If I counted correctly, I have lived in 15 different places since I graduated high school in 1997. Much change has come about from every move. It's time for a move again. I live in a cozy little home in downtown Patagonia. My roommate opened her doors to me after she heard I would be spending the winter in a tent out in the forest property beyond TOL grounds. I am very grateful for her kindness, but over the last few weeks, I have realized that I can no longer share a home with her.
My newest plans would have me roughing it inside my friend Natan's van for a few weeks to a month. Not ideal, but without a decent paycheck it's hard to take residency indoors while having to use over half your pay to cover bills. As I was ready to make the switch I was asked my coworker Ann if I would be interested in house sitting while she went back to the UK for 4-6 weeks. Thank you GOD!!
Sometimes when we put the intentions out there, the universe always provides. The cool thing is that I can even have friends over, which I wasn't able to do in my current living situation. With a full raw kitchen set up, I look forward to a month a relaxation, and poop and peeless floors and live food alchemy!
This brings me to share that I have also stepped down from my position here at the Tree of Life. It has been an amazing journey but with big goals in mind for 2008, I have realized that I must take action, to have them become a reality. I will be heading home around the end of March to start training for the Vermont 100. Successfully completing this race is my most sought after goal and being with the Bimbler's Sound running group is going to help that goal come true.
I have realized that I need to do what is right for me. Although I love my job and the experiences I have been able to share, I feel my heart is no longer here. Not that I am going through the motions, I just don't feel I can give as much as I should over the next year or so. I can't just hold on to this position just because I am suppose to. It would do nobody any good for me to stick around when I am constantly trying to be somewhere else.
Many opportunities seem to be heading my way. In September, I will head to Ireland and England to host a few workshops. I have also been asked to host a workshop in Newport, RI. Events like this may not always be around for me to be a part of, so when I am asked, I feel I need to go for it.
I look forward to seeing friends and family once again. This will be a big year for many of my loved ones. My father just retired, I will turn 30, my brother 40, and my mother 60 this year. I have a new nephew who I have only seen for about a week after he was born, and many lies to cover before July.
I urge all of you to listen to your heart and follow your dreams.