Two years ago, I packed Gift into a trailer and the kitties into Rufus, and left Seattle for Santa Fe, following my intuition and some rather insistent signs from the Universe. I knew nobody here, had no business prospects here, and my only prior experience of the town had been a weekend birthday celebration here with my dear friend Michelle, who flew in from Austin, TX to scope the place with me.
It’s been a tumultuous couple of years, in which I’ve come to know some wonderful people, had my heart completely and irrevocably pulverized, lost faith (although not belief – it’s nuanced), found healing, connected with my horse on a level that redeems me every day, enrolled in (and am now almost through) the Equine Gestalt Coaching certification program that is helping me evolve my life and coaching business, became a published author (kind of by accident) and took huge strides on my personal journey. Thank goodness for the ability to stay connected to all the people I’ve left – social media has a big part to play there! And thank goodness for the willingness of my friends to embrace a different, less physical, connection in order to stay in each others’ lives.
Gift has been my rock throughout all the uncertainty, the loneliness of starting over in a new town, the “oh my God, what have I done?” moments, and so much more. She has continued to come forward and leave the trauma of her abusive past further behind her every day, and I am constantly inspired by her resilience, her trust in me, her wisdom and her heart. She is going to be the most awesome co-coach when I receive my Equine Gestalt Coaching Method certification in April and move forward with launching that aspect of my business!
Who knows where this crazy roller coaster called life will take me next?! All I know is that I never stop learning and growing, sometimes in ways and places I’d never thought of. I’m reconnecting with my faith and higher wisdom, a process that I think will make me a better coach and human being in the long run, and I’m eagerly looking forward to what might just be around the next corner – wherever that may lead!