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Started Mounting The Solar Panels Yesterday After A Long Period Of “How TF Am I Going To Do It?” - At First I Thought You Just Slap Em’ Up There Along With A Few Screws, Some Tape And A Prayer. But I Soon Found Out That Thats A Big Negative On That Along With A Few Stories Of People Loosing Panels On The Highway And Other High Wind Situations (Roof Farts 🥴) - After A Long Period Of Research, YouTube Videos And A Ass Load Of DM’s To Other People (Shout Out To @2cool4skoolbus And @ezzydortoka For The Life Saving Help👍🏾💪🏾🤙🏾) We Figured It Out. - Next, We Headed To The Hardware Store For Some ‘Aluminum Angles’ To Mount The Panels To Along With A Nice Bolt Through The Ribs Of The Bus, Some Sealant And Some Booty Tape I Mean Butyl Tape 😅. - After I Got ONE Side Of A Panel Mounted, The Battery Died On The Drill ☹️😐😢. That’s Ok Because Within That Simple Process, I Learned A Little About Myself And Now I’m More Excited To Get More Work Done On The Bus. - Until Next Time - Side Note: I Did All Of This In That Same Hoodie From The Last Post - #skoolie #skoolieconversion #blackbuslife #blacknomads #travel #conversion #rvlife #journeyofgo

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

1 Day 5 Hours Ago

📍Bali 🇮🇩 The Finale: Romantic Dinner for Two 🥰 #jazzeexcursions

One of the best parts about traveling and meeting new people is learning about other cultures and communities. This weekend at the @neworleansvanlifegathering, Iya was gifted a Matryoshka Doll & has been in love ever since! The couple that gave this to her was on their way to getting married next weekend and this was supposed to be one of the centerpieces at their wedding 🥰 Matryoshka dolls (also known as Babushka dolls, stacking dolls, nesting dolls, or Russian tea dolls) are a set of hand carved & hand painted dolls that decrease in size & are stacked one inside of the other with a tiny little baby at the center.. the name ‘Matryoshka’ means ‘little matron’ & ‘Babushka’ means ‘grandmother’ or ‘old woman’.. which makes sense why Iya gravitated towards this doll so easily because her name comes from the Yoruba word (ee-yah) which means ‘great mother’. These dolls are associated with the divine feminine, family, motherhood, & fertility and are a representation of the family legacy that‘s passed down through the woman’s womb. I’ve seen these dolls before but never really thought about what they truly represent.. but I would say this gift is definitely befitting 🤰🏽👼🏾🌸✨

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

2 Days 5 Hours Ago

Day 3: 📍Bali. 🇮🇩 Touring Bali. The Water Temples are Beautiful #jazzeexcursions

Still unpacking & processing our trip this weekend to the @neworleansvanlifegathering 🚌✨ It was truly an amazing experience to say the least. We’ve traveled multiple times in our bus before, visited a number of rv parks, and met plenty of people who live on the road full time.. but none of that compares to space we were able to share with everyone we met over the weekend. The feeling of not having to explain our lifestyle to others and being around people who just “get it”.. the feeling of seeing our daughters comfortable & knowing they were in a safe space to truly be themselves.. the feeling of looking up and thinking “wow, I’m really living the life of my dreams.. look at what we’ve manifested”.. and so many other things that I don’t even have the words yet to explain. Thank you so much to @irietoaurora & @vanlifediaries for hosting such an amazing event ✨✨ we’re putting the energy out there & looking forward to collaborating to bring an event like this to Atlanta next year! We’ve literally been without service the entire weekend 😭 but being able to disconnect for a little bit just to connect and be present in the moment was a wonderful feeling! We know we have a lot of emails, DMs, and other things to tend to once we get back home, and we are truly grateful to everyone for their love and patience! We hope you all have had a wonderful weekend as well ✨✨✨ sn: to our sis who took this photo for us, can you DM me please??? I cannot find your account for the life of me 😭😭

I wanted to share my current emotions around this van build. I am incredibly proud of what I have done in this van and I have loved the van build but gosh I am holding on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ I want to thank everyone because all the love and support I have gotten has really been amazing I love being able to share my experience with others and enjoy hearing about others dreams and plans within Vanlife. So thank you from the bottom of my heart ♥️ it has been the gas keeping me going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ also can we count how many times I said AND 🤦🏽‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #vanlife #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #diycamper #diycampervan #emotionalrollarcoaster #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #vanbuildemotions #vanbuildchallenges #thankyou

Celebrating @bgh_uk who have featured on the @bbc @bbcnorthwest talking about getting sistas in the great outdoors. This touches me personally as I've been a walker for over 20 years and was always the only black woman out in the country so well done Rhiane in encouraging sistas and making us visible 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 #blackgirlhike #blacknomads #melaninpoppin

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

3 Days 14 Hours Ago

ATVing in Bali 🇮🇩 #jazzeexcursions

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

4 Days 6 Hours Ago

📍Bali 🇮🇩: Calling this one the 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐢 𝐁𝐚𝐛𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐨𝐧. They decided to take a trip to Bali to celebrate the birth of their new, gorgeous baby. ⁣⁣ 🔹🔹🔹⁣⁣ In true JazzeeXperience Form, we get up and go either the same day of arrival or the very next day. Their flight landed at 1030p, 12am hotel checkin, and 12hr Ahead of time difference, yet they still managed to get up for the crazy Quad ride through the jungle and swing the Bali Swings #jazzeexcursions⁣⁣ 🔹🔹🔹⁣⁣ 📸 @tarjieblarge

Anyone heading off this weekend? Currently away? I've just got back and already looking at flights! #blacktraveller #blacknomads #melaninpoppin #wineywiney

I feel so lost and unsure of myself right now it's RIDICULOUS. I mean I need a good a$$$ cry..a long one. Spoke to my hubby today and told him about my plans, HE AIN'T LIKE IT but IT IS WHAT IT IS..pulled up to the sis n laws and shes like the HOA called about "our van" and is there anyway I can find somewhere else to stay for a bit? Knowing the real answer is "No cause this ain't out west"... Like sis I ain't ask to come all this way...we agreed it would be best to be here for my husband and you strongly agreed so too. BUT anyways I don't wanna dwell on this situation too much longer...I do wanna share tho'...my husband said yesterday was a really hard day for him behind bars. He spent most of his day not eating and crying ...he said it was okay because he needed to cleanse his soul and in that moment he realized "that I was probably the one who ever really loved him and honestly cared to listen to him".... while it hurt to hear he was crying...can I tell you something? I talk to myself alot..like out loud and what not..it keeps me from going insane in a sense. And with what had transpired a few days back between the sis and law, I had this "imaginary" conversation about what my husband was finally going to say once and for all...the things he had been holding in for years. And in that conversation what he told me today is exactly what I "imagined" he would say to them... Hmmmph I ain't asking for sympathy..just feel like folks is really showing out since he ain't here but sometimes you need that to see who people really are...y'all don't know how much I love my husband and how we have become ONE in these last couple of years and more or so since embarking on this journey... So to hear him say that to me today...I know loving him hasnt been in vain..going through what we are going through hasn't been in vain..and that there will be brighter days BEST BELIEVE THAT! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #floriduh #betterdays #bendbutwontbreak #goingthroughsomethings #venting #misunderstood #freedom #livefree #itaintover #lovinghim #hisrock

10 years together...4 kids later...2 years married and many miles traveled! Some things people won't understand... All thr places we have been..the people we have seen..the memories we have made...the conversations we have shared. I believe we shall be blessed as we have been a thousand times over... To listen to my kids the other day talking about all the places they have been to their cousins was nothing short of amazing..because I realized had I stayed put we would have went nowhere but within where we lived. We gave our kids that...at the expense of being judged by others but what they gained can't be replaced. They're sad at the thought of having to sell the van but I told them "this isn't the end of the world"... so we'll make the best of being in Florida for the time being until all is said and done...trips to the beach..take em to see the space shuttle..Disney..camping..the Florida Keys..Great Wolf Lodge in GA..going to beautiful places along the way. It's just a minor setback and through their anger and frustration...that's what I need them to see and believe... Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way..don't drop us cause we getting rid of "Live Free"..keep following because it ain't over yet!!! We love you all.... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #backintheday #findyourthing #floriduh #livefree #bendbutwontbreak #doitagain #itaintover

Hate to have to come back in...uggghhh!!!!! Treated the kids to lunch at the park since we had been in the house for the last couple of days resting and cleaning out the van. But made peace with having to sell the van to eventually get something larger and where we could put more of a personal touch on it... Anyways having to explain "living in our van" was a choice and not because we got evicted is always weird and unsettling when you have to step back in and rely on "help". Since I am a veteran and my income is mainly my disability...Door Dash is not employment..I am eligible for a voucher for "homeless " veteran families. So had my first sit down to explain the situation and the awkwardness was definitely there.. Definitely not where I want to be at this moment at time but this is so short notice...hopefully I can get to work and save up some money and get us back out on the road again!!! In the meantime...the person I have agreed to sell it to was also living in his van at one point in time and we had a really great conversation about the "freedom" we've experienced living life on the road...the places we have seen...the things the kids got to do that they might have never done. I am glad they got to experience this even if for a moment in time...more determined than ever to do it all over again.. but the next time..BIGGER AND BETTER!!! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #vanlife #floriduh #herewegoagain #dreamdeferred #bendbutwontbreak #giveemagoodtime #biggerandbetter #nexttimearound

Priorities, priorities, priorities.... . . . It’s the word of the day and setting them is critical for any goal in life. I’m still in the process of learning this lesson. I’ve heard so many people back home in the States say to me that it is incredible how much I’ve traveled and lived abroad. How amazing it is and how they wish they could do the same... AS IF THEY CANT!! 🤔 . . . Now don’t get me wrong if you enjoy your box subscriptions and daily Starbucks then there is no problem with that. What you can’t do is sit and complain when you see others doing things you’d like to do when your own habits are preventing you from making moves. . . . For anyone who needs to hear it: Stop wishing and PROJECTING onto other people. Take the wheel (of your own life) and LET’S GOOO! ✨💨

It's this that I miss...even if we have to go on standby..it ain't a standstill! Thinking about selling "Live Free" to get a car to save up for something better...got some offers already!! But no matter what ....the open road calls us home! We might bend but we'll never break..and he never puts nothing before you he knows you're unwillingly or unable to take.... And so it's yet to be seen for now what we are going to do...We have plans in the works amongst each other.. #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #nowheretogo #findingself #floriduh #herewegoagain #bendbutwontbreak #dreamdeferred #minorsetback #greatercomeback #cantholdusdown #whatliesinthefuture #theroadahead

Ricky Watson
(@wattsinasia)

10 Days 4 Hours Ago

Taipei, Taiwan 🇹🇼 After over two years of living in Asia I finally visited the country that is home to so many of my friends. I would always hear about how incredible Taiwan is and finally got to see a little for myself. Truly a spectacular place worthy of more visits surely to come. People are friendly, respectful, speak English and Chinese, and are a little more Western. The nature is breathtaking and refreshing, and the cities are clean and lively. I loved it!! . . . . . . . . #blacktravel #traveladdict #globalcitizen #travelporn #blackadventure #blackandabroad #blacktravelers #taiwanlife #nomadnesstribe #nomadicblack #blacknomads #droneshot #digitalnomads #mavicair #lightuptheworld #exploretaiwan #chasingculture #traveltaiwan #hiking #taipei #trailblazer #asiahighlights #trailblazer #discovertaiwan #exploretaipei #taiwanadventures #discovertaiwan

Well that was short lived and I am glad it took place. Really puts things in perspective. My sister and in law (she is a nobody to me) and I got into a ugly argument which at first I didn't even want to entertain. She's the type that tells everybody what they should; more or less like "you're gonna do it because I said so and have more years experience than you". Could be a cultural thing but I had to remind her this isn't Africa and I am not one of your siblings. Anyways I told her the truth about why my husbands life is the way it is right now..partly because she always wants to tell him what he should with his life..something he has said has bothered him for many years and is partly the reason he is estranged from his family now. This after she tried to tell me how to parent..remember the instability conversation? She went on to make up some "lie on the fly" because that's what she does to bolster her defense..claimed I don't love my kids, I am crazy and ruined her brothers life by purposely trapping him with kids. She has always had an issue with me having a child before I met her brother....anyways long story short. She put me out. Not like I wanted to be at her roach infested house anyways and I have some words for my husband when I do hear from him. Just needed to get that off my chest cause it's been a hell of a past couple of weeks.. My kids are my kids that I gave birth to not yours Auntie....yeah cause she wound up shoving my son Legend out the door (he came out in tears) and trying to lock my other son in the house with her. Full on batshit crazy but I have vowed for the sake of my kids never to go around her again and continue living the van life. Besides looking for a place to rent and having to put the kids in school..uhhhhh can't even begin to explain the headache I was getting even considering it. We dont have to live the same life to live life...so with that said "it's back out on the open road"... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #livelife #youdontknowme #notyourcupoftea #roadschooled #vanlifeiscalling

Visited Annandale waterfall in Grenada. One of many on this tiny island. The water flow was unusually strong due to the heavy rain we've been having this week. This is also why the water isn't very clear. #annanbellefalls #waterfall #waterfalls #grenada #visitgrenada #caribbean #vacation #holidays #sun #nature #blackgirlstravel #blacknomads

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

14 Days 21 Hours Ago

When your Friend AND Client makes Essence Online. AND I’m the one that took the picture!⁣ 🔹🔹🔹⁣ This photo is from our 2018 Virgo Birthday trip. We went to Bali 🇮🇩 Singapore 🇸🇬 #jazzeexcursions

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

15 Days 12 Hours Ago

Stopped by Neighborhood Nip’s Spot 🏁🏁

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

15 Days 17 Hours Ago

Of course we pulled up to Issa’s Hood #insecurehbo

The little things in a van build feel like such an accomplishment. Hanging my spices and towel roll took an unnecessary amount of time but few so good to get done. It was great when I made my breakfast this morning and didn’t have to through a bin full of seasoning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #vanlife #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #diycamper #diycampervan #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #vankitchen #spicewall

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

16 Days 3 Hours Ago

This weekend I traveled to LA for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Since I’ve attended the event in NY/NJ the past 3yrs I wanted to experience the LA event. Even though I had a good time, NY/NJ event is wayyyyyy better. This time around I actually took a picture at one of the props there. When I tell you the lines are soooo long, it’s ridiculous. Luckily, we were able to skip the line. ⁣ 🔹🔹🔹⁣ How I ended up going was I randomly posted that I was interested in attending and my friend said she was interested too. Tickets 🎫 were purchased. Flights ✈️ booked, and we met up in Cali. #vcpoloclassic #jazzeexcursions

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Feeling Insecure

All the places we have been? And all the things we have yet to see? Why would or should we settle for missed memories, work and no play...endless hours spent toiling away? We had just gotten started....the journey hasn't ended and the strength we obtained in spite of it all? Can't be matched...or underestimated. The path isn't as straight as narrow as before..a couple of curves in there now but we shall keep going...for as long as we can. Thank you everybody!!!! We love you and thank you for all your support along the way!!! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #nowheretogo #findingself #onedayatatime #bendbutwontbreak #openroad #livefree

Sometimes it takes a random post that you want to go somewhere, Alethia responded, and boom here we are. I’m going to start doing that more often 😁. #vcpoloclassic

4 days later and we have returned to Florida...uhhhhh!!! Dreading this...but here we are. ............. Stability. Stability. It's the one word I keep hearing from people who just don't get it or even understand... and it has to be the most annoying part of even speaking to people in our lives about we why chose to do "vanlife". Some conversations I just dont want to keep having to be convinced to rent a house again and work endless and countless hours towards paying bills to achieve what they believe to be "stability". I think in wanting what's best for others you have to listen to what they're saying to you and I wish sometimes our family members would just do that. Our choice to live like this isn't about dreaming or living in "la-la land" or "not living in reality" but because it is where we have felt most free. Free from bills, deadlines, 1st of the months, next notices, late notices, rent is due, past due, evictions and cutoffs.. free from always feeling like something is hanging over your head. Free from working hard for the past two weeks to it all being gone "but atleast my bills are paid"? Because what if...just what if..it didn't really have to be that way? Why can't it be the way we dream..roaming across the country and seeing all she has to offer with our kids in tow? Who says that determines whether we are stable or not... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #herewegoagain #bendbutwontbreak #dreamdeferred

Champagne 🥂 Campaign 🍾#vcpoloclassic LA 10th Anniversary 🎉

Ricky Watson
(@wattsinasia)

18 Days 13 Hours Ago

Wuyi, Zhejiang province, China. Too many moments to highlight but there was something special about visiting the 200 year old village hidden in the hills. Connecting with an ancient Chinese village was eye-opening on so many occasions. The beauty of the place and people was incredible to behold. . . . . . . . . #blacktravel #traveladdict #globalcitizen #travelporn #blackadventure #blackandabroad #blacktravelers #chinalife #nomadnesstribe #nomadicblack #blacknomads #droneshot #digitalnomads #mavicair #lightuptheworld #exploresouthchina #chasingculture #travelchina #hiking #wuyi #trailblazer #asiahighlights #trailblazer #discoverseoul #zhejiang #chinaafventures #discoverchina

Born Woke
(@iamdeanthony)

20 Days 5 Hours Ago

Lol seems very hippie like...this or move to another country... Sometimes I just want to live #nomadic #lifesytle #vanlife traveling through the country... semi #offgrid....the way America is going, not sure I want to be in the big city, stationary... I need to find me nomadic girl who is down for something like this... #blacknomad #blacknomads #blackvanlife #wonderlust #blackoffgrid

Yes, I am. I am an introvert. I am a noticer. I am a thinker. I’m an observer. I’m not stuck up. I treasure my solitude. I’m not a fan of small talk. I prefer a few close friends. I am reserved, until I’m not. I appreciate true, genuine connection. If we connect, you definitely matter to me. 🌼 • • • #blackgirlsintl #blacknomads #blackgirlfly #globetrotter #sistersandsuitcases #wallart #cali #travelisthenewclub #puma #pisces #blacktravelmovement #sunkissedtravelers #womenwhotravel #queensabroad #worldtraveler #madtravel #instatravel #blackgirlstraveltoo #theblacktravelclub #bigsizetravel #blacktravelfeed #blackwomenwhotravel #blacktraveller #blacktraveljourney

Some photos we took when we went to Whites City......wait until we get some shoes and muster up the courage to explore the caverns! Thinking about it!!! Time to see some bats and stuff!!!! #vanlifewithkids #vanlifediaries #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #nowheretogo #findingself #onedayatatime #carlsbad #batdaddy #bats #theygonbescared #newmexico

Took that little drive back towards "town" aka Whites City to get some groceries, gas, water and ice...] Beautiful views and a great drive into town...kind wanna go see the Caverns but we still marching around in flip flops right now. Taking the day to clean up and relax..enjoy the quiet and tranquility of our surroundings... In the meantime waiting to see how long it takes for my sons to see they do have to clean up...right now they're currently running around as dishes from breakfast lay waiting. #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #drivingmeinsane #mommaboys #trynateachem #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #theseoldmenprobablythinkwecrazy #roughingit #relaxation #minivacay #nomadswithkids

At Chosa Campground with the kids!!! A big ol rocky pad in the middle of nowhere and about 5 miles out from Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We are holding up as best as possible. What doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger and we ain't dead yet!! As you see in the background ... a nasty rainstorm was setting in as we arrived..flash flood watch for the area but so far so good. #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summerisover #drivemecrazy # #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #vanlifekids #newmexico #inthethickofit #chosacampground

Kimmie Love
(@iamkimmielove)

24 Days 2 Hours Ago

***Late Post*** I couldn’t let today pass without letting my Numero Uno, My Day One, My One & Only @jordybreeze24 A.K.A. “The Boy”, know just how much he means to me...Love you to LIFE! #nationalsonsday . . . . #iphonephotography #iphone #vegantravels #veganlife #govegan #blackveganhippie #blackveganchick #veganchick #kimmielovephoto #iamkimmielove #kimmielove #travelphotography #travelphotographer #rvlifestyle #rvlife #blackrvers #blackrvlife #mynomadnesslife #thenomadnesslife #nomadness #digitalnomad #digitalnomads #nomadchick #blacknomad #blacknomads

A few more days left to go and it's on to the next one!!!! What can I say about being here with the kids? Love the fact we had power, and got to go the lake for a few days but now I am sick and under the weather so nowhere is fun until I am feeling better. Anywhoo each and every time we drove into town I have thoroughly enjoyed the view. I appreciate things differently now and work very hard on trying to pass that on to the kids. Their only question "Are we there yet" says it all. This is a hella of a ride with open and boring spaces and I am just looking forward to bothering Mommy for a snack..lol. One day and in due time.... There goes those clouds I love again by the way!!!! They keep me sane and amazed at the same time. Slept through a pretty bad thunderstorm the other day and I should have recorded it. The lightning show although scary was amazing but garnered me "no space " in this tiny @$$ bed. I am cramped up in this bed like a can of sardines..... until next time!! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #likeacanofsardines #goodmorningbreath #noroom #suffocatingme #whereimsposetosleep #timeforaskoolie #mamasomean #butcanwesleepwithyou

After hours of “fixing” my plumbing and really just making it worse I finally found a way that had minimal leakage and ended up wrapping the pipe in plumbers putty. I had to MacGyver my way through this plumbing nonsense. My excitement at 4:30 in the morning was minimal but so real. Thank goodness I figured something out because I was going waterless if I couldn’t figure it out ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #vanlife #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #diycamper #diycampervan #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #vansink #vanwater #vanplumbing

Day by day things get better... Finally took the kids down to the lake after mulling over it for the like the past 7 days...cause I was really not tryna go down there with their non listening selves. Cause let me be real with you baby!!! They have been acting out like it ain't nobody business...and yes I know it's part anger/part sadness but my kids got that non listening gene that transcends generations and time. I had it bad...I ain't listen for nothing. Ran over my grandfather foot with a shopping cart while running through ShopRite in Yonkers. Over filled my Nanas toilet with stuffed animals as well as was a convicted serial shoe re-arranger at the Models on Fordham Road in the Bx. I had a short stint messing up Alexander's with my sis @Courtneynd22.....so trust me I know about non-listening which is why I have been holding cool like a frosted cup of booze... In light of it all...we are just enjoying the time we have together. This time has further engrained in me that "we should take nothing for granted and everything for what it is"... So here's to cooling off...we will end the night pretty soon with dinner. I'm making the kids some macaroni and cheese (yeah Velveeta) with some green beans and some pork then we shall watch a movie and wait to hear from Daddy. Thanks again everyone!!! We love you and appreciate you!!! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #iknowaboutnotlistening #serialrearranger #theykickedmymomoutthestore #excusememiss #getyourkidsplease #littlegirlputthatdown #nomamino #transcendsgenerations #missingdaddy #brantleylake #silverlining

Saw this the other day and had to laugh...was telling my mother all the things I knew how to do by time I was 8 thanks to Granny aka Nana. Looking back now I can laugh about these things but it was a hot mess having an electric bill in my name before I even had credit... Never mind it's all messed up now.. but they say what won't kill you will only make you stronger. I hold no contempt nor malice in my heart for growing up like that...I can laugh at that stuff now.... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #backintheday #mygrannybelike #nana #bx #yonkers #grouphomekid #thesystem

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

27 Days 22 Hours Ago

📍Giza 🇪🇬: Behind the scenes of our photo shoot. We had so much fun!! ⁣ 🔹🔹🔹⁣ I surprised the girls by renting this room that had amazing views of the pyramids. Yes, our resort had pyramid views, but not this close and not with this jacuzzi. ⁣ 🔹🔹🔹⁣ We also had a loooooong day of touring, visiting the pyramids and shopping. It was our last day in Giza. Two of us were flying home and two of us were heading to Dubai 🇦🇪. #jazzeexcursions

My plumbing reality ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀So plumbing not my thing. It literally took me all day into the next morning to get it done and I still have things I need to fix. After I spent over 2 hours in Home Depot buying a ridiculous amount of supplies (also plumbing supplies are foolishly expensive) I spent the next 18 hours trying to get some water in the van and boy did I almost go crazy. I spent hours getting myself and everything in the van wet. I couldn’t capture how many times things went wrong or how many times I said screw it I don’t need running water in the van. I know it’s not perfect or up to any sort of code but boy I did something ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wait until you see it work.... ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ #vanlife #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #diycamper #diycampervan #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #vansink #vanwater #vanplumbing

Taking a much needed break. I just wanted to say we are not out of the storm but are weathering it as best as possible. Thank you everyone for checking in on us and your continued support. My husband is doing fine and so are the kids and I. These last couple of days we have cried, argued, screamed and reached personal lows I hope we never experience again. It has made me realize how fortunate I have been to have the type of husband I have in my life. Sure he has his flaws but if you knew the length he goes to keep us afloat day in and day out... we speak to him every single day so our spirits are high....even though we miss him. Everyone makes mistakes...it takes a mature person to admit that and use that time away from loved ones to grow as a man, a father and a husband... we also tend to take the little things for granted. Like our time with one another and although physically my body yearns to be next to his..I know this time away has only made our hearts grow fonder. It's been a tough few days for the kids dealing with one another and their anger as well as sadness...please continue to pray for my babies that "this too shall pass"... We still in this...thank you!!! #vanlifewithkids #vanlifediaries #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #neverdefeated #newmexico #newbeginnings #ourstory #livefree #bendbutwontbreak

My nightmare in real life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Trying to figure out this whole plumbing thing is super stressful. I feel more worried about the water than I did my electric. The power of water is incredible and the potential to screw up is very real. So I bought every piece I could think of just in case. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀Mental break over Back to figuring this out... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #vanlife #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #diycamper #diycampervan #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #vanplumbing #vanwater #mindfulmoment

Jania
(@jazzeexcursions)

2019-09-22 11:06:36

Miami for the weekend to close out Virgo ♍️ SZN #jazzeexcursions

Recently my pup has become a super dog. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every day when I leave for work I cover the partition doorway with a curtain and some weights to hold it in place. I Learned very quickly that the front and the back are two very different temperatures. When my dog is in here I want him to be in the back where the temperature is monitored and controlled. However my pain in the butt dog figures out how to get up front and sit on the passenger seat to sleep. I kept trying new ways to block the front but he kept getting through. So today I put a doorway on slides to hopefully keep him in the back . Cross your fingers that it works🤞🏾 #vanlife #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #diycamper #diycampervan #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #vanpartition #vandog

Closing out VIRGO SZN....On Somebody’s Beach 🏖 #idecidedineededanotherbirthdaytrip

Took the kids to the park to pass some time as we wait to go to the next campground...would've rolled out by now but they got my baby and we's ain't goin nowhere til we know what we need to know... Anywhoo almost broke my heart in two when out of frustration due to the heat and the demands from my daughter to "Push me now Momma!"...I sort of kind of lost it and she said to me "I want Daddy to push me like he always do"... I had to take a step back and compose myself...gather my emotions and wanting to sit down. I finished giving her all the "push me now mommas" one could give in a 5 min span before she asks me again 2 minutes later with LOVE. It's hot as hell out here and as she would say "The sun likes me"... yeah baby but we don't like the sun right now... he ain't bein nice. Missing Daddy...my rock, my world, my classmate, my heart and my soul...trying today to keep the kids in good spirits so I got em some movies and a couple of treats for later. Give us a week and we will be back in touch with everyone! Thank you.... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #ourstory #halfmyheart #missingyou #needabreak #itshotouthere #thesunlikesme #wheresthetrees #ohweinthedesert #sendthemsomeseeds

I think most of all we are proving to ourselves just how strong we are without you but most importantly how much you have prepared us for the times you may not be there.... We miss you a great deal my love but we know we have to be strong for you and for ourselves... The van is up and running and we spent the day in town getting food and needed supplies as we had just about used up our reserves while stranded out there. On the drive back into town we realized just how far out we were...geesh!! We have decided to take the next couple of days off from social media...last night was a bad night with migraines and vomiting involved...lots of crying and wanting you Daddy to be near. The show must go on as well as our journey towards finding who we really are...as individuals and as a family. Thank you to everyone who has sent prayers, thoughts, money and inboxed me as I have struggled to take care of the kids over the course of the last couple of days.. I cant put into words how appreciative I have been. They have been driving me crazy BUT they know we are in this together... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #ourstory #standingstrong #fanmilyfirst #familyforever #myboothangs #missingmybaby #offgrid #sagemonkeys #weboutthatlife

You never know how tough you really are until you go through some shit and so with that said as of now I am NOT going to ask for another dime unless we happen to need it again sometime down the road... if that's okay with you? After a week of standing.. I am happy (ayy le sigh) to report that "Live Free" coughed up a new one last night and finally started!!!!! If I could put into words how blessed I was last night to not only receive the computer but then have Ashley and Dakota tell me "you don't owe us anything".....I would but with everything else going on I couldn't let the kids see me cry. It was a relief to hear "Live Free" breathe again and what I thought I couldn't do..I did. Ashley and Dakota...you will be blessed a thousand times over. Do you know the lengths they went for me with 7 kids of their own? Ashley delivered me 10 gallons of water and meeting her and her husband turned into "getting us out of the desert". When people are placed in your life for whatever reason..unbuckle your pride and ask for help. Had we not mentioned what the situation was with our van, who knows where we would be right now? To top it off, the gentleman that cleans the bathroom gave me $100 since he was unable to get me help last week and said "hopefully this helps with the van". The universe has looked out for my family during this entire journey and having been blessed I know my return has to be to bless others.... Thank you ever so kindly to everyone who donated money to help our family in our time of need...I don't know what the future holds right now but I know today will be a beautiful day... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #thankful #goodpeopledoexist #bendbutwontbreak #theuniverselookedoutforus #gladlyappreciated #strangersareclutch #payitforward #whathewontdo

Some of the best days of my life were lived this year.... All Well orchestrated by God.💕 . . . My travel Vlog would be on my channel soon; if your aren’t subscribed how will you see it?🤔 oya click the link in my bio💕💕💕 . . . #shotoniphone #iphone #lovers #baecation #vacationmode #younglove #blacklove #love #besttripever #bestfriendgoals #partyboat #summer19 #f4f #blackandkillingit #blacknomads #naijanomads #nature #unwind #postcardworthy #toronto #travelvlogs #travelphotography #travellover #adventurer #livingintentionally #9ja #blogger

Just can't make this ish up....so now the pull cord to the generator is snapping back? What does that mean? Arrrgghhh...like can a sis catch a break? My husband is gone...yeah that call turned into something else and it's just me and the kids out here. I face junking the van for a lil chump change...hoping the computer fixes the issue or having to figure out a way to get into town to catch a Greyhound out of here with no bags to carry our stuff! 39 hours and 4 transfers or hope the ancestors bless us and gets this van rolling so we can move from here.. Reception is spotty asf...my kids are crying and angry that Daddy is not here and I havent slept or eaten in 2 days. At this point I'm asking some questions of myself as a mother and a wife right now...trying to keep our dream alive and us together...but let a sis breathe. I am still asking for help from all of you because now more than ever...we need it!! That bus is gonna close me close to a $1000...not considering if I have to buy bags for our belongings and pay an overly priced Lyft to get in and out of town 4x... Keep us in your prayers. It's gettin real out here.... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #bendbutwontbreak #thestruggleisreal #freemyhubby #nonsense #dreamdeferred #onedayatatime

Told them to keep smiling! There will be bad days and there will be days filled with sunshine... It's imperative that through it all we never give up...no matter how high the hill is or no matter how tall the mountain. If we have feet we can still climb it..may take some time and a different path than expected but we are going to make it... Right now we are in a standstill and it's been a tough and trying one to say the least. Daddy says for everything that comes our way "We may bend but we will never break"... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #sometimesitgetshard #bendbutwontbreak #cantkeepusdown

Yesterday I felt alone, desperate and like I wanted to give up. The day before "someone" called Ranger Enforcement to say that we had been out here for more than 14 days. Although we had only been here for 10 ... one thing led to another and well the rest I have yet to comprehend nor digest.. I have struggled over the past day or two with putting my feelings into words.. We are faced with some difficult decisions and what could be a life altering path. I just wish like hell someone would have thought their call through before making it. You have changed our lives in a matter of minutes... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #strongerthanthis #bendbutwontbreak #thistooshallpass #wegonmakeit #familyfirst

Sea Turtle hatchlings at Cape Three Points @western_ghana . Most sea turtles found in Ghana are Olive Ridleys, which are almost 3 foot long, weighing about 80-100 pounds. A few leatherbacks nest every year on the beaches especially along the western part of Ghana. Ready for a trip? . . #ghana #westernghana #westernghana🇬🇭 #nature #wildlife #nationalgeographic #africa #beaches #accra #travel #backpack #blacknomads #upintheairlife

We stay being looked out for....word is born. Since we been here ...folks upon leaving just been dropping things off. Today it was water, Gatorade, and some snacks...I ain't complaining... Very much thankful cause they didn't have to leave us a thing...told my kids to be thankful even if you don't like it. The mere fact you got it and someone else doesn't is enough.... Now watch me eat all these Oatmeal Creme Pies in peace... #gladyoudontlikeit #moreforme #snacks #snackattack #thankful #grateful #oatmealcremepielovin #meandyou #datenight #thankyou #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad

Dinner time with my boo thangs!!! Although we have been stranded out here..we are now thicker than thieves. This whole journey has been nothing short of growth....please believe when I say we have had our moments of wanting to back out and take that long road back ...BUT the memories we are leaving our children with..PRICELESS!!! Yes they still argue..get on our nerves..get a time out or a spanking, cry, whine, bug us and smother us but we wouldn't have it any other way... And yeah we get into it too .but this has made us stronger as parents..stronger as a couple and better yet stronger as a family. Have a great evening everyone!!! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad #dinnertime #goodevening #theyintroublenow #earlybedtime

That's right you heard it here... Simply said you are the opportunity...you are the opening others need...you are the hand they need to hold...you are the runner leading the way...the running guard jumping out of formation to make sure others see and respect the crossing.. Sometimes the conversation isn't necessary but the action is..the actions are..create what you believe is lacking and always represent. If anyone here has the larger platform..share others pages who are on the same if not similar path as you. Shout em out..thank em..make sure they get the same light as you.. There's this thought that others have to pull themselves up to where you are in order to get any shine as if that takes away from the hard work you are doing by asking you to share...it doesn't! In the words of DMX : "Y'all been eatin' long enough now stop being greedy Just keep it real partner, give to the needy Ribs is touchin', so don't make me wait F!@# around and I'm gon' bite you and snatch the plate…" Naah just kidding but I think you get my drift...stop the clout chasing and SPREAD LOVE... it's the BROOKLYN way.. #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad #rizeandshine #bxborn #alwaysanewyawker #ruffryder #weouthere #youaintevenaskhowwedoin

Came across this yesterday..any of the van lifers aware of this site? Saw there was an application for solar systems....apparently they are giving them away to those in need wishing to be mobile or live off grid. And aside from this organization..and given my family's current situation I thought to myself "wouldn't it be great if the vanlife for persons of color " community had something similar to this? An organization or charity started by us that we could use to help one another in times of need...or a team to go out and assist with repairs, groceries or even just offer morale support face to face? Just some things that were on my mind as of last night..anyhow if anyone has had any experience with this organization (believe it's run by RTR' own Bob Wells).. #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad #gofundme #helpisontheway #eachoneteachone #ahelpinghand

Finally made some shelves for the “bathroom” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I put in some of my things to be sure I made things the right height. Tip for the future maybe measure your belongings before making the shelves 🤦🏽‍♀️. I placed a trim on the front so small things like Bobby pins don’t fall out. Still need to build more for the toilet space but this will do for now. I am running out of wood, trying to use every piece I can make work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On to Home Depot.... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #vanbathroom #bathroomcloset #vanlife #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #vancloset #diycamper #diycampervan #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #movingin

The graciousness of others has kept us afloat....sitting here minding our business and some gentleman came by and dropped off some more water, the ice left in his cooler and some Gatorade... Meanwhile in Sims; Kyra and Dewayne had a baby boy. I named him Zaiden Amiir Bonilla. Dewayne changed careers. He no longer works for the Restautant. He's now a medical doctor and Kyra decided she'll remain a Latte Artist for now. That Llama lady keeps coming by even though her truck has been fixed..bribing me with tasks to get money. I think she's pimpin out Kyra and Dewayne as I have yet to see a llama... Anywhoo laying here enjoying the breeze..and the sun. Counting our blessings thus far..kids are on their phones..Daddy is watching "Couples Retreat" for the over 100th time... Have a happy Sunday everyone!!!! And thank you to all those who have donated thus far....greatly appreciated!!! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad #rizeandshine #sunday #blessed #relaxation #minivacay #iaintseenatowninlike7days

Sharing again..... Our VenMo, and Cashapp... Please anything will help. As you know our vehicle gave out on us and we are stranded 25 miles outside of Carlsbad. We are in a safe area but we cannot stay here 4-Evuh!!! We have been lucky to have been helped during this time of need and ask that you keep sharing our story.. Thank you.. #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad #rizeandshine #desertmornings #blessedbeyondcompare #keepsharing #ourstory

Learning to cook doesn't always entail instructions and cooking classes..sometimes it's trial and error..remembering how food tasted or how Mom and Dad used to make it. Both my husband and I learned to cook by "standing in the kitchen ".... sometimes we ask the kids to come over and learn a thing or two BUT I am most proud when they take it upon themselves to come and sneak a peek... #vanlifewithkids #vanlifediaries #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #newmexico #cookinandlookin #mamaafrica #soulfulsundays #soulfood #comfortcooking #learningathingortwo #noinstructions

You know I am in this group on Facebook called "Drop Yo Selfie" and I have yet to drop one because so many people in that group are haters!!! Growing up I did not like the face I saw staring back at me. Granted I had that "lightskin privilege" within the black community I still had a long face (thank you Grandma Betty and my pops Dezo R.i.p.)...I also had a 5 head courtesy of the Dawson clan..wore glasses and at one time braces! Every guy I liked swore I was ugly... and I say all of this to say today I love who I am. I love the color of my eyes...and the beautiful beholders of me I have created aka my babies...I love how each of them resemble me in some shape or form because they are a testament to my beauty both inside and out. I constantly find myself leaving one and only message to those in the group who post selfies and are picked on and that is "beauty is in the eye of the beholder, everyone else with anything less to say can go kick rocks or play in traffic"... Yep. I Said it. Sometimes as positive as one can be..a little stinging humor doesn't hurt... I hate to see people torn to shreds over the face they were given cause I remember what it felt like..but today HUNNY...I am not even here for it... #rizeandshine #morningglow #minivacay #alldayeveryday #vanlifewithkids #vanlifediaries #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #falliscoming #nomakeupneeded #iamme #youareyou #beautyisintheeyeofthebeholder #loveyourself #perfectlymade

Moving my clothes in😁 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I am a clothes hoarder who wears the same 10 outfits but I feel like I have to have options. Also New England Weather= 85 degrees one day and 60 the next. You have to be prepared for anything so I intentionally built this closet with enough space to hang clothes and fold clothes. I have two bars to hang clothes, I hang most of my clothing and as I move in the van I am giving up my industrial steamer.(cue tears 😭) I got this closet storage unit for all of the clothes usually in drawers such as undergarments, pjs, undershirts, and graphic tees. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Honestly I know this is overload for a van but I hope this is enough space. I guess I have to start bringing stuff to goodwill. I don’t know about anyone else but as soon as I bring stuff to goodwill I am always looking for something I donated after. So this will take a lot of time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On to the next task.... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #vanlife #vanlifediaries #vanbuild #diyvanbuild #diy #vancloset #vanclothing #diycamper #diycampervan #diycamperconversion #promastercampervan #promasterconversion #diyvanconversion #blackvanlife #blacknomads #solovanlife #solofemalevanlife #clotheshoarder #movingin #vansclothes #vandweller #vandwelling #blackvandweller

Spending some time under the cool breeze trying not to let this setback get to us...computer should be here Wednesday. In the meantime...watching a movie with the kids...some Alvin and the Chipmunks double feature I picked up at the dollar store... Enjoying the view from the backdoor.....thinking ..thinking... #vanlifewithkids #vanlifediaries #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad #anotherdesert #anotherday #gonnabealongweekend #wednesday #fingerscrossed

If anyone is having problems with Paypal or GoFundMe or Cashapp please Venmo us. The fix for the van did not work so the mechanic believes at this point in time it is most definitely the computer... Took the computer out and we are looking at a weeks wait for the part to come in maybe longer... Meanwhile we are trying to figure out our next move in case that doesn't solve our issue...please keep us in your thoughts and prayers...any ideas send em our way. We need all the help we can get down to research or making a phone call if you know a thing or two we don't know...anything will help at this point!!! Thanks!!! And let's remain positive....the universe has greatness in store for us!!! #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad

The kids have so a good time when we play "Court"...usually because the bailiff takes off after someone... Today was the defense attorney aka Noe who then later proceeded to hit me aka the judge in the head with a rock..excuse the language. That damn lil pebble hurt like hell and hit me square in the forehead. My head already big as it is ..now I got this lil extra lumpity lump on it...had to adjourn and call for a recess... as you see she escaped the Bailiff and the the witness aka Kenji had to be gotten after as well. Don't think I did too well handling my court room today...I'll try again tomorrow... #vanlife #blackfamiliestravel #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #vanlifewithkids #newmexico #locohills #hackberrylake #hackberrylakeohvarea #carlsbad #rizeandshine #desertmornings #judgemama #thecaseoftherobbery

They out here playing "Horsey"...Noe walking around telling her brothers to tie her up so she can take them for a ride lol.... The things they play.... #vanlifewithkids #vanlifediaries #blackbrownandbeautiful #blackvanlife #blacknomads #onedayatatime #thejourneywithin #nomadswithkids #summertime #nowheretogo #findingself #blackfamiliestravel #carlsbad #hackberrylake #ourstory #goodmorning #horsey #yahsisyah