I have a whirlwind tour of the Southwestern US planned at the end of July/beginning of August. My eldest daughter has spent her Summer in the Navajo Nation working at a camp in Northeastern Arizona. My plan is to pick her up and then, together with my other two children, visit New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and skirt Las Vegas, Nevada, on the way home.
Right now my primary focus is accommodations since we will be Couchsurfing.
I am not talking (necessarily) about staying with friends, I am talking about changing the world, one couch at a time. Actually, one of our couchsurfing accommodations will be a yurt and another may be a tent, so I am not sure… well… here is couchsurfing in a nutshell.
Couchsurfing is a grassroots, volunteer organization that is committed to positive change around the planet via hospitality that is given and received without any sort of financial renumeration. It is all based on goodwill and the old fashioned norm of “Love Our Neighbors” and “Love One Another.”
I am including some photos of our couchsurfing adventures here, too, so you can see how lovely (and rewarding!) it is both as a host and as a "surfer".
My children and I couchsurfed up the west coast to Washington and then over to South Dakota, where the transmission on our car failed and our trip was aborted. The cool thing is this: we met tons of great people and when the car broke down, people we didn’t even know were willing to come help us, whether that meant putting us up in their home, feeding us, driving us two hours out of their way.
It was remarkable and yes, life changing.
Since then we have surfed around New England and hosted travelers from all across the world.
We have introduced many friends to couchsurfing.
I know it may not be for you (or maybe it is!) and with that – I will also share:
Day 30 Catch Up: I would love to wear some of these dresses while I travel!
I was wearing one of my favorite, ultra feminine shirts Saturday and Emma said, “Mommy, I like your new shirt… where did you ge… I mean, who gave it to you?”
I rarely buy my own clothes. I buy my own undies. I buy the occasional pair of jeans but she is right. Me, buying for me is rare! I do buy costumes. And I do want to buy a sewing machine so I may begin making more “me” clothes than the standard off the rack.
That being said, I love how rock-a-billy style clothes look: you know, the flared skirts, the pleats, the showing off of the waistline – the one part of me that I feel isn’t completely horrid. I just love how flattering the styles can look on me.
I don’t have any of these clothes, but I sure was inspired hunting around on-line for some new looks.
Can’t you just see me wearing this stuff?
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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