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Lia is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She grew up on an actual farm, with horses and everything. There was even a goat! Her name was Daisy and she was the meanest goat, like, EVER.
Hang on, we’re already getting side-tracked by childhood goat trauma.
Despite growing up on a farm in Kentucky, Lia has – for no good reason – always had a vaguely Californian accent. The working theory is too many hours spent watching Clueless at a young, impressionable age.
From a very young age, Lia had an interest – verging on obsession – in making things with her own two hands (which doesn’t mean she ever got very good at it). She also frequently combined her hobbies with business ventures.
For example: she hawked hideous string-and-popsicle-stick Godseyes to her parent’s friends for $1; she got in huge trouble in middle school for creating a bidding war on friendship bracelets; and she once locked her family out of their kitchen, created a menu, called her new “restaurant” The Plaza, and charged premium prices for, essentially, reheated leftovers.
Eventually, she learned to stop trying to sell stuff to her family and friends, thanks to the creation of a brand new site that made it easy to sell handmade creations to total strangers: Etsy!
Within hours after creating her store, several items sold, and Lia was hooked. Soon, she decided to go bigger and created a whole website for her upcycled, handmade creations (her preferred style was like if a Claire’s store and a Hot Topic had an illegitimate child… so, SUPER elegant).
That website, which she named OmgLia to match her AIM screenname at the time (hello, fellow 30somethings) was her pride and joy for the next 6 years. She sold her kitschy creations at craft fairs and in boutiques both close to home and abroad, and spent her weekends in high school and college filling orders and carrying armfuls of packages to the local post office while most people were out like, having a social life, probably.
While in college, she also started a blog called The Broke Student’s Guide all about saving money and earning extra pocket cash as a college student. She became one of those people who goes to job fairs just for the freebies and does a lot of undercover Mystery Shopping. It was a weird time.
While in college at Indiana University, she studied fashion design and finally learned how to sew (much of which has since been forgotten) as well as apparel merchandising, intending to grow her little craft business.
But instead, after graduation, she joined the working world with a corporate gig at a major retailer in San Francisco. And there she sat behind a desk for the next 5 years, buying merchandise to sell in stores, analyzing data, analyzing more data, becoming a Business Analyst (which has something to do with computers, we think) and doing Corporate Business Things.
She found that she no longer had time to create crafts, fill orders, or set up booths at festivals and craft fairs. And so, with an aching heart, she shut down OmgLia.
And hatched a new plan.
You see, while sitting behind that corporate desk, Lia was dreaming of A Very Big Adventure. She wanted a once in a lifetime opportunity to say f*** it and travel. For like, a LONG time.
She was also afraid that if she didn’t do it while she still could, she’d regret it for the rest of her life.
So she saved, and she planned, and she dreamed, and she met someone who was down to come along.
And then, 5 years later, she got married, quit her job, and took off on a year-long honeymoon. She backpacked through several continents, slept in countless hostels, and befriended several llamas (who are, generally, MUCH friendlier than goats).
For the full story of her year-long honeymoon (which was mostly a disaster, but still really fun), and everything that happened next, you’ll have to head over to what became Lia’s next venture/obsession: a travel blog called Practical Wanderlust.
Our story picks back up four years later, once the dust has settled on Lia’s new career as a travel blogger. After four years of almost non-stop traveling and building what eventually became one of the largest travel blogs in the world, Lia felt a new ache deep in her heart.
She kinda just wanted to like, stay home for a while. And make crafts again. And maybe adopt some plants, or like, a dog.
And so, she settled back down again, into a beautiful old turn-of-the-century house with a big backyard full of fruit trees in Oakland, California. I know that description makes her house sounds really amazing, but to put things into perspective a little, the rental listing sat vacant for months despite being in one of the most ridiculous housing markets in the world, everything is made of lead, there’s a weird bathroom without a sink, and there’s no dishwasher. All things considered, it was a great find!
She re-adjusted to a life with less travel. She put the skills she’d gleaned from years of backpacking into practice to work towards a zero waste lifestyle. She got like, a bundt cake pan, for some reason. She adopted armfuls of plants and the cutest dog in the universe.
And in 2020, as the entire world locked down, she dug in her roots even more. And thus, a new, quieter chapter of her life began, complete with a new project called Practical Imperfection.
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE LIA
- Logical, pragmatic,
a complete nerd, brutally and inappropriately honest, very bad at incredibly basic things,grounded
LIA’S FAVORITE THINGS
- Crafting (sewing, cardmaking, scrapbooking, knitting, jewelry making, all of it – particularly when it involves upcycling)
- Snobby coffee
- Houseplants & succulents (it’s an addiction)
- Travel, especially when there are llamas
- Feminism, social responsibility, and political activism
- Saving scraps of things to make into other things
- Karaoke (Faves to sing: CHVRCHES, Shakira, N*SYNC, Regina Spektor, everything from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.)
- Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter
Jeremy is originally from Morro Bay, California, and thus has the same Californian Valley Girl accent as Lia… except that his actually makes sense. He grew up on the Central Coast with a high school that was literally ON the beach.
Literally. ON THE BEACH. Lia likes to describe it as the high school from The O.C.
Jeremy moved to San Francisco to attend art school. He graduated with a film degree, a passion for writing and directing, and a baller portfolio, which everyone knows is the perfect formula for making cash hand over fist and becoming instantly famous. Spoilers: it’s not.
But his degree came in handy when he became a high school educator teaching filmmaking and digital media art. He still writes in his “spare time” and Lia is fully expecting to pay off all that student loan debt with one of his scripts.
Luckily for Jeremy, it turns out that teaching is actually something he is as passionate about as sharing meaningful stories through writing and film. He has happily spent the last few years teaching at an urban high school in Oakland.
Anyway, in between moving to San Francisco and becoming a teacher, he met Lia. It was love at first sight, bla bla bla – more on that below – and at a creepily early point in their relationship (2nd date) Lia asked whether he’d be interested in joining her on A Very Big Adventure. He was like, “sure, that sounds fun!” … despite having never left the time zone he grew up in.
A couple of years later, he found himself married and on a one-way flight to Colombia, thrilled and terrified and excited and terrified.
During their year-long honeymoon, Jeremy learned to love travel, and his extreme anxiety eventually gave way into a low-level constant panic.
He was responsible for navigation, including the time he navigated a BMW right into a medieval castle in France on a disastrous road trip. He made a lot of animal friends, ate a lot of ice cream, hit his giant head on a lot of stuff (bless him, he tries) and had a great time.
Unlike Lia, who skipped gleefully away from corporate life like she’d just been freed from jail, Jeremy was heartbroken to leave his job and his students. He spent an embarrassing amount of time during his year-long honeymoon doing lame teacher things like lesson planning and designing curriculum.
So, as soon as he returned to Oakland, he resumed teaching at the same school, where he’s been saying things like “that is so lit, fam” and making his students cringe ever since.
Today, Jeremy is happily rooted in Oakland and has finally fulfilled his dream of being a dog dad (next up: actual children). He’s discovered a love for baking – possibly fueled by binge-watching seasons of the Great British Bakeoff – and is the only one in the house who actually cooks, which he’s gotten quite good at.
His next major goal in life (other than being a child-and-dog dad) is to have a library filled with floor-to-ceiling books. Also to make pastry from scratch. Also to make bitters. He wants to try brewing beer, too… listen, we’re just going to move on. This guy has a LOT of goals.
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE JEREMY
- Sassy, anxious,
gingerbeardy, a walking California stereotype, overly considerate
JEREMY’S FAVORITE THINGS
- Irritating youths
- Telling awful dad jokes (usually to youths)
- Dogs. Just, all of them.
- Snowboarding, cliff jumping, and other adventurous things that scare Lia
- Snobby/douchey/boujie coffee, beer, whisky, food, etc
- Feminism, social responsibility, and political activism
- Karaoke (Faves to Sing: The Black Keys, Creed in an obnoxious voice, Alt J, Macklemore, Johnny Cash)
- Writing “Make To-Do list” at the top of every To-Do list
- Making animal friends
- Baking bread, cookies, pastry, ice cream.. and also eating those things
- Listening to true-crime podcasts, and then reading books about those crimes
- Superhero movies, comic books, and video games (NERD)
Lia and Jeremy met on an internet dating site about a year and a half before meeting in person. Not Tinder, though – this was in P.T.E, the Pre-Tinder Era. And because apps and notifications weren’t a thing, Lia kept forgetting to log in and check her messages, which meant that it took over a year to have their first conversation. Oops.
Anyway, when they did eventually meet up, it was sickening puppy love at first sight. They were inseparable from a disgustingly early point, and soon began aggressively one-upping each other in over-the-top displays of romantic affection.
Like, Lia spent far too much time than is reasonable on a scavenger hunt for Valentine’s Day … before they were even official.
Jeremy once hand-made a lamp shade that spelled out a sweet message backwards and could only be read by turning on the lamp and looking at the wall, which he presented along with a video compilation of all her friends and family wishing her Happy Birthday from all over the world.
Not to be outdone, Lia made a playlist filled with romantic songs and then created a scrapbook visually interpreting each song’s lyrics in the context of their relationship – and then hand-bound it in leather.
These are truly the most extra people ever to walk the earth.
Oddly enough, the pair said “I Love You” in the least romantic ways ever: Lia blurted it out on accident and then LITERALLY ran away, and Jeremy was drunkenly half-dressed in a Batman Onesie while camping on a mountain. Figures.
By the time they got married, it felt like they’d been together for eons, both for them and for their many unfortunate third wheels (kidding, their friends adore them and don’t hate them at all for how mushy they are. Right, guys?!? Right?!?!?).
Their wedding was in May 2016, with a ceremony in the California redwoods complete with handmade Mad Libs speeches and a karaoke reception.
A month later they sold all their stuff, quit their jobs, started Practical Wanderlust, and took off on a year-long adventure. They’ve been obnoxiously inseparable ever since.
WORDS PHRASES TO DESCRIBE LIAREMY
- Sickeningly cute, the kind of couple that makes you believe in true love and also throw up in your mouth a little at the same time, tall and clumsy (like a baby giraffe)
LIAREMY’S FAVORITE THINGS
- Enabling each other’s sugar addictions
- Making obnoxious observations about snobby stuff like tasting notes in fancy coffee/beer/wine/food (mmm yes, this coffee is QUITE fruit forward, I’m getting notes of birch tree and Art Deco)
- Feminism, social justice, and political activism
- Karaoke (Fave duets to sing: Home is Whenever I’m with You, I’ve Had the Time of My Life, I’ll Never Tell … like, from Buffy)
- Accidentally wearing matching clothing …again
- Powerlifting and bro-ing out at the gym (complete with grunting noises, flexing selfies, and aggressive curls)
- Taking roughly 3x longer to complete a hike than expected
- Mulan, the cutest puppy that has ever existed
Mulan was born in South Korea sometime in late 2019. As a mutt, she was considered to have no value as a pet and was destined for a meat factory.
But a wonderful local rescue shelter in the Bay Area, Jelly’s Place, helped rescue her and her litter and brought her on a very long journey across the ocean.
In her new home at the shelter, she was VERY popular with visitors. In fact, by the time Lia and Jeremy arrived to meet her, she already had a very long line of families who all wanted to adopt her! Which is no surprise, since Mulan is literally the most adorable puppy ever to exist in the entire world (this is a FACT).
But even though they weren’t even considering adopting a puppy – they were actually looking for like, an older cat – Lia and Jeremy fell in love with Mulan at first sight. And that immediate connection seemed mutual, too (ignoring the fact that Mulan has always been overly affectionate with literally everyone she’s ever met.)
Lia & Jeremy were so head-over-heels in love with this tiny, adorable little floof that they returned to the shelter a few days after submitting in their adoption application, just to like, very not-creepily beg the shelter to take a look at their application. Like, beg.
Luckily, their obvious desperation worked! The shelter approved their application and they were able to take Mulan home immediately.
Except they weren’t prepared to take a puppy home immediately. At all. (They wanted an older cat, remember?!)
One panicked trip to the pet store on the way home (including several accidents and a terrifying incident in which Mulan jumped face-first out of the shopping cart) and they had the basics. They’ve been fumbling around ever since, trying to catch up on all the things they didn’t know they needed to know about puppy care: crate training, house training, leash training, positive reinforcement training, and so on and so forth.
Thankfully, Mulan is not only the most ridiculous good-looking dog in the universe, but she is also an incredibly easy puppy. #blessed
3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE MULAN
- Adorable, floofy, hilarious
MULAN’S FAVORITE THINGS
- Destroying soft toys
- Bully sticks
- Going on long walks
- Her cone of shame, weirdly
- Leaves, especially iceberg lettuce
- Morning snuggles
- Making weird noises that her parents call “snoots”
- Tall grass
- Everyone she’s ever met
How can you get more of Lia, Jeremy & Mulan in your life?
This is a question we get asked ALL THE TIME. Just kidding! But we’re going to be optimistic and assume this is what you’re currently asking yourself, since you just spent a good 30 minutes of your valuable time reading alllllll about us. Hey, you’re rad, by the way.
Anyway, we DO have a few ideas, starting with connecting with us on social media! You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube No, we don’t have a Twitter account. Do non-celebrities or regular people actually have Twitter accounts?? In any case, we’ve never understood Twitter and at this point in our lives, it’s just time to admit that we never will.
Mulan has her very own Instagram account; you can follow her floofiness at @mulanthefloof.
You might also want to hop over and read about some of our favorite adventures (and mis-adventures) on our travel blog, Practical Wanderlust.
If you prefer to listen to us talk about travel (and our many travel disasters) in our own overly-Californian-accented voices, why not listen to our Podcast? At least a handful of people who aren’t related to us have told us that the podcast is entertaining, funny, and occasionally even informative, so … there you go.
We hope that we’ll see you around! Until then,