Here’s to Appreciation!
Greetings to you all,
It is almost impossible to fathom how quickly our days turn into months and the sheer speed with which our year progresses. It feels like it was just a few days ago that we saw in the New Year, celebrating with our cousins in Jordan, and yet, in this last ten weeks, we have not only visited five new countries, bringing our tally to 44, our journey has also taken in a 3200 km road-trip from Central Europe to the South of Spain.
One of my personal favourite stops along the way was Firenze. Certain aspects of this city mesmerised me, including Il Duomo, which has an almost otherworldly surreal aspect to it. I was grateful, however, that the Pizza and Gnocchi had a well-grounded, exquisitely Tuscan real-world taste, which only enhanced my experience of visiting the city. Which brings me to the question…How has your year started?
Are you taking moments to appreciate that part of which is happening to you while you are busy making other plans? Appreciation has come to be a big aspect of this year for me and I am trying to acknowledge this in the smaller moments so that I can sincerely and authentically enjoy every aspect of the journey.
And there is so much to appreciate. Right now, I am in the final throes of completing my second novel, the sequel to Dawn of the Guardian. It is quite difficult to convey just how much there is to appreciate here, especially in the complexity of following on from a story that already has a life of its own, ensuring that I stay true to its beloved characters while creating new adventures that will challenge the way they see the world.
This thought also brings to the forefront our work on our upcoming documentary film Into The Wind, filming families from all around the world, who are now choosing to experience a life lived together, traveling the world long-term, with the transformational aspects this lifestyle brings.
It is also this aspect of family and the deeper questions of our connections to each other that lie at the very heart and core of our At Home In The World Family Retreat to be held this summer, between 28th of June and 19th of July, in Transylvania, Romania, for which we are excitedly preparing. We will be inviting just 10 families to join us to connect deeply with the story they wish to forge in their lives together, driven by a keen sense of intuition and intention. We officially opened applications this week and if this is something you perhaps feel you would like to be a part of, we all warmly invite you to download our Retreat Handbook or even Pre-Register your interest. You needn’t be traveling or wanting to travel, simply, with your family, be open to asking the questions of meaning which will deepen your connection to each other and the world in which you live.
We have crafted a whole experience of learning activities and opportunities that are integrated for adults and children alike, along with an exciting list of excursions, activities, cultural immersion and creation of stories and community that we trust will live on long after our gathering has come to its end. We are partnering on this project with the Pearce Family, who, like us, have been traveling for many years, choosing to live a life together as a family, learning from every opportunity and adventure encountered in this journey we travel.
With all this activity, it has been very hard to contribute anything new to the blog, but I recently shared some of my experiences of our border crossing between Israel and Jordan and was also interviewed by Be My Travel Muse, in a follow up to her story on my adventures three years ago. I trust that once I am finished with the book and back on the road, I will have the opportunity to share some more on my adventures with you all. I am getting excited about this, as in April we have plans to walk The Camino de Santiago again, however this time along the Frances route with my Grandmother, who will be celebrating her 70th Birthday.