Before my birthday fades into a distant memory, I wanted to use this milestone to fill you guys in on my life!
Sunday October 1st, 2017 I will be leaving the real world & heading off on my next adventure. This time, it will be unlike anything I’ve done before. For 12 day’s I will be traveling throughout California to learn about sustainable living! With 30 other strangers, I will camp, visit farms, explore eco- villages & learn what it takes to create a more sustainable world!To be honest, I am a little nervous about it! I keep telling myself that our bodies can not determine the difference between nerves & excitement (a fact that got me through my pageant interviews)! But this will be the longest I have been away from home without a single friend or family member. Plus I will be traveling in a 1980’s school bus & sleeping in a tent for 12 days. & Although I love camping… 12 days of it, may get a little exhausting. Not to mention, I usually spend 80% of my day alone. So being surrounded by other people for that long, makes me a tad uneasy.
But as much as these things have me a little worried, I am probably most nervous that this trip will change my life.I have this dream to one day create my own Sustainable Fiber Farm & Eco-Resort. Aactually figuring out how it could be possible, was not something I ever expected to happen so soon.
Looking back on this past year, my first one out in the “real world,” makes my head spin. Balancing an 8:00-5:00 desk job, while still making time for my passions, personal life, & self-care isn’t exactly easy. But it has been predictable. For the most part, i’ve always known what the next steps were to achieving my goals & I’ve been content working towards them at my own (often lazy) pace.
But sometimes the question that holds us back the most isn’t how do we do something. It’s if we are doing the right thing in the first place.
Dreams are hard. I don’t know about you, but there are 1001 jobs out there that I would probably love. Yet for whatever reason, I keep getting called back to this one idea. Reality is, I have NO CLUE what it would be like. But I am hoping that by going on the Sustainable Living Tour, I’ll figure out if it is really meant for me!
Let the Light Guide
I first learned about the Sustainable Living Tour at Lightning in a Bottle. Out of everyone at the festival, I randomly started talking to Bryan, one of the tour’s organizers. It. was. so. weird. I had this desire & suddenly someone appeared willing to help me achieve it! Not many times in my life have I felt like “I am where I am supposed to be” but i’d like to think that moment was one of them. After all, I wouldn’t have been at the festival if it was not for a friendship I made through my obsession with crochet.
Crochet Leading The Way
The previous year at Coachella, I ran up to a girl wearing a crochet outfit I had admired online. We ended up becoming friends & stayed together at LiB, where I met Bryan & this next chapter began!Lately my nerves have been getting the best of me. It is hard to feel like I am on the right path when I’m going down it so quickly!
The day before my birthday, I went to LA for a shopping event at Reformation, one of my favorite sustainable clothing companies! I had planed to finish my Golden Years Pattern that night, but my friend Alli wanted to go, & being the procrastinator that I am, we went!
Walking to the store, I saw these amazing rainbow yarn bombs! Instantly I felt a wave of joy & comfort rush over me, as if the universe was reminding me I was doing the right thing. A couple other people were there wondering if the graffiti on them was from the artist. But without hesitation, I knew it wasn’t. These weren’t just any yarn bombs, they were ones by London Kaye. The yarn artist that first got me interested in crochet! It was the perfect surprise, I had to take pictures! I could not have imagined a better place to celebrate & remember this time in my life.
My Next Chapter
Who knows where this experience will truly lead, but you can bet I’ll be sharing it all for you to read!
If you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU! Expect more to come about my experience during the Sustainable Living Tour as well as how I’ve been trying to live a more eco-friendly life!
What I’m Wearing!
Bessie Dress in Dot by Reformation