“Lone Viajera”

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While exploring Paris on my own I had plenty of time to take in the color and sites of the city. As the daughter of a builder, I’m a huge fan of architecture, so many of my pictures will reflect this.

I’ve always had a bug for travel. My family took a lot of road trips when I was growing up, but as a family of 5, we didn’t often fly, if at all in my recollection. Either way, I didn’t care! In our navy and white conversion van we were content exploring new places. I wanted to travel out of the country as a teenager and in college but my Dad was a bit protective, you might say, so, maybe a couple of weeks after I got married, I got myself a passport with no trip in mind, but just because I could. My husband and I have explored many places together, with friends, for ministry, work, and vacation. He’s the best traveling companion ever, flexible, adventurous, open to new places and things, so we make a great team.

BUT, sometimes I jump at the chance to travel on my own (thus the name “Lone Viajera” which is Spanish-ish for “solo traveller) to interview people and hear their stories, collaborate efforts for my non-profit work, visit girlfriends, or just tagging along on one of Jason’s business trips. I’ve developed quite a fondness for solo travel, just enough to be refreshed and recharged for the beautiful mess that is our lives.

I’m not going to lie…I’m a better “me” when Momma’s had a mini-break from “we.”

Peeking through the door of an old French carriage house in the Loire Valley countryside.

Peeking through the door of an old French carriage house in the Loire Valley countryside.

 

Part of my mission as #loneviajera will be traveling as the Founder of Bevy Girls, a non-profit organization I started several years ago with my friends. Prior to arriving to a destination, I will invite a couple of women to gather a handful of women, maybe at a coffee shop or restaurant, or make them a nourishing meal (something else about which I am passionate) or facilitate a short day or overnight retreat. During our time together I’ll encourage them that they have a story, one which is important and necessary to share! If you want to learn more about the importance of sharing your story or would like to gather your Bevy of friends for a get together or host a small retreat, email me at adexoxox at gmail dot com

(P.S. I’m not selling anything. I just love it when women come TOGETHER!)

When I branch out on my own I like to walk for miles and miles. These toes were tired and needed to feel the cool ground of a beautiful rose garden on a hill overlooking Auckland, NZ.

When I branch out on my own I like to walk for miles and miles. These toes were tired and needed to feel the cool ground of a beautiful rose garden on a hill overlooking Auckland, NZ.

 

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