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.  
Happy 2021

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...

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Food
Greek Salad with Hummus & Lebneh

Greek Salad with Hummus & Lebneh

Greek Salad with Hummus & Lebneh This Greek salad is hearty enough to serve as a main course but light enough to compliment another dish like falafel or Mediterranean grilled chicken. This recipe is simply a guideline. Use whatever is in season and gets you...

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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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There’s a lot we miss when we aren’t in Mexico, our friends, the ocean and salsa macha to name a few…but since we discovered chipotle coffee peanut salsa macha from #puramacha our hearts are a bit lighter. We put it on everything from eggs to ice cream for a smokey heat that packs a punch. (Order online at #masienda) #salsamacha #gourmetfood #supportsmallbusiness #avocadotoast #puramacha #masienda ##madeinla ... See MoreSee Less
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No visit to Austin would be complete without stopping into one of the many speakeasies…assuming you can find it. Behind this door is Midnight Cowboy—a sexy bar housed in a former brothel. The cocktails are delicious and the service is excellent. #speakeasy #secretsoor #craftcocktails #brothelroots #austintexas #austinspeakeasy #austinhistory ... See MoreSee Less
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