For years I’ve had this poem hanging right above my desk. A helpful reminder to keep aligning with my True North…
Live With Intention
Walk to the edge. Listen hard. LAUGH. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
A little over a month from today, I will fly from my current home in Alaska to a friend’s surf/yoga lodge in Costa Rica for a week-long, True North Adventure called “Awake in the Wild”. It has been a heartfelt dream whispering to me for years, and I am still amazed it is really happening. Countless stars aligned to set this magical adventure in motion, and a seemingly endless web of support has illuminated the path forward encouraging me to follow this flow.
It feels unbelievable, yet I am continually shown this is how it can be. So this year, instead of hanging out in the relentless swash of indecision and self-doubt, I’m choosing to say YES to adventures (big and small!) that encourage me to play, to awaken, and to dance on the wild edge of living that just makes my heart sing. It’s so simple, but a wise friend recently reminded me that “You’re never going to remember NOT doing it.” And that simple mantra has been the loving push I’ve needed to shed those extra layers of fear and hesitation and jump in with both feet.
So here I am, coming out of an epic maternity leave, deeply grateful for the opportunity to have spent so much time with the 2 wild mystics that enjoy slapping painted handprints on our walls and using my yoga props for building forts. They have taught me immeasurable things about the full spectrum of emotions that can swirl within us simultaneously and have helped me practice presence, patience and loving in ways I never knew were possible. It has undoubtedly been a wild and messy journey, but I am rising strong and appreciating the sweet sun on my face like never before. Here’s to encouraging each other as we say yes to love and the myriad ways we can live that adventure. “The dark does not destroy the light – it defines it.” -Brene Brown