There is an Oprah quote that has been making the rounds a lot lately which is “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
I couldn’t agree with that quote more and I do try to make it a special point to be around people whose energy lifts me up. Whether they are friends, family or just people you admire, you know when someone gives you that bright energy that lights a fire inside of you. Those are the people who make you feel good, who inspire you, who make you feel like anything is possible. Or maybe they just make you laugh which is inspiration in itself.
So it is with that intention that I have planned several adventures in the coming months. (And speaking of adventure, at the beginning of the year, I was setting my intentions for 2012 and the word adventure kept coming up as my word for the year. Be careful what you wish for because I have found myself with a dizzying amount of adventure in the near future.)
My first adventure will be taking me to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
It’s on my life list to take an art workshop in Italy or Mexico but that is not totally on my radar at the moment. So I decided to start with something a little closer geographically. Tomorrow I’m flying to New Mexico to attend a two day workshop with Sandra Duran Wilson in Santa Fe. Sandra creates beautiful mixed media artwork that I really admire and I am always excited to learn new techniques. Plus, New Mexico is home to my family so I will get a chance to spend time with my cousins who are some of my favorite people on the planet. And getting to eat red and green chile while I’m there? Come on, it’s a win/win/win.
My second adventure happens in May where I will be attending a very cool event in Berkeley, California at the Teahouse Studio. Two women who I admire greatly, Andrea Scher and Kelly Rae Roberts, are holding a round table event where 20 women will be getting together to have delicious food and delicious conversation. Both Andrea and Kelly Rae are very creative souls whose work I really respect. I am so excited to soak up their energy and just be surrounded by a table of strong women discussing their creative endeavors. Plus, my best friends live in San Francisco so again, surrounding myself with amazing people is all that weekend will be about.
Okay, (are you tired yet?) my third adventure will be taking me to Portland, Oregon in July. Last year I attended the World Domination Summit organized by Chris Guillebeau author of The Art of Noncomformity. It’s impossible to describe the World Domination Summit except to use a phrase that was overheard there a lot “It was a heart attack of awesome!” 500 people got together to celebrate living their lives outside of the box. Living an extraordinary, nonconformist life is pretty much what it’s all about. Talk about good energy. There were entrepreneurs, artists, writers, bloggers, life coaches, etc. all in attendance. That place was buzzing with an energy that could have lit up a small country. I am super excited to be in attendance for it’s second incarnation.
And if all that adventure is not enough, I have three other family trips that coincidentally fall in between all these other adventures. Whew. My suitcase is gonna get a workout in the next few months. But I love it.
As a side note, I have to admit that I’m having a little anxiety about leaving my kids on these solo weekends. My hubby is amazing and takes personal pride in his ability to take over Mommy duty. But my kids’ schedules are more hectic than ever plus, I have been quizzed by my 6 year old about where I’m going, what I’ll be doing and WHY I’m going which is always difficult to explain. I will miss them terribly but I know it’s so good for them to have a little time independent of me and also it helps them to be more open and flexible to life’s changes. They are troopers and I am so proud of the little people they are becoming.
Okay, let the adventure begin.