To me, #aventuralife is about embracing adventure and loving the world we live in.
Hometown: I’m an Army Brat. I was born in Louisiana but only lived there a short time. After moving to Germany, 12 states and then Japan, we made Atlanta home. I’ve been here 20 years, so this is as close to a hometown as I have.
About Me: Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale. After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. She now serves as the Family Travel Ambassador for Georgia, freelances for several publications and manages 365AtlantaFamily, a blog about traveling with kids and not for them. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene.
Favorite Spring ’17 Aventura pieces you are looking forward to trying: I am most excited about the Garland Dress and the Tinsley Top this Spring. A 'wrap-around' dress is structured and always flattering, while still being cool for the Georgia heat. And the Tinsley top is so airy and billowy…so feminine feeling.. with a cut that hides a thousand sins (like last night's chocolate cake.)
Favorite Blog: I practically live on nourishedkitchen.com when I am home. We try diligently to eat well with ingredients we can grow, but my need to try new things can throw a wrench into that plan. Nourished Kitchen is my go-to source for our family.
Favorite Instagrammer or Pinner: @ExploreGeorgia is who I love to watch on Instagram; it depicts my beautiful adopted state.
Singing in the car or singing in the shower: Singing in the car, with the kiddos, at the top of our lungs. And unless it is winter, all the windows are down!
Person that inspires you: I find inspiration all around me. I like to believe that I can find inspiration from everyone I have opportunity to meet.
Favorite Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
What are you listening to right now? Ben Sollee, Hozier, Queens of the Stone Age, Stevie Nicks
Favorite movie of all time: Joyeux Noel. A Christmas story from WWII, based on real events, that shows we all want the same thing. Love, family, our health…not war. Not hate.
Best piece of advice you ever received? I’ve had several nuggets of grand advice shared with me over the years, but the one I cling to everyday as of late is from my friend Sue. “You CAN have it all, just not all at once.” It’s difficult running a business and homeschooling two young boys. When my blog isn’t growing as fast as I would like, I hear her words and they remind me of what’s important now. Those boys!
What’s the most amazing experience you’ve had in your life (besides having babies and getting married): I’ve visited 35 states and 13 countries so far, but one of the most amazing experiences I had was not when on vacation, but while living in Japan. Almost on impulse, I agreed to climb Mt. Fuji with friends. I had no money, no coat, no pack…and the trail 25 years ago was not as friendly as it is today. I felt extremely accomplished when I reached the summit, and I hope to take my own kids back there soon.
Funny tidbit not everyone knows about you…but will now! I love to make cheese. I’ve made 35+ different kinds of hard and soft cheese- the best was a Gouda that we cold-smoked.
What does #aventuralife mean to you? How do you live it? To me, #aventuralife is about embracing adventure and loving the world we live in. We attempt to make every part of our life an adventure, learning and growing as we are at home and on the road. We unschool our boys and hope to impart on them this same sense of adventure and respect for the environment. We hike multiple times a week, often along the beloved Appalachian Trail; we raise animals and veggies/fruit on our small farm; we repurpose, reuse and recycle as much as possible and we offer respect to Mother Nature and our community.