I'm Ruth, a travel lover, reader, project-doer, casual runner, aspiring yogi, wife, and mom to a sweet little girl. I live in the upper midwest where winter is long, spring is variable, and summer and fall are fantastic. Around here we look for adventure in the everyday mundane tasks and in the once in a lifetime events. I'm so glad you're here!
While I do (mostly) love tiny human care, meal planning, and tidying up, I've learned that those things are not the sum of my identity. I need an outlet that challenges me and requires creativity. I've found inspiration in other people who value exploration and adventure, and I love the feeling I get when someone puts words to the thoughts and feelings I've had. That sort of shared experience is encouraging and empowering; it's the reason I want to participate in the conversation.
I've read endless blogger guides reminding me that readers have short attention spans, that how to guides and summary lists are the way to go, that Pinterest is THE way to promote content. While those directions do likely grow a blog more quickly, they have left me stumped to identify my own area of expertise.
I've also heard the advice that you should write what you want to read, which feels like a better fit for me. Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind says it beautifully, and so I'm taking heart in her recommendation:
"You’ve been told this is the key to success, writing what you know to who you know. But of course there’s another way (there is always another way). Try, instead, writing for you. Write what you want to know. Write what you want to learn, just for the pleasure of having written it. Write because you love it, because you have something to explore and not because you have something to say. Publish it, if you’d like."
I read seeking inspiration and models of ordinary life. Sure, there are times when I want to know how to do or make a particular thing so I search for it, consider various approaches, and possibly execute one or a combination. There is a time and a place for this content. But what I seek daily is a dose of empowerment, encouragement, inspiration. I love reading reflections on experience; I love witnessing someone make progress on a project, even if I have no intention of doing that kind of project myself; I love learning philosophies of modern living in great nonfiction and simply being lost in a fictional story. Then I try to leave it on the screen or in the pages of the book and go live my own version of those feelings.
My objective with this space is to find the good in the ups and downs of my own day to day and to see those moments as adventures. I hope that kind of content offers you, not a blueprint for how to do things the way I do them, but rather inspiration to find the adventure in your own experiences. Maybe there is something I do that you think might enhance your own life - give it a try. But if it doesn't resonate with you or isn't serving you in practice, let it go and move on.
Beyond my reflections, I want to share sources - people, books, images, stories - that are inspiring and uplifting me. I want this to be a place for learning and growth and creativity. I'm not sure the internet needs any how to guides from me, but I do believe there is space for my voice.
It's a feeling, an attitude, a practice. It's a way of being and interacting with the world. It's making a physical home that sees, celebrates, and chooses adventure in the average day to day. It's the planning and doing of travel, which allows us to find and recognize home anywhere. It's a place to capture and hold the adventures we live.
This space is a way to merge my love for both going away and returning home. It's a little bit the making of home, a little bit adventure on the road and in the sky, and a lot of experimenting everywhere. I hope you find some inspiration in our version of adventure.