It has always been a dream of mine to travel the world. It was something I believed I'd get to eventually; something I'd pursue when I had more time, money, and was in the 'right place' in my life to do so. But when exactly is there a 'right time'? When I came to humble understanding that all we ever have is right now, my perspective dramatically changed. If we allow ourselves to only indulge in our dreams when the 'time is right' we may never get there. We will continue living for the weekends, for that next vacation, or for the right career, and it is likely we won't ever take that leap of faith that could transform our lives.
With this idea in mind, I stepped into a greater awareness of myself and how I related to the world. The dreams I once believed were unreachable suddenly seemed superfluous that I hadn't tried pursing sooner. Planning for an adventure like this did required a lot a saving, preparation, planning, and holding firmly to my faith in God, but He did prevail.The Lord God is my strength, and He has carried me through it all.
So my adventure begins with a family vacation in Tuscany, Italy, in celebration of my grandmother kicking cancer's butt in 2016. Together will be visiting Venice, the coast of the Mediterranean in the Cinque Terre, the timeless city of Florence, and making a trip to Rome to see the Pope speak from his pulpit! From there I will take two weeks to travel by train throughout various European cities including Assisi, Split, Medjugorje, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. After reading more about St. Francis of Assisi and the six visionaries of Medjugorje, my heart was yearning for an immersed spiritual experience and I decided to make part of my trip a holy pilgrimage. I would highly recommend reading about the six visionaries and the history of Medjugorje on their website, for their story is fascinating and beyond compelling. After reading Mirjana Soldo's book, "My Heart Will Triumph", I couldn't deny the authenticity and truth in what God has in store for us. We are but fragile in our own human existence and while our time is limited here on earth, our relationship with God is eternal.
At the end of these two weeks I will end up in Frankfort, Germany, where I have the opportunity to stay with relatives on my birthday who currently reside there.
From Frankfort, I will fly into Barcelona, Spain, where I will be taking my 200+ hour yoga teaching certification over the course of 28 days. It is my dream to bring back the practice of yoga with a Christian focus and give others the opportunity to meditate on scripture while strengthening both the mind and body. I know that yoga can be a controversial issue to some Christians today, but I believe intent matters and I want to offer my insight and knowledge to anyone who is willing to listen. Yoga is the only form of physical activity that gently massages your internal organs while also strengthening and repairing many systems within the body. The physical poses and stretches brought me body awareness in a time that I could hardly recognize my body at all. Meditation helped center me further in Christ and sent me on a spiritual journey that has transformed my life. I hope that down the road I can help others do the same.
When my teacher training is complete, I will continue onward to visit Lourdes, France, where I hope to be bathed in the holy waters of the Grotto of Massabielle. This site is considered holy because it is where Mother Mary appeared and a spring emerged from the grotto.
From Lourdes I will head onward to Bordoeux, where I plan to immerse myself in the culture of old world wines for two weeks. My trip ends in Paris, France after seeing the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, of course. This page will reflect updates in my travel so that I can share a part of my journey with you.
This is my dream. It is both exceptionally scary and fantastic. It is my hope that my adventure can inspire you to understand that anything is possible, even in the most difficult of circumstances. In January, this was all just a pipe dream. A small sliver of reality. It was only made possible by my belief in God and my own healing and realizing that I was worthy of all of my dreams. The details simply fell into place. Transformation is painful, but it is through the peeling back of layers that we can discover the truest versions of ourselves and the fullness of life. You have an innate truth that has been telling you all along. Do not allow others to silence the truth within you. You are worthy of all of your dreams too. If you only dare to ask yourself, "How am I going to get there?"
"Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." -Matthew 7:13-14