When I was little my Nana would walk us to St. Richards Church at the end of her street to light candles. She would explain it is a way for us remember someone that is no longer with us, for us to feel in that moment that they are there with us. At the time I just liked lighting the candles and spending time with her. Not being super religious myself I didn’t realize until I started traveling how much that stuck with me. I find myself very drawn to the architecture of old churches and it has become my tradition to light a candle in every one I am in for my Nana, so that in that moment, right there, I know she is traveling with me. That in a way we are experiencing this new exciting adventure together and she gets to continuing traveling like she always loved to do, a way for her wanderlust to live on. Out of all the churches I’ve been into, in all the countries, out of all the candles I have lit, this display in Rotterdam blew me away! This was so absolutely breathtaking in person that I stood there for a good 10 mins in awe just taking it all in. The pictures don’t exactly do it justice for just how grand and magnificent it looked and the overwhelming feeling I felt that in that moment, she was, exactly right there with me. I could hear her excited little “oooooh” and almost feel her grab my arm the way she did. I appreciate everytime I get to light a candle in a church for her, but this time was extra special💜🕯💜
#breathtaking #allthefeels #nana #travel #adventure #wanderlust #gypsysoul #candle #church #netherlands #rotterdam #nowilighttwo #special #myheart #sheisalwayawithme
Driving through the desert feels like I’m back at the beginning of all this Earth stuff. Spawned into a new realm, watching each pixel come into my time/ space reality so fluidly. Shadows in the shades of sand hinting to reveal the next layer. Feel so close to the creator.
Just sand and sky. Fractals of light. A blank slate.
Feels virtual. In a good way.
Riding the dunes could be scary, but it wasn’t. Just so much faith.
#travelegypt #travelsiwa #siwaoasis #westerndesert #duneriding #gypsysoul #adventure
Life bootcamp is damn hard but it takes us to our amazing destinations ...our paths that helps us grow deeper and stronger ...and it’s necessary to spread these wings even a little wider and fly away farther 🙏 #tribalwoman #gypsysoul
We’ve been busy... I’m not even sure where the last 6 months of 2019 went. Yesterday we went out to the @whitewaterpreserve and had a beautiful day hiking up to Red Dome and then wandering around the conservancy. They’ve done such a beautiful job! If you’re in the area, you should check it out! “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but time”. #gypsysoul #hiking #adventureisoutthere #freshair #beauty
I am not delicate.
I am skinny dipping at 2am;
I am dancing naked under the full moon and playing in the mud.
I am the reverberating echoes of a curse word ricocheting off the steeply sloping mountain you thought I couldn’t climb;
I am bare skin in the deepest depths of winter; I am the song of courage, and the melody of freedom you long to sing.
I am a fearless mother.
I am a passionate lover; a devoted friend.
I am the healer, the witch, the nurturing of your wounds.
I am the heat of a wildfire, the rage of a storm.
I am strong.
Delicate things are pretty-cute, even.
But I am not delicate.
I am wild, fierce and unpredictable.
I am breathtaking.
I am beautiful.
I am sacred.
Today marks the 17th anniversary of my late youngest son.
I was once asked as to why I couldn't seem to let go fast enough like the rest who have felt the loss.
Grief is subjective.
Some days we are just like the waves.
Calm and accepting on one day.
Tidal and fierce the next day.
There isn't a dateline as to when we can come to a closure.
How we perceive and persevere matters of the heart and mind, differentiates our core.
Just like these boulders, we may seem similar, yet different.
Yet like these boulders, we stand strong in our truths.
When divine timing comes into play, we will be guided to embrace acceptance and let go.
Last year, I didn't fly the balloons which we do twice annually as a ritual to commemorate his memory since 2003.
Today there still isn't a balloon.
As today, I celebrate life and his memory, as how he and my other 2 boys would want me to.
This one's for you Fatface @the_zal
#anniversary #son #picoftheday #sky #sea #waves #clouds #island #beautiful #travel #explore #nature #my #photography #travelgram #landscapephotography
#travelphotography #rrose30 #freespirit #gypsysoul #healing #life #selflove #love #empowerment #liveauthentic #live #living #instagood #goodvibes