Why Our Family is Traveling the USA in a Converted School Bus for Mental Health Awareness

So many of us have resisted sharing our stories because it has felt like too much—too uncomfortable, too personal, too risky. I know I have. But Tim and I have reached a point in our lives where it’s no longer acceptable for us to sit back; no matter how unsettling it is to leave the familiar, predictable, and reliable, we know we must move

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The Nutcracker Epiphany. Aspen CO. December 2018

I’ve been telling myself that when our family finally gets on the bus, then… THEN, I’ll stop and connect more with my surroundings and live in the spirit of wide wonder. However, I’ve been noticing more often that it’s easier for me to push living in the moment to the side as though completing a to-do list has a higher pay off than participating in life. It doesn’t matter how much I actually have to do. Planning a large-scale American tour or cleaning the bathroom carry the same amount of weight in my mind. 

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A Conversation to the Airport

After a few minutes the driver speaks. “What’s anxiety?”

I think about it for a moment. “Well, for me, when I’m experiencing it, it feels like a constant motor running within. When I’m anxious, my fear dictates everything.  It feels like I am waiting for something really bad to happen, even if there is no real danger in sight. You know?”

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