joie de vi·vre
ˌZHwä də ˈvēvrə/
exuberant enjoyment of life
Hi, I’m Julie. I’m a mobile, modern woman living life on my own terms, prioritizing passions over possessions, and documenting it all along the way.
In 2017, I experienced a soul-shattering layoff, took a 1-month trip abroad, and had my heart broken, which spurred me to start this blog and YouTube channel. Sharing my vulnerabilities, self-discoveries, and practical philosophies on love, solo travel — 20 countries, 37 states and counting! — and career helped me re-prioritize, heal, and completely change my outlook on life.
After a few years of sporadically and periodically renting out my house for vacationers while I traveled, in 2020, I sold my house in Phoenix and most of my belongings in order to live a minimalist, nomadic life traveling full-time, accompanied by my 4-year-old miniature Australian shepherd Penny. (Yes, global pandemic be damned.)
I can’t wait to experience ALL THE THINGS during my nomad life journey. My goal is that within one years’ time I will have visited all 50 states, will have a scrapbook (aka Instagram feed) the size of Mars, and will find the place I’d like to settle… and hopefully, God-willing, a shot at the meaningful, stable, and passion-filled relationship I’ve so long awaited.
I hope that by relating to my experiences, you may be inspired and empowered to implement positive change in your life too. Drop me a note on my various social channels. I’d love your feedback!
- How I Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations While Traveling & ‘Working From Anywhere’
- It’s a Pandemic and I Chose to Travel Full-Time: Here are My Observations
- Calling Me ‘Marriage Material’ Is Not a Compliment
- Downsizing into my SUV: My Methodical Approach to Getting Rid of Stuff
- My Promise to Myself: To Speak Up for What I Deserve
- I Made 2020 My Year, and You Should Too
- Discovering Some Bittersweet Truths, Six Weeks Into Nomad Life
- SUV & Airbnb Organization Tactics for Living the Nomad Life
- Boise Bucket List: My Favorite (Dog-Friendly) Spots
- An Open Letter to the Local Men I Meet During Nomad Life