2015 marks our 8th year here at CultureVixen, and it’s been one big adventure! In 2008 we started out as a small culture blog highlighting art and design. A couple years later we expanded into an online magazine highlighting travel, culture, food, art, and design—in other words, la dolce vita. From there things spiraled and we were eventually able to quit our day jobs and embark on an around the world journey—which we affectionately dubbed “Operation Nomad”—finally realizing a lifelong dream of exploring the world on our own terms, without having to squeeze our growing wanderlust into the customary 2 week window. Donating most of our possessions and living out of a suitcase, we made our way across 6 continents and over 50 countries, selling our writing and photography to offset our travel costs and using our savings to cover the rest. It was both one of the most challenging and most liberating experiences of my life—hands down one of the best things I’ve ever done—which I would highly recommend to anyone even considering this path.
As you may have noticed recently, we’ve shifted gears from a focus on writing to a focus on photography to showcase our adventures and our passion for travel and culture. We’ll be highlighting our favorite destinations mainly in this way from here out, drawing from our massive photo library which now includes around 100,000 photographs (and counting!). Coming from a fine art and photography background, this is something we’ve always wanted to focus on, but it was previously logistically impossible to do from the road for so many reasons, including severe time limitations, limited storage space, lack of time spent at the computer (or even in one place for that matter), painfully slow upload speeds, moving on to the next destination on a daily or weekly basis, and flaky, unpredictable internet connections from region to region, just to name a few. We’re now finally able to focus more on imagery, and we hope you enjoy these little snippets from the road!
On a more personal note, near the end of Operation Nomad opportunity came knocking, and we relocated to San Francisco, which was perfect timing since we wanted to start a family. The change in pace and focus on the website over the last year also reflects our second big journey—the arrival of our son, Storm, who is now one year old.
I wanted to take a minute to share what a momentous and life changing experience becoming a mother has been for me. One year later, I’m still just as in love as I was the moment I laid eyes on my little son for the first time. I never would have guessed how strong this feeling would be…it’s truly a gift to feel your heart swell and overflow with so much love. If I were to try to describe what motherhood is like to my curious pre-baby self who was always a little uncertain about the whole thing, I would say it’s the chance to experience the greatest, most encompassing love you will probably ever know. It’s feeling connected to the core of the human experience that pulses throughout art, music, philosophy, literature, science, history and all the driving forces that make our world spin. It’s finding the love of your life, and falling in love over and over again. It’s growing as a person in leaps and bounds. It’s a beautiful mess, but gazing at your baby’s face will make you feel that you are looking upon an angel—a pure and innocent being who is the most beautiful creature you’ve ever seen in your life. When you look at your child you’ll often be overwhelmed with emotion and your heart will melt when they smile or laugh—you’ll never have seen anything as perfect. You’ll get an idea of what miracles are made of and you’ll constantly feel blessed. Everything is awesome and some days the world seems to be overlaid with diamond-encrusted rainbows. That’s a little slice of what it’s like, or at least that’s the best I can do to convey it in words.
So readers, we hope your year is off to a fantastic start and will be filled with incredible journeys. We want to thank you for sticking with us over the years! We hope you’ll continue to enjoy watching our wanderings unfold, and as always we love to hear from you—get in touch anytime!
Happy Travels Culture Vixens!
Here are a couple of our favorite fireworks photos from this New Year’s Eve. Sorry for the late post, but they were too gorgeous to pass up. Happy (late) New Year Culture Vixens!!!