During the next year, Vanilla Foehn will spend at least a week in every state. She will meet people. She will sleep in her car. She will hand out journals for a nationwide project to tell people's stories. She shared more about her ambitious Leafless Diaries project before hitting the road.

During the next year, Vanilla Foehn will spend at least a week in every state. She will meet people. She will sleep in her car. She will hand out journals for a nationwide project to tell people's stories. She shared more about her ambitious Leafless Diaries project before hitting the road.

Leafless Diaries is a project to obtain the little bits of people that they don't normally reveal to the world. We're asking for people to write about things that are deep or thoughtful - something that they would put in their very own diary. Nothing like, "Oh, I found this really killer sweater."

Five-hundred blank diaries will be distributed about the country. We spend a week in each state and distribute approximately 10 diaries. We're asking for a single entry. Then they pass it along to somebody they don't know or place it in a location where somebody can find it.

There are so many of us that are so incredibly different. Different cultures, different backgrounds, different social statuses. This is a way to sort of connect people. Hopefully, these diaries find their way back home. The really worthy entries will end up in a published book.

All of this is done through complete anonymity. People have the freedom to release things that they normally wouldn't feel comfortable with. I'm asking people to not use their real names, to not be very specific with details, even disguise their handwriting.

I 've been working on the project for the past year - and - a - half. It was pretty intermittent, just because of my job or whatever else. I gave up everything in November and have been working on it full-time ever since. I've drained my entire life savings to get this up and going.

Three things I can't liv e without are the internet, my mobile phone and a vehicle.

If I had spare time, I enjoy painting a lot. I just enjoy art in general. I'm a huge fan of technology and fusing the two. I love to play sports. I played sports all my life. But relaxation is not a word I'm familiar with.

I don't see this as putting my life on hold. I see this as forming my life into what I want it to be. Basically, I want my life to mean something, and this is how I'm going about it.

The best advice I've ever received is live like there's no tomorrow.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.