My name is Dana.

A little bit about me: I wear a size 7 shoe which makes it utterly impossible for me to buy any cool shoes on sale. I live in a small, beautiful house in an old Scandinavian neighborhood in Seattle. I wish it were more sunny and warm though. I lean more towards the tropics than the desert if given a choice. Luckily, we ski. A lot. I only have 28 teeth due to a small jaw and big teeth as a kid. I lived in Paris for a year which makes me an expert in anything European. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty. Kiwis make my mouth tingle. Turns out, I don’t mind not going to work every morning even though this new job doesn’t have any weekends.

A little bit about the purpose of this site: I have always loved the feel of co-ops and natural food shops. I thoroughly enjoy looking over all the original products and smelling the essential oils that line the register counter. It is a warm and comforting feeling. Living a life close to nature seems like a perfect fit for me albeit one little snag…it turns out I like people. I like living in the city where the energy is always bursting and there are surprises around every corner. So how does one marry this love of natural things and city life? Well, this is my documentation of attempting to do so. I live in a relatively small city where neighborhoods still reign and small little communities are alive and well. I also live in an area where farms, bays and mountains are all within a two hour drive which makes living off the land a viable option even though I reside in a bustling metropolis. Despite my desire for more warmth and sun, I am coming to the conclusion that this may be the best possible spot to sort of have it all (this theory is still being tested out however.)

I also have a family – a daughter and a son. My husband and I were avid travelers before said children and strived to be just as adventurous after but the trials and tribulations of having small children (they are 3 and 1 years old) are proving to be more restrictive than we had anticipated. Well, let me rephrase that, we knew it was going to be restrictive, we just didn’t know how much we would miss our travels. So in addition to documenting how we strive to be gentle to mother earth, I am deeply interested in those who are living a life of purpose and adventure. How are other families making their dreams a reality?

7.2012: UPDATE: We have moved to a farm! We decided we needed to get out of the city to assess our priorities – to take some space to see where we should live. We moved to my parent’s 112 acre farm full of pastures, meadows, woods, creeks and a pond. Oh, and some horses and llamas too.

So welcome, dear readers, to my journey. Pull up a chair, grab a blanket and curl up…it should prove to be an interesting ride.


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