Q: What do you guys do for a living? You must either be a trust fund child or live off of the state.
I have been making jewelry and handmade goods for the last 10 years. We also buy and sell vintage indigenous crafts from our travels. My partner is a working musician who makes albums and often opportunities arise for other musical projects. You can hear some of his music here: Lexus~ Crowd 2014
I’m hardly a trust fund child, though my family does love to buy their Granddaughter little treasures. What Grandparents don't? So no, we are not supported by our families in any way. We also pay taxes for the two businesses we have: My Etsy shop and my Partner’s music career. This is our only form of bills besides a cell phone, so any funds that come in we can use for traveling.
Q: Was this photo staged? You must just be showing off for attention and only care about yourself.
Though I have answered this question many, many times I will answer it again. I am just going to share my original post Daughter of the Sun as it still stands true:
The truth is we were living on a small community in Hawaii where our land was clothing optional and yoga was/is a necessity! I was just doin’ my daily flow when the little sweet pea came to sneak a suckle. Papa had her out in the grass with him and she just couldn’t resist! This happens all the time by the way. When a breast is out and baby is around, they are going to try and get it anyway they can! I have been blogging for years now and this photo was just a simple share of a beautiful captured moment. I usually like to stay in Shirishana (headstand) for several minutes so this was plenty of time for Papa to get a photo.
My blog at this point had been set up so that we could share our travels and Naia with our families and close friends. When I posted the photo I had no idea it would be shared the way it was. There was no showing off intended, nor did I send this photo out to any websites to gain attention. A few close friends shared it on Facebook as a beautiful photo of a mama connecting with her child. It was shared again from there and so on and so forth.
Q: Why did you select the photos shared on the BabyCenter story?
The woman who interviewed me for Baby Center found my Instagram photo feed and selected the photos herself to share on the blog. I find it disheartening that so many would criticize our body types. We all come in different shapes and sizes, what a blessing! Our bodies are clean, light, and not filled with processed, GMO food or any other kind of disharmonies. We also practice many forms of exercise which keep us fit.
Q: How can you live in New Zealand with the strict immigration laws?
We are not moving to New Zealand. I shared that we are simply traveling there for six months. Naia was conceived there and it is one of our favorite places on earth.
Re: "She probably had her daughter off of the state"
Unsurprisingly (I’m sure), we had a beautiful home water birth with one of the best midwives in Hawaii, Claudia Brown. It cost us $1800 and we paid her in four payments.
Q: How did you come about this lifestyle?
It all started with my yoga practice. Really allowing myself the time and space to sit and just BE. Through this came much clarity and all the love I was feeling was vibrating from all cells of my being. I wanted to live simply, I wanted to be free, I wanted to find happiness and live in the most clean and vibrant place possible. A place where I could be sustainable while eating local organic foods and drinking the purest of water. I made a choice, a lifestyle choice that I knew required discipline and dedication. I have to remind myself in every moment to choose love. This is possible for us all! It’s a wild world and we create our own reality!
Q: Are you just a bunch of hippies?
Hippie is such an outdated stereotype that keeps being used with this photo. It’s a very uninformed and ignorant description. Whatever happened to the word Human Being?
I understand our family is not the stereotypical ideal. We might look different to the mainstream world, but the closeness and love we share is beyond ideal.
|This is the result of a child who has been raised close to the earth and in tune with the Mother.|
|Naia loves practicing her yoga with us. She is happy, healthy and a vibrant little girl.|
|Children of the Light|
|Where would you rather have your child? In a field of wild plants and flowers or in front of a television screen?|
Sending out so much love from the heart. It’s been beautiful just to hold space and recognize that we are all so very different. I also understand that there is a lot of pain and suffering happening in the world and people unfortunately thrive off of criticizing others that are not exactly like themselves. My prayer is that others can also follow their dreams and tune in to their hearts and not their TVs.