I love this photograph from our trip to Tulum.
It feels like freedom, peace, and warmth.
Invites you to have a seat. To share some food together. To share some time together.
How are you, my friend?
I've been meaning to write this for a while now. Just haven't known exactly where to start, I guess. It's been a long time since we've connected this way, and I've missed you.
How've you been? I mean, really: How are you?
How do you feel?
What's good in your world?
What are you loving right now? And who?
What do you want more of?
And how do you want to feel?
In a way, I suppose I've been asking myself these very same questions.
It's amazing how easily we can get lost in our lives, as we're learning, exploring, fumbling, feeling, and finding our way through.
Things can get heavy. And tight. And confusing. And feel like too much.
Sometimes (used to be most times), when that happens to me, I turn inward. Push through. I keep those feelings of overwhelm and fear to myself.
Other times (better times), I breathe, meditate, and create.
And that helps. A lot, actually.
But what I've discovered is that the real magic, the release, the ease, the acceptance, and the greatest sense of love is in connection.
Community. Support. Sisterhood. Family. Tribe.
Sometimes it's a community of two. Sometimes 10. Sometimes many more.
But feeling understood and loved, unconditionally, is where it's at.
Being honest, being vulnerable, being who we are. With ourselves and our people.
These days, I'm craving simple things.
Clean, nourishing food. Gentle movement. Connection. Fresh air. And soothing spaces.
I'm hugging more. Telling you I love you, because I do. And because if not now, then when?
I'm practicing being in the moment. And trusting the timing.
Letting go. Accepting. And re-connecting.
All the while, I'm taking my time and being patient with myself, as I become the most genuine version of myself I've ever been, stripping away the superficial stuff.
I share this with you because I want to let you in. I want you to know where my mind's been. And where I am now.
The past year has been full of joy, challenges, love, leaps, and figuring stuff out.
It's been wonderful and tearful and beautiful.
So what's good in my life?
So much love. Friends + family. Work - coaching, teaching, collaborating, empowering, leading - that is more aligned with what I believe than ever before. Adventures. Community. And peace.
And what do I want more of?
All of the above. I want to let go of what no longer serves me, take better care of myself, do yoga, laugh, learn, and connect with people who want the same.
In the end, I want to leave more love in the world and help people find their happy place.
Which brings me to you, my dear friend.
Because that's what you'll find here.
Food? Yes. But so much more.
Because there's so much more to life than food.
And especially worrying about food.
So let's enjoy food again. Let's uncomplicate, savor, and appreciate.
And while we're at it, let's not forget about all the other things that make life awesome.
Whether it's real food, culinary nutrition, travel adventures, holistic living, essential oils, natural solutions, yoga, musical medicine, inspirational folks, mindful living, life stories, or community you're looking for, it'll be here.
Shared honestly and freely. From me to you.
Though I do hope you'll share, too.
And I thank you, so very kindly, for being a part of this community. Part of my life. It surely wouldn't be the same without you.
Love + Light,