Episode 18: The Girl and the Getaway Vehicle
Featuring Brianna Madia
Brianna takes the time to see potential where others might change course.
Some people might see her old campervan, Bertha, and think that it’s not worth the trouble-- that the potential for breakdowns make it too risky to live in. Some people might see her incredibly active dog, Dagwood, and think that he’s too wild to give a home to. In fact, some people might think that the desert back roads aren’t the safest place to call home at all.
But unlike most people, Brianna fell in love with all of the above, and in taking the time to truly understand and appreciate them for what and who they are, she’s cultivated a unique life that reflects the very creatures she loves so much.
From her life outdoors, to the dogs she loves, to the breakdowns and online criticism she faces-- this episode is full of Brianna Madia’s beautiful stories of adventure and understanding.
Brianna Madia is a storyteller and big orange van-dweller, spending most of her time in the deserts of southern Utah. When she's not writing lengthy Instagram captions, she can be found rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, and canyoneering - always with her husband and two dogs in tow.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
What makes Brianna’s camper, Bertha, particularly unique
How Brianna came into owning the campervan she drives today
The massive breakdown that stranded Brianna in Wyoming
Why Brianna feels like it’s worth it to own an old vehicle like Bertha
What it’s like to live with active dogs like Bucket and Dagwood
How her dog Dagwood inspired her family’s outdoor lifestyle
Tips for people wanting to live on the road with dogs
The way Brianna deals with meanness and criticism online
How we can continue to foster community by thoughtful online connections
Touching stories from Brianna’s positive online experiences
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Follow Brianna on Instagram: @briannamadia
Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
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