Wildflowers in Bloom at Warrior Girl Yoga

You Belong Among the Wild Flowers

As of today, I have been back in the US for one week. Already, I am dreaming of my next adventure in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cozumel. It is a short, one week cruise to celebrate my mother’s birthday. While this may be a quick trip for me, I am still excited to spend time with family and friends while enjoying gorgeous island scenary.

Last year, I wasn’t home for the Holidays. I was staying in an Indian Ashram. I loved being there so much, but on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was really missing my family. This year it is all about spending quality time with my loved ones. For Thanksgiving I celebrated with my step mom’s side of the family, the Williams. It was bittersweet since my Grandfather passed away this past year. He was such a strong and brilliant presence in our family. I adored him. I truly did feel his spirit with us as we celebrated, but I would still give anything for just one more hug. Still, even though this side of my family has endured more than one huge loss this year, we gathered together to connect, laugh, EAT, and recognize how grateful we are for every second spent together.

Soon I will travel to Jamaica with my biological mom, my step father, and a couple of her friends to celebrate her birthday and Christmas. My mom is probably the most fun person on the planet. I know there will be plenty of laughter whenever I am with her. Last year when we traveled India and Vietnam together was one of my favorite travel experiences so far.

I will arrive home at night on Christmas eve just in time to celebrate Christmas Day watching my niece and nephew open their gifts on Christmas morning. At this stage in my life, I have realized my favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with the people I love, especially my niece and nephew. The joy I see in their eyes during the Holidays fills me with love.

After the Holidays, I will spend a short time in the states, but only long enough to make a new itinerary for 2017 which will include Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka, and of course, INDIA!

I find myself pulled between two worlds and two loves. One, my family and friends, and the other, TRAVEL. Still, I feel deep in my heart my love affair with Travel is guiding me in the life direction I want to go. As much as I love being at home, I know I am destined to be “among the wildflowers.”

“Wildflowers”
Tom Petty

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free

Comments

  1. So beautifully written . . . you have such a special family . . . Merry Christmas Katie! Love to you always . . . xoxo

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