Labelless life

a journey

Taking Responsibility for Our Own Happiness

I’ve always considered myself a “happy person.” I was taught to embrace change and learn from challenges from a very young age. At the same time, I limited my happiness–it felt responsible and adult to suffer a little. After all, the adults I respected were suffering.

It wasn’t until I entered my 30’s that I realized I didn’t feel I deserved to be 100% happy…what with all the mistakes I’d made. This shift; selling our four bedroom Victorian, moving onto a 32 foot bus…and whatever comes next, was a conscious decision to make fewer compromises and to love life more. This blog is dedicated to that journey. Together with my husband, Ryan, and our dogs, Marlon Brando, a.k.a. “The Black” and Clint Eastwood, a.k.a. “The Brown,” our commitment is to discovering how living outside of the prescribed labels of society will provide a platform for self-realization, community appreciation and unadulterated happiness. You are welcome to come along…

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No Amigas Left Behind

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.” –Alice Walker. Now more than ever, light is being shed into the dark corners of physical and emotional abuse. An average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical assault or stalking...

Happy 2021

“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart. I’ve never been “big” on New Years, or really any holiday that prompts me to take a particular action on...

Scared Small

People wonder why Ryan and I walked away from a seemingly perfect life in Colorado. We lived in a beautiful three bedroom victorian home, close to family who we love. My catering company was well recognized, successful and filling a much needed hole in the marketplace. We had created a community of love and support. Things were good. Of course we had our share of stress and hardship, like most folks—the kind of stuff you don’t post on Facebook, but those challenges we generally held as opportunities for growth. The truth is, we weren’t so much walking away from our lives there, rather towards a new one.

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We are the people on a bus. This is our very first post.  
No Amigas Left Behind

No Amigas Left Behind

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.” –Alice Walker. Now more than ever, light is being shed into the dark corners of physical and emotional abuse. An average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical assault or stalking...

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Travels
Souvenirs of Self

Souvenirs of Self

There is magic in travel. Not only are we transported to another place, mood and time, we are whisked away from self. When the minutia of our daily lives isn’t squawking in our ears, a more honest voice gets its turn in the spotlight. Perhaps we become better...

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Food
More Than Food

More Than Food

The conversation I wish to have here about food goes far beyond recipes and pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I love food porn more than the average bear, but there is very little out there about our relationship with food and it’s a problem. There is serious confusion...

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Skoolie
Buying the Bus and What Came After…

Buying the Bus and What Came After…

Buying a bus felt a lot like hunting down a New York City apartment. We (Ryan mostly) spent every spare moment scanning postings, making calls and sending emails. We needed a bus that was completely built out, because we lacked the time and experience to start from...

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We like to eat vegetarian or vegan meals a few times a week—though, admittedly, it’s been hard with all of the fresh fish around here! Tonight: Butternut, Black Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Tacos with Maple Chipotle Aji Panca Sauce and Cilantro Lime Slaw

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6 days ago

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Tasty room temp or cold, Peanut Soba with Cucumber and Radish makes the perfect picnic or potluck dish. Recipe @bonappetitmag to get you started then add ginger, chili sauce and whatever veggies tickle your pickle to make it yours. #eatoutside #vegetarian #vegan #picnicfood #potluckfood #soba #todossantosmexico #bajalife #bajaeats ... See MoreSee Less
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If we never stop exploring, the possibilities are endless. #getoutside #takeahike #beachdog #pacificocean #BajaCaliforniaSur #bajalife @ Rancho El Gaspareño ... See MoreSee Less
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Lookouts. #guarddogs #peekaboo #bajadogs #todossantosmexico #bajalife @ El Pescadero, Baja California Sur ... See MoreSee Less
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One of the happiest words in any language and a delightful spot for dinner and a drink. (Check out el Refugio’s menu and make a reservation on their FB page.) #mezcaleria #elrefugio #todossantospueblomagico #bajalife #supportsmallbusiness #eatlocal #drinklocal ... See MoreSee Less
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Part of life in Baja is saying, “See you soon!” to friends who live here part time. And while it’s sad to see them go, we know the magnetism of Todos will bring them back again, filled with new stories to share. #missyoualready #notgoodbyebutseeyoulater #girlsnight #todossantosmexico #bajalife #hugsfordays ... See MoreSee Less
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