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Livin' via the Van  Lucas & Willa✨ vi·a » ˈvīə ¤ traveling through a place to reach a destination ¤ 🌊 Just a California couple with all kinds of wanderlust 📍SF,CA

Hey guys! If you've been watching our Stories you know that I'm starting an online vintage/ thrift store through Instagram 🙈✨. If you haven't, drumrollllllll for @viathevintageshop! It's something I've thought about doing for a long time and the other day Lucas looked over at me and said, "So do it. Seriously. You'll create something amazing, I know it." So I did! I have zero expectations other than to have fun shopping, taking photos and bringing joy to a few lucky someones way out there. The store launches with a handful of items THIS Wednesday, December 5th! Head over to @viathevintageshop now to check out my stories and read up on how to make a purchase. ✌️❤️🌎. PS- this jacket is up for grabs!

"I DID IT ALL FOR THE NOOGIE."
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Actual thoughts as I typed the above: 'Dang I'm funny. That song was so weird. Wait. Is that inappropriate? Also, uh, people are gonna get this, right? Deeeeefinitely dating myself...'

Never forget we live in a world where views like this exist ❤️.

I don't spend a lot of time talking about the past. I love looking at old photos, creating little memory books and dusting them off to see how much has changed, but in general, the past belongs right where it is. On the flip side, I think about the FUTURE alllll the time. Aside from decorating for parties, my favorite pastime is planning. I was one of those kids that had to rearrange their bedroom furniture every couple of months to let in a little change. Having the Instagram account that we do has me stuck replaying the question of whether we'll be able to build out another van anytime soon. We know so much more about what it takes to live on the road and I want to be that girl that's like, "yeah, let's do it, ALL YOU HAVE IS NOW!". While that might be true, we also don't have those extra few thousands just layin' around and van storage in SF definitely isn't easy. For now, I'm still trying to figure out what it means to save (#thisis30) but I got my Craigslist alerts up and potential van layouts to scheme. Nothing is as simple as Instagram makes it but my Spidey senses are telling me it's all good 👌❤️. -WV

We went to Disneyland and took about 2,341 photos smiling for the camera. Of course, amongst all the cheese, this is my favorite. Boy comes in a little hot but I'm all about the unplanned shots 😋.

Over the five weeks Luke and I spent traveling this summer, we spent exactly 24 hours apart. I, the more cautious traveler of the two, spent an extra night bopping around Antigua (yes, doin' a li'l shopping 🙌😏) while Luke bounded up a volcano. It took him about 3 and a half hours to reach the summit of Volcan Acetenango where he setup camp looking out west at this view of Volcan de Atitlan. You can imagine the relief and jealousy I felt when Luke came frolicking back into our hotel room swiping through images such as this one. Lesson learned 😍. -WV

I am my happiest self when surrounded by earth's brightest colors 🍁😊🍁😊🍁.

Current favorite mantra : "What we do everyday matters more than what we do every once in a while." I have the vaguest memory that this saying was originally linked with dieting in order to keep people from getting down on themselves after going hard in the gravy but to ME, it's a nod to who we are in moments of quiet. I read this phrase on the wall of a colleagues desk (claaassssssic teacher move) and the first thing that popped💭 into my head was 'recycling'. It's easy to pick up trash when you're leading a class of children to their next subject and you know they're watching your every move or to sort the recycling after a party where the bulk of your waste is beer cans. It's much harder to do the right thing when your trash can is empty and your blue waste bin is brimming over. It's the choices we make that no longer feel like choices but necessary actions because they've become an integral part of who we are. We don't need to make grand gestures of kindness, though that's wonderful and still needed in the world, we need to genuinely want others to be happy and live with that in mind. Terribly cheesy but yknow when you're talking about words to live by, how can you avoid it? (It doesn't help I'm in the waiting room of a nail salon listening to zen instrumental and the gurgling of a fountain...). What mantras are ringing true to you at this time in your life??-WV

Soft green avocados, the unexpected arrival of a puppy, movies starring Billy Crystal, swooshing a crumpled piece of paper into the recycle bin from over 6 feet away, and strolling up to some majestic hot springs with a view: I DARE YOU TO DISLIKE THESE THINGS. (Actually I don't, that sounds scary... How about other pretty-much-undeniably-great things that can be added to this list?). -WV

Sometimes I want to find myself a map of the PNW, draw out my trail and run into the misty woods never to look back. Other times, I just want to watch Twilight 🤷‍♀️. Guilty.

I spent 13 years of my education in classrooms comprised entirely of women. When I went to college, I joined a sorority, minored in Gender Studies, and worked at the Women's Center. I'm a girl's girl through and through and love nothing more than being a woman who enjoys the beauty that is femininity. To all the ladies I love, will soon love, and just want to send love, I support you. No questions asked. (Shout out to my best friend and soul sister, okay, blood sister- who's been fighting the good fight in NYC. Leah, you are what we are all working towards. May our future daughters have your courage and strength of heart to spend our lives seeing the underbelly of society and caring for those who know far too few good days.) This is for the women. -WV

Will Smith had a video not too long ago that went pretty viral. In it he says, "You cannot make a person happy. You can make a person smile, you can make a person feel good, you can make a person laugh but whether or not a person is happy deeply, is totally and utterly out of your control.” He mentions that each of us is responsible for our own joys and that it's not up to those we love to 'fix' our pains. Yes, love can magnify our joys and lessen our sorrows but in the end we are all on our own individual paths. I didn't really understand this sentiment until I actually tried to. It reminded me of so many times I've been upset with Luke for something he DIDN'T do, not something he did. I am not his responsibility nor is he mine. Our partners do not take the place of our parents who sacrificed their wants for ours. It's something I remind myself of often - we are all just trying to find peace and happiness. Life's a journey after all and I'm pretty stoked I got you by my side 😉, @twaffa. -WV

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