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January 19, 2017
field notes on building a life in the jungle

“Home development is about wishful thinking. It’s about capturing a dream.” ~ Barbara Delinsky

 

Home. I’ve written about it. I’ve thought about it. I’ve dreamed about it. I’ve avoided wanting it. I’ve procrastinated designing it. I’ve worried about it. I’ve philosophised about it. I’ve longed for it.

I’ve never lived somewhere I have chosen.

Oh, I have chosen to be many places, but the places I have lived while I was there were not my choosing.

But it’s finally happening.

We are building our home and my mythology about home is about to change in an enormous way.

I’m so very lost on the way to being so very found.

Today we are going with our builder to stake it all out; to draw the lines that he will fill in with concrete and steel and wood (with a few crystals added by me for good measure).

It doesn’t technically start today – we’ve been dreaming and permit-getting and designing and visioning and talking and emailing for over a year – but today is when the dirt begins to move.

Today.

Home.

I thought I would be afraid, but all I am is grateful.

xo


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12 Ways to Have a Healthy, Happy Trip

December 15, 2016

Travel brings power and love back into your life. – Rumi

 

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When you become an ex-pat, you learn a few things about traveling. One of the biggest things you learn is how to avoid getting sick. I used to get sick every. single. time I went anywhere. The low point came when I was lying in a hammock in Grenada praying – literally praying – that my husband would be able to find cold medicine at the IGA.

Over the 18 years I have been en ex-pat, I have learned or come up with a number of remedies and solutions for healthier, happier traveling, so I thought I would share them with you. If I can save anyone else a snot-filled or jet-lag-clouded holiday, it will be worth it.

(Please note: there are no guarantees in this post, and I am not a Doctor or health professional of any kind. I am just sharing what works for me. If you choose to try these, it’s at your own risk!)

 

12 Ways to Have a Healthy, Happy Trip

  1. Bring a small package of anti-bacterial wipes. When you first sit down in your seat on the airplane (or train, bus, whatever), wipe EVERYTHING you might touch – especially the underside of things – and every inch of the tray, screen, buttons, armrest, window shade, seatbelt, etc. Whenever you go to the loo, take the wipes with you and wipe down anything you might touch. It sounds like a pain, but since starting this ritual I have not been sick after traveling. Not once.
  2. Pre-book your special meal or seats as soon as you can! I always choose aisle seats so i can walk around.
  3. Check in online as soon as you can. You avoid the long check-in lines, you don’t have to worry quite so much about being at the airport so early, and you have one thing done in the comfort of your home.
  4. Bring a bag of fluids. Include: eye drops, lip balm, Rescue Remedy or similar, gum or a tiny toothpaste, moisturiser and eye cream. It will make you feel like a whole new human if you use them all an hour or less before you land. (I used to also always carry a Lotus Wei Elixir of Divine Love or Pure Energy but I can’t get them in Costa Rica. They are brilliant for keeping you clear and centred.)
  5. Bring several packs of tissues. Bonus points for tissues with lotion. Airplane bathrooms always run out and if you get a runny nose, you’ll be glad you have them!
  6. Bring a sleep kit. I carry an eye mask, wax earplugs (I have found they muffle the sounds the best) and two (yes, two) neck pillows (one inflatable, one stuffed). It has meant I can always sleep on planes, no matter how the seat works, where in the cabin I am, or when they decide to turn off the lights.
  7. Pack layers and underwear in your carry-on. In fact, if you can, only bring a carry-on. But if you need more luggage, make sure you have a few warm layers with you and a clean pair of knickers.
  8. Take your vitamins. Again, I am not a doctor, so I am not prescribing anything, but when I get my meal on the plane I take a magnesium, a zinc, and a vitamin c supplement. The reasons for the last two are obvious, but since taking magnesium I rarely get twitchy legs. I have also newly discovered the herb Tripala. If I take one before bed on the night I arrive, things ‘move’ much more easily in the morning.
  9. Get up and walk and hydrate like it is your job. Don’t drink booze, don’t eat the salty snacks, and drink, drink, drink.
  10. Treat Yourself. Pack healthy snacks that make you feel nourished, buy some fun magazines, a novel that feels like a treat and a bottle of water at the airport. Flying is such a privilege. Try to make the trip feel decadent.
  11. Lots of people swear by Melatonin for a few days before and after a flight. Do your own research and see if it might be for you. (It makes my dreams so crazy, it defeats its own purpose and I can’t sleep.)
  12. Let the earth find you again. I absolutely swear by going barefoot in the grass or dirt or sand as soon as I possibly can after I land. It may sound crazy, but I was told that once you’ve been out of contact with the earth for awhile, you need to help it find you again. When I spend 15 minutes outside in my bare feet, my jet lag is so much better than if I don’t (in Canada at Christmas for example!)So there you go – happy travels tips. Do you have any to add?

     

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Enchanting December

November 19, 2016

Enchanting December

 

Do you want to bring magic back to December?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the upcoming festive season and want to bring some peace back into your holidays?

Would you like to begin the practice of spending just a few minutes a day checking in with your spirit?

Do you have absolutely no time for an e-course because your month is so busy already? (I can help with that!)

Do you want an entire month of presents to open?

Do you love Christmas and would you like to spend it in a circle of like-minded women?

Are you ready to bring a little bit of enchantment to your every day?

Then I would love it if you would join me for Enchanting December!

It is a month of daily emails, all geared towards helping you to not only find the magic in the festive season, but to also have tools and practices to help you get through any season.

We start by doing a guided meditation to help you bring all of the parts of yourself back together, and we’ll end with a new year meditation to help you find the one thing that you want to bring to you in 2017.

I hope you will join me.