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About the Book

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This journey follows one girl around through South America as she forges an outside-of-the-box life that makes her happy. Collecting the pieces of her existence after a  relationship catastrophe that turned her life upside down, this is the story of her journey to move onward, upward, and beyond.

With a strong wilderness ethic guiding this soul-searching journey, she’s exploring new ideas of how to live life doing what’s important to her—and finding examples everywhere of people standing for what they believe in too.

This project is both autobiographical (about the soul-searching journey) and biographical (about the people and groups met along the way), using short stories and photos to chronicle just how vision questing to explore your own values, face your own demons, and face down challenges can be life-changing.

The outcome of this project will be a print book, available in both limited edition hardcover and softcover versions.

who’s involved?

Dani Reyes-Acosta is spearheading this project, along with the help and support of family, friends, and community supporters. 2015 and 2016 will see an expansion of this project back into North America and likely Central America.

Chance conversations, friendships forged over cowboy coffee, and friendly neighbors voicing support for local preservation efforts form the backbone of the biographical component.

As for funding (because everyone asks):  the project is self-funded.

When will this project finish?

Tentative launch date is mid-2016.

What about the Kickstarter?

The Kickstarter will launch after “Part 1:  South America” is complete. While not yet set, this launch date means that I’ll have collected enough stories to be able to show a tangible product, even as it continues to be developed.

If you’re new to Kickstarter, it’s “the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.” Learn more here.

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Not Lost, Just Discovering


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* Photoethnography: (noun) the art and science of representing other cultures and groups through visual storytelling