gatherings

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the best thing about thanksgiving (besides the food – nothing can care to the food!) is gathering together. it’s such a simple concept. just get together and enjoy. but, i love the word, gather. it sounds so cozy. and it sounds so much more gratitude-filled that simply getting together. to gather takes time and intention and awareness. so, a holiday that has gathering at the heart of its purpose (and nothing else involving consumerism and competition and money) is most definitely a holiday for me.

this is exactly how i see thanksgiving. a chance to intentionally gather and simply be with people. it’s about stopping for one little day to really give thanks for the simple things that make life so sweet: food, shelter, family, friends, conversation, laughter. and, for me, i have so blessed as to have each one of these simple things in my life.

my fika group gathering the day before thanksgiving. what an amazing set of eclectic, unique people.

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gathering at home with my love + our friend… i cooked and baked thanksgiving food, and they roasted marshmallows. hehe.thanksgiving prep

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thanksgiving day was spent at my parents’ house at lake junaluska. it was a snowy, cozy, lovely day. ♥tg11

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i am so thankful for the life that i live. for the people + places + gatherings that i have the opportunity to experience. now, it’s time to turn our sights to the holiday season – and all that comes with it. i wish each of you a peaceful, meaningful, and beautiful holiday. and, i invite you to join me on mediation mondays each week from now until the new year… as we gather together to celebrate, to say goodbye to 2014, and to set our dreams + intentions for 2015.

light + love xx

 

so grateful for it all

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wishing you + yours a beautiful day!
light + love xx

hank bought a bus

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now that i’m living in the usa again, i’m all about road trips. and camping. and the wild west. you know, embracing life by living it simply. i’ve been lucky enough to visit the western part of the states a few times, so i already know what’s out there… to a degree. i’ve sampled the west, you could say. i’ve actually driven to california twice – my honeymoon with lina was a cross-country trip!- and once to wyoming. of course, we stopped every place we could all along the way. i was yearning to see it all. and i still am. i want to see more.

don’t get me wrong, i truly love being an east coast girl. i love north carolina and the south, and i love the northeast too. but, the west, with those prairies and deserts and rugged mountains… oh, they take my breath away and make me feel like i am connected with something very wild and ancient and powerful.

so, i’m dreaming about when i get to head that way again. lina and I both are. we don’t have any plans yet, but we will at some point. however, more than just a quick trip out west, we’d love to take an extended trip one day and travel around the entire country for a year. that has always been a dream of ours, and who knows? one day it just may be something that lina and i do. get an rv. and live the simple life. meeting people all along the way for a whole year. writing and photographing and chronicling the entire journey. what a dream!

the other day, i ran across a guy who has done just that – well sort of. he wanted to take his master’s project for architecture school to a more practical level. so, he decided to find an old school bus and turn it into his home on wheels, a place that was comfortable, functional, and flexible. the finished product is amazing! and, then, it was time to travel!

so he and a friend headed out on a month long journey to live on the bus that he turned into a home, inspired by tiny house movement.

to read more about hank’s bus and his trip out west, check out his blog here. in the meantime, look at these amazing photos that he took (from his blog). they will inspire you, i promise.

900x313x130804_064242_JE_28102.jpg.pagespeed.ic.UrLlbUyMXk A view of the bus from near the back. bustour03.gif.pagespeed.ce.FAzPELYl8W Justin doing some photo editing on the road. Watching the kids play on the bus. 130731_202046_je_2650 Relaxing on the roof. Hank and Vince taking in the stunning coast of California. 130816_153554_je_3483 Hank and Ethan marvel at the sunset heading into Yosemite. 130823_165301_je_4124 The bus resting for the night in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Ethan, Hank and Sam on top of the bus at dusk.

now, let me ask you this: do we really need so much space in which to live? can’t we simplify? and wouldn’t it be amazing to spend time traveling and exploring and adventuring and growing and learning and taking in all that is around us? wouldn’t it be amazing to live the life that we dream of living?

so why don’t we just do it?! why not? we’ve only got one life, you know. let’s fill our days, even our present days, with the things (and i don’t mean material things) and people and moments that we love.

peace & love. xx