As I’m packing and getting ready for my next adventure, I’m reminded of my last trip; and who I was then. It’s the familiar site of my luggage, and the things I am packing that have me reflecting on the past three years of my life.
In July 2015, I went on my first trip without my family to Alberta and British Columbia. At that time I was packing a tent, sleeping bag, and way more clothes than necessary. I was excited to be stepping away from my full time job as a Kennel Attendant at the OSPCA, and to be going to Motion Notion; a transformational festival.
“A transformational festival is a counterculture festival that espouses a
community-building ethic, and a value system that celebrates life,
personal growth, social responsibility, healthy living, and creative
expression. Transformational alludes both to personal transformation
and steering the transformation of culture toward
sustainability. Some transformational festivals resemble music
festivals, but are distinguished by such features as seminars, classes,
drum circles, ceremonies, installation art, the availability of whole
food and body work, and a leave no trace policy.” - Wikipedia
For this adventure, however, I am packing very different items: a yoga mat, minimal clothing, my laptop, my journal, and a book to read. Looking at my packed bag, I’m
reminded of who I was and what I was going through three years ago. I had just gotten out of a messy, long-term, relationship that had me working on finding myself. I felt like getting away and going to a Transformational Festival would help me move forward, and re-discover myself. There was something about hot tubing in the Canmore Mountains;
experiencing the sun rising up over the Canadian Rockies; dining on rooftops; camping at a festival in Golden, British Columbia; and taking in the most incredible, natural landscapes. It was humbling to be in the mountains, and reminded me about what was important in life. Motion Notion Festival was such an amazing experience; everyone was so happy to meet you and would even come by your tent to say a friendly hello. The community at the festival was unbelievable, and it made me feel like I finally belonged somewhere; which is why I strive to bring that connection into our growing community. Staying up late at various stages with neighbouring campers; dancing all night, smiling, laughing, and ultimately feeling so free. Free from my past relationship, the constraining job, and free to be my true and creative self.
That trip out West and to Motion Notion made me realize that I wasn’t living the life that I wanted to be; and that I had to make the changes in my life and follow my heart. A few months after that trip I registered for Yoga Teacher Training, quit my job at the OSPCA, and even met someone new. I started moving forward with my life, and I began to see that my time and my happiness mattered the most to me. I can now say that I am living my life the way I want, and I love every second of it. I completed my Yoga Teacher Training and created Growth in the Grove; I became a Reiki Master; I settled into my authentic self; I am in a serious relationship that required me to move; and I started making new personal and business connections. I’ve come a long way in three, short, years, and I am open to the adventure that lies before me, and who knows what I will discover next.
I am so grateful for the last three years, and I’m proud of the transformation that I chose to make. Change can always happen, you just have to decide that you’re ready for a change and make the effort. Your life can change so fast; and these past three years, for myself, have been a huge and happy transformation. Be open to your own personal growth, and see where it takes you.