Many moons ago a wise man gave me the following advice: “See, touch, taste, smell, hear and speak as much as you can. Spend time alone travelling out of the cities, research into religions, ways of life. Go with an open mind and a warm heart. Don’t cling to the past, but enjoy the present and fly towards the future.” I try to live my life like this, exploring - through travel, art, cooking and conversation - discovering beauty, stories, inspiration and friendship. I have lived, worked and travelled all over the world - from Bhutan to Brazil, Mongolia to Mozambique, Azerbaijan to Antarctica. But the country that soaked deepest into my soul is Japan, where I lived for many years. There are adventures to be had every day, and I am so happy to be able to share them here with you!
Doing nothing does not come easily to me, but island hopping in Greece was the perfect opportunity to take a step back, get some much needed rest, soak up the sun and have no schedule for over two weeks (except 'swim time', 'ice cream time', 'dinner time' etc - you get the picture).
It has been a time for...
... ice cold watermelon
... cool swims in sparkling seas
... dancing in the sand
... long chats over dinner as the sun set
... and a time to wander and explore tradition and modernity
It has also been a time for clearing out my head, which arrived in the baking heat of Athens jumbled and full, noisy and impatient.
The gentle breeze, clear skies and luxurious sun have calmed it, and made space for new ideas, plans and adventures. I have made real progress on two exciting projects I am working on (more on this soon) - baby steps towards a big dream.
I feel healthier, energised and ready to play.
It's funny how quite a few of us have been talking about rest recently, as Louise pointed out.
It's half way through a big year, spring is turning into summer, and we all need to take time to replenish our energy reserves every now and then.