Didn’t want to write a long laborious post about the year, as I’ve NEVER been one comfortable with spending too much time in the past. But here it is, our bullet list of significant events, thoughts, experiences and challenges that encompassed our 2013. I am grateful you took this trip with us around the sun, and look forward creating many more incredible things in 2014. Have a blessed year, my dear friends.
Played in the snow.
Spoke at our first in person conference and two online conferences.
Fell in love.
Had my heart broken.
Connected with other amazing single traveling-unschooling moms and their kids ( Love you Alice, Joy, Rhoni, Melissa, & Shara!)
Couch surfed with a lovely Mormon family.
Took a 3 day ancient pilgrimage to a glacier high in the Andes.
Got my hair braided by a sweet indigenous girl.
Picked up a rock to defend myself.
Cooked my first turkey in over 5 years (for Thanksgiving).
Moved to a new house and painted the walls.
Participated in my first despacho ceremony (honoring pachamama or mother earth).
Marveled at the wonder of the ancient site called Sayhuite.
Hosted over 40 couchsurfers!
Started making art again.
Had an article published in USA TODAY. Enjoyed the hail on my birthday.
Launched my online store.
Bought a guitar (just need to learn how to play now) and a new computer with my own money.
Launched a writing project (but still haven’t finished it- but you can read 22 stories now).
Had my first paid writing job, published an article on a national blog.
Went on my first trek to Laras (just me and a friend).
Saw my dad.
Sat in the back of a freight truck for 6 hours driving through the windy roads down the side of a mountain to get to the amazon jungle.
Held a sloth named Backpack.
Learned how to juggle.
Ate 28 hamburgers in 10 days.
Got recognized in Ecuador, even though we weren’t there in over 2 years.
Explored Joshua Tree.
Ate a fruit pizza.
Planted an urban garden.
Reconnected with one of my uncles.
Learned a lot about ethnobotany and liked it.
Sat on a lot of buses (over 200 hours worth during 2013).
Llamas, llamas, llamas.
Lainie and her son Miro are living a location independent lifestyle, slow traveling around the globe and living in the present moment. Lainie writes about staying inspired, participating as a global citizen, volunteering, unschooling & natural learning. Lainie and Miro are both following their interests on the road, as the planet has been transformed into their classroom. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental world schoolers” and has become and an advocate for “life learning” at any age. Lainie & Miro have taken this philosophy to heart and are producing a series of family & teen oriented retreats in called Project World School.
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