Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 2015 // Following the Light

This month was, and will probably remain, one of the most amazing months of my life. I spent most of June walking the Camino de Santiago from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I walked about 250 kilometers up the Atlantic coast and across the Portuguese and Spanish countryside to follow a dream one yellow arrow at a time. I'm not sure that I can describe the enormity of what I did and the impact of it on my life, but now that I've been home for a few days, I feel like maybe I can start putting it into words.

In the meantime, there is still one day left in June, and I intend to spend it on my first microadventure camping in the mountains above town. A short and sweet sixteen hours in the woods to keep the sense of adventure close to the heart, which is the perfect way to close out June.

Monday, June 1, 2015

May 2015 // Sparks // Big News


My word for 2015 is SHINE. Our family word for 2015 is ALL IN. I have focused on shining bright and big, giving out the light and going for it (pursuing) wholeheartedly. I have been rewarded with so many blessings and positive energy this month, but the truth is, it's not the result of the work being put in this year or last. This is the result of years of pursuing, showing up, being curious, sticking it out, hustling, making connections and trusting.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunities that are ahead.

The first big piece of news is that I leave on Friday to start walking my camino. Although I've been wanting to walk the Camino de Santiago for years,  and I committed to actually doing it over two years ago, this trip feels very last minute. I booked my tickets last week. I'll be walking the Camino Portugu├ęs from Porto to Santiago. I'll be starting a new job in July, and when the window of opportunity to take the time off in between my employment presented itself, I jumped on the chance. The timing isn't perfect, and Andrew can't come with me because of the last minute plans, but I'm going for it. I haven't trained or researched, and I honestly don't have as good of an idea of what I'm getting myself into as I'd like, but I'm embracing the belief that this camino will be a good exercise in finding The Way, not just following The Way.

There are other big developments underway including a new business venture, but I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. For now, I'm focusing on getting myself to Lisbon on Friday.

This has been a big month full of exciting developments that have taken all of my energy and attention (and then some). I feel spread thin, but for the first time in years, I don't know exactly how our lives will look next month or next year and that feels really scary and exciting. Adventures ahead!

Elsa has graciously agreed to let me borrow her kerchief for the camino
a visit to great sand dunes national park
sand dunes in a snow storm
a true high desert dog!
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