• Isolation & Connecting Back to Yourself

    For a long time, I have felt that people’s biggest problems all stem from the fact that they are moving too fast through life and don’t take a second to breathe, pause, and think about where they are going.

    Although a world-wide pandemic that is taking lives, keeping us locked up in our homes, and hurting the economy is, ultimately, not the best situation, let us find something positive from it. Like all tragedies, there is always a blessing that comes from it.

    For the first time in a year, I have only had to work one job. Before, I was working three just to survive. And, although I am not making as much money as before, I have more time for myself. More time to rest and think about my future.

    Because of COVID-19, I had to close down my yoga studio. Instead, I have adapted and I am now teaching yoga online. This is something that I have always wanted to create, but never had the push.

    I have had time to think about where my life is going. Am I doing what I love? I have not been writing or painting as much as I used to. Any free time I have, I use it to sleep or spend time with my boyfriend. I miss having lunch with my family. I miss taking long walks and exploring the woods. I miss having energy.

    Am I where I want to be? What pulls at me the most is the fact that, in my heart, I know I am not done traveling. I know that I am not ready to settle yet. I realized how young and full of life I still am.

    And, now, I can begin preparing for where I want my life to go. What is going to make me the happiest? What is my truth? And, I am hoping, that people all over the world are starting to realize what their heart is calling them to do. With work, relationships, family, going out, our heart can’t compete with all the outside noise.

    I feel that once this is all over, we will be changed. We will evolve and grow and make our lives better. Perhaps some of us will jump back into the grind, but I think a lot of us will be more mindful.

    What does your heart call you to do? How do feel about this time of isolation?

  • Stardust

    The moments and stars are in tune. Our thoughts and actions click into each other like peaceful dreams. Blades of grass and the hairs on our head, like our spirits, are always growing even though they appear to be stagnant.

    It takes a year to understand all that is contained in a day. It takes reflection to read yourself clearly. Passing thoughts with thorough contemplation reveals answers you thought only a fine tuned psychic could tell you.

    We are puzzle pieces that fit together and fall apart in the same soggy moment. It is important to see these changes, wrap them in suede and tuck them inside you. Be thankful. Every adversity and splash of bad luck has brought you to this present moment equally as much as a heavenly stroke of divine intervention.

    People cannot return to you the gifts you have poured onto them from your heart because not everyone has the same heart as you. Not everyone has your same eyes or breath and that is what makes us individuals. You are you because of you so do not tangle when I am not you because I am I. Thank everyone for their own unique essence. Their vibration is a contribution to this mystical universe.

    Love as heavy as you can. Eat love, sleep with it, throw it at people like stones through glass windows. We all need love and it does not cause you any debt to hand it out.

  • The Art of Travel – Balancing Spontaneity and Planning

    I have lived in New Zealand, Dominican Republic, and Thailand for about one year each. In all these places, I have put down roots, assimilated myself into the culture and lifestyle, and called myself a local by the end. Why did I choose to live in these places? How did I do it?

    To the One’s Who Doubt You

    I remember calling my father while I was in the grocery store: “I am going to study abroad in New Zealand.” His response was: “No, you’re not.” I remember hearing his bewilderment on the phone and a this-is-absolutely-not-possible type of tone. I have always believed that if you want something bad enough, you will make it happen.

    I am a dreamer. I fantasize about the future and enjoy planning. In the beginning, my parents were doubtful. I would receive a lot of “Oh, Ally.” My ex would tell me: “Oh, you want to go here now? I’ll ask you again in a week.” There have been very few people along my path who have truly taken me seriously. And there continue to be people who don’t believe in me. This is a natural response to anyone who announces: “I am going to accomplish this big thing.”Read More