Hello! My name is Danielle and my day job is as a Policy Strategist for the Canadian Government. But my passions are my husband and children, art, the great outdoors and adventure. We love doing simple things like exploring the city on foot on our “urban adventures,” collecting natural toys and treasures, discovering street art, and playing among the trees and plants we find on hidden paths.
Art, aesthetics and visual communication have always been a big part of my life. Until I began my current job, I always had an outlet for personal expression, whether through dance or visual art or creative writing. Currently, Instagram is my creative outlet where I try to express visually our family’s way of life. My username @hippieindisguise has a lot to do with my professional work, where my own (left wing hippie) opinions and creativity cannot factor into my work. I use my Instagram gallery as a micro-blog of the things I do with my children and as a way to connect with and share ideas with people around the world. I have never been interested in social media. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr never sparked for me. But somehow Instagram resonated with me because it was really effective in connecting me with people around the globe; people who shared my passions and who inspired me to be a better person.
I have always been drawn to simple, slow, light living, and have been moving towards a simpler life for a while now. By ‘simple’ I mean less stuff and fewer obligations, to make more room for my relationships and passions. In the last few months, having serendipitously landed on some writing about minimalism (lifestyle minimalism, not art/design minimalism), I have been motivated to pursue minimalism more fully, by paring down to the essentials the things I own and the obligations I have. So, when I came across the book Everything That Remains, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, a memoir about Millburn’s journey into minimalist living, I was very interested. However, being very deliberate about not consuming unnecessarily I did not want to own the book. But…I really, really wanted to read it. I decided after a few weeks of deliberation that I would buy it on the condition that I ensured as many as people as possible would read it.
Always wanting a way to connect in new ways with people, I decided to offer the book to my Instagram friends and followers (and anyone else who asks). I like the idea of a book tour, where, literally, the book is touring the world, connecting people and ideas around the globe. About a week ago I posted a photo and caption about my book tour idea on my Instagram feed and asked if anyone would like to participate. I got a great response with people interested in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia, so far.
In short, here’s how the book tour will work: I will send the book to the first person on the list, they receive it, read it, share it with friends if they wish, and then send it on to the next person on the tour, and so on. I will keep all of the participants addresses private, and only share the next name and address with the person sending the book forward.
I am in the final stages of planning, but am excited to share that there will be some fun extras travelling with the book. First, a world map, so readers can ‘dot’ themselves and create a record of the book’s travels. Second, a travel journal, so readers can write a note or leave a message related to the book or their city or themselves. Third, a hashtag and photo component. All optional, of course.
I will continue to take names for the next week and as the book travels the world. My hope is that the book keeps moving for years and only stops when it is completely worn out. Please visit my Instagram gallery @hippieindisguise to see my post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions.
Thanks, peace and love.