Home, sweet home. I have been away since April 7. Most of my time away was up at The Haven leading a Come Alive, followed by Couples Alive I & Couples Alive II. It was a very full stretch. Of course, I loved the work and the wonderful people I had the chance to meet and work with. I am very fortunate that I get to do work I love. We finished off the trip with a two day corporate client event down in Portland.
There were many moments where I had some great ideas and/or experiences I wanted to share. However, there wasn’t much free time so the imagined blog post were never completed. Now home, I have the time but not quite as inspired!
Currently, the biggest thing on my mind is my desire to create community and connections for myself here in Whitefish. See, I found myself thinking about moving, and when I mentioned this to CrisMarie, she wisely pointed out that my solution might not really be solving my underlying dissatisfaction. In the past six months I have been living on Gabriola Island BC more than I have been at home. Prior to that six month period there were some key changes in my connections here. We finished our Masters program at Jwalan Muktika School for Illumination (JMSI) my term on the JMSI Board ended, my favorite hangout The Green Tea House closed, and we had a major break with some of our closest friends here in Whitefish. Suddenly, Whitefish, though gorgeous and quite wonderful, seems more like a tourist stop than home.
After getting the first dose of wisdom from CrisMarie, she let that settle and delivered the second bit of input. Though she thought I thrived while engaged in a community, she didn’t think I was all that good at creating one. Again, the feedback stung but had a lot of truth in it. When I moved to Seattle, I did struggle to create the connections I wanted. Mostly, I blamed that on traffic and too many choices. Looking back more closely at my patterns, I noticed that I am great at jumping into groups and structures already in place, but may not be so great at building those connections myself.
So home again and this time without any long periods away for a while, I am hoping to break through and build the community I want here. I know there are lots of possibilities. My first step is Whitefish Ladies Golf Night. There are six of us who are game for being part of a team. We play once a week on Tuesday evening. I am not a great golfer, but the team agreed, this was for fun and connecting. It’s okay if we lose or have big handicaps!
I would also like to start a monthly Body, Breath and Energy evening or Relational Health night in the Flathead Valley, bringing a bit of The Haven to Whitefish. Of course, that will involve some marketing and may be more than I am up for. Still, I would love to find some ways to do what I love right here at home.
I was happy to land back here in Montana. Loved sleeping in my own bed and picking up Sooke, our most amazing dog. Indeed, home is sweet. I just want to put a bit more effort into making it even better. I’ll keep you posted along the way.