Later known as the girl in a 4WD. Overlanding Australia, North America, and beyond.
The idea of shifting my personal blog to the Overland Lady title came during my year in Australia. While being in the outback with Altar, my Landcruiser, I met a lot of experienced 4-wheelers and overlanders across the continent. The social media representation of off-roading and 4 wheel driving is heavily male-dominant. Big rigs in the wild seem to be a typical "men and their big toys" scenario. I can't keep count of how many times I've heard comments like "not many girls do that". But you know what, there are actually quite a few of us!
From tradie girls who build their own rigs, to the co-pilot navigator wives/girlfriends, to skilled camp chefs, there are numbers of us ladies out in the field. We may be mostly behind the scene which led to very little voice in regards to what this novel lifestyle means for modern females.
Traditionally, female holds a different social responsibility such as home-making and child-bearing. This potentially makes their life on the road a different experience than their male counterparts. There's a unique perspective worth sharing.
As one of those ladies on the road, and one who enjoys sharing moments, I am recording on this blog my joy, laughter, frustration, and everything in between. I seek to connect with other overlanding ladies, share our adventure stories from a female's perspective, inspire girls out there who want to go explore and support travelling females with our knowledge and experiences.
City Girl – XOverland Overlander Film Fest Winning Short Film
City Girl was the winning short film of the first Overlander Film Fest (https://overlanderfilmfest.com/) hosted by @Xoverland.
The short film was made based on the true story of how and why I started Overlanding.
Before I know it, I was described as “breaking racial, gender, and social stereotype norms“. You can’t change your past and upbringing. But you have the option and power to create something different for yourself.
No, I didn’t wake up one day and decided I wanted to be a blogger/YouTuber. It all happened gradually and naturally.
I have been keeping diaries/journals since junior high. No one can remember everything that happened in the past. It’s such a pity for beautiful things to be forgotten. By writing them down, I can physically flip back to any phase of life at any given time, read what I was doing, feel what I was thinking, and gain some new insights from my journey.
With the goal of collecting and sharing moments, I create contents that are nothing but authentic.
My inspiration comes from life.
Everyone has stories. Leaving traces of my life doesn’t change my significance as a person, nor does it make me more important or special. In fact, this blog and the YouTube channel are quintessential evidence of my existential crisis. The more I read, the more I experience, the more I explore, the more insignificant I feel. This realization can easily, and does quite often, get me into negative loops, in which I struggle with constant self-doubt. I am afraid of not being a good writer; I am worried that my stories are not worth sharing. But as insignificant as I can be, my experiences and perspective of the world are the primary building blocks that construct my life.
They are the significance of my insignificant existence.