Carnival in Trinidad
Part of what brought me to Trinidad earlier this year was the need for space. Ironically we stayed in relatively small physical spaces, but my time there opened up space in me spiritually.What I learn continually is that no matter where you go, there you are. Meaning, who you are - your past, your problems, your joys- they follow you wherever you go until you learn the lesson you need to and it can pass through you.
Trinidad and more specifically the people I spent time with there offered me a solace and refuge in the early parts of 2018 that set the tone for the coming months. I do believe that if I hadn’t made the decision to spend a month there, uncertain of what would come next, but hungry for the right opportunity and ready to work hard, that I would not be in some of the dreams I am currently living.
Something about the synchronicity of this trip, the exposure to different modes of spirituality, the depth generosity and grace that was shown to me, the seeds that were planted during the trip whose yield I’m living in now, all of this was in alignment with intentions I set in December 2017 to live abundantly and travel as a creative. I'll be sharing more detail later this week on our instagram stories, but for now, I'll begin with this:
The idea to go to Trinidad for Carnival was a dream I'd affirmed for years, but staying on the island for a month was not part of the plan. It just so happened that the flights were a steal for that time frame, so I booked it and my dear friend Arielle and her family made space for me and mines.
Spending time with Arielle showed me the power of daily meditation. Her discipline to build herself up spiritually is a quiet and consistent one. She taught me the balance between peace and turnup. That’s how we survived carnival- we literally would meditate before we hit up a party and we'd meditate or pray before starting any regular day. I began to see how essential it is to pour back into yourself before you can serve others. A lesson I am always learning.
This balance between being centered while moving though the world is literally what our August #followthroughchallenge is about: honing the discipline to enjoy your life while working though and focusing your dreams. Are you joining us this August to get 4 steps closer to one dream? It takes work + sacrifice, but we are here doing the work with you. Info on how to join here.
For instance - I am writing this in a state of slight delirium after a very full day of jewelry making, a photoshoot, biking and sticking to meetings, all on very few hours of sleep, but I am determined to follow through on my word of sharing my travel stories with you. Late this week I'll share with you the story of how we became backup dancers for Machel Montanto, how we hopped on a random party bus full of coworkers, the accident I felt before it happened, and how yummy the fries at Yousef's are.
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