Wishing you all a very merry Christmas from Vancouver, Washington (just outside Portland, Oregon) where we are house sitting for the holidays!
We arrived to a beautifully decorated home, complete with a real Christmas tree (I know this is common in the US, but less so in Australia).
It is decorated beautifully with twinkling lights which is such a treat for two minimalist vagabonds like us!
The owners of the home were so friendly and welcoming to us and even left us a present under the tree. How kind is that?
I wanted to pass on that sentiment and give you a gift to say thank you. For reading and following and connecting and helping me do what I love.
It is an original artwork by the exceptionally talented Lauren Younis. I love her writing, her spirit and her beautiful art so much that I asked her to make this for you.
You can print it, save it as a screen saver or frame it and give it to someone you love (just right click and save).
I think Christmas is the perfect time to go easy on ourselves, release perfectionism and accept ourselves exactly as we are.
In mildly related news, I saw the Wild movie yesterday!!!
Oh my God. One of my favourite reading experiences just become my favourite viewing experience. Talk about a beautiful, imperfect journey!
I laughed. I cried. Then I cried some more.
Pieces of me were healed by this film that I didn’t know were still wounded and I left the theatre feeling more acceptance of my own journey than ever before.
It reiterated the power of story telling for me and I am more inspired than ever to own all the pieces of myself and my story.
Tyrhone saw it begrudgingly with me but loved it so much he now wants to hike the Pacific Crest Trail! Eek!
I hope you get the chance to see it.
Blessings to you all and merry Christmas from me and the bearded one (who is fitting in quite well in Washington state and Oregon).
““It was my life – like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present. So very belonging to me.” – Cheryl Strayed, Wild.