I can't quite believe it. Today, January 16, 2017, after exactly one year of building, researching, editing, planning, kvetching, I launched my first e-course.
Armchair Dreams and 30 days in Madrid aren't so much a vision as an exercise in elimination. Both could be just another step along the elimination path.
How many times have you waited because it wasn't quite right, or you had an idea but it was half-baked, or you lost focus and moved on to something else? Yes! Me, too. This time I started moving and just kept on going.
I launched 30 days in Madrid today from Madrid with a lesson about rituals and travel. For the next four weeks you could create your own daily ritual with 30 days in Madrid, or you could do something else.
30 days in Madrid will be here. You can enroll any time you want.
When you dream about houses, it's said a house symbolizes your psyche.
Packing comes easily to me. So does emptying a house. Belongings serve a purpose, and then they don't. Clearing a room, or clearing a house has always been about making space for new ideas and new energy.
When I packed for a year in Spain, I brought more than I needed and I couldn't take it all home. I am back in Spain to collect some of what I left here. Convenient, eh?
I've emptied entire houses without looking back and I had to buy a ticket to Spain for a sewing project, some clothes, and a few books that I'll probably leave here.
Pretty clear my "things" didn't have much to do with the journey.
If you're planning a trip, what do you want to take with you? What do you think you need? What comforts do you require? How might your journey be different if you left your usual comforts behind? What might open up for you?
A virtual journey inward requires a different approach to packing. What experiences will you bring with you? What is best left behind? How will your choices affect the space you're holding for a new journey?
30 days in Madrid starts tomorrow. Join any time, travel at your own pace, meet someone new, Get packing!
The tour guide joked we might sense vibrations from our "druid" past at Stonehenge.
The only vibrations I felt were shivers from the cold wind and rain whipping around my body as I moved rapidly through the ancient site, determined to return to the warm exhibition center to join the rest of the bones.
On a wall of quotes, one by archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes hollered at me to look closer: "Every age has the Stonehenge it deserves -- or desires."
Through decades of discoveries at Stonehenge, new theories join old and still Stonehenge remains a mystery, still open to new interpretations. What did the ancient builders desire?
P.S. Join me from your armchair for 30 days in Madrid. Class starts Monday and the sun is shining here in Spain.
London was not as I expected. Everything was smaller, less expensive, older, and further apart than I imagined.
Five days off the grid experiencing London for the first time was just the refresher I needed before 30 days in Madrid begins on Monday.
My British host says the British really know how to do collections. From buttons to stones, I have to agree.