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Pilgrim's Airstream Travel Delights

This whole adventure of transitioning to tiny living in an airstream trailer is no joke.  Its definitely an adjustment.  Nothing has gone according to plan.  But all is working out in its own crazy way.  Its been exciting, intimidating, overwhelming, fun, invigorating and scary.  All at the same time.  Now, I'm the kind of person that wants to be way more outdoorsy than I actually am.  I enjoy a hike in the woods, a swim in the lake, a picnic... and then a nice shower.  Still reconciling this part of my personality with our decision to live in a CAMPER.  Hmm.  Fortunately there a few little luxuries that Aaron and I carry with us that bring the comfort, style and feeling of home we need to keep the pep in our step.  Here are just a few of our favorite things. 1. American Apparel Unisex Long Sleeve Denim Shirt- the perfect shirt for all the time.  He can steal hers; she can steal his.  Wear it layered in winter or roll up the sleeves and throw it on over your swimsuit.  Can't go wrong.

2. Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser- we always have something yummy misting into the air.  It brings peace and makes the trailer feel like home.

3. DoTERRA Lavender Essential Oil- it really is essential.  We put it in the diffuser, on our feet at night (diluted), in the bath, and wear it as perfume.  Can't get enough.

4. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet- we adore our cast iron for absolutely everything.  Find out how to use this naturally non-stick skillet correctly! (Link)

5. Bailey Wardell Hat in Dark Olive- a hat like this usually ends up being the accessory of choice when showers are scarce.  But whenever you choose to wear it, guys and gals both look adventurous with this topper, not to mention a little more protected from the sun (which is pretty important to this ginger family)

6. House of Marley Chant Portable Bluetooth Audio System- small, portable, wireless.  A necessity for listening to our Weekly Pilgrim Travel Playlists.

7. Quest Super Cruiser Artisan Bamboo Longboard- Aaron's preferred mode of transportation.  Brings him back to the old days when he was a punk skater kid (if only I'd have known him then..)

8. Blenheim Ginger Ale- our favorite!  This is the best ginger ale ever.  But beware, it has a legitimate kick to it!

9. Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle- every member of the family has one.  We carry them everywhere and pat ourselves on the back for saving the environment and our wallets.

10. CafePress Canvas Grocery Tote- a canvas catch all tote like this one goes everywhere with us.  Snacks, groceries, toys, clothes- whatever's needed.

11. Catstudio America Pillow- I admit this is a WANT.  I have not laid my hands on it yet but I have laid my eyes and I do declare nothing would be more fitting for the centerpiece of our airstream sofa. (Sponsorship catstudio??)

12. Super Natural Cooking Cookbook- this book is a wonderful introduction to a more natural way of cooking.  When I first got it, I read it like a book, cover to cover.  It was super interesting and helped me to adopt new staples like medjool dates and coconut flour.

 

These things and an ever-changing array of other stuff we adore available in our Pilgrim Shop!

Exiting The Comfort Zone

_MG_0058 1 The thing about getting out of your comfort zone is that it requires you to be, well, UNCOMFORTABLE.  Its fun and exciting to talk about adventure, stepping out, taking chances- feels like the whole world opens up to you and anything is possible.  This usually happens after a big cup of coffee for me.  But when you dive headfirst into your grand adventure, pushing yourself beyond your limits and stretching your own boundaries, it doesn't always feel like standing on the front of the titanic, arms spread wide.  Sometimes it does, but sometimes it feels more like sinking.  You may find yourself tired, nervous, awkward, hot, cold, unsure, scared, broke, homesick, exasperated.. but for some odd reason, these things seem to be the tokens that unlock some of the greatest riches of experience.  The moments that would've never happened inside the boundaries of your soft and pillowy zone of comfort.  Campfires, endless stars, connection, deep conversations, hair blowing in the wind, thrills, passionate kisses, new friendships, breathtaking views, late night giggles, greatness, hope, life.  These things exist beyond the leap of faith of which we often find ourselves teetering on the edge.  Sometimes its a big jump, buried deep in your heart, pulling on you to set it free.  Sometimes its a daily disposition of openness that will reveal the true beauty of the life you already lead.  In every case its a conscious decision to embrace every facet of life with a hunger for the true riches hidden within it all.  Believe in the possibilities and embraces the stuggles as they unlock the joy available.  _MG_0628 _MG_0596 _MG_0587  _MG_0394_MG_0410 _MG_0360 _MG_0343 _MG_0227     _MG_0248   _MG_0411 1_MG_0058_MG_0453 1_MG_0394 1_MG_0327 1_MG_0292_MG_0271 1_MG_0240 1_MG_0171 1_MG_0135 1_MG_0129 1

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Pilgrim "You For Me" Video | Happy Valentines Day

Once upon a time, after finishing my shift at the sushi restaurant where I worked as a hostess, I ran over to a little venue called 12th and Porter to say hi to a friend before going home to get off my feet after a long day. I rushed inside and found that I had missed the band, but I wasn't too concerned.  I said hi to my friend Pricilla and she immediately introduced me to a couple of fellas.  Conversation with one of them came quickly and easily and we were joking and bantering in a matter of moments.  My interested was piqued and my plans for the evening changed.  We talked until 3 in the morning. Five or so years later, he and I wrote this song together as we watched our daughter crawl across the floor after a toy.

Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy.

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