelingtodream and I’m so happy you’re here.
We are just one family out of thousands doing this travel life and I’m so happy you chose to follow us and our story.
I’m really kind of an open book so if you want to chat please reach out. I’m the one who runs our gram’ so DM away.
Before I go a little about me:
I’m from Arkansas originally. I moved to Missouri in 2001 and moved away in 2019. I met my husband in high school and we’ve got 2 daughters.
I went to college for Accounting and now I’m a Pinterest Strategist and own my own business.
My favorite color is green and I love iced tea.
Let’s be friends! So who are you? What do you do? Why did you decide to travel?
All my life I thought good things only came after struggle and hustle. My daily mantras included “grit it out” and “push through the pain.” I would sacrifice my joy and stuff my desires in order to prepare for a better future.
There is certainly a time where self-sacrifice is a necessity, but lately I’ve been trying to let joy be my guide. To lean into the discipline of honoring what delights me and what pace feels manageable, rather than eek out every ounce of productivity. I’ve been lowering some bars for myself so I can raise the bar on my joy.
I’m building a business from pursing ideas that delight me, not hustle. I’m building a community from a place of spaciousness, not urgency. I’m building self-care rituals from a place of abundance, not scarcity.
And I’m learning discipline doesn't always have to be about sacrifice and struggle. I can create magic and achieve goals and change the world from a place of ease, not striving. From doing MORE of what makes me HAPPY and LESS of what feels hards.
Don’t be scared to follow the things that make you feel free – they may just be your very best guide on the road back to you.
It took me three years - THREE YEARS! - to publish my first VLOG. Though I’ve been blogging for years, the idea of putting myself out there in a video terrified me. 📹😱Then I walked the Camino de Santiago, which meant walking 35 days across Spain with nothing but a tiny, little backpack...and NO LAPTOP. If I wanted to engage with my followers while I walked, it meant getting comfortable in front of a camera. And I did! 💪💪So, when I got home, I dug out the old VLOG that I wrote and taped in Prague three years ago. The advice I recorded back then is still relevant today (I know because I’ve actually returned to Prague since taping this!), so I finally put it together and put it out there in the world. Click the link in my bio for my first official VLOG and to learn how to avoid the crowds during the holidays and every day in Prague. 🎄❄☃There are many more VLOGs to come!
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Daltons injury has really turned out to be a blessing in disguise. At times it has been tough to see him cooped up in the van, sitting until he can’t stand It and busting out of the van on one foot. I really believe his spirt animal is Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, he can never stop bouncing. I used to joke sitting still was something impossible for him to do, but he has shown such patience this last week. He’s been taking time to learn how to edit in Lightroom and not put weight on his foot and allow himself to heal!
All of this time we’ve had to spend in the van has given us a lot of time to learn and play with our photographs, other digital works, and create goals for the future. We’ve been doing a lot of researching, working, and re-working of images and words in hope to release something new! Something completely ours for the new Year!
digital drawing ✍🏽 on iPhone 📱 photo by me @kat__kennedy
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Few things worthwhile happen right away. ⠀
So often, we see things that seem like overnight successes, but we never get to see the behind the scenes. Many times it takes several tries, false starts, planning and replanning, and a whole lot of figuring things out as you go. Instagram just makes everything look shiny and perfect.⠀
Freckled started over a year ago at this point and has been through several iterations along the way. But I've really narrowed in on the work I want to do as far as Freckled is concerned. When I made to decision to dive into my own business I never expected to start from square one a year later, but my vision is so clear now that it has been so worth the wait. ⠀
In a world where we have instantaneous gratification through social media, and amazon prime, and a million other things, sometimes the most important things are with a little bit more time.
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As you have probably noticed by now, we tend to stay longer in places than we originally plan to.
In mid September this year we set off for the Balkans with a plan to stay for a month in the region and then continue on to Asia for the winter.
By mid October we didn't want to leave :-) The weather was perfect, the landscapes were stunning and everyone we met was kind and welcoming. We were really enjoying the food as well.
We decided to stay a couple more weeks and were about to book our flights to Dubai when our adopted uncle @pepe.g6 called to say he found the perfect way to celebrate the birthdays of Chantal and Julia .... a cruise from Rome on Nov 10th!
With a fixed exit date, we finished our tour, made our way to Rome for the cruise and disembarked a week later in Barcelona.
Then, with the speed of a private jet, we found ourselves back home in Switzerland for a few days! This unexpected opportunity also allowed us to reset our luggage and be streamlined again.
And so here we are .. on the road again and just wait till you hear what happens next ... .
Hofstadter’s Law, if you’ve never heard it, states: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” Have you heard this before? Let us know in the comments below what has taken you longer than expected?
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One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen!!
Make sure to watch the time lapse at the end to see the proximity to the ocean and for a beautiful sunrise, plus there’s a Whole Foods walking distance!!
Thank You again to our sweet friends for letting us park our rv in their rental home in beautiful Destin!
I got a comment yesterday saying “another naked, skinny, white girl” from someone who felt like there’s not enough representation for all body sizes, types and abilities in the yoga community.
This comment is particularly interesting for me because I have noticed in myself a tendency to put myself down when in the presence of other women. To shrink so everyone can shine. Not talk about my accomplishments, not be too loud, too pretty, too funny.
While I 100% agree that we need more of diverse representation in the social media and media overall, I won’t accept that there should be less of me because of that. I’m trying to learn the exact opposite - to stand tall, not to outshine but to inspire others to stand in their own magnificent power.
Find the ones you resonate with and go share your support. Go tell them you appreciate them and you love them. More of this and less of spitting fire. ✨
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Are you at all surprised that my first trip in the van was to Joshua Tree? Honestly, it’s not my favorite national park, it’s not even my favorite landscape, but it does have a certain wonderful magic to it, and I know how to navigate it without a map. Full story of how my first trip in Sequoia (my van’s name, which can be confusing because, you know, national parks) REALLY went will be up on the blog on Sunday. Link to my blog in my bio. Safe travels everyone! 🌵