Pablo got a job when we moved to San Diego. We were both stretched pretty thin after a few months and seven states in the van. We needed steady income to move into that tiny apartment in ocean beach, but Pablo hated that job, and i hated that he was gone 12 hours a day. -
I told him he should quit one night. I said we could make a life for ourselves, doing exactly what we wanted for a living. I prayed the whole time that what i said was true, but it def took a move halfway across the country and the entirety of both of our meager savings to make it happen. -
It has been a year next month since we have been able to comfortably afford rent, food, and our frugal daily life. I remember the first month we paid rent entirely from doing what we love, because that was a feeling like no other. It didn’t mean the struggle was over but it meant some reprieve, and anyone who’s ever lived just above water knows what it’s like to have that room to breathe.
Neither of us want a complicated existence. We don’t want furniture, cars, or big houses. We’re over the moon to think about a small, used rv to travel and teach in. Something Nalu can ride in along with us everywhere we go, and run wild in the woods at every stop. -
Thinking about starting back at square one was hard. I did my best to stay positive but i had waves of emotion feeling my last two and a half years worth of pictures, videos, and writings evaporate right before my eyes. I don’t back up. My fault, but the case still stands. It would all be gone, and I’m not sure I’d ever fully bounce back. -
In all honesty i owe my strength to this community. The kindness of strangers has blown my mind these last several days. People taking time out of their day to report to Instagram, influencers making endless stories on our behalf, people that barely know us or have never met us calling, texting, reaching a helping hand out. I can’t really say what that feels like because I’ve never felt such love from a community before and although it’s something so trivial to most, to us, it is our livelihood. -
From the bottom of the three hearts of this family, we thank you.