Last weekend I went to Wisconsin to visit my parents there. They live right on the Mississippi River and I was absolutely enveloped in Mother Nature's arms. Bluffs everywhere covered in thick groves of trees and the Mississippi stretches majestically all along the way. Life up in that part of Wisconsin is so closely tied to nature. And the people are so down to earth it is like taking a step into another world away from the city lights. In the city people tend to be cold and keep to themselves, at least that is my experience of Des Moines. Surrounded by nature people are just more friendly and so approachable. You really get a sense that everyone has each other's back.
It has been ages since I traveled. I am so ingrained in habitual ways of living that sometimes it feels like everyday is the same. Taking a trip and getting out of my routine way of life has awakened something in me and I'm suddenly feeling all matters of trivial unimportance stripping away to reveal what truly matters underneath.
For most of the week since I got home I couldn't imagine making art. It was so jarring to my system that it took a while to get back into the swing of things. But I'm proud to report that a whole new vision for my art is beginning to swell into my mind's eye. Values that once seemed pushed to the background are now careening their way to the forefront and I'm so ready to live in a way that truly honors the spiritual and philosophical concepts that truly are in alignment with who I am at the core.
The most transformative experience on the trip was a gathering of thousands of swans in the middle of their seasonal migration. Watching them fawn their wings and getting lost in the sound of such magic swept over me and touched my very soul. I'm feeling called to live a life in alignment with what is truly important and would love to invite you to along for the journey. Life is too short to waste time buying and selling broken promises and manufactured dreams. Time to get back to what is real and rest my spirit on those things that matter most of all!