OF COSMIC AMERICAN
Imagine waking up every day to a serene and beautiful landscape, surrounded by nature at its finest
and having the option of visiting one of America’s most stunning National Parks daily if you wanted to.
As a city girl, that sounds like music to my ears – but for Geneva, it’s normal life, thanks to the fact that she lives in Joshua Tree.
Geneva is a blogger, part-time assistant for a local design firm and Airbnb called The Joshua Tree House. She lives in the Mojave Desert community of Joshua Tree, in Southern California, USA with her husband Andy and their 2-year-old daughter Prairie. She left her job teaching at a non-profit in order to stay home with her daughter. Both she and her husband work from home so they are able to spend lots of time together as a family, intentionally slowing life down and trying to spend their time consciously.
Read our interview with her below.
How Long Have You Been Living In Joshua Tree?
About two years now, we moved here from San Diego shortly after Prairie’s birth.
What Made You Want To Move And Embrace This Lifestyle?
I’m originally from Georgia, and my husband is from Kansas/Oklahoma. Andy and I both really treasure the small town experience and do not consider ourselves big city people by any means. However, we don’t really dig the typical small town USA conservative atmosphere. That’s a big part of what appealed to us about Joshua Tree. We’ve been visiting the area for years, and even got married here. What has always stood out to us, aside from the physical beauty, was the vibe. Joshua Tree has a long history of attracting outside-the-box thinkers, and there’s a music, art, and environmental scene here that we really felt drawn to.
What Is It Like Living In A Desert Community?
There aren’t many restaurants and bars, so we spend a lot of time at friend’s houses which is a big shift from how we spent our free time in the city, but I love it, it feels much more intimate. Also, most everyone here is into spending time outdoors, so we are all really in touch with the daily cycles of the sun and the moon, as well as the shifts in seasons. It always makes me laugh to check Instagram after a particularly epic sunset because undoubtedly all of my JT friends have posted a snap of it! I just find it so charming to be part of a community where pretty much everyone makes time to watch the sunset every day.
Joshua Tree has a long history of attracting
outside-the-box thinkers, and there’s a
music, art, and environmental scene here
that we really felt drawn to.
Do You Think Embracing This Lifestyle Helps To Create A More Magical, Carefree Childhood For Prairie?
I hope so! Prairie definitely loves spending time outside. She has been going to the door and saying “outside!” since she was a little baby. She loves to point out the jackrabbits, quails, roadrunners and lizards that we often spot on our walks and she knows to avoid touching cacti. She seems to be picking some wisdom about the natural world which I hope will grow into a lifelong love for her.
What Do You Love Most About Living In Joshua Tree?
This is tough! It’s a tie between the beauty of the area, and the beauty of the community that we have found here.
Do You Ever Feel Like You’re Disconnected From The Rest Of The World?
Yes, sometimes I do. Or I miss the convenience of city life and my friends and family that are in San Diego. But really LA and San Diego are both pretty close by (3 hours & 2-hour drives respectively). And also with the internet keeping in touch with what’s going on is pretty easy.
What Do You Like To Do As A Family During Weekends?
Our favourite thing to do is go on little hikes. We like to take it slowly, stop to explore lots, and then eventually find a pretty spot to post up and picnic or just hang out.
Prairie definitely loves spending time
outside. She has been going to the door and
How Are You Hoping This Will Impact Prairie’s Outlook On Life And Her Upbringing?
I hope she grows up to be a creative, kind, and conscious person. Actually, I think she already is so- I guess I hope she holds on to all of those traits into adulthood. I like to imagine that being surrounded by the such a beautiful environment and getting to spend time with interesting people who do interesting things will help foster her spirit.
What Has Been The Most Memorable Moment So Far?
Hmm. The time I sat on a cactus? The time we found a rattlesnake in the garage? Lol! Probably my most memorable moment happened our first night here. We had a newborn daughter and had just moved to a town where we knew nobody, and my support system was three hours away, so I was feeling a little overwhelmed, to say the least. I was nursing our daughter on the porch of our new house, with moving boxes all around me, and I just happened to look up and catch this huge amazing moon rising over the boulders. In that moment, with the full moon shining down on me & my daughter, I felt so at peace and happy to be right where I was.
What Is The One Thing You Want Your Daughter To Remember From Her Childhood?
Oh gosh, I mean most of all I want her to remember feeling loved. Everything else is just gravy.
And Finally, What Advice Would You Give To Others Who Are Interested In Taking This Leap And Moving To The Desert?
I would say come visit and you if love it here, then maybe come visit again during the summer— & if you still love it then make the leap!
With thanks to Geneva X