Life Surfing. The Urban Dictionary definition: To absorb the ups and downs of life with grace and in the moment. Like riding the perfect wave.
We have been learning a lot about Life Surfing and as is often the case, difficult circumstances precede the actual gaining of solid knowledge. Last fall, while living in Wilmington, we found ourselves deep in the trough of a particularly large wave of misfortune. It was in the midst of those difficult times that we realized there were options available to us. Instead of being battered, and tossed about by life’s circumstances why not figure out how to ride that wave instead? Harness the power of the moment. Get on top of our circumstances and actually surf them.
It was about living life rather than being a victim. The biggest thing for us was we got really honest about what we wanted out of life. If we could do anything we wanted what would it be? If we were to authentically act on our true desires, what would we be doing?
1. Living sustainably.
2. Enjoy a fun and full family life.
3. Paying it forward .
Our main business is a successful local organic catering company so we know a lot about cooking healthy, made from scratch meals for large groups of people. Feeding and educating others with free local, farm fresh, and organic food was something we could do.
We had the outline, now we needed to walk it out. Be the change we wanted to see. We started by doing what we could. First we downsized. We sold, gifted, and donated 95% of our belongings! All of our furniture, boxes and boxes of books, our beloved vinyl album collection, dishes, televisions, at least 90% of our clothing, piles of accumulated toys, etc. Lastly we moved out of the beautiful three bedroom ski chalet we had been calling home for the last three years in southern Vermont. By the time we drove out of town on a cold January morning everything we owned was crammed into our 13 year old station wagon along with our two children.
It was out West where we found our “Tiny Home” on wheels. The sweetest little 1988 Bluebird School bus. A couple of beds for the kids, a master bedroom for us in the back, a propane oven/stove and we were set to begin our new life on the road.
With our goals of living sustainably and creating a full family life taking shape rather nicely, our thoughts turned towards how we could begin to pay it forward. Here is what we came up with
Feed The People Tour 2014: Paying it Forward by Feeding the People
Every one deserves to eat good food.
Since we are living a lifestyle that enable us to be mobile, and since we have been freed up from the 40 hour work week, and because we love cooking great healthy food for people, why not take what we have on the road and use it to benefit others?
Beginning with our first event on September 3 at the Gray Ghost Inn in Dover, will be visiting cities all across the country, gleaning fruits and vegetables from local farmers collecting donations from local food markets, and teaching people how to make delicious and affordable meals from what is available. All at a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the waste were it to be bought prepackaged from a store. The free hot food will be available to anyone. What we do not use to make the free meal we will we will give away with instructions on how to turn it into a yummy wholesome dish.
We don’t have a lot of money, but we do have something to offer that can benefit people… one meal at a time.