Hello there blog friends! Mailey and I are back from our Girl Scout camping trip. I have to tell you, I was SO looking forward to it, I know crazy right? No computer, tv, music, paints, projects, cell phone coverage, husband, son, Lily, or friends. Just Mailey and I, with 22 other Girl Scouts and leaders. (18 girls, 6 adults) We hiked Saturday for almost 2 hours soaking in the natural beauty around us. And you know what? Not ONE girl ever complained. We just all walked and walked, and talked, and looked, and listened. You know, we really listened. We stopped at one point along the way and asked the girls to all be real still and quiet and listen to what you did not hear. Then we asked what they did hear. It was beautiful noise....rustling trees, our simple inhaling, birds, wind, stillness. Saturday night once the sun went down we all hiked to a large open field, laid down and just star gazed. Oh my, I totally lost myself in that night sky. We have stars where we live, but there on that open field with no lights and no man made noises...it was spectacular. Now I have to also add into the mix that it was cold. Very cold in fact. We Southerners wear flip flops until October and start back in February some years, so cold is something we really have to adapt our bodies to. But the girls, they just bundled up and went on! I personally love the cold and feel more alive and happier during the cold days.
I made a big step and put myself out there to teach on the national level....and got word upon my return last night that it's a thumbs up. (more details when I know of course!) My ear being cancer free was huge news. And lastly, I had in the mail a VERY nice check from the Naked Art Gallery. Yep. The cold has come and set me on a new path with a clearer head and an open spirit.