A year ago we were unpacking a half container from our previous life in Canada and settling into our new home here in the Azores. We were laying out the design for our first book, selecting paper qualities and working on print timelines. We were developing concepts for our first jewelry collection and tinkering anxiously with instagram as a medium to connect with the outside world from out here in the middle of nowhere.
We adopted a wild island kitten (Jiji), spent many days at the beach, in our garden, and hiking the island. We planted (and failed) and tried planting again (successfully) our first trees, flower bushes, palms and fruit/vegetable garden.
We weathered our first winter storms, walked our dogs dreamlike through the Calheta fog and witnessed numerous moon and sunrises - embracing the natural rhythm & seasonal cycle of our island.
We began learning, practicing, & stumbling through Portuguese (our daughter Etienne became fluent). We launched Neon Joyride, published our first book, and wrote a few more. We all began learning to surf. We hosted our first visitors, and were able to share our new world with our family and a few close friends. We said goodbye to a family member and our dog Whiskey walked through the Lion's Gate. We all made some new friends.
Tomer & I turned 40. My mother said it right- our 40s are when we come into our super powers. We still have our youth, our health, some wisdom, & enough life experience & energy to make things happen - to live the life we choose, to follow our true paths.
In the last year, we have all become more aware of our choices - and of how to live more consciously, more sustainably. It's a process that takes time & intention. We chose to live slower, lighter & with less. And it feels better than ever! I have learned that even slowing down takes time - even on a small island in the middle of nowhere...it's taken 2 years to settle into our new rhythm here in the Azores.
Still learning to let go & to go with the flow. It sounds easier than it is, but it's been so good...learning to just breathe again and listen to the universe, to let it guide you. So much of this year has been redefining what feels good, individually and for us as a family.
The journey continues and we all grow. Moving both onwards and backwards in a loop-d-loop fashion, turning our previous life and selves inside-out, focusing inward, growing outward.
Through all of the change, this past year has been spent together, with each other and our children...I am so grateful for that -Knowing that we have filled our time here with meaningful moments. We continue to seek, to grow, to create, to connect on deeper levels with each other and ourselves. Gardens blooming inside & out. It's not all sunshine and rainbows, but we have been blessed to get a lot of both!