Meet my sweet sister, Hannah. She has just spent 8 months travelling around Australia in her van named Vera. We asked her what she values and how her #vanlife has affected her view on the world. Hannah is about to embark on a new adventure in Vietnam, teaching in the beautiful lantern town of Hoi An.
Adelaide (for now)
Can you share a story that is intrinsically connected to something you have worn?
The first time I got photos taken wearing Ash White ‘Reminiscence’. It was in a garage next to a white wall and I felt like a total goose, but I felt beautiful and proud to represent the double digit ladies in this world. The clothes were comfortable, stylish and I felt connected to the hands that made them.
What does ethical fashion mean for you?
Equity, everyone being supported, appreciated, treated fairly and their talents celebrated.
What are some of your core values?
Integrity, creativity, curiosity, responsibility, compassion and perseverance.
Tell us about your craft and why you are passionate about it?
I would say my craft is teaching. It’s hard, consuming and tiring, but incredibly fulfilling. I take great responsibility in shaping the minds of the future. I do it with care, creativity, fairness and a little bit of tough love. My personal expression would be through writing. Writing is a release for me. Ive never thought of myself as a writer but I’ve kept a blog of my travels if anyone is interested in reading.
How do you relax after a long day?
Nature, walking barefoot in the fresh air. Either at the beach, in the woods in the backyard, I’m not fussy. Oh and snugs with my pooch.
Best advice you’ve been given?
If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.
Every obstacle has a positive if you choose to see it.
Most memorable experience to date?
Saving my money, selling my belongings, stripping life back to the essentials and travelling Australia in Vera the van. It’s been 100 days on the road today!
Early bird or night owl?
Definitely early bird.
One thing you’d like to do in your lifetime?
To live in a little cottage in the hills with hundreds of dogs, a vege garden and a fire place. And to never stop travelling.
What is something you love?
Van life, I cannot rave about it enough. Slow and simple travel is the best way to see this country. And there is so much to see!
Do you feel like you’ve changed after over 100 days on the road?
Yes and no. I’m still the same person but I feel I have grown stronger both physically and mentally. I have spent time healing and improving myself as a person. I’ve had the opportunity to be unapologetically selfish in doing what I want to do when I want to do it- which is a massive deal for me!
For me, human connection is…
For me, human connection is essential. To love, listen, understand and empathise to all stressors and celebrations of life no matter of colour, race or religion. Everyone is battling something of some kind and I believe we as humans have one job- to connect and help each other. Humans are trying to live alone for the first time in evolutionary history and it’s not working.
Thank you Han for your insight and for being part of the ash white story. You can read more about Hannah’s Van Life journey here.