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For the last couple months, I’ve become somewhat complacent or rather just.. comfortable. I’ve used excuses like traveling with others, simply enjoying life, and raising a puppy to convince myself that it isn’t my fault. “I’m busy.” The truth is that I got lazy. I started pushing work off until later and stopped working out before my shower at the gym. I wasn’t eating as healthy or practicing yoga nearly enough. It’s easy to think of this lifestyle as a break from real life or a vacation but it isn’t. It is real life and a few weeks ago, I finally decided it was time to switch back into high gear. I’m holding myself accountable because no one’s going to do it for me. That decision is entirely mine to make and it isn’t as hard as we convince ourselves it is to be. Wake up and choose to do something productive. Move towards your goals and don’t let yourself get too comfortable. Real progress happens when we move into discomfort and start forming habits that will get us to where we want to be. I’m getting back into all the habits that make me happy, healthy, productive and most importantly, a little uncomfortable. 👌🏼

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2 weeks ago

I’ve been getting quite a few repeat questions lately and I never want it to feel like I’m hiding anything or have some secret that allows me to do what I’m doing. I’m always an open book and want you to know the answer to anything you may have been wondering whether it’s van life, my life, having a dog on the road, etc. Here are the answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions but if you have something else, I would be happy to answer whatever you’ve got. ❤️ - I do live in the van full- time and don’t have any property or apartment anywhere. I consider my home base to be Indiana where I visit family every 4 to 5 months. - You’re sweet for asking, but no I do not want a (human) co- pilot. 🐶 - When I leave Ella in the van, I close the pocket door which blocks heat from the front. I put up the insulated window covers which blocks heat from the back. With the front windows cracked and the vent fan on, it makes the van much cooler than you’d probably expect. I also leave plenty of water in her bowl. If I think it’s still too warm, I simply don’t leave her inside. She comes with me 99% of the time anyways. - My website is how I generate an income on the road. I do affiliate marketing, advertising, and offer a mentorship program for anyone trying to build a website and make money from it. I’m also currently working on a few products of my own which will be done very soon! I’ve worked hard to make the website get plenty of traffic through search engines instead of Instagram which is why I don’t talk about it very often here. (But I do love talking about this stuff so seriously ask me anything you want.) - I take all of my own photos! I have a tripod and a timer on the camera. I usually set it to take a photo every second for 20-30 seconds. That gives me plenty of options and then I just edit in Lightroom on my laptop... usually several days later 🙈 - Anything else, just leave down below and I’ll answer everything! Have a wonderful week, my loves. 😌

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3 weeks ago

I can finally dance with my girl in our own kitchen again. 😭🙌🏼 After not having our home for almost a month, every little thing about this van makes me happy. Cleaning the floors every 5 minutes? Yes, please. Doing the dishes with barely any water? Doesn’t bother me. Hotels and Airbnbs were starting to get really old and I was becoming so anxious to get back in the van. I had quite an experience with the body shop that was working on it and I learned a valuable lesson at the end of the day. Not everyone is here to help you, and you have to hold people accountable every step of the way sometimes.. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Next time, I will do better. But now that we’re back on the road, we are FINALLY going north! I’ve spent so much time in southern California that I didn’t realize how insane northern California could be? Actually typing this from Mount Shasta and honestly blown away at the beauty of this place. I can’t begin to explain how excited I am to keep exploring now that we are home again. Honestly, the importance of this little space has never been more clear and the relief I feel having it back is unbelievable. ❤️

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1 month ago

A few weeks ago I got into an accident that appeared to be pretty minor, but the repairs have taken much longer than expected because of a few things. I always try to roll with the punches and take everything in a positive way. I was just happy Ella was fine. I was fine. And the van would be fine. But after not having my home for so long, it’s finally starting to wear me down. I’ve gone from a hotel to an Airbnb to another Airbnb. Taking a couple bags of my belongings from place to place. I’m thankful to have incredible friends who have hung out with me the entire time I’ve been stuck and offered more support than I could’ve imagined. But I do try to be as transparent as possible and I acknowledge the fact that my life often can look a certain way. The truth is that this lifestyle has caused things to be wildly inconvenient and difficult these past few weeks. I lost my house, my transportation, and access to everything I own while the van is being worked on. Everything I had planned came to an immediate halt. I’m always grateful to be doing what I’m doing but it’s important to know that it comes with it’s share of negatives, just like anything else. I’ll be back on the road very soon though awaiting the next inevitable surprise. Let’s just hope that one is a little more fun. ❤️ For now, I’m gonna enjoy baby Ella mid yawn before our home was even built.

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1 month ago

Sunny days spent at the park with these two while we’re stuck in Fresno for a bit 😍 When we were in San Diego a couple months back, I was walking Ella at a park when she quickly locked eyes with another dog and insisted on saying hello. After a few minutes of playing, we went our separate ways and that was that. The next day though, we were at the same park and I suddenly heard someone yelling. When I turned, @keepingfinn was in a full sprint towards the friend he recognized from the day before. Fast forward and now we’ve actually caravanned several places together. I have a very similar story for almost all the friends I’ve made on the road. Ella never fails to introduce me to people that I otherwise would be missing out on. She breaks the ice with ease and greets them with a huge smile when I probably would’ve just kept to myself in the moment. I don’t know what I did to deserve this life or this girl but damn, did I get lucky or what.

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2 months ago

First order of birthday business, a breakfast that will immediately call for a nap. Ella woke me up by licking my face early this morning. The sun is out and it’s already warming up outside. The dog park is full of friends we’ve made this week. Yeah.. I think today will do just fine. Very excited and even more thankful to be able to turn 24 while on the road doing what I love and connecting with so many people who inspire me everyday. Here’s to another year of growing and finding a happiness I used to only dream of having. ❤️ PS. My gynecologists’ office called at 7am and was the first to say happy birthday so there’s also that. 👌🏼

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2 months ago

Here’s a quick rundown for anyone who’s jumped in along the ride.. I grew up in Indiana where my family still lives. I go back every few months because Facetime will never be enough. I moved to Chicago for college and lived there for 4 years. I worked over 70 hours a week during my senior year for the devil himself as an event coordinator. I was absolutely miserable, but it was that job which allowed me to save up for my first van with my partner at the time. We lived in that van together for about 8 months. The relationship ended, but the need to travel did not. I felt like I had barely scratched the surface. So I worked all summer to save up again (I do still work on the road), got another van, and left for the second time! Ella is my partner now. This van is my home. And all the confusing, messy moments when I was scared and didn’t know what was next.. they were all well worth it to be sitting where I am today.

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2 months ago

The best kind of dinner for two. 🐶 I wish I could say that I take intentional social media breaks or I was doing something crazy the last few weeks. But the truth is that I just didn’t feel like posting. I’ve had some of my best moments on the road this month and I didn’t want to ruin them by picking up my phone every 3 seconds. I have no interest in watching life through a screen. There’s been times where I miss something amazing because I’m reaching for my phone to snap a photo. I have to remember that I won’t always live in this van with this girl. It could be a year or 20 years but eventually, it’ll all be in the past. The friends I’ve made recently are just too good to ignore by looking down at a phone. My dog is too cute not to play with because I’m busy scrolling. The places I’m going are way too cool to only see through a lens. So instead, I soak in every moment. Sometimes I post and sometimes I don’t. I will try to do better but please forgive me when I take a little time away to remember what’s important.

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3 months ago

“It must get so lonely. Don’t you ever want to share it with someone?” There’s a lot to be said about traveling alone and loneliness. First of all, I share every day with Ella and she makes me happy. I have no idea what I’ll feel in a year or ten years. But today, she is what I need. Traveling alone, in my opinion, shouldn’t be lonely. I’m not by myself. I’m with myself. There are certainly days where I crave connection. So I go to the dog park and start a conversation or I’ll find a coffee house and talk to the barista. It’s kind of nice knowing that I’ll never see some people again. A quick, meaningful interaction can be more satisfying than you think. I’m also writing this from a parking lot where my best friends are parked on either side of me. It’s important to meet up with people who give you what you need. They make me laugh so hard that I have tears down my face every day I spend with them.. But next week, I’ll probably stay quiet in the desert just soaking up the silence. I balance my life with connection, as well as time alone. I don’t know what my life will look like in a few years and I have no intentions of planning it. But right now, this is the balance that I need and I assure you.. I am not lonely one bit.

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3 months ago

Sometimes after a big gathering and a super busy week, I just want to decompress and get lost for a bit. When I started driving the other day, I had no idea where I was going for the night and somehow stumbled on this place. We’ve been here for 3 days now. There’s a ton of rain coming though so we’re heading to Phoenix for a week or so before our long journey up to the PNW. Thank you for all the recommendations of things to do on our way and once we get there! ❤️ I have an insane list going so if you have anything to add, please keep em coming. Honestly I don’t have much else to say today. I’m just happy with where I am right now in every way. I feel peaceful. Quiet. Content. Maybe we’ll sit here another minute before getting up. Remember my post about taking mental pictures? This is one of them.

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4 months ago

A few years ago I was standing at a bus stop in Chicago. It was getting dark but still light enough not to worry. I pulled my phone out to mindlessly scroll until the bus arrived. A young man walked passed me, I looked up, and we both politely smiled. I looked back down at my phone and suddenly felt the presence of someone all over me. He took one huge lunge at me and it was all a blur. He grabbed me, picked me up, threw me back down, felt all over my body. I still have no idea if he was trying to rob me or assault me. But I was kicking and screaming so hard that I don’t think he knew what to do. Eventually he slid his hand between my legs, squeezed as tight as he could and ran off. It made no sense. What just happened? This is one story of many that I have and certainly not the worst of them. The reason I’m telling you this is because it would make perfect sense if I chose a safer life. One with no risks and little danger. But that’s not the life that I’ve fought so hard for. It’s not the life that I kicked and screamed to tell. You can choose the safer route and it would make perfect sense. But as women, we fight. We kick. And we scream from the rooftops. We’re here. And we can do anything we want. I get asked if I’m scared every single day to be doing what I’m doing.. Sometimes I really am, but I’ll never allow it to dictate my decisions. - I wrote something for @project.vanlife on how I stay safe as a solo woman. Being prepared makes all the difference. In my bio now.

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4 months ago

We’re currently making yet another cross country trip for a quick gathering and then slowly heading north all the way to Washington! I’ve never been to the PNW before so I’m really excited to see everything there. Please leave me any recommendations you have! I know there are tons. 🙏🏼 I wanted to write some lovely, eloquent caption about this past year but a) I’m super late to the game and b) so much happened in 2018 that reflecting on all of it is kind of overwhelming in a beautiful way. But this year I have lots of plans, so many things to do, and can’t wait to see where life takes me. Wishing you all a beautiful 2019! ❤️

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