Change is constant, especially for a curious woman in her 20s. I have grown accustomed to transitions whether they are jobs, relationships, or homes. I have been floating around the world like a seed in the breeze trying to plant myself wherever I go. Now, I am aware that the choices I make affect many people, and also affect the course of my life. Like the willow tree I want to be rooted in the Earth, yet adaptable and resilient when a strong wind blows.
Knowing when to steer the ship and when to take a break is like a dance. How much control can I give up without losing sight of my goals? I am finding a healthy balance between blowing in the wind vs. setting strong intentions. I am beginning to ask myself, “What do I really want?” Even in this very moment, do I want to be writing at midnight when I have to work in the morning? Yes, as a matter of fact, this is very nourishing to my creativity. So, I’ll catch up on sleep tomorrow.
Recently, a combination of the cold winds in Savoy and my desire to be closer to my community have carried me back down to the valley I know so well. I have nestled into the cozy home of the Wood family which is powered by solar panels and surrounded by forest. I am close to two really important things: the bike path and my family.
I am allowing myself to indulge in the simple pleasures of life: hearty squash stews, warm cider, and good company. I find that evenings in solitude drinking hot tea and reading a book are just as important as a night out on the town. The cool weather is pulling me inside where my yoga mat patiently waits to be rolled out for a sweet nurturing practice. The shorter day light hours are insisting a mid day run or walk will build inner strength and warmth for the long night ahead.
I give thanks for the ever-flowing love and abundance that comes my way. I give thanks for the energy and nutrients stored in roots and squash to nourish my body this winter. I give thanks for the endless opportunities to explore all sides of being human with you all. I give thanks to all the spirits I have encountered on the land who have guided me to open my heart to new ways of being.