A vida Fausto means "the luxury life." This phrase is what Lynn embodies but in a hands-getting-dirty kind of way. She left the city life to move beyond modernist ideas and materialistic visions. Together with friends, she has built a self-sufficient community farm and retreat. Although, she is still in the early phases of this project, she is sharing her story to inspire city people to connect with nature and themselves.
I took a little break from the blog to focus on some projects. But setting the blog aside weighed on me considerably. During that time, I missed sharing stories. But I wanted to present stories in a new way. Instead of interviewing subjects with questions, I wanted them to give you a look at their lifestyle from their perspective. My hope is that it will connect you to the storyteller. So, on that note, I'll let Matthew tell you a little about his Toyota van and what The Haircut Sessions are all about.
Armando & Mel, an Italian-American couple, call themselves "digital nomads." They support their travels through remote work: Armando is a film director, and Mel is an online writer. They chose to live in a van so they could go anywhere they need to go.
Together, with their dog Ziggy, they discover new countries through their cultures and traditions. They connect with locals and how they live instead of watching it on a TV screen. Through their blog and videos, they are inspiring others to find work that allows them a life on the road.
Jessica & Rob have a dream for their family: a year living on the road. They long to see the humdrum of day-to-day life become fresh in the microcosm of their van and discover the world through the eyes of their daughter, Henley. But most of all, they want to slow down and live simply.
Life in a van becomes a rhythm. With three people, every navigation inside becomes a choreographed dance move. It gives purpose and enjoyment to the most mundane tasks. Memories are made, for better and for worse.
Jessica, Rob and Henley are discovering that life in the slow lane is an ongoing adventure and an exercise in savoring each day.
It's funny how you connect with some people and then you can't stop talking about them afterwards. That's how I feel about Eva. We've been emailing for two weeks now and I learn something new each time we correspond or I look at one of her illustrations.
Eva & Victor follow the same story you've already heard before: a couple leaves the city to travel and live in their van. The difference is that they haven't stopped being dedicated to their crafts. Eva paints vans and illustrates a travel journal. Recently, she took a collection of painted vans from her travels and put them into a calendar that she is promoting through a Kickstarter. While Eva paints, Victor runs as a competitive mountain and ultra runner. He also surfs whenever they are close to the ocean.
The two of them are unstoppable and their photography speaks to that. Try to keep up with them as they use their talents to capture the world around them.
There might be correlation between living small and taking pretty pictures. Or perhaps, coincidentally, the people I interview have a knack for finding beautiful things to photograph on their travels and are able to capture their own joy living this lifestyle. Either way, it’s hard not to want to escape to Europe to meet this lovely couple and caravan with them on the coast and throughout the countryside.
Lauren and Calum share through their writing and photography that the simple things in life are much more enjoyable.