Spring, Machu Picchu and Birthday Adventures.
April is always a fun month for me, how can it not be it’s SPRING!!! Things are sprouting and pushing and nudging their way to explode into life. It's glorious!! As I write this some bizarre bug is making its way towards me….I've never seen this one before…..ah spring…...
I was away most of last month on an epic trip. I went to Peru, Bolivia and hiked the famous Ruin of Machu Picchu. Now that I'm back I feel I am bursting with life. New thoughts and processes are swirling around in my head trying to get out with a goal in mind to do a whole bunch of illustrations for you about this trip. More colouring book illustrations on the Inca and all the Empires before them. Stay tuned for that!!
I know Tamara will be busy writing away about the experience as well. We embarked on this journey together to celebrate our birthdays, both March 5th, sound familiar? Captain Awesome was launched on March 5th…...there is a reason to my madness!! So the three of us are now back into our routines of drawing, writing and creating awesomeness.
Speaking of awesomeness….we have a bunch of cool hashtags we're using. Please feel free to use them, follow them and share them. Here they are…
#betheCaptain #wisdom #destinyawaits #chooseyourself #CaptainAwesome
One of the things that amazed me during my experience of exploring the Inca and pre Inca Ruins was just how old they are. We visited a ruin that was carbon dated to almost 5000 years ago - Seriously!!!
The Incas ruled for about 100 years, eventually being defeated by the Spanish Conquistadors. Like many people from North and South Americas' their populations were destroyed mainly from the influx of smallpox and the flu. Back in the day of the Inca they were a very powerful empire. This power grew because of…can you guess.....you got it; The power to negotiate!! Some of the other empires were good at farming or fighting but the Incas had the gift of gab…..
The name of their empire is actually Tawantinsuyu in their native tongue called Quechua. Don't ask me how to say it…...here are 5 photos that will blow your mind!
TRAVEL, SHOPLIFTING AND ALTERNATIVE PARENTING.
My last interview was with David Wourms. This interview is a must for anyone searching for an unconventional lifestyle. David Wourms is the go-to guy for doing just that. He is homeless, (he still has an address in Alberta; the government requires this), but lives out of Airbnb and house-sitting gigs. He is also the primary parent of his daughter, and has been since she was 4 years old.
As a woman and someone who grew up in a multiple parent divorce situation, I’ve always been curious as to how a single dad (or mom) would or could do it differently. Well, I found out that the possibilities are many. As you will hear.
David wanted to in-still in his daughter a core value of independence and security, and that he did. “Independence gives you security. And If you don't need anything or anyone then you're not desperate for a relationship and [are] able to spend time with yourself and others.”
Illustration of the month - Amelia Earhart
Amelia Mary Earhart, born on July 24, 1897, is best know as the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. She flew from Newfoundland to Ireland on May 21, 1932.
In 1937, she and her co-pilot, Fred Noonan, began their flight around the world from California. Heading east and sticking fairly close to the equator, they travelled from North America to South America, across the Atlantic to Africa, across the continent, through South East Asia and into Polynesia, where they disappeared before reaching Hawaii.
As a pilot and university lecturer, she was behind the creation of an organization for female pilots, and as a best-selling author, she quickly became a role model for women, everywhere, who wish to push the limits.
I draw at least one new illustration a month!! They are available for download and are only $2.68. You can view them all here!
Our Peruvian adventure has instilled a sense of calm in me. The tethering of all i've experienced into other parts of my life will be interesting. I promise to post more content on the Incas, Machu Picchu and the connections to the wonderful people we met along the way.