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What is your current living situation like? Do you love where you live?

How does your home environment affect your daily life?

What is one thing you could do today to improve your immediate living circumstances?

Way back in February I knew change was imminent… The Shoebox era was coming to a close… Here is what I wrote about my upcoming move long before I had any idea what it would actually look like… a solid testament to the wonderful ways of manifestation.

“I’m getting ready to move – again… It’s become almost like an annual migration. Like a gypsy, or a bird, or a butterfly… The seasons change, the energy shifts, Arianna gets new wings, new ideas and off she goes again.

Each time I move I learn more about myself, more about my place in the world, more about others, and much, much more about the value of my environment. I’ve experienced a wide, wide variety of living arrangements. I’ve become flexible, adaptable and significantly more adept at knowing what I works well for me and what doesn’t.

I’ve lived alone. I’ve lived with MANY. I’ve lived with men, women, boyfriends, sisters, couples, family, friends and new faces. I’ve had pets, plants, and views. I’ve lived in warm houses, cold houses, trailers, cabins, apartments, college dorms, studios, bottom floors, and top floors. I lived in California, Alaska, British Colombia and Maine. I lived in Ecuador for a month above a jazzercise and a mini-market, with a roof-top kitchen and out-door concrete laundry basin. We washed our clothes under puffy white clouds with expansive views of the city, sharp green mountain peaks, and endless skies.

I’ve been blessed by abundance, serendipity and wonderful connections. Moving has felt scary and exciting, daunting, doubtful and energizing. It has always worked out.  And generally in ways more wonderful than I could ever have imagined.

“The Shoebox” era is coming to a close… In the next few months – by July to be specific – I will be entering a new phase. I want to live in a house. I like living with others. The right roommates. I want to share a home with one to a few who are fun, respectful, healthy, active, communicative, open-minded and willing. I want big windows, bright sunshine, open space, a user-friendly kitchen, a bath tub – a private bathroom would be great! So would a big closet (s). I want cats and a dog (s), a garden to putter in – tomatoes, peas, carrots and squash, herbs, and berries.  I want quiet, peaceful, relaxing, friendly, and comfortable, shared cooking and meals, cleaning duties and chores. I want a fireplace and skylights. Quiet and safe – a nurturing, restorative, easy place to call home.

The Berkeley Hills? Carmel? Monterey? The North Bay? San Francisco?

Where will my next home be?

I love being able to walk out my door for a run or  hike. I love hills and views. I love south facing windows and well-built homes.

I’m excited for the unfolding…  and look forward the change. Thank you!!!”

In July I actually moved. From The Shoebox to The Dream Boat. It’s not in Berkeley or the North Bay, San Francisco, Carmel or Monterey. It not in San Diego or any of the other places I thought I might land. It’s in Big Sur. Can you imagine?!!! Here I am… I had no idea!!! And its perfect!!!

The Dream Boat: On the coast with a peek of the ocean, walking distance to work, hills and views and hikes out my door. Gorgeous big windows. Many. Brilliant sunlight. Abundant. Open space. A lovely little kitchen and a perfectly petite bathtub. It boasts a superb sleeping loft. Cozy and spacious. There is giant redwood deck and earth just calling out to be planted. It is almost everything I asked for and more.

I love it!!! I’m still in disbelief that Big Sur is home. I wake every day in awe that this is where I live. Perfectly, exquisitely grateful for my current abode… I feel so blessed!!!

…Thank you. Thank you. Thank you…

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I lost my kitten Friday morning. Olivia was almost six months old. We had made a deal. I promised her her freedom. She got to live her best life. We live on the edge of the woods. Predators abound. I wanted to keep her in. I worried whenever she was out. Coyotes. Bobcats. Mountain lions. So many big animals eager to enjoy a tender kitten snack. Warm, balmy nights glazed in silver moonlight. She has been particularly restless. Friday morning just before dawn I let her out to play. She was on the deck when I heard it. A large animal. Another deer? And then I heard her little meow. Surprised and then distressed. I flew out of the loft where I had been reading. Outside I caught the last of the crashing as a large critter bounded off into the woods. Quiet. No Olivia. No! No more Olivia.

Devastation.

But I had promised her. Freedom. A rich and joyful life. Rather than confinement, she had a happy cat life. Still all I wanted to do was cry… I have the BEST friends!!! Big hugs, kind words, texts, gentle love… Thank you!!!  The attention has been really helpful!!!

I went away. That was helpful too. Denial? Distance? I pretended it wasn’t real. I purposefully ignored the empty Dream Boat. No feline friend awaiting my return. I enjoyed an entirely lovely weekend. Sister time. Friend time. Adventures in the North Bay. Massage appointments in the East Bay. Perfectly relaxing. Restorative. Abundant. And then it was time to go home.

Little angel of laughter and light…. I love you.

The Dream Boat feels so quiet and empty.

Do you have pets?

What lifts you up when you are feeling down?

How do you take care of yourself when you are feeling sad?


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How wonderful to enjoy breakfast with friends!!!

A charming Carmel cottage…

A soft, sunny Saturday morning…

A fun, boisterous group of women…

Wholesome food made with love…

Veggie scramble…

Purple potatoe hash…

Fresh fruit salad…

Mint/lemon verbena tea…

These sorts of days should be on the calendar more regularly!!!

Harkness Preserve – Rockport, Maine

John, Mary Jane and Miles the Black Golden Doodle

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I had set aside this Sunday morning with a plan to attend church. At the last minute, I lost my gumption and decided I wasn’t up for going alone. Church attendance requires company, a friend to make it an adventure, to chat about it later, a social, and connecting event… Instead I enjoyed a quiet, gray, wet morning inside. This afternoon, after yet another nourishing lunch provided by John and the appearance of the sun, we piled ourselves along with Miles into the car and walked the small and forestry trail at Harkness Preserve. This lovely and restorative day was finished with more food a la chef John. My body, mind and spirit are being nourished here in sweet Camden.

Thank you John and Mary Jane for sharing your beautiful home and your beautiful selves with me. You are truly angelic beings and I feel so grateful to have been graced with your presence in my lives! XO

Prescott, Arizona

Taos, New Mexico

Fort Collins, Colorado

Omaha, Nebraska

Chicago, Illinois

Cleveland, Ohio

Holyoke, Massachusetts

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portland, Maine

Camden, Mainee

First time solo… third time across. Thank you all who I visited along the way. Julie and Aurora. The Jepsons. The Keenans. Colleen. MORE Keenans. The Paveys. It was a magical journey and I’ve returned to heaven.

Live first by what you treasure…

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This has been the best and longest birthday celebration ever!!! The fun continues… with delicious meals, delightful visits and abundant serendipity. I feel blessed by the time and attention that has been gifted me. Thank you!!!

Carmel Highlands

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” When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

~ Rumi

Can you feel that river moving now? What do you need to do today, this week, to feel the movement, the river, the joy? How can you make more soulful choices?