18 Camper Mods to Remodel your Home & Heart

16463382_10154413358802239_7302333663716482328_oIt takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

It doesn’t matter where you are, or what size your home is. Whether you live alone or surrounded by loved ones. We all need a place to call home – a place to belong.  Continue reading “18 Camper Mods to Remodel your Home & Heart”

Getting Mail & Escapee-ing with Friends

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A behind the scene look at how Winston and I make a Vlog.

I am often asked questions about how I accomplish many of the daily tasks that “normal” (or stationary) people do. The majority of the time, the answer is the simplest one – I do it just like you. But every now and then I do have a little secret… Continue reading “Getting Mail & Escapee-ing with Friends”

The Best Bits of 2016

roadlife_0162016 was a year of challenges that lead to great change, discovery, adventure, and new friendships.

Whether I have had the honor to meet you face to face, or merely through this virtual world of letters that form words, I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without your support. Each and every one of you reading these words right now help to keep me company when I am lonely, give me someone to share my adventures with, and support me when I am down. For all you do – THANK YOU. Continue reading “The Best Bits of 2016”

Winterize Shminterize: Thawing out my T@G Teardrop

 

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My amazing cousin Lauren to the rescue!

I am a list keeper. One of my unintentionally longest lists is “lessons I’ve only had to learn once”. I hate adding to this list as it usually implies something has gone terribly wrong. But I’ll admit it is better than adding to its evil step-list, “lessons I never learn”. Continue reading “Winterize Shminterize: Thawing out my T@G Teardrop”

The new T@B 400 and other Tinys!

img_1128One of my greatest passions – second only to photography – has become discovering the wonders of living on the road. Since moving to the road I have learned endless lessons about life, discovered happiness, and fallen back in love with myself. I never thought I’d say this, but when the opportunity arose for me to attend an RV show in Louisville, I was excited! (not to mention its in Bourbon country!) Continue reading “The new T@B 400 and other Tinys!”

My DNA and me.

Often times the best things we find in life are not the things we are searching for. Such was my experience when I went searching for my ancestry.

In my last video blog I made a point about my place in life being attributed to hard work rather than luck. While I stand by that wholeheartedly, there is one area I consider myself extremely lucky… my family.

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Me and my big sister Kelsey – a beautiful person inside and out.

My parents went to great lengths to have my sister and I using a sperm donor. I have always felt loved and supported in every endeavor I have pursued. I grew up with the most amazing sister anyone could ask for. We bickered, we fought, we didn’t share our toys – we did all the ornery things sisters should do. In the end we became best friends. Continue reading “My DNA and me.”

How to be successful on the road.

mandyllIt’s okay. Go ahead. I won’t be offended. Ask. “Mandy, how do you afford to live on the road?” Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s about time I spelled out my master plan for everyone. For without a goal, how can we measure our success?

I’ve contemplated at great length about why I’ve become a nomadic photographer, and I’ve summed up my mission in this simple statement: Continue reading “How to be successful on the road.”

Scorpions and Spiders and Cougars, Oh My!

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The Jeep and I stopping for a selfie with the Sun after filming the vlog!

More and more I have been receiving the advice “Be careful, Mandy!”. While I understand this comes from a place of caring, I have only this to say: I will be mostly careful.

I have no death wish, yet I understand that adventure, and ultimate success, comes from taking risks. So I aim to take many risks. Many, many appropriate risks. Continue reading “Scorpions and Spiders and Cougars, Oh My!”

Zion’s most popular hikes

Processed with Snapseed. When I was growing up, family vacations were most frequently camping trips. My Dad and I would hike the most popular trails, and then we would often point to a random peak and say “Let’s climb that one”, and then we would. I am grateful my Dad instilled in me a love for hiking at a young age, and still today it is where I do my best thinking. Continue reading “Zion’s most popular hikes”