21 Quotes to Inspire Your Ultimate Adventure

 

Throw me to the wolves,
My love.

For I contain the heart of a lion
And the wings of a Phoenix

Rising from the ashes
As if to say,

I do.

β€”Emily Rudolph

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Why Portland: Stretchy Pants & Tiny Living

Sahuaro Media's relocation to Oregon has been a long time coming and I am so truly excited for the opportunity to share the following announcements!

  • Sahuaro Media & The Wandering Sahuaro are ecstatic to announce we'll be moving to Portland, Oregon in May!
  • I am incredibly stoked to be working with Portland-based apparel company Leggings Lady PDX as an official ambassador! (Read on to get the dirty details & find out how you can get 20% off all March long!)

As many of you know, Sahuaro Media (and our sister brand The Wandering Sahuaro) have always been firmly rooted in the spirit of adventure β€” more specifically, in the lifestyle of digital nomads.
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For a long time now I’ve believed that creativity and adventure directly correlate with each other and that engaging in new experiences creates space for new facets of inspiration. 

Applying creativity throughout our daily lives is something that ultimately brings us closer to our higher selves. Bestselling author and creative guru Elizabeth Gilbert describes this as β€œDevotion to inquisitiveness.”

β€œI believe curiosity is the secret,” she says. β€œCuriosity is the truth and the way of creative living. Curiosity is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Furthermore, curiosity is accessible to everyone."


 

β€œI believe curiosity is the secret. Curiosity is the truth and the way of creative living. Curiosity is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Furthermore, curiosity is accessible to everyone."

 


THE REAL SH*T.

To be really honest with you guys... I haven't been able to consistently devote space to my inquisitiveness in quite some time. Since finding myself unemployed a year or so back, I've focused almost all of my free time on work and starting my freelance business. 

JR and I went into survival mode. 
My yoga practice suffered. 
My meditations dwindled. 
Eating habits became go-to takeaway spots. 
Our anxiety levels shot through the roof.
And my ongoing battle with depression picked up where it had left off only a few of years before. 

The magic carpet had officially been yanked from under me. 

And for a handful of months there, I was struggling with the apparent fact that I would no longer be able to focus my most blissful energies solely on bringing the passions of others to fruition
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When I found myself unemployed January of 2016, it truly felt as if I had only two options:

Option #1 - Hide. Wait it out. 5 million creative, ultra-passionate people around the world will forget about all this in a few months right? WRONG.

These people were and are still amazing, beautiful humans. From collaborators to some of the most intrinsically rewarding friendships, they've stuck with me.

I have expressed tears of joy on more than one occasion in response to their unending support coming in from all corners of the globe. (But more on this later...)

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Option #2 - Keep. Moving. Forward. Put my money where my mouth is. Pour my savings into supplies. Start my business. Fake it til' I make it. Hustle until my haters ask if I am hiring. All of the badassery. 

Except... it was really f*cking scary! And I felt lost on my own, without the support (and security) of a team behind me. 
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I realized that up to this point, I'd merely been existing within my dreams. I hadn't really been 'living' them. While working for a fast-paced creative startup, much of my job was communicating with seriously A-M-A-Z-I-N-G creatives, changemakers, explorers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in order to share their story to a community of makers around the world who are constantly in search of tangible inspiration. In search of hope. 

I fell in love with these people's stories. With their struggles. I guess you could say true love is what ultimately released me from my self-inflicted case of impostor syndrome. It was during this time in my life that I finally understood what I needed to do: Go.

 

GOING NOMAD.


Despite being born and raised in Arizona, Oregon has always felt like my natural habitat. After staying at Mount Hood for The Higher Purpose Project summit in 2015, I was infatuated with even the tiniest hint of anything Oregon. A license plate... a local brew. It didn't matter. I just freaking loved Oregon.

JR is the same. I don't know what it is about OR, but she calls to us. I feel alive there like I can breathe clearer than I ever have before.

Not to mention, apparently I look like I am from Portland. Or so I've been told... I've actually been told that so many times lately in response to this announcement that I'm starting to feel like this is my return to the mother ship or something!
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For two years JR and I have been manifesting a life in this place, focused on identifying the right opportunity, one that would not only reignite my devotion to inquisitiveness but also allow us to start our long-term tiny house journey and hit the road to OR.

(We share a vision of owning our own tiny house homestead in Oregon someday, and eventually taking our rolling house on a cross-country road trip #vanlife style.) What we didn't consider was that by prolonging our efforts, we were actually falling into a trap of our own: waiting for the right moment to come along. Allowing fear to hold us back from the adventure we so deeply yearn for. 

During a conversation with my close friend Sami Sattva of MindfulHellos.co I was reminded of an opportunity she'd mentioned a few weeks earlier. One that would require me to reside in the Portland area if I were to pursue it. At first, I didn't think on the idea much. But then I realized... I'd been wasting time!

What was the biggest thing I'd learned from my work in the years prior? Create your moment. Don't get stagnant. Keep. trying. new. things. 

Okay... So what now? 'Go.' I thought. 'Quit your day jobs, find a rig, and just go...'

 

STRETCHY PANTS?


Today I can happily report that we listened to that tiny voice. We've since put in my notice at work and are working tirelessly to pull together everything we need to transport our new, miniature life to the City of Roses.

The launch of Leggings Lady's ambassador program provided the perfect opportunity for me to put my creative process to work from the heart of one of JR and I's favorite places in the world. 

So, why Portland? Well first of all, we LOVE it there. And secondly, to get to know our new friends over at Leggings Lady PDX. Expect to see me helping out at future sales and pop-up shop events as their community continues to expand!


Many of you already know that I only seek ambassadorships with brands that I wholeheartedly recommend. Leggings Lady PDX in particular has burst onto my radar this past year and completely blown me away with their stellar customer service, insane local following and seriously comfy (and stylish) products. 

I'll be giving you umpteen reasons why I love this brand in upcoming blog posts, but for now here is a bit of background. Leggings Lady PDX is more than just a leggings shop! They are:

  • A Portland-based small business carrying super rad leggings, dresses, and tops both hip & comfortable. 
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  • Selling comfort & fashion forward trends, primarily through leggings, kids leggings, and dress tops that fit a wide range of sizes.
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  • Currently launching a U.S. ambassador program! More details to be shared soon... (If interested, click here to submit your application!)
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  • Planning a series of pop-up shops which will be held in collaboration with various events across the U.S.
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Here are a few of my personal faves from LeggingsLadyPDX! Available now:

(Almost there! Read on to get 20% off all March long!)


 

 

CITY OF ROSES.


JR and I will be sharing all the dirty details on this new adventure as things progress. In fact, you may have noticed we cleared out all of our previous blog posts! That's because I've decided to re-launch the blog as a platform for documenting our tiny living journey from here forward. 

Our hope is that by documenting this journey, we can provide the tools and inspiration you need to tangibly pursue your own devotion to inquisitiveness. To follow your curiosity, and create the reality you desire. 

Always remember... Dreams only stay dreams if you let them. 

You are here for a purpose, and no dream is too crazy or too difficult for you to achieve. 

If you are curious about tiny house living, becoming a digital nomad or even simply running a freelance business from the road, then we've got you covered! Scroll down and add your email below to join our monthly newsletter, follow our adventures, gain access to exclusive discounts, client spotlights and SO much more!

 

 

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The Sahuaro Story: Manifesto Entry #1

The Brand

Hi there! My name is Emily Rudolph and I founded Sahuaro Media based on the belief that we do what makes us happy, we tap into our potential to become absolutely extraordinary. Or as Danielle LaPorte would say,

 

"If you know how you truly want to feel in your life β€” then you’ve got to hook that awareness up to some action."

 

By doing what I love most in this world, I've been able to hone my skills across a wide array of areas while cultivating a thriving professional network of soulful creatives and entrepreneurs. Today, Sahuaro Media offers everything from all-encompassing print & digital branding suites to one-off collateral designs, social media management and so much more.

 

The Vision

When I founded Sahuaro Media I was unexpectedly unemployed for the first time in my life, freshly bounced from a wasteland of millennial start-ups that didn't quite make the cut, and feeling utterly weightless after losing my dream job to circumstances beyond my control.

 
 

I'd just spent two-and-a-half years empowering creatives in countries around the globe to risk it all on harnessing their inspiration in the form of creative expression. 

 

It was a feeling of purpose like I had never known. Yet there I was... questioning my willingness to be vulnerable for my own art.

 
 
 

You see, I'd become addicted to this idea of living my passion. It was as if I'd fallen in love all over again, and I really just could not (and cannot) get enough. It was at this point in my life that I finally realized it was up to me and only me to engineer a life that catered to both my highest regarded passions, but also to my desired level of self care.

I flashed back to The Higher Purpose Project at Mt. Hood a year prior, recalling travel journalist Ryan Van Duzer talking to us about β€œthe pain cave,” a place we must endure in pursuit of our passions β€” before exiting blissfully on the other side.

The point? Nevertheless, I persisted.

 
 

Flash-forward 11 months and a plethora of super intimidating, but overall successful freelance gigs later: My brain children Sahuaro Media (The Artist) and #TheWanderingSahuaro (The Explorer) were born.

#TheWanderingSahuaro is a chapter of Sahuaro Media dedicated to enlivening a global community of freelancers, digital nomads, and explorers. Aside from offering a variety of high-vibing artwork incorporating our favorite travel treasures, #TheWanderingSahuaro also offers resources in blog form for you to live a life by your own design.

In 2017, #TheWanderingSahuaro will be expanding to form a movement of changemaking soulpreneurs and digital nomads who are passionate about engineering a life by their own design.

Become a part of the movement here by joining our Facebook group, Indiepreneurs Unite!

 

The Journey

In Kundalini Yoga, 'creativity' is referred to as β€œthe fire within,” or the powerful energy that is rooted within each of us. It is with this teaching in mind that my partner JR and I decided to come together in the manifestation of our desired lifestyles. We decided to engineer a shared lifestyle focused on the present, fueled by the spirit of adventure... 

 
Image by Laveen Photography - Phoenix, AZ

Image by Laveen Photography - Phoenix, AZ

 

A life shrunken down to only the necessities and what we love most in this lifetime β€” #vanlife style. (Okay, not so much a van as an 18.5' 1971 Shasta Timberline Trailer β€” #TinyHouseLife style.)

 
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JR and I had agreed that this tiny house idea would be the first of many phases in launching a series of explorations we've wanted to embark on for some time, but it's also the first milestone in a grander effort:

To show people that creative freedom is absolutely within reach if you are willing to take the risk. Creative freedom doesn't mean giving up on your career; it just means you get to color outside the lines a bit more.

 

Dreams only stay dreams if you let them.

 

I suppose you could say our decision to hit the road was sort of a self-inflicted 'put your money where your mouth is' revelation, certainly one that will have changed our lives forever.

By turning the spotlight on ourselves, we seek to empower other like-minded makers to cultivate a tangible, creative lifestyle of their own. One that caters to the smoldering passion locked within. 

 
 
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Make sure to join our tribe and visit us on the blog to follow our latest adventures! We'll be documenting our explorations along the way in addition to sharing client interviews, freelance inspiration, and life-hacks for aspiring digital nomads.