I'll be on the road in Oregon and California this July visiting family and friends. Plus, I get two special weeks teaching photography at "The Best Camp in the Land"...SUGARLOAF!
This year, I get to blog about it. Stay tuned! :)
A giant lesson for me this past year has been surrendering to what IS...let go, let go, let go. There are many similar ideas out there that remind us of one thing...take the leap and trust. Here is one of my favorite quotes that repeatedly went through my head as I jumped off a mountain in New Zealand this past December (I quivered as a leaf the entire way down to earth--and yes, that's me in the photo).
“You find what you love and you learn everything about it. You bet your life on what you know and run from safety, off your mountain into the air, trusting the Principle of Flight to bring you soaring up on lift you cannot see with your eyes.”
A few years ago, a chance encounter changed my life and set me on a track of wanderlust, desire, and responsibility. This interaction has been on my mind quite a bit lately, due to recent events and sentiment about the safety of women traveling abroad. I’ll tell you the specifics about my encounter below…bookmark that thought for a minute.
In 2011, I left my job of nine years where I worked as a communications management consultant for a prominent tech company. It was great work, I made a very comfortable living, and it was easy to find good clients, despite the challenging worldwide economy which has recently made us all a little crazy. Since then, I have been on a year-long career break focused on two things: reclaiming my health and reconnecting to my desired path in life…I seem to have steered a bit from it over the past 20 years.
New Zealand has been on my radar for years...I have heard nothing but amazing things about this place and it has yet to disappoint me--in fact, it's a place where I am already developing roots and I've been here all of two weeks. As I reflect on my vision of New Zealand travel that developed a few months ago, it was always as a solo traveler, not with a group. I will be frank; I am not a big fan of group tours.
I have followed some big advice over the years, but I find that the best advice is always my own. My intuition rarely leads me astray, except those moments that it's feeling a bit cheeky and sends me on a chase. This time, I was spot on and I find myself in the beautiful landscape of New Zealand where time is sitting a bit still and I have settled on keeping it that way for at least these seven weeks.
We've wrapped up yet another great program year and in the midst of our annual Winter Break! Thank you, friends, for your participation and support of all that 2012 offered. We get to meet and play with the MOST AMAZING people. So, take this season for YOU, in celebration...wind down, clear, relax, nest, snuggle, and take deep breaths to release the busy-ness of summer and fall. Here are ten great ways to find gratitude and unwind as we celebrate thanks for each other and honor our creative selves.