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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!

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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.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9AHPvzmkmk&w=560&h=315]

 

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Transition

When I found myself crying in the bathtub listening to Some Nights by Fun, I felt a strange mix of fear, power and pain. I tried to pinpoint the reason I was crying. I realized it was because I can't stop fighting. And I'm so tired. I want to give up so bad right now. I want to rest. But I know I won't stop fighting. I just won't. I can't. I'm gonna kick and scream for a moment, lose all hope and vision for a short while and then slap some water on my face, look in the mirror and pull my boot straps up. This is the real raw honest truth. This shit is not easy. No matter what you do. Life is not easy. And if you push back against anything, try and make a change, do something great, care, it gets even harder. It feels like we're trying to lift the world and move it. All of the details involved in just getting moved into the airstream and heading out loom over us like a mountain. So many unknowns, mistakes, our fingers pointing at ourselves over and over, as we bulldoze through everything in our path, even some people, for which I deeply ache. But to the part of me waving the white flag, head down, the stronger part of me is saying gently, you know you're not gonna do that. And I know I'm not. Later I got to talk to a dear friend on the phone, the kind of friend who you can be honest with and say "not so good" to when they say "how are you?"and she pointed me to a spot-on analogy for the situation. A fellow mother, she reminded me of that pivotal and painful part of labor when you are dilating from 8 to 10 cm, before you are ready to push, which is called transition. I easily recalled that excruciating period that preceded the most euphoric and transcendent moment of my life when I first held my baby girl. I thought I couldn't do it. I tried to climb out of the large tub like I could just give up and go home. But then, I did it. Wow, I did it. I will never cease to be proud of and empowered by those hours of labor and delivery. Similarly, something is being birthed in our lives right now. It's grown for months inside of us and now it's time. We've labored and labored and it's about to be here. I can tell that we are right smack in the middle of transition because I've lost the vision and I feel like giving up, sure I simply cannot do this. But once I see where we are, I know we're almost there. It won't be much longer now. So I'll continue to put one foot in front of the other. I've done it before and I can do it again.

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