We have been in Long Beach for nearly a month now and trust me the adventure hasn’t even begun. Every day a new challenge will arise, but I’m lucky enough to not have to face them alone. The way I see it, we’ve already come this far, there’s no way were not gonna pull through. I used to be homeless, showering in gyms, living on food stamps and without a job.. And guess what, every single one of those has changed. Thank goodness!
It’s so easy to get discouraged and distracted from your real goal. It’s the little things that can set you off course and blind you from whats really happening. Whether it’s money, material things, or something you’re dealing with internally, the best thing you can do is have faith that you’re going to get where you’re trying to be. How to do that? I don’t know. Everyone has there own gimmick. Whether it’s reading a horoscope, praying to God, or just down right believing in yourself, you’ve gotta do it. It’s not going to be easy and you will hit stumbling blocks. But that’s where the story of it all lies. One day you’re gonna be telling your kids, or some stranger, or maybe a whole audience of folks the mountains and valleys you’ve had to go through to get there. You’ll get to wear the scars you’ve acquired and you’ll be proud, proud that even in the face of near defeat ( because you won’t be defeated ) you hauled up those pants and said “fuck it, I’m goin in”.
So with that being said, we still have our troubles. Our once lovely van is slowly breaking down and it’s legality has come to question. Costs of living are slowly adding up while our incomes are not. Also, my knee has still kept me from skating for nearly three months! But you know what? Our lives are golden and we are young. She makes this time much more beautiful than it really is and she keeps me dreaming and striving for more. Everyday we are writing new music and we can’t wait to share it with you. You all have a good week now, keep that head up, your breakthrough is just around the bend.
manitobabound asked: where did you get that coffee mug with the elephant!? I love it!
I got it at a farmers market last summer in idaho. This sweet little old man hand makes every single one and they are all different. I got so lucky
jimmyh2097 asked: You honestly have my dream life and, if you don't mind my asking, how do you afford it?
I moved to California to live in a van with my already three-month-long homeless boyfriend. I mean, it was by choice, so im not complaining. I saved a lot of my money over the past two years. Bought my first car last spring which was a 1987 Toyota tercel with like 35mpg so I didn’t really pay a lot for gas. I shop at goodwill and mostly drink coffee at home instead of a $5 latte. I don’t own a lot of things. I like to travel light so most of my possessions are books or plants or $3 sandals that last me three years. Now I am in California as a freelance photographer with not many jobs but every day is an adventure. We find furniture on the street for free and $10 desks that look like it came from a classroom in the 50s. It’s so fun. Life is
kristinaphoto asked: what inspires you?
Sunshine. Kindness. Windows. The way shadows bounce on walls and flowers smell sweet. The colors of the earth. Human beings. People who are brave enough to be exactly who they are at all times. People who choose their words wisely and look me in the eye when speaking. People whose words are strong yet soft, whose presence is fiery and vibrant yet calming and warm. People who are confident in themselves to know when to share what’s on their mind but also when to just listen. People who love without expectation or incentive; who don’t need anything from anyone else to simply be. People are what inspire me. Every day. We all have our stories, I am constantly being inspired by human beings and their stories.