As you may have gathered, I'm a single mom of 2 amazing children (don't we all say that?!). I have a teenage daughter and a pre-teen son...Pray for me, people, it's
about to get extremely hormonal in my house! :P
My passion for traveling began long ago during a class trip to France when I was 16. I loved every single second of that trip and vowed that I must see more of the world as I got older.
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education waayyyy back in 2002 and have taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
I loved teaching, but when my children were born, I wanted to stay home and be their primary caregiver, their teacher, and never miss a moment of their childhood.
My husband (at the time) and I were able to take some fun vacations with the kids when they were young. Because of his work schedule, I also ventured out on my own and traveled with the kids by myself as well.
Of course, we love local travel and spend a lot of time exploring our awesome state of Michigan and surrounding states!
When I became a single mom in 2014, I decided to test my newfound independence and traveled to Europe alone. It was my "Eat, Pray, Love" experience - it changed how I saw myself (brave, adventurous, and smarter than I gave myself credit for) and also how I saw the world.
I began to see how imperative it is to not just learn about other countries, people, and cultures from books, but to actually experience it all firsthand!
I took several more solo trips in the following years (and I continue to do so) - many abroad and also domestic around the US. Traveling alone has provided me the opportunity to really stretch my comfort zone and meet new people.
Of course, traveling with my kids is different now that I'm a single mom.
There are many more logistical issues to figure out (how do I navigate the airport without someone to help keep an eye on them?, what should they do if something happens to me while traveling?, who can help in an emergency?) but I refuse to let being single stop me from my passions and giving my kids the best life!
So how can I help you?
We're More Than Just Words on Your Screen...
My name is Lindy and I'm addicted to coffee, Netflix, reading, Pinterest, and hiking - the first step is admitting you have a problem right?! Oh, and I haven't met a glass of wine that I didn't like... ;)
I'm a real person who struggles with balancing work life, mom life, and a very limited social life.
I'm back to teaching now and it keeps me very busy during the school year (plus I'm taking grad classes on top of my hectic schedule right now!) but I absolutely love what I do.
Currently, I'm working with students with special needs so I have a passion for helping children succeed. As the famous quote says, "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
As a teacher, I have the summers "off" (anyone in education knows that we're not really off that whole time...) and I was blessed to travel down to Costa Rica to volunteer in an orphanage one year.
That experience changed my life. I lived with a local Costa Rican family and was welcomed with open arms.
Every day, I traveled over an hour to get to the school for these kids, which was located in the slum district of San Jose. I saw people living in the poorest conditions and as I got to know them, they were still full of joy and hope.
It was like the clouds parted for me on that trip - it wasn't material possessions that make people happy! It's about connectedness with others, vulnerability to share our weaknesses, and sharing our gifts with the world.
When I came home, I made a drastic decision to downsize. Now, that doesn't mean that I sold all of our possessions and we live on the streets...
But I did sell the house we were living in and we moved into a smaller rental home. We did sell and donate a lot of our extra clothes, toys, electronics, etc. that were keeping us from spending quality time together.
Why did I become a minimalist? It's so that I can keep more of the money that I make to do what truly make me (and the kids) happy - traveling and sharing what we can with others.
Do you have the same desire?
Now Meet the Princess
Anna is and will always be my little princess. She is a miniature version of myself and sometimes it catches me off guard.
She's an old soul full of wisdom and grace, like her name suggests. She is self-confident, outgoing, with a magnetic personality. She's empathetic to a fault, and sees the many injustices in the world and has a heart to right them.
Her dream is to become a neonatal nurse so that she can care for premature babies - as she once was. Her compassion and love will no doubt be her guiding force in life.
And My Little Prince
Luke is my spirited little man. He is the energy force that has the power to move mountains.
He plays just about every sport imaginable (it's the only way to release all that energy!) but also still loves to snuggle his mama.
Beneath the bundle of action that he is, Luke has a heart of gold. He has a heart for other students with special needs, always being chosen as one of their "buddies." He is inclusive and a leader and I can't wait to see where he goes in the future.
I hope you'll join us as I share about my experiences with traveling solo and with my kids - and also share your own stories and tips. Let's all learn from each other here and on all the social media sites (you know you're all on them too ;)!