We have been asked several times in the past year how long we plan on staying in Utah. We never knew quite how to answer, but usually ended up saying something along the lines of, “We’re not sure. We’re free spirits and tend to be wanderers.” This didn’t quite answer their question, but we didn’t know how else to describe the feeling of knowing that Utah was not meant to be permanent, but more of an in-between phase.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then I am sure you have seen hints of an #mroseannouncement, and have been reading a bit of our backstory this past year. I am so excited and so ready to finally have the secret out….Here it goes!
This year we are selling our house, buying a mobile house (RV, motorhome, trailer….haven’t decided yet) and becoming nomads! We’re making our dream of seeing all the National Parks come true.
It started as a dream. A “one day we’ll do this.” Wouldn’t it be cool if…?
Then it started to morph into “Well, I guess I am kind of serious if YOU’RE serious. Are YOU serious?”
Both of us were nervous to admit that we actually wanted to make it a reality, and unsure of its possibility. But the more we talked about it, the more we asked ourselves, “Why not? Why not go for it? Why not try to make our dreams a reality?”
It sounds corny, I know. But there really is truth in “If not now, when?” I know there are logistics involved, money to be made, children’s needs to be met. We’re keenly aware of this, as most parents are. But ultimately, we feel led to this decision. We feel like our move to Utah was essential in arriving at this turning point, that it really was just a stepping stone to this new lifestyle we are going to embrace for the foreseeable future.
Obviously it’s less about crossing off National Parks on our list and more about embracing the things that are most important to us: exploration, freedom, creativity, nature, and most of all: being together as a family as much as possible.
We have done a lot of soul-searching this year in Utah. From our mental health diagnosis, to adding another baby, to starting to homeschool, we have been asking ourselves WHY. If we’re going to homeschool, what are the reasons behind it? If we’re going to buck the traditional job-and-house for a life of travel, WHAT ARE THE DRIVING REASONS BEHIND IT?
Adam and I read Simon Sinek’s Find Your Why together. We did all the exercises and found that our passions and personalities are most alive when we are free to connect, create, and inspire others. We’ve decided to embrace this lifestyle for this phase of life in hopes of setting those dreams on fire! We are so excited to have you follow our journey on our new travel blog, ‘Imilaoa Life. ‘Imiloa Life has not fully launched yet so you will have to wait for one more announcement for that to go live.
We decided to embrace the Hawaiian phrase ‘Imiloa has our guiding light for our travels and our life. The word ‘imi (pronounced ee-mee) means to “seek” and loa means “much” or “big.” Together, they mean to “seek our highest form,” “seek with wonder and amazement.” We are simply reminding ourselves and others to Seek a Higher Life. And travel just happens to be how we’re going to do it.
Perhaps some of you are wondering what that means for Meghan Rose Photography? Here is where my two dreams and passions collide: I hope to take this business right along with me! I am tweaking the way I work my sessions to include more adventure & vacation style sessions. That is a huge part of why I rebranded my website: to match our travel lifestyle with a new travel photography business.
I would LOVE to photograph families who are also on vacation, or who want me to come to their home. I can spend just one hour with you, or I can spend a few hours joining you on a hike. Or, I can even spend the whole day with you and capture what your lives look like right now.
I would LOVE to photograph couples who are adventurous and want to explore with me capturing it all along the way.
And of course I would still LOVE to photograph brides and grooms all along the United States – if our travel plans align, great! If they don’t, we’ll still make it happen. We’re wanderers, remember?
I will be continuing to blog my sessions on this site, but I will no longer be blogging my Mama Rose Monday posts. Don’t be too sad – that’s simply because our Imiloa Life blog will be covering it all! So you’ll just have to follow along with both 🙂
I also just want to take a moment to thank you, my tribe and my followers, for your love and support through the years. Sometimes it feels like what I do doesn’t matter, or that no one is listening anyway, or if they are, they don’t want to hear what I have to say. And then I get a message or a comment from someone that inspires me to keep going, to keep sharing. Just one positive comment from someone else is enough to drown out the negative voices coming from my own head. So thank you! We’re just getting started 🙂