Hi! So happy you made your way here! I started this blog hoping to connect with other mothers and families out there–those living like I am, those interested in our lifestyle, and, yes, also those living in more conventional manners. I am a mother to three little boys, ages 7 months, 3, and 5. I am a step-mom to another boy and a girl 🙂 ages 11 and almost 14. Together with my husband Jonathan, we travel throughout the year between our homes in New England and the Caribbean aboard our sailboat, Robin Hood. I am forever trying to find a balance between creating a stable and comforting home for my children and living the adventurous life that we have consciously built. It is a constant (albeit very fun) struggle. As much as I love connecting with others living life like we do, I also love to meet and follow those families who are creating a beautiful and slow-paced home life. It is inspiring for me to think of ways to adapt your great ideas to our lifestyle. For now my focus is on trying to create the small routines that my children can rely on, whether we are sailing offshore, enjoying city life (food and wine delivery every day!!) in our Boston condo, or relaxing in the woods in Vermont or Maine.
I am passionate about creating a slow-paced adventure for my children. I keep them outdoors as much as possible, and let them lead me through free-structured play. In other words, I let them get really dirty. Nothing is more important to me than my family’s health–mental and physical. We try to live simply, fight a constant battle to reduce our waste, eat a plant-based diet, rely on natural, plant-based ingredients to clean our bodies and home, and get lots of good old-fashioned fresh air. Of course, in the hectic nature of traveling we also have our days where we eat nothing but processed food, pack everything into ziplocks and rely solely on plastic evian bottles for hydration. Shit happens. We are a work in progress and I’m a big believer in baby steps. I love this beautiful online community that I have found here, as I’m motivated and inspired every day to make small shifts that eventually add up to substantial positive changes for our family.
We are “learning as we go” when it comes to this nomadic life. So far we are planning to “homeschool” the three younger children as we sail and travel farther and farther afield. I put quotations around that word because at this point I know almost nothing about it! I am forever debating (internally) what is best for them. In the short term, we have selected a wonderful school in Vermont that will let them leave for extended stretches for our sailing adventures. My goal with this page and this blog is not only to share our adventures with other families, but to open a dialogue and learn from others who are living as we do–both as we do now and as we hope to in the coming years. I am open to all advice, suggestions, and conversation, and would love to hear about your experiences.