My friend, Nay, is focusing on simplicity and driven to live a more sustainable life.
When I met her not that long ago she and her husband had just cleared a bit of land they had bought. Together they are building a tiny home, a garden, ways to use sustainable energy, and a future.
Years ago while my father was still a child, my grandparents did the same thing. They found their peace and quiet in the mountains of California. They toiled meticulously placing beam after beam of wood. They built a cabin in the woods. They moved out of the bustle of the city the moment they retired and retreated to that cozy timber frame of a home that love built. I am drawn to stories like this. Stories of perseverance, passion, and dreams come true.
While I couldn't be there to watch that cabin unfold onto the mountain side, I can be there to watch this sunny piece of land become a homestead. And I am honored to have the opportunity to document their story. These pictures are from my first visit to her land and into her new-to-her camper which will serve as her family's home while they build. The camper will be getting an interior makeover - already the bedroom has been painted a soothing shade of lavender. The land is still wild and untamed. Roots and brambles jut out of the ground in every direction. But a fire pit and the outlines of a future outdoor yoga platform mark early signs of the wonder and beauty of what is to come.