Becoming a wanderer…

It’s time to step away from the screen…

Time away from the busy-ness and the business…
Time to think…
Time to not think…
Time to power down.
Time to breathe in deeply
and exhale slowly…
Time to remember my mum, Bryony and my dad, Neil
who both left this earth in recent seasons to find their next adventure.

As we get ready to leave, I find I love the meeting point of wandering and the ritual of life passages. I have this yearning to step out of my blessed, comfortable day-to-day world and see what else is there… waiting for me… to reach beyond me…
Say yes. Whatever it is, say yes with your whole heart & simple as it sounds, that’s all the excuse life needs to grab you by the hands & start to dance.       — Brian Andreas
So, that’s what I’m doing. Today, I close the office and we pack up our truck and head off – north and a long, (4,800+kms long) way west.
My dream is to get a thong tan (no, my dear international, non-Aussie friends… that’s NOT a g-string but flip flops in your lexicon).
To spend the next three months kicking the dirt, eating out of a camping pot, seeing vast red-brown landscapes.
Witness a part of this planet I have never had the chance to sit and observe before. It’s in the far north west of this big country… the Kimberley region.
Just the writing of this gets me excited.
As I pack my pastels and pens… my journal… my camera with its new macro lens… I find this gorgeous quote from Rainer Marie Rilke:
You must give birth
to your images
they are the future within you
wanting to be born.
Fear not the strangeness that you feel
The future has to enter us
long before it happens.
My soul yearns for space. The space of remoteness. To ponder the small things, the new things, the starry nights, the taste of dust and heat.
To have a day that has a new rhythm – its focus on exploring, cooking, sharing stories, pondering maps, fossicking for images, making marks in my journal, having cups of tea from the camp cooker.
While this trip has been 9 years in the planning, now it’s here, there was the sense that it was great timing and bad timing all at the same time!
[I love the duality that resides in me at the moment. It’s a sense of my snake skin coming loose and ready to shed.]
I know that so many new parts of my life and business are at the ‘bursting through the soil / soul’ phase – which is DAMN exciting.
But there is also a strong pull for quiet. To not be on call, pouring my love and energy into the world.
Time to pour that energy into me, my husband, my gentle creative life.
When I told others of this plan to take 4 months away… so many said ‘that’s great, I’m so jealous’, ‘how fantastic you’ve made that happen’…
Unsurprisingly, a few, who don’t know me well or who have fears I don’t, remarked ‘how can you leave your business?’ ‘who will run your business?’ ‘how will you pay your bills?’
Frankly, all good questions. But the big answer was given to me by my friend and mentor, Mary, who said ‘people will want what you have when you reemerge’. I know this trip will be one of a life time and unceremoniously shift me into a new me.
We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we don’t get them from our laptops. –John Cleese.
There is lots of details I can share about how to put your business on semi-auto-pilot. But the main thing is to think it can be done.
and if you, YOUR SOUL needs to be out-of-office for a period, you need to honour that!
I have gathered some fun materials so you won’t miss my leaving.
Blessings to you…

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Michelle xxx

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