the nativ nomads
"Hey guys! We are Thomas, Kelly and Ayva from @roamingwilsons. Fun fact about us, a little over three years ago we decided to take a nerve-racking (and exciting) leap and bought a 38ft bus to convert into a tiny home on wheels. We had no experience in building/converting and had never set foot in an RV, but we were all in and ready to make our dream of traveling and living life differently, a reality. Since taking this leap, we have traveled over 20,000 miles through 2 countries, 28 states, and 5 provinces! We are now back to living in Northwest Arkansas, working (Kelly is a mental health therapist and Thomas is an Occupational Therapist) and getting ready to welcome our baby boy into the world. We are our happiest when outdoors-hiking, kayaking, skiing, surfing, etc. and Arkansas has so much beauty to offer. We are so excited to be a part of the Nativ Nomads community and are looking forward to taking you all along on our Arkansas and beyond adventures :)."
dring creative: daniel dring + emily barganier
People always say, “do what you love, and you won’t work a day in your life” or “follow your passion.” We struggled with that advice because we always found ourselves burnt out or not interested in one specific thing. Pinballing our way through life, we always found ourselves sitting by a campfire, in a tent, riding some type of board, in the woods, or on the water. A blurry snapchat story was all we had to show for some of the most unique and amazing experiences. Finally, we picked up a camera. This allowed us to bring all our interests together and effectively document and share these amazing experiences. Now, we have set our lifestyle up to purposefully chase new experiences and share them with others.
My name is Mary Mickler. I’m just a gal in her mid-twenties who simultaneously decided to start travel nursing and living in a conversion van last year and made it happen just in time to hit the road in December. Eight months on the road has taken me through CO, UT, NV, CA, and now WA. When not working I am usually out climbing, hiking, camping, running, or playing music with a ragtag bunch of people I met climbing in Yosemite Valley this past spring. I cannot say enough wonderful words about the people I’ve met out on the road and how perfect this lifestyle is for me. I’m having the time of my life, and it’s still just getting started.. To wrap it all up, I thought I’d share a quote with you guys that I stumbled across before I left Fayetteville, AR (where my ICU staff job was), and one I have found to be so true. I have revisited this quote more times than I count— “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be attained by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain
"What is the American Dream? We thought we did it all right. We found adult jobs in a big city, got married, bought a house, got our pup, took our yearly vacation, and thought: "We did it! We are living the American Dream". However, five years down the line we wondered why we didn't feel fulfilled; we had everything we wanted, right? We realized that, while it appeared we were doing all of the right things, it wasn't what was right for us- it wasn't OUR dream. We decided right then to find a way to live life more freely, and be able to see more of the world. We later sold it all to live in less than 200 sq. ft., with the whole world as our backyard. It has been a year and a half of living full-time on the road, in our converted school bus, and we couldn't be happier! This is our American Dream."