Cameron and Michelle Kelsch’s F8 has changed a bit. Cameron came up with F8 because we are a family of 8 but we also loved that it says fate.
At Movara it’s often said that there are no accidents. People come to the resort at just the right time to meet others who end up life long friends, or the timing ends up being the perfect reset.
We had the crazy idea of taking our family in an RV for a year around the states as a way to spend our last year all together as a family before our oldest (Bryson), (who was one year old when we started the resort and is now 18,) graduates from high school.
We took off at the end of May and our first 6 weeks were very rocky to say the least. With 3 RV breakdowns leaving us homeless, bikes stolen and the challenge of adjusting to 300 sq ft. for 8 people, we questioned our adventure.
Starting the resort had never been a dream of ours and driving in an RV across the United States was also never a dream. However we feel they were both fate. As we worked hard, the resort flourished and now we are in awe at how our trip came together and now how it’s panning out.
It has been helpful to focus on “our why” as we have traveled. However, “our why” has changed. Initially we were focused on being all together. After our week in Arizona at Lake Powell, Bryson mentioned staying back for a week or two. Immediately, I questioned his motives and was convinced that we needed to appreciate what we were doing and capitalize on the experience by getting rid of all electronics for a week and enjoy our time together by not being distracted by things and people back home. With some reluctance everyone complied. After our amazing week in Wyoming, I was convinced Bryson’s desire to go home would be gone. He was very supportive and said he wouldn’t go home if we wanted him to stay but he was still feeling a desire to go home to experience his senior year. After much prayer and council as a family, we felt it was best to send Bryson home.
As wrong as it may seem to many people, we are very proud and excited for Bryson. He is a very kind, hard working, fun, sweet boy. He loves his siblings and has never been too cool to hang out with his parents. He also has worked hard in sports his whole life and enjoys the social aspect of being around and helping people at school.
When we thought of him being able to live at the resort we felt very comfortable about sending him home.
After being out 11 weeks and experiencing amazing things, the rest of us are excited to finish hitting every state. “Our why” has now become the experience and the people. The two things that make Movara so great!
Since Bryson will be home participating in his senior year, we have decided to expedite our trip to be home by Thanksgiving and spend the last few months together before he graduates.
Because of the expedited schedule, we have decided not to schedule any official meet ups. However, one of our favorite parts of the trip has been meeting up with guests and new friends .. so we would love to continue to do so as F8 allows. The easiest way for us to connect is via Facebook or Instagram @f8movesus or email email@example.com. We hope to see as many of you as we can. It has been so fun visiting each state. Now when our guests tell us where they are from, we will have an instant connection.
We have been keeping up with the resort daily and love hearing about our guests experiences while we are on the road. We miss the Movara food, people and red rocks! Cam communicates daily with our Villas builder and is so excited to be present during the construction. We hope to see you all again soon!
With love Cameron and Michelle
Like most of us, you probably hit the ground running when the alarm clock rings. Whether it’s tending to kids, racing off to work or going to school, your day starts early and is filled to the brim with tasks and obligations.
Your digital devices keep you constantly plugged in and distracted, worrying that you are missing something important and dragging you into a vortex of information overload.
But all of this productivity, multi-tasking, and people-pleasing comes at a cost –your mental and physical health. Not only do you jeopardize your health, but also you miss out on the joys of fully experiencing life. It’s time to take TIME for YOURSELF.
If you need some inspiration, here’s a list of 50 self-care ideas to help you begin a daily routine:
1. Let go of perfectionism.
2. Re-assess your priorities.
3. Amend your diet.
4. 10-20 Minute Exercise Daily.
5. Practice meditation.
6. Take a daily walk.
7. Prepare and eat a meal mindfully.
8. Enjoy a quiet cup of tea.
9. Get a monthly massage.
10. Give yourself a digital detox.
11. Read a novel.
12. Create a bath ritual.
13. Purge toxic people.
14. Create and enforce boundaries.
15. Define your values.
16. Communicate your emotional needs.
17. Go to a movie by yourself.
18. Test drive a sports car.
19. Frequent Good Chats (even if they’re with yourself).
20. Donate Your Old Stuff.
21. Seek out your passion.
22. Catch up on your doctor’s appointments.
23. Good Sleep Hygiene.
24. Get a babysitter.
25. Prepare the night before.
26. Get your car cleaned.
27. Hire a housekeeper.
28. Go to a therapist or coach.
30. Buy the shoes.
31. Get a manicure and pedicure.
32. Twenty Minute “Power Nap”.
33. Make peace with your flaws.
34. Help someone else.
35. Use essential oils and aromatherapy.
36. Listen to inspiring podcasts.
38. Take a yoga class.
39. Learn to say “no.”
40. Dial back your expectations of others.
41. Ask a friend for support.
42. Drink more water.
43. Cut back on alcohol.
44. Take up a creative hobby.
45. Adopt a pet.
47. Cancel plans when you feel bad.
48. Deal with your baggage.
49. Work on your personal growth.
50. Meet new people.
Avocado & Roast Jalapeno Hummus
1 Can garbanzo beans
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 Garlic cloves
1 tsp Tahini paste
1 tsp Sea salt
1/8 Cup water
4 Whole wheat slices of pita bread
Roast a jalapeño over an open flame. Char the skin, peel the skin off and de-seed the
jalapeño. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Scrape down sides of the blender to get all the lumps. Split 4 ways onto a whole wheat pita or serve as a dip or spread.
Per serving: 235 calories, 5 grams fat, 16 grams protein, 67 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams dietary fiber.
School is back in session! Or probably will be soon, depending on where you live. Some of you might be wondering what to pack for lunch – either for you or your child. I would encourage you to pack balanced lunches and let your kids help you! I am going to list several options for each component of the balanced meal and then you can let your kids pick and choose from each section as they make their own lunch.
- Bread for a sandwich (ideally whole grain!)
- Whole grain crackers or pretzels or chips
- Tortilla (cheese quesadilla, turkey roll up, wrap, etc)
- Pita bread
- English muffin
- Leftover pancakes or waffles
- Rice or pasta
- Whole grain cereal
- Deli meat
- Peanut butter
- Leftover chicken, beef, turkey, etc.
- Cottage cheese
- Dressings (a little ranch might help the vegetables go down!)
- Oils, butter, sauces, etc
Fruit or Vegetable:
- Pre-Sliced Apple
- Any favorite fruit!
- Smoothie (freeze and then take out in the morning, will be thawed by lunch)
- Carrots/celery/bell pepper, etc (with dip or PB or hummus, etc)
- Fruit leather
- Fruit cup
- Applesauce (can buy these in the easy pack containers)
- 100% juice box
Some sample lunches:
- PB & J sandwich with banana and milk
- Turkey wrap with apple slices and cheese
- Cheese, crackers, celery and peanut butter
- Cottage cheese with pita bread and fruit leather
- Beans and rice with veggies and salsa and milk
- Cheese quesadilla with carrots and ranch
- English muffin Pizza with smoothie
- Pasta with marinara and chicken (or ground beef) with an orange
- Chips and salsa, turkey/cheese roll-ups with bell peppers
- Yogurt parfait with fruit and granola
- Cereal + milk and fruit and nuts (just get a thermos for milk or have them get one from school!)
I mean, the options are endless! I think it’s good to let the kids choose their own meal as you provide a flexible structure for them. I hope this is helpful in decreasing any packed lunch stress!
Adapted from a post written by: Emily Fonnesbeck RD, CD