There are times to let go of everything and jump without knowing what, where, who, why.... And then there are times to step back and reflect - to consider if this is your time and space to jump, or if a little more knowledge, patience and trust are required. I've experienced both this past year - I've jumped and I've reflected. I feel I now know more of myself than ever before and have gained the ability to jump with the capacity for reflection at each moment. With gratitude for everything I've gained and lost in 2020, I'm so open and ready for 2021. Happy New Year - may it bring magic πŸŽ†

"Strength isn't necessarily defined as our ability to get up when we're knocked down. Nor is resilience found in our ability to continue getting up-over and over again. That's just sheer willpower; that's called being stubborn as fuck. True resilience is different. True resilience is found in our ability to get up, to create space for a message we may not want to hear, to listen like we've never listened before, and then to act on that message-even if that means changing the way we've been hurtling down our path in life for decades. I didn't know that then, but I do now."
-Steph Jagger
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Happiest of birthdays to a woman who has taught me about journeys and about choosing one's own, trusting the inner knowing and wisdom that comes with it

A winter solstice, a great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, a changing of elements from Earth to Air...
A time of reflection and nourishment, of becoming still and looking up, of letting go of the former and calling in the new. Give yourself the permission, the release, the dare to dream bigger and wilder than ever before. You never know what it may bring about... just trust that it will be magic 

Taking a moment to notice the cyclical patterns of nature... colors change, different qualities are revealed that maybe weren't seen before. Things shedding and dying off. Then comes a period of darkness, which on the surface may seem cold and uninspiring but is really a birthplace giving time and space for new light and life to eventually emerge. Each is important - light and darkness - and one cannot exist without the other. All this is reminding me to fully take in all the periods of life and to look forward to those ahead - those which bring both the beautiful new and the leaving behind of the old. They're all there with intention and purpose.
Seattle, Washington, USA
11.9.2020
​​​​​​​I've had this image of myself standing on a long swinging bridge in my mind lately. The bridge extends between two mountain ranges, there's fog all around, and I'm somewhere in the middle, grasping the rope railings. I look behind me and the place I came from - the familiar - is already starting to fade into the fog. Before me there is nothing but white above and dark below. This seems so telling of where we find ourselves now in world - we walk with all of our experiences, emotions and knowledge in tow. But now we find ourselves having stepped into the unknown, where past experience and reactions seem neither relevant nor reliable. While we're paused in the middle here, let's reflect on how every bit of our past has shaped us and helped us on our journey thus far. Then let's decide what it is that's really important for us to bring with us into this unknown. What will be the most crucial in shaping that which we envision for our future selves and our worlds? Bring along what our dreams need and leave the rest behind. Then step forward with trust.
Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA
10.30.2020

β€œWe look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.”
-Louise GlΓΌck


Visiting Greece felt like returning to a home I did not know existed until I was actually there. Have you ever experienced that? You've never been to this place before but feel a calling to it, like from a distant memory, and once you're there, you find it oddly familiar. It's like a soft landing, a welcome return, a belonging on a soul level. Greece was that for me. And there are so many places I long to visit still, but this is the one I would return to again and again given the opportunity. It may be difficult to imagine now, but I believe opportunities are coming, just wait a little bit longer.

Paros, Greece

10.9.2020

When I went to Greece last year, I was in the midst of discovering who I was and who I wanted to be, and making a decision of where to go next. What brought me on Erin Outdoors and Dimitris's trip was a series of coincidences that all told me to go. I went with no idea what to expect, just told myself to be open and honest no matter what. Sitting on a rooftop in Athens, meeting the people I'd be travelling with for that next week I realized how incredibly similar we all were, despite coming from such different places and backgrounds - all in a sort of crossroads and a search for and of ourselves, all so willing to be open with each other, even though we met only a few minutes prior. It's been a year since that trip and I am still amazed at how people can find each other, share in this human experience and connect so deeply at exactly the right time when it's needed most. And the thing is, there isn't actually that much effort involved. That conscious willingness to come with an open mind and perspective and a little compassion is really all it takes. I'm lucky to have experienced this on several occasions, but each is unique and amazing. Each is a reminder that we are all doing the best we can with what we have, and when we are brought together somewhere in the thick of it all we can give each other so much, just through that presence.

Naxos, Greece

9.23.2020

Exploring Japanese shrines and temples, what struck me most was their connection to nature. Every sacred place I visited was interwoven so seamlessly and beautifully with its environment, one complementing the other. Nihonji Temple in the Bōsō Peninsula was perhaps one of the most amazing. Climbing up Mount Nokogiriyama to reach the temple, I was then immersed in a lush forest with pathways, walls and statues built throughout in a graceful harmony with the trees and plants and the mountain itself. I spent the day wandering around the place in deep appreciation of the balance of it all.

Nihonji Temple, Chiba, Japan

9.6.2020

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