LIFE ON THE ROAD

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Life on the road as been a whirlwind! It feels that I am just now getting adjusted to living in 120 square feet. The hardest part about living in Nancy would be not having creature comforts. I mean, I didn’t think I was high maintenance until we started traveling full time in an RV. I miss my bed, my shower, different clothes to choose from, a big kitchen to cook in, AIR CONDITIONER, having a clean space, just to name a few.

On the other hand, I have been half way across America and seen a lot of beautiful landscapes, animals, people, and had countless priceless experiences and encounters. My yoga practice moved from the same spot in my house or back yard everyday to the beaches in Florida keys and the Red Woods on the Pacific Coast. Its exciting and inspiring.

Gregg and I had a bit of a rough spell when we found ourselves adjusting the first few months but now  we are closer than we have ever been ( which always seems impossible until it happens). Our trust for one another has grown so deeply. We are learning what it means to truly coexist and share a space with another human. To love unconditionally.

Ive found that through learning to love Gregg unconditionally I am learning to love God and understanding God’s love for us. This is why a marriage is so sacred.

We will be doing a whole LIVE stream or youtube video about this topic when we feel we have processed all of road life and feel open to share soon!

As for me in general, I am doing good. I have some really exciting news I will be sharing soon! I also have a retreat in the works with a  beautiful retreat center in Marrakesh located  in magical Morocco! Its not too late to put your name on the list of early sign up and details if you are interested in traveling with us to Africa. I will be releasing dates within the next week so if you are on the list, you will have the first opportunity to sign up! Comment your email or how you to prefer to be reached if you wish to be on this list.

We have about four more full months on the road before we start heading back to Mississippi for the holidays.  I have learned so much out here on the road I barely recognize myself in the mirror anymore.

I can’t believe the amount of support from family, friends, strangers, and the universe from this giant leap of faith we took when moving into Nancy! So if you have been supporting us on our journey, thank you,  we couldn’t do it without you!

I can’t wait to see where this next chapter leads! I will share more soon! Please email me or comment with any questions or feed back you are interested in! If you want to subscribe to this blog, you can enter you email on the home page to get my blog directly to your inbox so you never miss a post! Loving you so!

 

LOVE AND LIFE ON THE ROAD

WHERE YOU INVEST YOUR LOVE YOU INVEST YOUR LIFE

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Today marks day 23 on the road. We have started another blog for RV travels and adventures specifically. I will still be using this blog as my personal blog. If you wish to keep up with our adventure and  journey with Nancy you can find us at thejourneywithn.com!

Im still so sensitive since mama dying. I already am some what of a worry wart so adding in a big lifestyle change along with losing a parent has had my chakras off balance along with a really overstimulated root chakra probably to compensate for the sense of uprootedness in life.

This is a learning phase in my life. Including learning to the play guitar! I have been playing everyday for a week. I was wondering when this learning phase was going to come. Do you notice the different themes and patterns in your life? During my learning phases I consume books. I can read one book in a matter of two or three days before moving on to the next one. After the learning phase comes the application. Learning how to integrate it into my life. After integration comes the fun part. Sharing.

My last learning phase like this was when yoga first found me. If you have ever asked me how I got on this path, then you’ve already heard this story. When I started this blog post I didn’t think I would be sharing it, but that is the beauty of blogging without a plan. You never know what is going to come out.

Gregg and I had been dating for about six months. I was coming out of a really dark period in my life. I was drinking really heavily and not treating my body with respect. I didn’t even know that treating my body with respect was something I should make a priority.

So even though my life was less dark, I was still drinking pretty heavily on the weekends- partying. Most weekends after Gregg and I started dating I would drive to Clinton from school at Mississippi State and spend the weekend with him.

One weekend everyone else had gone to sleep and Gregg and I were laying on the floor drunk. I remember asking Gregg if God was real. I started crying feeling lost. Gregg went to his bedroom and got a book titled “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass. I went back to school and started reading the book. I didn’t really know what I was reading. All I knew is that somehow the foreign pictures and words seemed so familiar and made sense. As if I was remembering what I have already known from past lives before. When I was reading Be Here Now for the first time, I only read the brown pages. The second, third, and fourth times reading it, I read it cover to cover including the white pages.

I resonated so much with this book because it filled in the blank spaces that Christianity left. I was raised in the Presbyterian church as a little girl and later was baptized in a Baptist church in Clinton. As I got older, my knowledge grew and I had questions. So much of what I had learned in church flew directly in the face of what I was learning in school, through various states of consciousness I had been experiencing, and what my heart was telling me. I had blindly accepted everything that Church told me as truth because that had been the only reality I had ever known until now.

So I move in with Gregg a few months after he gave me the book. About three months later, I started working in the same office with him. I had taken a year off school to figure out what I wanted to do with my life so I was working full time during that period. I was on my lunch break, and stumbled upon Rachel Brathen’s also known as Yoga Girl’s instagram account. She only had a few thousand followers at that time. I found myself scrolling through her posts crying. Feeling more deeply moved by her pictures and words than I had felt in a long time. So I left right then and went to Target and bought a yoga mat.

I started practicing at home with videos online. I took her words to heart. They became my mantras. I was learning so much through her. Then I saw she was reading a book called the  ” Power of Now” by Eckart Tolle. This book changed my life. How I interacted with the world was completely different. It made so much sense and I was becoming less anxious. My heart knew these things I was reading and experiencing as truth. Not long after this I was taking yoga at a local studio about three times a week. If she could understand all of these truths I had been learning about and that she is talking about through this yoga practice, then I was going to practice until I understood them too.

I started reading  Be Here Now again. Every time I read it, I learned something new. I loved it so much that Gregg proceeded to buy me every single Ram Dass book that was written. Probably fifteen or so. I don’t remember. I read all of them. At this point I have pretty much given them all away for other people to read.

I couldn’t read fast enough to feed my starving heart and mind. All the holes that had been left empty through the dogmatic teachings in the Church were being filled. I was coming to know Jesus and his teachings in a whole new light. A deeper understanding of every religion, people, the heart, and body.

A few months later I gave up eating meat. I could no longer know what I had learned and actively be a part of and continue to give money to an industry that actively killed sentient beings and their families.

Everything happened so quickly.

I had stopped drinking so much, I stopped treating my body poorly. I learned it was a temple and I had to treat it that way. That included what I put in it, how I talked to it, who I let it around, etc.

I was happy, less anxious, not searching for something anymore. My heart was healing.

Six months later I started teaching yoga to Gregg at home. A full year after that I was teaching yoga at a friends studio two times a week. After teaching for a year at her studio, I would go on to get my yoga teacher training this past July. Now my practice in all encompassing to every limb of yoga and not only asana which is how it started. Its a practice, everyday.

Now here we are. I am traveling around the US in an RV teaching yoga and breath workshops. Life keeps getting more and more magical and meaningful.

However, I am back to a learning phase. So I am consuming books just as quickly as I was when Gregg first gave me Be Here Now.

Although I can sometimes be impatient, I am excited to see where this next phase leads.

What are some of your favorite books you’re reading right now?

I just recently finished The Alchemist and it has made it to my top five favorites. Maybe Ill share my list of books that changed my life with you soon !

All of that to say, where we invest our time, our energy, ultimately, our love, is where we invest our life. What are you investing your life in?

Hoping you are having a beautiful Day!

LOVE AND LIGHT

FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

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Gregg and I don’t know what we are doing. We are learning as we go and will continue to once we get on the road. Gregg finally figured out what the different amps and voltages were and how they worked in the RV about two weeks ago after reading about this stuff for a few months now.

Everyone keeps saying its not “if” she is going to break down but “when.” Not if we get a flat tire but when. and I pray she doesn’t catch on fire as we ride down the road from a gas leak, or blow off the side of the road from strong head winds.(These things actually happen and I have read a lot of horror stories :/ ) I will learn how to read road maps, how to change a tire, hell maybe even how to change the oil. There are so many factors that could go wrong along the way. But there are so many things that are going to go right also.

Today marks ten days away from moving completely out of the house. Tonight and tomorrow I am going to finish painting the bathroom and touching up the walls. Then next week on the 28th and 29th we are moving out/ moving in! Gregg and I will have everything out of the house and into the RV by the 30th when we leave for our first trip with Nancy. We are spending New Years in Arkansas, hoping it isn’t freezing ,or we will have to bust out the heating blankets :). These toymo RV’s don’t hold much heat. Thankfully we will be hooked up to a camp site and not dry docking. We aren’t quite ready for that yet I don’t think.

I cannot believe how fast time is flying. My last day to work at Free People is January 5th, my last yoga classes to teach at M Theory will be January 19th, last yoga classes in Tallulah are January 25th, me and Linds go to Vegas January 26th-29th, then Gregg and I say our goodbyes the 30th and 31st! Febuary 1st, we are Florida bound.

We are headed to Alachua Florida where I was yoga teacher trained in July this summer to stay for a few days. I can’t wait to be back at the Temple of the Universe. Micky Singer is amazing. He has two books published if you wanna check them out. ( The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment). I’ve read the Untethered Soul and it was really great at showing me how many walls and boundaries I still had up based on fear alone.

After Alachua, we are headed to Miami and the keys to wait the winter out. We will be there until mid March. We will be back the 11th-18th to celebrate birthdays, weddings, and to pick up the top of our wedding cake from my mom to celebrate our one year anniversary on the 26th.

We don’t really have a plan on where we are going after that. Originally we said we wanted to do the east coast first, then mid states, west coast, then head up to Canada to get to Alaska. But, now I don’t know. I think we are going to go wherever the weather is best suited for our comfort and wherever the wind blows. Maybe Mexico next? We still have to get some paper work squared away for the pups before we can leave the US now that I think about it!

Anyways, this is really surreal and time is moving so quick. I hope you’re staying warm on this chilly Monday (at least here in Mississippi).  We officially announced the big news about the trip publically. If you are on instagram and want to follow along with the story ,you can find us under the name @thejourneywithn . Blog coming soon!

Don’t forget to find something to be thankful for today.

LOVE AND LIGHT

FANCY NANCY

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This is Nancy! She doesn’t look that fancy, but I assure you she is the fanciest RV in my world 🙂 After a very stressful Thursday last week, Gregg and I went to dinner and had two very large beers each. We spoke with Teeka and she assured us that we were not going to become the next scene on a special effects movie while driving down the road.

So, with his reassurance, we are still going on our adventure. The worst that can happen is that she breaks down and we have to sell her for all we can, rent a car, and come home!

She is almost finished. We decided against getting solar panels installed on top because they would be a little overkill with the batteries and generator that we have. Now all we have left is to get new upholstery and put in new floors! I am sure at some point we will start a new blog to keep documentation of all our adventures and I will keep you updated as that comes about! Time seems to be flying by the closer we get to our leave date.

We still have to finish selling furniture, finish storing the things we are not selling, finish painting the house, take the dogs to the vet one last time before we leave, get insurance for Nancy in Canada and Mexico, finish getting my name changed, get a new passport, and I am sure there are some things I am forgetting!

I stopped teaching my Monday night yoga class so that will free up some time to get stuff done but still we both have really crazy schedules and probably will until we leave. Its going to be such an amazing break once we do get on the road and have nothing but time and the open spaces!

I hope you’re having a sweet Monday! Don’t forget ,no matter how much is going on that there is always always an eternal spring of peace and love within each of us, and all we have to do is remember to tap in to the breath to find it!

 

LOVE AND FANCY NANCY

A LITTLE STRESSED

Frayed Rope about to Break

Feeling a little like the rope is about to break. Yesterday we took Nancy to have some tests run on her electronics and overall structure to make sure everything was squared away before we got on the road.

Yesterday they came back and told us our fridge may need replacing, we would need a new propane tank (one that is made for horizontal spaces and not your average vertical propane tank that you can buy from a gas station) and a few other things that may have pushed our budget over but, hey, no sweat.

Today they called Gregg to tell him we have gas leaks (which they are fixing), and that we probably have structure damage which is why Nancy leans to one side and the door scrapes the siding when we open it on the drivers side. They said to know for sure they would have to take it completely apart which would cost more than Nancy is even worth. 😦 WHAT THE HELL. So not such minor news. We thought she was leaning due to a deflated air bag under the carriage of the RV but we were so wrong.

I haven’t been able to think about anything else since lunch. I asked Gregg if he thought we are going to have to sell it and call off the trip but he says no. Not for now. Honestly I hate fear so I am trying to keep my heart and hopes open. I am trusting that everything is okay. and if not, well then life is only teaching me what I need to learn, now. I am going to be super bummed if we can’t take Nancy on the road. We are waiting to hear back from an RV guru in the RV community named Teeka. Praying she has some reassuring news. I can’t really talk to anyone about this yet so Im letting some steam off here. Will keep you posted on the updates.

“I trust that life is happening for me and not to me.”

–  My  mantra as of right now

LOVE AND TRUST

Rainy Monday

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I haven’t written here in a while. My creativity comes in waves and lately it hasn’t come out in the form of writing. However, I am feeling the need to keep a documentation of the next month and coming year, so here I am. It is a rainy Monday. It has rained the past two days, and it is suppose to rain for the rest of the week. The rain matches the feel for this time of year to me, so Im okay with it. Forever a spring and summer baby but for some reason this winter seems a little different.

I romanticize everything, including this moment. Right now I’m soaking up all the rainy vibes while I drink chai tea and eat chia seed pudding.

Gregg and I bought an Rv not long ago and finally came up with a name, Nancy. No one knows yet except my jobs, close friends, and of course family. Gregg is waiting closer to time so that everything flows smoothly. Today marks one month before we have to be completely moved out of the house so the renters can move in. OMG. I have definitely  been romanticizing living in Nancy. It is going to be great to see so many places and have so many adventures, but I have this feeling I am going to quickly realize just how blessed I have been.

Gregg and I are going from a three bedroom house with lots of space for the dogs and cat to a 21 foot Rv. I know that this is going to make me face a lot of my greatest fears including dying in a car wreck. Because I am basically going to living on the road I will have to face this fear close to everyday. So living in Nancy I’m sure will loose its romantic appeal quickly. Im most worried about the dogs tagging along. They are use to having space to run whenever the want. We will have to purposefully set aside time to let the roam freely while not being in danger of running off of a cliff or getting eaten by a wild animal. Its also going to be a serious pain to have to put them on a leash every time we need to take the to the restroom. We usually just open the back door and let them back in a few minutes later. When it is freezing cold at two in the morning, the last thing I am going to want to do is take them walking in a Wal-Mart parking lot to go poop. But, sacrifices must be made!

Gregg and I keep asking each other if we are crazy. We acknowledge that we are and move on.

I know one day we will look back and this will be something we never forget, so we are going for it.

I read recently “If it scares you, then you are moving closer to the truth.” This has been my mantra as of late because I AM SCARED.

But fear is not our truth, so I chose love over fear.

“Be bold and mighty forces will to your aid.”

Be bold my and always follow your heart.

LOVE AND RAINY MONDAYS

 

CREATING PEACE

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The first step to creating peace is understanding, self love, and love for Spirit. Understanding how love, karma, conditioning, the ego, the soul, and surrender work are all lessons we must learn if we want peace in our everyday life. Learning to see how the mind works and how the ego feeds off the mind. My favorite way the mind is described is called “the monkey mind”. Its like a hungry monkey swinging from tree to tree if we do not feed it, it will not stop. I recommend feeding the monkey mind objects of substance. Reading sacred texts, engaging in meaningful conversation, positive music, movies with moral lessons, spending less time on social media and watching the news, spending time outside, mediating on the heart, etc. Filtering what we let into our minds is one way to create peace while learning at the same time. Learning about karma and how we can create a more peaceful future with every action we choose. Replacing bad habits with those that move us forward in a positive direction we want. We are prone to addiction so for every negative behavior we engage in, the more likely we will choose to take part in that behavior again. Just so, every time we replace a bad habit with a good one, the more likely we are to make the right choice again. Taking the time to make your life sacred is a good way to ensure making the right choices is more easy for us the next time. For example; when I wake up in the morning I make myself hot lemon water, go to my altar to do my puja and mediation, followed by about an hour of asana. When I start my day off this way I am making my morning sacred. I am more likely to choose healthy activities, thoughts, and exchanges throughout the rest of my day than if I were to have rushed out the door without settling my mind and hurried off into the day. Next is learning to create peace by surrender. Surrender is usually associated with giving up or accepting defeat. In this case surrender is being used as a term to explain a yogis surrender to the flow. Accepting that God’s plan is greater than my own or your understanding. Surrender is accepting that the world was not made as I want it to be always and my way is not always best. Peace can be had when we truly trust that e v e r y t h i n g, the good and the bad, are happening for our benefit. Usually in life we can look back over the years and see how everything fits together like a puzzle. Its with this broad vision that we can see everything in divine order. We only are unsettled when we have narrow vision associated with poor pitiful me playing the victim. Seeing our lives as they unfold, not understanding why things are happening is normal. Thats when surrender comes in. Saying okay universe, I trust that this happening for the best and I accept things as they are. This type of attitude is necessary for peace even during the most mundane activities such as driving, working, doing chores, going to the grocery, walking your dogs, or hanging out with family and friends; to the more emotional times in life such as pregnancy, marriage, death, betrayal, abuse, etc! Peace is created when we can learn to love ourselves  and our lives as they are. Then only can we begin to make changes from a place of trust that allow for greater outcomes! These are just a few ways I have created peace in my life and I hope they help you with cultivating peace inside yourself! What are some ways you create peace in you everyday life?? Comment above.

 

LOVE and PEACE