Embudo – A Mountain Oasis

Embudo – A Mountain Oasis

After the car incident (see last post if you missed it), I decided I needed to get out of the city. I contemplated moving on completely, but with about a week and a half left at the Airbnb I already paid for, I decided that wasn't my most feasible option. So instead, I got an Airbnb at a place called the Unu Center in Embudo. In pre-COVID times, the center had massage and hypnotherapy options, so clearly it was right up my alley. Even though the amenities had changed, it is still this amazing...

The First Travel Hiccup!

The First Travel Hiccup!

Do you know how long it took me to learn to spell Albuquerque? Far longer than I'd like to admit! I decided to hang out in Albuquerque for a few weeks on my way west. I hadn't spent time in New Mexico before and I figured it would be a fun place to visit. I got a cute Airbnb studio close to downtown and was eager to explore. Well...things didn't go according to plan. I spent the first week mostly working. I spent a tremendous amount of time online supporting a couple of workshops. And then, on...

Everything and nothing

Everything and nothing

After I left Little Rock, I had a 13-hour drive ahead of me to get to Albuquerque...straight through Oklahoma. And if you've ever been to Oklahoma, you know there's not much there. It's flat, it's wide open, it's largely unpopulated. I enjoyed the nothingness and took in the enormity of the sky when there are no obstructions. And then I realized this: in the nothingness, I was able to ponder everything. Because when we're inundated with everything, we can ponder nothing. So slow down, reduce...

A Little Slice of Heaven

A Little Slice of Heaven

Have you been to Arkansas? I think I had driven through on my college coast-to-coast road trip, but I remember nothing about it. So if I had been, it certainly didn't make an impression. I needed to plan a route from Pensacola to Phoenix. And to be perfectly frank, I wanted to avoid Texas if at all possible. So I pulled out my map and saw that if I went to Little Rock, I could then push straight through to Albuquerque next. So off to Little Rock I went. And guess what? I LOVED it. I loved...

Magic School!

Magic School!

I went to magic school! I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to learn Ancient Hawaiian Huna. Huna is an energy tradition that comes from Hawaii, that allows us to connect with our unconscious mind and our higher conscious selves. Our incredible instructor describes it as magic. I still grapple with how to describe the work, so I'll describe my experiences/learnings instead: I let go of some really old stuff - As part of the training, we had clearing sessions where we...

Pensacola – Connection and reconnection

Pensacola – Connection and reconnection

I arrived in Pensacola on February 28 and was welcomed into my friend's home with open arms and an open heart. I lived with her and her family (husband and 4-year old daughter) for the entire month of February and it was wonderful and weird and life-altering. You see, I had spent the last year in my home, alone. I cooked alone, I ate alone, I went about my business life alone. It was hard and necessary. It was also one of the catalysts for leaving Maine and taking on this adventure. I was...

Lessons from Chattanooga

Lessons from Chattanooga

It's hard to believe, but I will be departing Chattanooga in a couple of days! I let Maine on Jan 24, so it's been a month of digital nomad life. I stopped by my folks' house for a week, then I visited a friend in Christiansburg, VA, and spent the last 3 weeks in Chattanooga. I'm about 18 hours (by car) south of my home in Maine. And even though, I was on a sun-seeking mission, I managed to find more snow along my route! Here's what I've learned along the way: 1 - Home is where the heart is....

Moments of despair

Moments of despair

You know those moments, the ones where you find yourself squatting in the shower sobbing your face off...yeah, those moments of despair. I know those moments feel hard, sometimes unbearable. They are all-consuming, raw moments of real emotion. And I want to congratulate you for feeling them. Yes, congratulate. You know why? Because you are FEELING the emotions. And that is hard, brave work. It's in these moments of despair, that we have the opportunity to connect to our true essence. Those...

Moss

Moss

Have you ever thought about moss? Yeah, me neither, until I watched the movie "Elsewhere" on Amazon Prime (good movie, check it out if you haven't seen it). One of the main characters is a writer and is writing her second book about moss. In a scene in a diner, she explains her fascination with moss. It goes a little like this: Moss has been around longer than any other land plant and has figured out how to be here on this earth. Moss has learned how to live within its means. It lives in tiny...

Poignant moments

Poignant moments

I love words (and even spellcheck even more). The word poignant (thank you spellcheck) means evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret. I was surprised by this definition and then found it also means deeply affecting and touching. The latter is how I identify with the word. As I navigate this new phase of my journey, I am naturally drawn to deep introspection. I find myself connecting dots I hadn't seen before, allowing me to gain new insight into my life's experiences. As I was walking...

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