Everyone wants to do something they love; something that they are passionate about. To wake up every morning excited for what the day has to offer and knowing that you alone are making it happen is an outlook that not everyone has a chance to experience.
The two 20 something year olds behind Kinetic Spiral are doing just this. Their story began in Ely, Minnesota where a chance meeting and a shared appreciation of nature and adventure connected Grace and Tanner. By fall of 2017, the the two of them had decided to hit the road, traveling from state to state in a furnished, 1984 van. Their travels brought them first to Oregon and then south where they had the pleasure to meet fellow travelers and participate in art and gem shows.
Through their travels, Tanner and Grace discovered their shared interest in jewelry making; macrame and wire-wrapping as well as their desire to track and dig for unique crystals and rock to be incorporated into their pieces.
This video shows Tanner and Grace mining for Lemurian Seed Crystals in the Mt Ida, Arkansas.
Completely self taught, the creations that are coming from Kinetic Spiral are pretty amazing. From wire wrapping to leather macrame to beaded bracelets; each piece tells a story.
So what about income? Obviously there are day to day costs such as fuel, food, materials; but there are also other costs to consider such as room and board and van maintenance. With family scattered throughout a few states and by forming relationships with other travelers, Kinetic Spiral have more than one place to call home. When they need to earn some money, they hunker down in one spot for as much time as they need to earn some cash and plan their next adventure.
Grace talks more about this as well as provides interesting tips on making a mobile life, doable in her blog. I highly encourage you to look around the site and take in all of the beauty that Kinetic Spiral has been able to capture in photos and on video. I am inspired to pack up my van and start driving right now!
I have to say, it’s inspiring to talk with 2 young people who understand the value in and rarity of doing what you love to pay the bills. By having a home on the road, Grace and Tanner have met many people like them who have decided not to live the status quo, at least not for a time. Having the ability to support a mobile life, in which every day is new and has the potential for adventure is the best part of life right now, according to Kinetic Spiral. They hope that through their art and documented travels, they are able to continue to support their livelihood as well as inspire others to find a way to make a living by doing what they love.
When I meet young people, such as Tanner and Grace, who have identified not only their unique talents but then have the audacity and courage to give it a go; living an authentic life by doing what they love, it gives me hope for the future. They have figured out, at an early age, that living a life as much on your own terms as possible is the goal, and that goal is not to be put off until the timing is just right, but rather embraced in the moment. As much as I’d like to think that I have some wisdom to pass along to these young people; it is they who have taught me and my children about pushing the boundaries of the norm, having faith in people and the world, and having the courage to take a few risks in life.