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Sash & Bo: Inked in Colour

A beautiful picture of Sash and Bo from inkedincolour.com

A beautiful picture of Sash and Bo from inkedincolour.com

The internet can be a wonderful thing, a way to share stories and connect with people, we feel blessed to have met Sash and Bo because of such a medium. Our love of sharing thoughts, pictures and stories online through our blogs, brought us together.   

Sash lives on the West of Australia and we live on the East, when we realised we would be passing through her home town we decided to meet up and get to know the girls behind 'Inked in Colour'. We had the best afternoon at Samudra in Dunsborough with this beautiful mother daughter duo, eating lots of yummy food and talking about the ups and downs of life. 
 

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Jess with Sash and Bo

Jess with Sash and Bo

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Jonny and Bo

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Jonny & Bo picking fresh herbs from Samudra's garden.

Jonny & Bo picking fresh herbs from Samudra's garden.

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ROAR: You are a talented and creative writer and actress. What inspired you to delve into these avenues?

Sash: I grew up in a very creative house. My mother is a multi-medium creative artist, we always had paints and cameras and clay on hand to create with. A passion for creativity was instilled in all of us at a very young age. When I was kid I knew I wanted to work in the arts and by the time I was in high school I was performing in several professional and semi-professional theatre companies, working in TV shows and I was pretty passionate about it all. After I finished high school I went to drama school to become more finely tuned in the art of performance.

Somewhere in my very early twenties my focus changed and I became totally obsessed with the outside world. I got on a plane and I disappeared into the great unknown for many years on and off… Everything I saw and experienced has fuelled my desire to learn and my desire to create and to share. Traveling literally changed the very fabric of my life.

ROAR: What is Inked in Colour? 

Sash: Inked in colour is essentially a personal blog. It is a place where I share my own journey, the good and the bad. I’m a big believer in honesty and the importance of sharing the human experience. It’s a wild and emotional ride, this life business, and I think that we don’t connect enough with our world or with each other. We seem to be taught to detach from the world and I want to bring that attachment back to my own life.

Inked in Colour is my own little corner of the internet, it is the story of my own personal life through pictures and words but it’s more than just that. It is a place where people come together to discuss social quirks, political issues and parenting. Inked in colour is a celebration of the human experience in all its glory, the good and the bad. The love, the laughter, the grief and the loss. The human experience is what connects us all and even though we don’t all follow the same path, we are all in this together.

ROAR: What goals do you  have for the future of your blog?

Sash: As I grow and change, the blog grows along with me. In the few weeks Inked in Colour is going through a bit of a facelift. As I find new direction in my life as my marriage ends and a new life begins, my blog changes along with me. With a stronger focus on the community and the creative, Inked is set to grow with a few exciting new projects in the works. I don’t know exactly what the future brings (in the blog or in life in general) but that’s the beauty of the blogging medium, it’s so flexible, there is so much room to grow and so much room for creativity and expression. It’s really quite exciting!

ROAR: The last few years you have lived in a tiny village in Java, Indonesia. What was that like?

Sash: Living in remote Indonesia was an amazing experience. I went there with an open mind and a sense of adventure. I wanted to experience life completely out of my every day norm, and that’s exactly what I got. I didn’t know how long I would last with no hot water, language skills in an earthquake zone… but I stayed for three years. It’s amazing how you can learn to live with so little and be happy. I became a better person from my time spent in Indonesia. I gained so much, including a beautiful daughter. I learned a new language, I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. I fell in love with the place and it’s beautiful people. I went to Indonesia a wayward wild child, and I came back to Australia as a (still a little wayward) adult… I know who I am now, and that’s a pretty amazing gift a place can give a person!

ROAR: How has your precious daughter Bo changed your life?

Sash: I think anyone who has ever loved a child can tell you that having a child changes everything about your life. It’s not just the lack of sleep or the change in routine or the hit you take to your social life… for me, having Bo changed the very fabric of my soul. Before she was born, I knew that she was remarkable… but she is 16 months old now and every day she teaches me more than I could ever, ever teach her. She has changed the shape of my day to day life, but she has also made me more patient, more kind, more gentle and much more aware of the world around me. Being a parent is perhaps the most universal human experience. When I first held Bo, in one second I was every mother in the world, and she was every child. The world looks so different through that lens. I am much more compassionate than I was before, and much more emotional. I want to make the world a better place for my child to live in…

ROAR: From reading your blog we have noticed  your love for  humanity and support for human rights. What do you hope to achieve in these areas? 

Sash: I have a real passion for human rights. I think that in our fast paced modern world that it’s so easy to become complacent. We are so lucky in Australia to have so much opportunity and safety and equality… that it’s really easy to forget that the rest of the world isn’t like this. I’m just wrapping up my masters at the moment, with my final semester looming… With a masters in Social Change I hope to be able to work at a community level here in Australia and overseas, helping to facilitate change and better the quality of life for people at a grass roots level. How we live had a direct effect on how we feel… I think that anything any of us can do to help someone else change their own world for the better is worth doing. I think we all have a responsibility to do good things for our world and for each other… can you imagine if we all just did a little bit? The world would be a much better place.

 

Thank you Sash and Bo for such a special afternoon and taking the time to share your story. We can't wait to come back to Western Australia for another visit. Untill then we can keep up with them through Sash's blog 'Inked in Colour'. Be sure to check it out, link below. 

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Craig & Kelly: Teeny Tiny Living Space... Huge Back Yard

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We were surfing at Gravs, Norah Head, NSW, Australia when we spotted a cool looking adventure mobile. We love talking to people about their lifestyle, so I approached the family to find out more. Craig and Kelly along with their three beautiful children, Indi, Keanu and Tao have moved into their van full time and were in the preparation stage, getting ready to start their road trip and explore Australia. It was so nice to hang out with these guys and talk about van living and the amazing opportunities that come along with this alternate lifestyle. Craig worked as a truck driver but wanted to spend more time with his family and see more of our beautiful country. So they made the decision to live the van life full time. I told the children how lucky they were to have such great parents and Indi replied "I know they take us everywhere" such a cutie. We gave them some rebel on a rainbow stickers for the road and hope to catch up with Craig and the crew soon and have a camp fire or a surf. You can follow their adventures on the blog link provided below.  What inspirational people to be giving their children such an adventurous upbringing.

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Sarah & Stefaan: Miles & Miles

Lake Hawea, New Zealand.

Lake Hawea, New Zealand.

You know that feeling you get when you just want to take a year off and travel the world (umm yes, every day!)  Well Sarah and Stefaan are a beautiful couple who did just that. They turned their dreams into reality, worked hard, saved and left on the journey of a lifetime. We have been following their adventures on Instagram and their website Miles & Miles and couldn't help but be inspired (and a little jealous hehe) of their wanderlust life style. They truly are an example of 'The Passionate Living Network'.

What lead you to take the leap and start your own adventure?

We always knew we wanted to do a trip like this. After working full-time as Designers in NYC for almost 6 years, we started talking seriously about an adventure around the world for an entire year. As much as we both love to travel, neither of us had seen much of the world. Feeling burnt out from long hours at work and ready for a change, we decided it was the right time in our lives to take the leap. We worked hard to save the money for our adventure by renting out our apartment and taking on freelance on top of our full-time jobs. It was exhausting at times, but once the idea was there, there was no turning back.

How long have you been traveling for? 

We began our adventure on March 19, 2012. It’ll be 1 year in about a week and we’re excited to report that we’re able to extend the journey for an extra month!

How have your travels changed your outlook on life? 

Making the decision to leave our family and friends, and our secure jobs was a difficult one. We knew we were ready for a big change and this was, in our opinion, the best way to close the door on one thing and open it on another. We’ve learned an overwhelming amount about ourselves this past year. Not only have we been exposed to many different cultures and landscapes, but we have also learned so much about problem solving and working through things together. Traveling isn’t always easy and it’s been important for us to step out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves to make everyday an adventure. We haven’t had much time to digest everything since we’ve been so focused on what to do next, where to go, where to sleep tonight, etc. This trip will continue to change our lives for a long long time.

What do you do for finical support? 

Our plan was to save enough money so that we could go the year without working. It’s meant that we can’t afford to do some of the things that you would on a vacation, but so far so good!

Can you pick a favourite destination? 

We’ve loved so many places that we’ve seen on this trip, but would have to make Iceland #1. It’s raw, natural beauty, friendly and inspiring culture combined with some of the most epic geography we’ve ever seen makes it stand out the most. We can’t wait to go back!

What does the future hold?

After being on the road for an entire year, we’re still inspired by other people and their adventures. We realized how many people are encouraged by seeing the world through our photos and in the future we’d love to make adventuring more accessible to others. Looking back on our entire trip, our favorite parts were exploring new places while living out of our vehicle (van, car, motorcycle). We’re hoping all these things combined with our passion to work for ourselves will lead to something exciting in the future. Big plans ahead, so stay tuned!

Cappadocia, Turkey.

Cappadocia, Turkey.

Iceland.

Iceland.

Nong Khiaw, Laos.

Nong Khiaw, Laos.

Chamonix, France.

Chamonix, France.

Montepertuso, Italy.

Montepertuso, Italy.

Luang Prabang, Laos.

Luang Prabang, Laos.

Istria, Croatia.

Istria, Croatia.

hank you so much Sarah and Stefaan for sharing your passionate life with us. It is inspiring to see a couple living their dreams together. So happy that you could extend your trip for another month, cant wait to see more pics! 

Can't get enough of these two, check out all the places they have been and their future adventures on their website Miles & Miles, link below.

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James & Rachel: Idle Theory Bus

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We have loved following Idle Theory Bus and their adventures across America. We are so excited to share their passionate story with you and hope you are inspired to live your own dreams.

Who is Idle Theory Bus?

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What led you to take the leap and live the VanLife?

We acquired Sunshine in North Carolina and drove her out to California a few years back. Volkswagon love strikes suddenly, permanently, and without warning. Our bus has changed our lives. After graduating university, we lived in the van for eight months, poor as hell, doing work on small organic farms in exchange for a place to crash and food.

We’ve lived in apartments for stints since then, but whenever we’re confined to one place, we get itchy. About a month later we’re planning a move back into the bus. It’s our home.

What do you do for financial support?

The balance of work and leisure fascinates us. The Idle Theory of our lifestyle is to have the means to achieve freedom from obligation. Living creatively requires a huge surplus of time, which money can buy.  So, as we all know but hate to admit, money is crucial. You don’t really need that much of it to do what we do, though.

Rachel has a fair amount of wine knowledge and has always found work as a server. Luckily, the restaurant industry is for vagabonds. Coming and going is part of the trade.

James has been fortunate to make films for a living, though the balance of work and leisure becomes incredibly (wonderfully) complicated when you make art for money. For the past year, he’s had a blast as the content creator for DIY surf channel Korduroy.tv.

What inspires you?

Those who have found a way to live off the grid. The poetry of Robinson Jeffers.  Awesome VW mechanics. Peaches fresh off the tree. The wise innocence of Richard Brautigan. Finding cold water in the desert. The detail of a hummingbird’s nest. Carrot cake.

But really, we are most inspired by the moving miracles we find in the wild. We spend a lot of our idle time on back roads, in forests of Douglas fir or in the painted hills of the American West’s varied deserts. The diversity of our planet is overwhelming, and we feel honored to have experienced some of it.

What does the future hold for Rachel, James and Sunshine?

2013 is an exciting year for us. We are on a trip north through California, and the plan is to make it to the Canadian border by year’s end. That is, if Sunshine allows us that distance. There will be a lot of backpacking, some farm work, and probably a few inevitable breakdowns. We are stoked to be on the road!

Rachel is developing a graphic novel based on the comic strips we have on our site. Ataraxia might be complete by the year’s end. 

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We are also releasing a web series that documents our travels and the people we meet, called Bus Stops. The first episode will be available in late March/early April. Keep an eye out on www.idletheorybus.com

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Cant get enough of James, Rachel and Sunshine, click on the links below and get lost in their adventures.

 James' film work has also been featured online on Korduroy TV http://beta.korduroy.tv/ 

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Thank you so much for sharing your story guys, feeling very inspired! Have fun driving to Canada, good luck with your Ataraxia graphic novel and can't wait to watch your Bus Stop web series.  

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Theron & Maddie: This Wild Idea

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We absolutely love 'This Wild Idea'.  Theron Murphy had a goal to share the stories of everyday people, with everyday people, genius!  He travelled all 50 states of America, interviewing one person a day and the result is amazing.  You can check out Theron and the stories on his website, link below. 

Theron's current venture is with his beautiful dog Maddie.  O my gosh this dog is amazing.  She is the star of the show and the muse of Theron's new project, a book called 'Maddie on Things', which is filled with images of Maddie on all sorts of objects.  Be sure to check out more of Maddie on the website, link below.

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heron is also the brains behind 'Why We Resuce', a project across New York City that shares the stories of people who have rescued animals.  Theron's photography of these beutiful dogs and their owners, along with their touching stories is a way to raise awareness for the cause.  "It's about discovering and sharing the stories of how rescuing animals changes our lives." (http://www.thiswildidea.com/webroot/nyc/)  Check out these cute dogs and their humans through the link below.

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Cant get enough, check out this video.  For more sweet clips click on the This Wild Idea Vimeo link below.

We absolutely love and support what you do, thanks for the inspiration Theron and Maddie.  

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