Chasing bliss – Meet Rebel on a Rainbow.


Everyone has a story to tell. Every single one of us is full of incredible stories and beautiful moments. Every one of us is inspiring and every one of us yearns to be inspired. When I find something that truly inspires me, that reminds me who I am and why I do the things that I do, I can’t help share it. And this is where these beautiful people come in. My friends, meet Jess and Jonny.

Jess and Jonny from Rebel on a Rainbow are living my dream life. Seriously, what I would give to buy a van and just drive, I’ve considered it a thousand times, and I still find myself throwing the idea around in my head on an almost daily basis. After working for years and years and committing to the daily grind and conforming to our societies norms, Jess and Jonny gave it all up for a dream. They sold their possessions and hit the wide open road. They are living their life, chasing their bliss, on their very own pursuit of happiness. Arms and eyes and hearts wide open to the world around them. Their passion for our country and it’s beautiful red land is inspiring.I’ve been reading their blog for a while, Jonny is a big fan of my husbands surfing and follows him on Instagram. Which is how I first discovered Rebel on a Rainbow. I was at first intrigued by the name and by a few of their comments. So I went on an internet expedition to discover more about these people, living a life different than one I had every lived with the same purpose that I have always held close to my heart. Gentle, kind and completely out of the box.

It didn’t take me long to decide that this couple were people who I’d like to meet and I put them quickly on my blog reader and followed them on Instagram (their photos of Australia are beautiful and unusual and full of love and light and dreams). Their warmth and genuine joy for their lives and for each other is something that I can only aspire to. They are lucky to have what they have, and they value it.

Isn’t love a beautiful thing?

PIN IT PIN IT PIN ITWe met for lunch at the beautiful Samudra cafe in Dusnbourough on the impressive Western Australian surf coast. It’s a pretty spectacular part of the world and one of the best raw food cafe’s I’ve been to in a long time.

It’s always interesting meeting people that you only “know” through their online persona’s. But Jess and Jonny were exactly as I expected them to be. Humble, warm and totally down to earth. Good food, good conversation and a lot of laughs lead to a drive down to Yallingup and a lustful gaze at the knee high swell rolling across the break.


Is there anything more important than chasing your dreams? Jess and Jonny don’t think so, and I couldn’t agree with them more.

We don’t want to have any regrets, we want to make the most of every day.  We are just a couple of kids trying to live our dreams…

All power to them. Life without regrets. Life filled with love and experience and joy. What is life it is not lived with passion? What is life if not to be enjoyed? What is life it not to be inked in colour and laughter and love? Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that this is something that I’m totally passionate about, I’ve written about it a lot. The pursuit of happiness.

Jess and Jonny are inspiring to talk to and I feel very blessed that Bo and I were able to spend such a joyful afternoon by the beach with them. We talked about the joys and challenges of van life and about the wanderlust that drives them. We come from different worlds and have very different stories, but our yearning for the path less traveled is the same. Our common desire to grab life with both hands and to live the absolute hell out of it, meant that we could have talked long after the sun set over the sapphire sea. I’m already dreaming of a little getaway to the east coast to see if I can catch some waves with these excellent people.


I urge you to head over to Jess and Jonny’s beautiful blog Rebel on a Rainbow, follow their amazing adventures and soak up some of the passion they have for our beautiful country, the love that they have for each other and the unbridled joy that they have for their life. It’s totally contagious.

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  • May 15, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Naomi @ Not Just A Mummy - Heading on over to have a read now!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Penny - Awesome couple (they are my family & we come from the same mould) love your blog…it’s always beautiful to read about people who know how to embrace life!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    Jenn - Amazing! Patrick and I have had the same idea for many, many years – too bad we haven’t had the guts to actually make it happen. We’ve talked about it and the rational behind being able to follow our dreams and we’ve always ended up back at square one – how do we do this yet still have enough capital to come home when we’re ready to start a family? We dream of a family too and how do we follow ours dreams of being young and in love and traveling the world when in 5 or so years we’d like a little babe? To me, in this ever fast pace economy I don’t see it as a viable option. Unfortunate yes, but I am happy just having him by my side. We talk about moving to remote villages or sailing around the world – but its mostly just a want, how do we turn this into reality??!! Johnny and Jess are an inspiration to many! xxReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    endelaney - This is really inspiring. My husband and I long to live a similar way, even with children:) Once our school debt is gone we can have way more freedom to take the plunge and just do it!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    Zoe - Beautiful! Dont think Ive ever met anyone from online before. Lovely photos too.ReplyCancel

    • May 16, 2013 - 8:25 pm

      Sash - It was a real treat! Definitely not something you have a chance to do every day.ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2013 - 5:12 am

    Cheryl - Hi I am Jonny’s Mum and I love what you guys are doing. We also plan to do this. You are an inspiration to young and oldReplyCancel

    • May 16, 2013 - 8:25 pm

      Sash - Hey Jonny’s Mum!! Thanks for stopping by! They are an incredibly inspirational couple. xxReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Bec | At Penny Lane - Thanks for sharing! How i wish we could just pack up and travel, living the simple life isn’t ever that simple… 😉ReplyCancel

    • May 16, 2013 - 8:26 pm

      Sash - Or is it?! It’s all about priorities isn’t it? xoxReplyCancel

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