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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“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Happy Sunday:-) #todossantosbcs #sunrisewalk #lightshow #paintthesky #beachpup #bajalife #morningdevotional @ Todos Santos, Baja California Sur ... See MoreSee Less
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Not sure after meeting #thebeadninja today which was lovelier, the jewelry or the maker, but at least I got to take these pretty ladies home. #todossantosartist #todossantosjewelry #supportlocalartists #bajalife #bajastyle #frommetome #todossantosbcs #elpescadero ... See MoreSee Less
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This morning we said goodbye to our sweet and silly Marlon Brando, aka “Black Dog.” He was our snuggle buddy, hiking companion and comic relief. Thanks for 11 years of love, buddy. We already miss you. #alldogsgotoheaven #mansbestfriend #solongsweetpup #missyou #bajadog #squishyface @ Todos Santos, Baja California Sur ... See MoreSee Less
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This deliciously rainy Baja day called for deliciously noodly Grouper Ramen. #lovetherain #cookathome #supportlocalfisherman #ramen #comfortfood #eatlocal #todossantosbcs #bajalife ... See MoreSee Less
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Todos Santos’s best dentist is now at her new location on the north side of town. If you don’t know Dr. Rosy Posada, but have teeth, stop in and say hello. She offers a full range of dental services as well as facial aesthetics (Botox and filler) at reasonable prices. We highly recommend her to anyone in search of professional dental care. English/Spanish speaking. (PS the lab next door will be offering COVID tests) ... See MoreSee Less
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