What do you mean by “living small”?
While we love and support folks who want to “live small” by literally moving into a smaller home (in our case, a 35′ sailboat) and the ensuing benefits that can come with that choice, we’re also exploring different notions of “living small” too and how tiny habits can impact our individual and collective well-being in large, meaningful ways.
That could mean living small in terms of buying locally and ethically, living small to reduce our waste footprint, living small to slow down and be less busy, or living small by acknowledging the everyday wonders that we easily miss.
We believe that living small is rich with possibilities and inherently linked to our capacity to validate the poetry residing in each of us. Because of this, WayfindersNow reflects our desire to give ourselves permission to be our weird, authentic, and unconventional selves—part do-gooder, part hellion, a smidgen unruly, and with a ton of curiosity in the mix. Living small, ultimately, entails seeking an alternative life template, so to speak, one that we can actively shape while applying inclusive ways of cultivating abundance, creativity, and joy.
What kind of sailboat is Hope?
Our vessel is a 1994 Island Packet 35. Normally, this boat would’ve been out of our budget, but we were lucky in that Hope had been stored on the hard in Indiantown, Florida for a few years, so she needed a little TLC. While she was in good overall shape, she was also missing some components, so we were able to buy Hope within budget. See our story about how we decided on the right sailboat for us.
How are the four-legged crew members handling boat life?
Like people, our lab, Kaylana, and our cat, Bowie, have their own idiosyncrasies. Bowie loves to lounge in the cockpit or in a few choice hideyholes inside, and sometimes she gets a crazy hair and runs around the boat, jumping from companionway to the berth and back. Kaylana (we sadly had to say goodbye to our 15-yr old girl in April 2019 when her health took a major townturn) would hate the sound of the engine, but otherwise, she slept in the salon and begged for a taste of whatever we’re eating (and let’s admit it, she usually got whatever she wanted).
Who designed your logo?
We owe a huge thanks to our friend and Jacksonville-raised artist, Kayce Bayer, for designing the logo, which pays tribute to Polynesian navigators—aka wayfinders—who sailed thousands of miles by observing the stars, reading wind currents and ripples on the ocean surface to find their direction. You can find more of Kayce’s work here, and be sure to check out the stunning graphic novel she helped produce.