Ruins and Wild Horses

Traveled to Cumberland Island this past weekend in quaint St. Mary’s — a small town in Georgia. The island is a smooth 45 minute ferry ride on St. Mary’s River.

The 35,000 plus acres of island is uninhabited and undeveloped, and utterly captivating. Cumberland Island is home to the famous Dungeness Ruins, a Carnegie family Mansion until it burned down.

I’ve never been this close to a wild horse and I must say, I was geeking out and blown away by the entire experience. The getaway was unusual, adventurous, and enchanting.

Realizing that often times the best adventures are uncomplicated.

California Part 6: Questioning Perspective in Berkeley

What are you noticing in your life? What are you focusing on?

Travel can be a great mirror for what we value. When I return from travels, I look back on the photos I took. What did I see? What did I stop to notice? What did I value?

As you’ll see from my travels to Berkeley, I took a lot of photos of flowers, art, and architecture. The sky is pretty gray for most of the day, which causes color to pop when you see it. The contrast of the gray sky made me appreciate color so much more.

This makes me question how I live my life when I’m not traveling. I realized that in my day-to-day life I rarely stop to notice, or take photos, of things I see. I realized that there are so many ways to incorporate adventure and inspiration into our daily lives. It doesn’t just need to be when we’re traveling.

So why don’t we?

What would our lives look like if we allowed ourselves to see it, and act on it, like travel or adventure?

SLOW DOWN: Life is happening NOW

We get so carried away in life by rushing to our destination.

Rushing to college.

Rushing to the job.

Rushing to the mate.

Rushing, rushing, rushing.

This rushing causes an immense about of distress internally. It splits our energy.  It makes us feel like we are wrong now. Like we are broken now. Like we are incomplete.

But of course, you are not incomplete. You are exactly where you need to be experiencing what you need to be experiencing. Does that mean that you become  complacent? Not at all. You can strive for better while enjoying and savoring the present moment.

I was scrolling through my phone the other day and noticed that I take a lot of random photos of things (anyone else do this?!). It reminded me of how much we can miss in life when we are rushing through. It reminded me of how much beauty is here and now.

That life is perfect as it is now.

Not tomorrow. Not when you get the perfect job. Or the perfect client. Or the perfect mate.

Life is beautiful right here and now.

 

Working with Owls: Balancing Being and Doing

You might remember my trip to The Owl Cafe Asakusa in Japan this time last year, or my love for owls.

January 2017, I began volunteering in the Birds of Prey Program at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. It has been one of the most beautiful projects I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of.

Here’s what I’ve learned thus far:

We spend so much of our lives trying to fill a void.
We’re afraid of silence.
Afraid of being alone.
Afraid of nothingness.

We’re especially afraid of not being enough for another person.

All these fears cause anxiety, sadness, and overwhelm.

So what do we do?
We fill our days with tasks.
We fill our days doing so that we don’t ever have to confront ourselves.

Working in and with nature causes you to be present, to observe, and to just be.
It really reminds you of who you are at your core.
To go with the flow and trust that you’re okay.
That you’re enough.

Balancing being and doing.
That’s really where the magic is.

Find ways which you can add more silence and more nature into your life.
Go out into the world and see how you can help the world through your passions and your interests.
What you’ll find may surprise you.