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Philosophy of a Wanderess

About Victoria McGovern Our Wander Life Richmond, Virginia Photographer 

Victoria McGovern: photographer, stylist, creative consultant, based in Richmond, Virginia. 





“I was an adventurer, but she was not an adventuress. She was a 'wanderess.' Thus, she didn’t care about money, only experiences - whether they came from wealth or from poverty, it was all the same to her.” ― Roman Payne, The Wanderess


“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” ― Roman Payne, The Wanderess


“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city.” ― Roman Payne, The Wanderess



Less is always more.

Life is short, she doesn't take it for granted. She respects the process, and knows it's necessary, even though she doesn't always understand it and sometimes struggles to quickly accept it.

She isn't afraid to make mistakes, admit when she is wrong, or take chances.

She believes life is worth living slowly and intentionally, fulfilling passions, making memories, and having experiences, not at all about hoards of money she can't take along with her once she's gone.

She strives to live a more ethical and sustainable life. 

She believes silence and neutralism is deadly. Justice is worth fighting for, even more so when it doesn't affect her specifically.  

She believes in something bigger than herself, her intuitions, that she is meant to love others, and that living just for herself is/was never worth her existence.

She understands that even though life can be devastating, she believes the pain will one day be replaced by beauty, transformed into purpose.  

She longs to live up to all she is meant to one day become.

She believes she is meant to fulfill a life of meaning, even though it may never be revealed to her, or won't be found out until long after she is gone, she hopes making a difference in the world is her sole reason for being. 

Her life is constantly changing, evolving, drifting and flowing like water down a never ending stream. She longs to breath change, growth, freedom, and she wouldn't have it any other way. 

As a child she told God the only thing she wanted out of life, was what He wanted for her.

As a woman she is made up of life experiences founded through struggle, pain, and grace – these experiences are what make her who she is today, and these are the things she believes truly matter (anything else can be learned or taught in her mind, but you can't teach passion or empathy.). In her perfect world, these are things that would make up her resume, these are the things that would add the most value. 

In our modern society, often fast paced, shallow, self-centered and shortsighted, she ultimately desires to connect with other kindred spirits. 

This has become her space, leaving pieces of herself behind like breadcrumbs, as she wanders through life, she wants to look back fondly at all she has seen, done, become. 

Most importantly, she wants to leave these bits and pieces behind, for someone else to one day find – hoping they will somehow bring them determination & hope, even if it's just through connecting with another like-minded soul. 

To be continued...


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