Allinder, Lauren - Hernando Middle School

I’m Kelly! I currently live in the city of Eau Claire, Wi with my two amazing kids, ages 16 and 12 who I have helped guide in online school  at home since 2016.  We are continually learning everywhere we go, looking for new adventures and keeping our creative, adventurous spirits alive. If we aren’t at home working away on school or projects, we are most likely ‘lost’ on some hiking trail.I thrive on spending as much time in nature as I possibly can. I am a professional multi-tasker and wear many different hats in life.  I find joy in simple things like hiking among the tall pines, taking photos of the tiniest of  plants on the forest floor, wandering endlessly in antique malls, uncontrollable laughter with a good friend and warm cups of coffee at random small town cafes. Oh, I love driving too. Give me a camera, a grande coffee to go,  an old back road and I’m gone!
I grew up in South Eastern Iowa in the small town of West Branch, where I spent most of my time either outdoors, fishing, camping, skating, riding bikes with friends or in my dads garage helping him on projects. At the age of 15 my family and I moved to northern Wisconsin to Ashland, following my dads new job at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with the National Park Service. I attended high school at Ashland High and moved to the Eau Claire area following my graduation in 2002.
I have been battling Lyme Disease + co-infections since 2015 and have faced several hardships over the past few years. These hardships have given me even more fuel to press on and curate a beautiful life for my children and I. My pain, my past and my passion are all what pushes me to live for a better tomorrow. I truly believe that all things we go through, whether good or bad, are used for God’s purpose and his perfect plan for our lives.
Here at Anchored Way Trading Company, we are deeply rooted in Christ and inspired by the outdoor world around us. All that I do comes from a love of nature and a passion for creativity. Stemmed from a lifelong love of adventure, I strive to curate and create products as well as content that inspire others to live their best life. When you purchase goods from Anchored Way Trading Co, you can feel confident about supporting a family, a small business that is founded on God, inspired by nature and fueled by the passion to never give up!