I have been happily married for 7 years and am mum to two gorgeous little ones. Our Raya of sunshine who is 6 and our Tiny Dictator Rafferty who is 2.5 years old. Crazy but thankfully all mine!
So in what feels like a lifetime ago hubby and I discovered we were going to be extending our family. Nesting instincts gone mad saw us purchase our first house in Sydney, Australia. Parenting was amazing, more than we had ever dreamt of. As all new parents can relate to, we found ourselves changed. Yet our desire to travel, to get out and see the world,to experience other cultures,to be living in the moment didn’t. As new parents we felt a responsibility to show our daughter the world. And so we did.
If we had wanted to stay in family resorts with kids clubs, aka Club Med Resorts then we could have found information easily. However we found a shortfall in information for parents like us. Parents who were planning to backpack. A fellow traveller with kids told me “You don’t read about parents like yourself because they are off travelling the world, you’ll meet them along the way”. The best information we received was not in a guide book. It was written through experiences along the way. We hope our experiences will provide information for other parents who are planning a trip and battling those prep nerves.
So in 2009 our trekkin trio set off on a RTW adventure with a 1 year old and we frequently heard “gee you’re brave” from friends and family. Right then the name of this blog was born.
It was created for the purpose of updating and making jealous,our friends and family back at home. To share in our adventures and show how quickly Miss A was growing. We shared about travel through Asia. We hiked the Camino del Santiago, we camped in Greece for 8 weeks, lived and worked in the UK, watched our daughter learn to crawl (and walk) on separate trips to Paris.
RTW was over
And then it was time for us to come home. After 1 year of backpacking the globe we returned to settle in an idyllic corner of Australia. Life became about short travel, parenting and living. Working in fields we are both passionate about, and our adventures continued. We discovered that of all the adventures we have had, parenting is the greatest adventure and journey we have been on. So we continued to share our stories here in this space.
A journey which only grew richer and more adventurous when we fell pregnant and welcomed the arrival of our son Rafferty Jack in 2012.
You may have found the blog when we first went on our RTW adventure. Perhaps you have found our blog a little later in the journey.
You may be a parent or a like minded traveller who believes that the adventures don’t end with children- they only really begin. That holidaying doesn’t only exist in resorts with kids clubs.
You may have stumbled across us by accident and are not really sure if you belong here. You may be family so you have to keep reading.
Gee You’re Brave is for people who want to adopt an attitude to life that has others saying “gee you’re brave”.
Gee You’re Brave Travel is for families who want to share their adventures be they close to home or far away. It is for the adventurous spirit. Whether it be camping in a secret spot or an overseas jaunt. We love to sit around the ‘virtual’ campfire and chat about the places we have been and things we have seen. Remember – we love guest posts here, so if you have had a wonderful adventure then drop me an email so we can chat about it.
Gee You’re Brave Parenting is about keeping parenting real. A place to talk about parenting issues away from the deafening discourse the media attempts to engage us in such as the Mommy Wars, SAHM vs Working Mums or the classic Breast vs Bottle debate. Let’s really talk about the issues which are relevant to our kids and our families. In our society our kids need ‘brave’ parents who have the courage to wade through the messages the media bombards us with about what is important. We need to raise “Gee You’re Brave” kids and I am looking forward to putting together a collection of posts, using my professional skills which, I hope will help our children do just that – stay tuned!
Further when Raffie was born with his complex health problems a lot of people told me “gee you’re brave”. In this space I try to share openly about parenting a little one with extra medical issues and being ‘brave’ enough to face the challenges this brings.
Finally Gee You’re Brave Living is just that – the day to day stuff – but with authenticity. The courage to find your dreams and chase them down. Living day to day being brave enough to make the decisions which put you and your family first. Let’s share the highs and lows. Those you talk about with your dearest friends over a coffee and cupcake.
Gee You’re Brave is not about collecting the largest number of followers. This blog is about building an awesome group of people who have found something they want to share in, relate to and benefit from.
I hope you find something that inspires you, motivates you, speaks to you and makes you laugh. I hope reading this blog helps you live a life that has others saying “Gee You’re Brave”.