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Is it mid-July already? I can’t believe how this summer is flying by… well today is the first day of my new online photography workshop, called Beyond Auto. I was thinking about how to tell you guys about it and I think the best thing is to just give you the first week’s lesson. Here, go download, free: Week One as a PDF <– this is just the beginning The actual course is delivered via our member dashboard at We Create and has a private FB group, but this gives you an idea, anyway. HOW THE COURSE WAS BORN If you’ve…

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We’re completely stuck in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We’re here! Wyoming! #vanlife #roadtrip #usa Una foto publicada por Christine Gilbert (@almostfearless) el 24 de Jun de 2016 a la(s) 3:16 PDT Well first, our clutch went. We were told by the mechanic it was fine for now but eventually we’d need to look at it, which apparently meant 1,000 miles down the road. So we ordered parts (a new clutch slave and master cylinder). Then we boondocked. Right in Jackson proper, near the library. We’ve been basically living in plain sight, living in a van that won’t really move, unless we…

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I’ve been meaning to write about Oaxaca for over a week now. It’s our home, although we’re away for the summer. I have a photography workshop scheduled for the Day of the Dead (end of October) and I was about to hit publish on a post announcing it… but then I paused. Why? Because 8 people were killed after the Mexican government clashed with the protesting teacher’s union. It’s not a small thing. In 2006, they had a similar conflict and the city fell into the hands of the teacher unions for a bit, even establishing their own rules and…

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I have the shakiest of internet at the moment as we head into Wyoming. So long Utah! I really loved it there and we ended up spending over a week in Bryce Canyon just because it was so easy to live there. Camping in the Dixie National Forest was free and secluded. And I had signal on my phone (not always the case as we travel further away). Our home, sweet home. The spires and hoodoos of Bryce as strange and beautiful. I am slowly getting used to the idea of my children running around the rims of canyons. They…

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Today is the first day of summer, and I’ve gotten a lot of book love for Mother Tongue since it came out, so I wanted take a moment to point share the love… so without further ado, here’s the list of books that have made it to my reading list for this summer: Who doesn’t love a good book in the summer? WELCOME TO THE GODDAMN ICE CUBE (July, 5th) My friend got her hands on an advance copy and called this a “brilliant feminist memoir and travel adventure story” Sold. THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE (available now) Pregnant, living at home at…

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Love this sketch by my husband @drewgilbert #vanlife (BTW he teaches a sketchbook class https://t.co/2PzTbbS6VG) pic.twitter.com/p4lXlTaqmr — Christine Gilbert (@cb_gilbert) June 15, 2016 We asked Cole (6) what we should name the van and he said, “Cowboy Jackpot” without a pause. It’s sort of stuck. We’ve been officially homeless for two weeks now, living in a van. Of course unlike other stretches of travel where we carried everything we owned and had to sleep in a hotel/hostel, now we have two full-sized beds, 11 gallon water tank, chairs, tables, kitchen gear, chest full of food, a water cooler with ice,…

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What do you talk about with a three and six-year-old as your traverse the southern rim of the Grand Canyon? Falling to your death. Apparently, quite a bit. You see, the Grand Canyon, if you haven’t been, is basically a massive gaping hole that could swallow you up with one misstep. Sure there are rails, but only at the lookout points. It’s not that I expected rails everywhere, or had any expectations at all even, it’s just when you’re walking the southern rim with two kids you suddenly realize: hey this is sort of insane. It’s so picturesque, the depths…

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If there’s one lifestyle philosophy I prescribe to it’s something along the lines of “adventurist”. I just love it. Treat your life like a series of adventures and it solves almost all of your problems. 1. Bored? Don’t worry, it’s time for a new adventure. 2. Mess something up? Yeah but that’s part of the adventure. 3. Something bad happens? Adventure!! 4. Need a sense of accomplishment without having to dedicate your entire life to a cause? Adventures! Mini-goals! 5. Can’t get motivated? Well how about a big epic life adventure that makes your project not just a “to-do” but a…

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It is so bizarre being back in the States. Not just for me either: for the kids. “Mama, come look at something cool. Look!” He pointed to a red fire hydrant outside the airport as we waited for the hotel shuttle. “Yes, cool! Do you know what it does?” “It sprays water.” Yup. Through the internet, our influence and luck, Drew and I have managed to raise two all-American children who have our American English accent (with a vaguely Northeast overtones) chock full of the same slang that 20-year-old gamers are using on YouTube. Things are epic in our house, dude. And…