Merry Christmas! Here’s a gift!

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!

Christmas tree

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.

sarahsomewherejourneyIt 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!!!

Wild movie

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).

sarah Somewhere Oregon waterfall

“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.

Sarah xxx

I invite you to join my online e-retreat, ‘Journey to Shine’ starting January 5! We have a wonderful group forming and I am so excited about it!

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Merry Christmas! Here’s a gift! — 17 Comments

  1. I still haven’t seen it! I have been hesitant because I loved the book so much.

    I don’t know what it is about a Christmas tree, but it just makes me feel so warm and at home. I am sad we don’t have a tree this year, but we do have about a million lights up, so that’s making up for it.

    Merry Christmas to you both! I’ll see you this weekend. Ah! :)
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    • I know, I loved the book so much too and usually films are a let down but not this time. It just brought the story to life in a more vivid way and I am so grateful they made it. Oh, it’s ALL about the lights!! Merry Christmas, look forward to seeing you xxx

  2. We saw it on Saturday!!! We both LOVED LOVED LOVED it.. I have to say, I was only partially enamored with the book for the first half, although became a fan at the end, but loved the entire movie and Reese did a fantastic job of producing and starring in it. So glad Tyrhone loved it too… Jim was all gung ho to see it, but a male friend thought it a chick flick. Having read the book I told him anyone putting on 60lbs and hiking 1100 miles is less chick than HIM! lol.. Merry Christmas and see you soon. XO
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    • Yes, Tyrhone wants to hike the PCT now! I think it would be more difficult than either of us can imagine… She was amazing to do it on her own. Very inspiring. Merry Christmas, see you Saturday! :-)

  3. Merry Christmas, Sarah! It’s been such a gift to follow along your journey this year, so I’m excited to see what 2015 has in store for you. I’ve yet to read WILD (never mind see the movie), but it seems like the perfect book to curl up with in front of a fire while the blustery Minnesota winter whirls about outside!

    Lots of love to you & Tyrhone—I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that the new year proves joyful for you both! How much longer are you guys planning to be on the west coast? We may be making our way over to that edge of the States as we begin our drive down to Mexico in the new year…
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    • Yes, it is. I read it in London after the Rickshaw Run and it will remain one of my best reading experiences ever. I was completely captivated by it. Merry Christmas to you too! We leave here on the 30th and drive to Colorado where we are housesitting and trying to snowboard for 3 months! xxx