I took my love and I took it down

                                                                            My little brother and I


A couple weeks ago I made the trek back to my home state to witness my brother's wedding. One of the challenges of being a gypsy tribe that follows where our work leads, is the inability to go where we want, when we want. We spent a lot of the winter at the beach and in lay off. Which was so sweet and a bit of juggling hope and trust and fear. So we decided that I would make the trip alone. It was a strange and heavy decision but in hindsight I can see where it all was as it should be.

I grabbed a carry on bag, threw in a dress and set out. I both love and hate flying alone. I love putting on my headphones and tuning out all the sounds around me, I love the independence that I feel, and yet when turbulence hits I would like to be able to look into familiar eyes and seek solace. {Pretty sure this is a metaphor for life and love and all that there is.}

The weekend was so lovely. Truly. The weather was warm and sunny and the ceremony was full of stark beauty. There really is something about a wedding. The sweetness swirling about in the air, dripping like honey. I found some healing in places that needed healing and I left feeling lighter and refreshed, even in those 4 short days. It was a gift to be near family and friends after having not seen any of them for over 6 months.

I thought I'd share a little with you about the gems of my trip.

I read this book on the plane. I don't remember who recommended it when I put out a call for book suggestions, but it was perfect and it rekindled my desire to want to finish my nanowrimo book. It's a collection of short writings and stories and the perfect book for right before bed.

I used my oils like crazy. I can't believe that I've traveled without them before. Seriously. I slept in two different places on the weekend after catching a 6 am flight and then returning here at 1 am. I used OnGuard and peppermint on the soles of my feet each day. Also OnGuard on the back of my neck before I got on the plane. I sometimes get restless legs when I fly from sitting so long and from being tired, I used lavender on the back of each calf on the plane and I had no restlessness. My allergies flare when I'm back home, {I think it's all the spring newness growing and my body not being immune to the allergens I'm not around most.} I used Breathe and Lavender oils on my wrists each night when my nose felt itchy and I slept much better than I usually do being in a different place. {I am a girl who just really loves her own bed.} I have been facing some other health stuff that I want to share about soon and I used Frankincense and Cypress oils to help alleviate some of the pain that I was feeling. I have such gratitude for these oils and I know that I won't travel again without them.

I listened to Beck over and over, I had a couple playlists saved on my phone before I left but I just kept coming back to this album. It was so comforting to me.

I had a big search for my dress before I left. I wanted very much to buy this dress but it was never in stock in my size. {Until the day I got back home and got a notification it was back in stock} I struggle with finding clothes sometimes, I didn't have time to order anything from a couple Etsy shops where I had my eye on things. I am not always sure how to define my style, it's not really hippie as much as it used to be,  it's more boho but I really do love some glam. {Boho glam sounds right} It's something I've discovered about myself in the last few years. I love to watch makeup videos and get really cute. I ended up finding this little gem at Forever 21. I wore some gold sandals and it has now become one of my favorite pieces.

So that was a little peek into my trip of love.

I've got other stuff to share from the past couple weeks and I hope to do that soon. In the meantime, is anyone else feeling this Retrograde pull? I am in between cleaning out my space and wanting order and taking long unexpected naps. It's so bizarre to me, the pull and the ebb. I'm making some space this afternoon to just sit in it all. {And maybe watch one episode of Orange is the New Black}

I'm also spending some time this weekend on my words for this course. Which I CANNOT even wait for. I love these girls and I think this might be the best thing they've put together yet. I'm beyond thrilled to be a part of it.