I’m still scratching my head a little, thinking “Minnesota? How on earth can I accomplish what I want to way out there?”
I have been reassured by my LA friends that I will love Minnesota. I’ve been told that the people are awesome and that Minneapolis is a really cool city. Someone said last night, “Oh man, I LOVE that place and I think YOU are really gonna dig it… in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if you decide to settle there.” The word “settle” strikes up nausea in my nomadic soul… but nonetheless, I am intrigued to see what this place is all about.
I’ve never actually met the person who offered up an extended stay in her home… She’s suggested a stay at her place a few times since I began this adventure, but I’ve always sort of dismissed it because according to my grand plan in life, Minnesota didn’t fit.
But yet again, I am learning that maybe I don’t have all of the answers. My head holds this big dream and my head believes that only it knows exactly where I belong, exactly the path I need to take and when everything NEEDS to happen. For a long while I have been trusting my head. However, my heart has been speaking quite loud since Minnesota became an option again. When she offered it this time my head was like, “No… it doesn’t fit.” But my heart sent a gentle and powerfully clear message, “Why NOT?“
Why not? Actually I can’t find an answer to that. I have nothing holding me back… LA has grown a little stale and for quite a while, I’ve been saying that I want to travel while building community.. so this seems like a great time in my life to make a transition. Besides, if I want to travel some and see new faces, I have to make a commitment to do so and then start taking action (and of course be open to the opportunities that present themselves).
So, I’m going to do it. I think I’ll be there for several weeks, and my host has expressed excitement in having me arrive. She is looking for ways to get me random work while I’m there, she is finding a way to get me a temporary gym membership, and apparently her husband and daughter are on board with the whole thing as well. In fact this morning, the first thing I read was an e mail from her that made me giggle with joy… here is a small excerpt from it:
“I talked to my daughter about you staying with us yesterday and she is SO excited! As we were talking, I mentioned that as a ‘longer’ house guest, I want you to feel extra special and without missing a beat, she says, “well mom, don’t we want everyone to feel extra special?!” It was perfect!!
Regarding sleeping situations – I believe I mentioned that I don’t have a spare bedroom but I have my office – we could put a small mattress in there, but my daughter is campaigning for you to sleep in her room. She has a loft bed so there is room underneath – my husband said that he would like you to be comfortable and not have to sleep on the couch – he would like you feel like part of the family and have a space that feels permanent. He is planning on getting a nice air mattress to use under her loft bed – if you are okay with that. If not, we can work that out when you get here.”
I’m very excited. I’m really looking forward to enjoying hikes in cool weather, tea time, taking in different scenery and being welcomed into this warm home.
My plan after this is Canada, Chicago and New York… but who knows what’s really in store for me. All I know is that right now this feels right, and I’m truly happy to open myself to whatever gifts are waiting for me.
I do still have an end result in mind and in heart… but I’m learning to let go of the HOW, and surrender to allowing things to unfold in a way that serves me better than my head may think….