The Hourglass Effect

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Travelling is
the call
of the heart,
Mystery destinations
brought to life
in choices
beyond reason,
Only a call
to trusting insights,
To see with
new eyes
what
was right
in front of you
all along.

I have been thinking a lot lately about the way I make decisions. Not the kind where you decide what to have for dinner or what colour socks to wear that day (although I can’t say I think about my socks that much). I am talking about the bigger decisions that you know could potentially change your life. Do you turn left or do you turn right?

There is always choice and free will as human beings. Within this I do believe that what is meant to be will be but nothing can take away our free will. The freedom is within us to walk our path in life and to decide what is next even if that means the way we react to circumstances we have no control over.

It has been three months since returning from South America and the trip is still fresh in my mind. I am glad I somehow made it happen. The outcome could have been very different and I couldn’t imagine not have been on such an amazing visit to the beautiful country of Ecuador. This has led me to make a decision to travel again sooner than expected so watch this space!

Like Ecuador, I did not make the decision based on logic or my current circumstances with things like finances. If I did I never would have made it to Ecuador or any of my other journeys. What I did was ask myself that if today was my last day on Earth, what is it that I would like to be doing? Who would I see? Where would I go? What kind of person would I like to be?

We are born into the world with nothing but ourselves and we will leave the same way. However, the one thing that will always live on is our growth and soul evolution. That will stay and send out a ripple effect to the entire cosmos. With this is mind I know that I have made the right decision. I listened to my heart and I am excited. Sure there are challenges and logistics to work out already as I prepare myself for another trip but when you say YES with every fibre of your being the Universe hears you. There is a knowing inside and it is about living that dream in your heart. Your reality is what you wish it to be and you hold the key. This rings true and experience has taught me to believe, to trust and to know that I will be Divinely guided always. Life is supportive. It is ever changing, filled with promises for a new tomorrow.

What are your dreams for 2017? What lives in your heart?

Love and light,
Lisa

 

New to You

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When you allow your dream to come alive, doors will open…

Happy New Year to you all!! It’s 2017 and I am so ready for a new start. A lot happened last year with ups, downs, troughs, peaks and so much more. Such is life and it is reassuring to know that whatever we may encounter, there will always be support available to us when we believe in life.

What I love about the New Year is the opportunity to reflect and beginning anew. It’s a time to reassess what is important to us and what goals we wish to set for the upcoming year.

I know for sure that things are changing and it’s being aware that change is the only constant. To embrace it is to allow the flow of life to lead you along the path. I have had to make some big decisions over the holidays and as part of that it involves blogging again. Also to immerse myself in my creativity on a daily basis no matter what this is.

Creativity comes in so many shapes and sizes and I will be exploring this over the next 12 months. Who knows where this may lead. It is risky and uncertain yet exciting and exhilarating at the same time to my inner experience.

There will be more travelling, charity treks, projects and writing in 2017, in no particular order. They will stretch me and force me to step up, to become who I need to be and want to be to achieve what I have set out to do. What I know for sure is that I am willing to do what it takes. I am willing to go further than I have ever been before. I am willing to see it through and let the opportunities speak to me, to guide me that much closer to the answers.

This is the best year yet!!! Can you feel it?!!

What are your hopes for 2017? I would love to hear from you.

Love and light,
Lisa

P.S. I have updated my ‘About the Blog’ page. If you would like to read it please click here.

Cacao Dreams

Written 3rd Oct 2016:

I am currently on the second part of my trip and spending my last night in Otavalo. I am in love! Otavalo has captured my heart from the places, buildings to the people I have met. It has a traditional earthy feel which makes your soul light up no matter how you are feeling. It has been a magical experience in more ways than one.

Before I arrived to Otavalo I took a detour and went on a chocolate tour (naturally) despite still feeling unwell. Ecuador has been challenging for me with my stomach and the effects of the altitude but every moment I have spent here has been worth it. And I certainly wasn’t missing out on chocolate for anything. I really will do anything for food 🙂

I loved seeing how they make the chocolate, which takes a process of 30 days – from raw cacao to seeing it as chocolate bars and powders. This was supercool and absolutely tasty. I sampled some of the different chocolates as well as being offered chocolate tea and a chocolate brownie. How could a girl resist?!! Seriously the best chocolate brownie EVER!! I am still thinking about it as I am writing this as it was so good. I am hoping to recreate the brownie one day when I get home so friends you better place your orders now otherwise I will eat it all haha.

Upon arriving in Otavalo I made a decision to fast for over 24 hours to give my stomach a break. That took some willpower for me, watching everyone around me eating such great food. 

Fortunately I am eating again (although I am being more careful). I have been blessed with such beautiful surroundings and delicious food at Casa Mojanda where I am staying. It is so nourishing for the soul. There is a lot of love here and Casa Mojanda has become so special to me. It has an energy that simply restores you and connects you to the natural equilibrium of the earth. It is so wonderful, just like that chocolate brownie (yep still thinking about it).

I spent a lovely day today in nature with my crazy new hat which I bought from Otavalo market yesterday. Had to be done! Everybody needs a bit of craziness in their lives sometimes!!!
I felt physically weak but invigorated in all other ways. I hiked around Mojanda lake with my guide and it was spectacular. It was worth keeping going for the views and so peaceful.

After lunch we walked to Taxapamba waterfall. The day just got better and the views even more spectacular. I felt so soothed by the sounds of the waterfall. Simply divine! 

I am so looking forward to the next part of my trip.

Listen to your heart and let it guide you to your Highest Dreams.

May you find your chocolate!

With love from Ecuador, Lisa