I'm sitting out on the patio at Joshua Tree Coffee Company, drinking the most delicious Nitro Cold Brew coffee (and it's not just the most delicious because I've been drinking camping-french-press the last week). The sun is beating down and it's the most perfect 66ºF. We've been camping in Joshua Tree National Park since Sunday at Hidden Valley Campground where there are no hookups, no wifi, and no cell service. We've met incredible humans, had our noses sunburned from forgetting that sunscreen out here is absolutely a necessity, climbed up countless rock formations, talked with new friends into the night by the light of a campfire, howled under the full moon, and woke to watch the sun bathe it's first rays over the desert rocks. In a way, I feel like our stay in Joshua Tree National Park has been our very own Wildbride Retreat.
Leading the retreats has been a hell of a dive into the deep end. We're learning to swim, making lifelong friends, cultivating a beautiful space for women to bloom, confronting our own fears and doubts and dreams, and feeling incredibly blessed and humbled by the entire experience. Between our Joshua Tree retreat, which was last weekend, and our Sedona retreat, which is next weekend, we had a solid 10 days to relax, recoup, and make our way over to Sedona. Since Sedona is only a 6 hour drive from here, we decided to stick around and soak in the beauty of this place for a while and I'm so glad we did. Leading the retreats is definitely an energetic drain, in the best way. Kristina and I are putting out all of our energy creating space for each one of our Wildbrides and we're realizing the importance of nurturing ourselves between each retreat so that we're best able to create that space for each retreat. We are super excited for our final one in Sedona and we can't wait to dream up the next retreat, hopefully sometime later in the summer.
For some time both of us have been feeling like it's time to move away from Tacoma. The push to start a new adventure, to explore, to live a full life is feeling very present. Dan and I have tossed around ideas for about a year, but I think this summer might be the time to sell our house and just make the leap into something new. To just trust that we'll find our feet when we land, and even if we fall, someone will be there to help us up.
Being in the Brave is such a clarifying experience for me. She strips away everything that doesn't matter. But she gives back so much in return. Every time I return to her I remember how beautiful life is living with her. Maybe this time we'll sell the house and live mobile. We shall see. Life is certainly on the verge of a big change, and I'm excited to be a part of what's going to happen next along with my favorite humans and creatures.