Rachel Denning: The woman behind the mother




I recently connected with Rachel Denning and was fascinated by the lifestyle and journey her family have chosen. They are currently driving from Alaska to Argentina, sleeping in their veggie powered truck with their 5 kids. I cannot get enough of their stories and am thrilled for Rachel to become a HipMum contributor.


Who is Rachel Denning?

I am a quiet person with big ideals. I love reading, education, photography, writing and travel. I love to discover new places. I’m unconventional when it comes to lifestyle, my children’s education, parenting and politics. I’m passionate about pursing your dreams and stepping out of the norm – of following your heart.

Describe your 5 children.

My children are each unique and wonderful. They are very good kids, who are also very talented. They love to travel, just like we do, (except for the actual ‘traveling’ part of it – like driving in the truck – that’s boring).

They adapt easily to new situations, and are fascinated by the world around them.

Tell me 3 sources of inspiration for you.

My husband is a great source of inspiration. He is usually positive, and always helps me to keep a proper perspective. If I’m ever discouraged, frustrated, worried or upset, he reminds me that it’s ‘not that bad’ and that others have it a lot worse (which can sometimes be infuriating, but it is the truth).

I’m also inspired by reading great books – whether financial, spiritual, biographical or anything which inspires me to want to do better and be better.

A third source of inspiration is music. If I’m feeling down or discouraged, I know that listening to beautiful music, or a favorite song will lift my mood.

What have you learnt about yourself since becoming a mother?

I’ve learned that I’m really a selfish person that is growing more selfless every day. I’ve also learned that I thought I was busy before, but with the addition of each child, I realize that I never knew what busy was.

I’ve also learned how to prioritize, how to say ‘no’ to those things that aren’t important to me – and I’ve learned what those things are.

When your children grow up, what do you hope they admire the most about you?

I hope they admire my love of learning and education; of adventure and travel; my ability to be flexible and open-minded.

I also hope they model their lives after they way I try to live mine, and pursue their passions and follow their hearts.

If you had a whole day to yourself. No kids, no work, no financial restraints – how would you choose to spend your time?

I would spend my time writing and reading in a quiet, comfortable room, or exploring a new city or ruin, taking photographs.

When you’re on the road with your husband and 5 kids living in your truck, when do you ever get any time to yourself?

I stay up after the kids go to bed (while camping, that’s usually just after dark, 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.) I also get up early to write and read (usually 4:00 or 5:00 a.m.)

What advice would you give to other parents who are considering stepping out of convention and embarking on a similar adventure with their kids?

Doing something unconventional usually requires serious consideration of what is important to you, and your real motivations for doing it. It requires courage and commitment, individually and as a family. But the rewards outweigh the ‘risks’ or rejections.


Read HipMum article by Rachel Denning –  4 Ways to Live a Life that Matters

To follow the journey of Rachel Denning and her family - www.discovershareinspire.com



One Comment

  1. littlesister said...

    This is my sister and she is amazing! She’s my inspiration of patience, courage, understanding and living life to it’s fullest! I’m blessed to have her in my life!

    Dec 09, 2011 at 10:06 am

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