Well, friends, did you survive the eclipse? Did you notice how weird the lighting was when the moon started to come into alignment with the sun? Did you use an approved device to view it? I thought it was truly a sight to behold. I especially like the memes that came after saying for just one day, maybe a moment in time, everyone was united in one goal, actually looked up from their phones, and engaged with others face to face. Hopefully we see more of that post-eclipse.
I wanted to give a little recap of my 6 week hiatus from blogging. I have to be honest and say it was kind of nice not having any deadlines. I have written for over 2 years, and chose to share some timely older blogs instead, which gave me a sense of continuing to contribute. Now I have decided to go to one a week instead of two, and it feels right. I can’t believe there was a time I was writing 4-5 times a week! I spent my down time reading some amazing books on shamanism, herbal medicine and the power of our imaginations. And I went on a week long vacation to Wisconsin.
My trip to Wisconsin is an annual one, as we have a family reunion at the beginning of the vacation, and then the Wisconsin State Fair to enjoy. Of course the reunion was amazing, as it is the only time of the year I get to see almost all my extended family in one place. Everyone pitched in to get everything set up and cleaned up, and of course there was way too much food (which I think is a Midwest thing) and we all enjoyed ourselves. I hope if you have extended family that you make time to be with them as well as stay in touch.
One thing I noticed during vacation was that my parents are definitely getting older. My parents each have several medical conditions that make it necessary to spend time resting and that was something new to me, even though I had experienced it on their visits to Cincinnati. Where I used to plan new adventures for all of us, now they are happy to go out to eat and spend time visiting. It is all good, but also makes it even more necessary to spend as much time as possible with them. Just like extended family, I hope if your parents are still around you treasure your time with them.
We went to the State Fair three times, saw amazing bands and spent time with life-long friends. In between times at the Fair we helped my parents clean out parts of their house, which my mom insisted on paying us for, even though I told her that is NOT why we were doing it. My folks have a hard time asking for and receiving help, and my mom said they just weren’t used to doing it. Do you know anyone like that? Someone you do things for “just because” and they insist on paying you back somehow? Studies show that people who help others are happiest when there is NO payback, or expectation of reward. That is how I operate and I think they are just now getting to understand that.
So my time away was spent with my extended family, parents, newer friends and long-time friends, and of course my husband. My tribe. I am so grateful that I have this very precious week each year. I hope this may inspire you to contact members of your tribe-whatever that means to you-and either spend some time chatting or plan to get together. You can’t put a price on it.
So where I am at now? I have very exciting news! I have just enrolled at Cincinnati State to study and receive my certification in Landscape Design. I have been considering getting way more in depth with nature and this seemed a great way to do it. It also affords me the opportunity to share my love with nature with others in a lasting way. I have not been to school for over 25 years, so it is scary for sure! But I will rely on my love of learning and passion for the subject matter to get me through. My tribe has been very supportive which I am so grateful for. And guess what? I intend to expand my tribe as I meet fellow students, teachers, and lovers of nature. I am always happier in community, and I can’t wait for this adventure to begin!
I believe one of the keys to thriving on this planet is to feel a part of a community. My wish for you is that you identify your tribe, and make a point of connecting with them often. And if you feel so inclined, expand your tribe! The more the merrier!