Tomorrow morning, I am heading up to Vermont for my second experience at a Wanderlust festival. If you have never heard of the Wanderlust festivals, they are basically a huge gathering of progressive people who come together to practice yoga, listen to awesome music, meditate, think big, go hiking and basically do all kinds of really fun "outside the box" stuff. Last summer, I started noticing that some of my friends were going to these events and that some of my favorite musicians were playing at them. I decided that it was officially a "bucket list" item for me and I started looking into it. Long story short, I decided that if I was going to check of Wanderlust on my bucket list that I should do it in O'ahu because... Hawaii.
Surprisingly (or not), I was actually able to find a friend who wanted to fly 16 hours across the country and across the pacific ocean for five long days in paradise. I can truly tell you that she and I have the best husbands you could ever ask for as they encouraged us to go and leave them with our gaggle of crazy children - I have four and she has three. Somehow the nine of them managed on their own and we were able to completely immerse ourselves in this life-changing experience.
We were both completely in awe of our surroundings at the Turtle Bay resort in northern O'ahu. Looking around was literally like heaven on earth. And the people surrounding us were equally as awesome.
After working in hospice over the past three years, I had gradually pulled myself further and further away from my passion of teaching holistic dance fitness. Taking care of the kids, I just didn't have the time to work all day, shuffle them around after school and take care of the home's needs and teach on top of it. So my teaching time gradually got less and less. Being at Wanderlust re-ignited a flame in me that brought me back to my true passion. Did I mention the food was all organic and gluten-free, too? Anyway, I came home and decided that I had to go back to sharing my gifts as a yoga & dance teacher and the only way for me to do that was to leave my job.
Over the past two months, I have been working really hard to create this new website, to get myself back to teaching, and to connect with other people who support my vision. I feel like I am on a daily joy ride, with lots of bumps and waiting and plot twists, but with a massive amount of fulfillment. This photo above I took at the spot where I ate my lunch every day in Turtle Bay, overlooking the pacific ocean. The heart shape in the water felt very significant to me, like a greater force was watching over me. And now I get to do it all again tomorrow. In the words of my musical hero, MC Yogi, "How can it get any better than this?" I can't wait to find out!