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Hayley: 'Her Who Dreams' website

Photo by Stella Crick

Photo by Marty the rad surf guide

ROAR: It is evident you are very creative soul. Was this passion instilled in you growing up? Who played a role in supporting your creativity?

Hayley: Well Thank you :) Growing up I was definitely not good at maths or numbers etc ( I still don't know my times tables haha) But I guess I always tried to see the beauty in everything and had a very active imagination. For example I thought I was a mermaid until I was about 12 and would snorkel in the bath and pretend I was under the sea. My parents always encouraged me to be who I was 100% and to believe in my dreams.

Photo By Richard Kotch

Photo by Richard Kotch

ROAR: Where did you grow up and how did your environment play a role in making you who you are today?

Hayley: I grew up in Sunny Coffs Hardbour until I was 16 and then we moved to Penrith..(yes I know...huge change) Coffs was all I knew..... it was where all my family and friends were but as strange as it sounds Penrith was a great move. It was in Penrith that I finished school and became serious about whitewater Kayaking and I grew into the women I am today. Changing schools and being put into such a foreign environment only makes you stronger. Doing sport at a high level taught me to push myself and to work hard to achieve goals.When I finished school I realized that I wanted to be back by the ocean and wanted to surf everyday. Living in the northern Beaches makes me a happy Vegemite, It is a beautiful community to be apart of with so many awesome people doing great things and living here makes me smile everyday! 

ROAR: What are some creations and designs that you have been involved in recently and currently that you are excited and passionate about?
Hayley: I guess the biggest thing is my website, www.herwhodreams.com I wrote a book a few years ago called A Girl Like U which was all about encouraging young girls and women to be inspired and encouraged to live the best life they can. My website is just a continuation of that. Life is hard sometimes and I wanted somewhere for girls to go to feel inspired if they are having a bad day. I wanted to share yummy food that I create and just have a space where they can go to get a big smile on their face. I just want this to grow and grow and grow!  You can also follow my Facbook and Instagram and YouTube.

ROAR: We have noticed that you collaborate with and support other creative inspirational people. What is the importance of this to you? 

Hayley: There are soooo many amazing girls and women out there doing such amazing things! I think its important to show off these people and for anyone to be able to see their stories and hopefully they can read something that resonates with them and encourages them to be the best they can be. 

ROAR: We see you as a great role model for young women. What is some advice you would give to girls growing up trying to figure out who they are and what they what to give and achieve in life?

HayleyOnce again thank you. I really do hope so :) I guess I just want to empart what i have learnt along the way with as many girls as possible. My life isnt all rainbows and sunflowers (even if it looks that way from my instagram,) I have days where I feel sad, I have struggled with weight, I have struggled with self worth, With mean girls, with heart ache and although none of us girls have the same life troubles, I do think we can learn from each other and unite. Being kind and smiling is important and believing in yourself are a few of the things that can help. 
 

ROAR: What is something you are really excited about for 2014?

Hayley: I guess I am always excited about life in general...every day you wake up and you really don't know what is going to happen in that day. Life is a gift and everyday is an opportunity to do your very best and create the type of life that you want! I really do hope that the year ahead holds some wonderful adventures, time with my loved ones and I hope Her Who Dreams grows into something really rad! 

Photo by Stella Crick

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Alison Turner: Van Life & Photography

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Have you ever thought of living out of a van? We have! Alison is the real deal when it comes to van life! We are constantly inspired and amazed at the adventures her and her puppy Max get up to in America. Read on to find out how Alison changed her life to follow her passions and check out some of her beautiful pictures.  You can check out Alison's adventures on Facebook, Instagram, blog and her website just click the hyperlinks. 

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ROAR: Tell us a bit about your background and upbringing that has allowed you to make choices to live a creative and passionate lifestyle?  

Alison: I was born and raised in Southern California and my family had a station wagon that we took everywhere to camp and explore.  I suppose camping resonated with me at a young age and I’ve loved it ever since.  My mother is an artist and when I was younger, I hated being dragged along to her shows and going to her classes. I wasn’t into art much then, but I can’t imagine my life without it now.  I was raised with a father and grandfather that had very strong work ethics so when I went to school and years later, I worked hard in corporate advertising until it became too unhealthy for me.  My father died at a young age of 55 so I wanted to be able to explore and do things now.  You never know when your time might be up.  

ROAR: What inspired you to live a life in a van with your favourite friend Max? Tell us a couple of highlights of the van lifestyle.

Alison: Before there was “Campy”, my van, there was “Trailie” my teardrop trailer and I spent two years traveling with a tent.  After the two years in the tent, I had my eye on a campervan and researched it for many months until I found the perfect one.  I jumped on it and haven’t regretted it at all. The van is so much more luxurious then living out of a tent.  I loved the trailer but the way I travel, I like to change my direction at a moments notice so the van works well for that type of travel.  I feel safer too.  One of the highlights on the first few camping trips was a refrigerator!  I didn’t have to mess with an ice chest anymore!  It sounds simple but man, it was such a delight to have a cold drink ready whenever I wanted one.  Unfortunately, it’s had problems since then and stopped working.  But I will cherish those days when it worked like a charm.  I don’t plan as I go along so every day is a surprise.  I have found some nice campsites just by chance and some of my favorite moments are waking up and looking out the window to the forest, listening to waves or the creek. Those first moments in the morning are the best.  Then it gets even better after coffee is made.

ROAR: What inspired you to live a life in a van with your favourite friend Max? Tell us a couple of highlights of the van lifestyle.

Alison: Before there was “Campy”, my van, there was “Trailie” my teardrop trailer and I spent two years traveling with a tent.  After the two years in the tent, I had my eye on a campervan and researched it for many months until I found the perfect one.  I jumped on it and haven’t regretted it at all. The van is so much more luxurious then living out of a tent.  I loved the trailer but the way I travel, I like to change my direction at a moments notice so the van works well for that type of travel.  I feel safer too.  One of the highlights on the first few camping trips was a refrigerator!  I didn’t have to mess with an ice chest anymore!  It sounds simple but man, it was such a delight to have a cold drink ready whenever I wanted one.  Unfortunately, it’s had problems since then and stopped working.  But I will cherish those days when it worked like a charm.  I don’t plan as I go along so every day is a surprise.  I have found some nice campsites just by chance and some of my favorite moments are waking up and looking out the window to the forest, listening to waves or the creek. Those first moments in the morning are the best.  Then it gets even better after coffee is made.

ROAR: How do you survive financially living in a van and exploring many destinations?

AIison: saved my money when I worked in Advertising, made some good investments (buying a home), and I rent my home out when I travel.  I have freelance jobs here and there but I am not getting rich by any means.  I travel smart and stay with friends, walmart, or free land camping.  Also, I make all of my meals in campy and don’t buy a lot of “stuff.” The most expensive travel expense is gas.

ROAR: What are some exciting achievements since undertaking this project and starting your website?

Alison: Oh man… not sure I can list them all.  I am so fortunate that people are recognizing my images and giving me opportunities to shoot, be in a show, or license what I already have. It has really been a blessing.

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Noel, Bev & Midge: Grey Nomads

While heading south on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, we stopped in the town of Lorne. When we were walking through the local caravan park we spied one of the biggest motor homes we have seen yet. We always love checking out other people's set up's, it give's us idea's for our own van. We couldn't help but strike up a conversation with the couple and their dog.

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Noel, Bev and Midge the dog had just pulled in to Lorne and were about to explore the town when we met them. It was so great to chat with these seasoned grey nomads. They really have lived an amzing life, it was so inspiring to hear their stories. They have lived on a boat with their two children, sailing around the world for 6 years, travelled to 48 countries and lived in their current motor home for 3 years, exploring Australia. 

They also currently run an online business, a broker company that promotes, provides profiles and sells businesses. What amazing achievements, they have definitely lived a full life and there's no stopping them, they both still have lots of fun things to do on their bucket list, which includes Bev's dream to sky dive.  

It is so much fun meeting people on the road and talking about how rewarding a life of adventure can be. We learnt a lot from our chat with Noel and Bev, thanks for the free camping tips and must see towns to visit.

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Jess chatting with Bev about her dream to sky dive.

Jess chatting with Bev about her dream to sky dive.

Midge, one of the most chilled dogs we've met.

Midge, one of the most chilled dogs we've met.

Jonny getting free camping tips from Bev and Noel.

Jonny getting free camping tips from Bev and Noel.

Noel and Bev's business.

Noel and Bev's business.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Bev and Noel, we wish you all the best with your adventures.

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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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