#Aventuralife means building a life that’s full of the things you love and stripped of everything that doesn’t serve you.
Hometown: As a former Air Force brat and a current full-time traveler, I consider myself a child of everywhere ... but I’m most likely to call New England (where my family lives now) home.
Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? As the oldest of 12 kids, most of my nicknames are derivatives of my name that came from children being unable to pronounce it properly. “Baca” and “Becs” are popular, and my sister has called me “Gucka” for so long that her kids think my name is “Auntie Guck.”
About Me:In July 2015 my husband and I became full time travelers when we moved into the 26’ travel trailer we now call home. This year we plan to make it all the way to Alaska, and we hope to start international travels next year! I’m a writer and a reader, a sometimes runner and yogi, and I love cooking up good food, cozying up our camper, and blogging about our adventures. For my “real job” I’m a fundraising copywriter, writing letters and emails to raise money for causes I believe in.
Favorite Spring ’17 Aventura pieces you are looking forward to trying: I can’t wait to get my hands on the Wyatt Short Sleeve Top and the Campbell Dress!
Favorite Blog: There are so many great blogs out there – I can’t choose just one. A few of my favorites are franishtheblog.com, modernmrsdarcy.com, camelsandchocolate.com, alexinwanderland.com, and theartofsimple.net.
Favorite Instagrammer or Pinner: I love @northernnomads and @188sqft for travel, @minimalistbaker and @simplegreensmoothies for food, and @interiormilk for design!
Singing in the car or singing in the shower: Singing in the kitchen!
Person that inspires you: My parents, who raised (and homeschooled) 12 kids, and didn’t go crazy; travelling ladies Alex Baackes and Kristin Luna; and writers Tsh Oxenreider and Laura Vanderkam
Favorite Book: I could never pick just one – but Gone with the Wind, And Then There Were None, and Rebecca are all favorites.
What are you listening to right now? For the past 2-3 years, I’ve listened to very little music – you’re far more likely to find a podcast or Audible book on my headphones. In podcasts, I love Extra Pack of Peanuts, Thinking Sideways, The Simple Show, and What Should I Read Next? And in my Audible app I’m currently listening to Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Favorite movie of all time: I love Phantom of the Opera, Clue, Under the Tuscan Sun, and anything by Hitchcock.
Best piece of advice you ever received? I love advice that comes in the form of quotes from great thinkers and really smart people. A few of my favorites: “All stress comes from resisting what is.” (Oprah) “Make yourself rich by making your wants few.” (Henry David Thoreau) “Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” (Mark Twain) “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” (L.M. Montgomery)
What’s the most amazing experience you’ve had in your life (besides having babies and getting married)? ) Selling everything and moving into a camper.
What does #aventuralife mean to you? How do you live it? To me #aventuralife means building a life that’s full of the things you love and stripped of everything that doesn’t serve you. It’s about living with arms wide open – giving love and accepting adventure with an open heart. It’s about making choices from a place of joy, not from fear. And it’s about inspiring those around you to live their dreams, too.