Things have been a little quiet over here the past few weeks. We’ve been running around New Zealand, and with the New Year coming soon I’ve been reflecting on new directions for 2018. Obviously I’m going to be tackling the next draft of my book, but I also know I’m wanting to slow down– we’ve been moving around the world so quickly that things begin to blur. I know I’m craving some more intentional experiences, so there will probably be some retreats in early 2018.
It’s been hard to sit down to write on the blog since my own questioning has left me feeling like I have no answers to give. What I mean by that is that I’m just feeling out of alignment, and maybe a little disconnected from my higher, wiser self. Whenever I’ve found myself in periods like this, I’ve found the best thing has been to sit in stillness and trust that eventually the answers will come.
MAKE SPACE FOR LISTENING
For example, I went through a much more severe version of this five years ago, around this time of year I might add, when I realized I’d reached the end of the road on my dreamed of acting career and had no idea what I was going to do with myself. Luckily I listened to the part of me that just said to sit with it, to not try and fix it, and just listen. Which is how I realized I wanted to go on that crazy trip to India that totally transformed my life.
I don’t expect anything quite so drastic this time around. Overall I feel like I’m where I’m meant to be doing what I’m meant to do, but my soul is craving a bit of stillness and a chance to reconnect to my purpose in perhaps clearer and more defined ways. So for now that’s what I’m giving myself permission to do. This probably isn’t surprising given what a difficult, scary, tumultuous year this has been globally speaking, and the massive changes and challenges I’ve set for myself in my own life. I’m just plain worn out. I’ve been meditating and journaling a lot more lately, and it’s been helping tremendously. Just to make space for listening to myself.
WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR
So this will be my last post until 2018, and I’m looking forward to start the New Year with some fresh perspective. One thing you can definitely count on looking forward to is a round up of all our favorite experiences here in New Zealand! (We just did our first bungy jump– it was insane and amazing!)
If you’re somewhere cold and Christmassy, please sit by a fire with some mulled wine for me– we’re definitely missing the holiday spirit of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s just not the same when it’s technically summer. No one has any Christmas lights or proper decorations here! We’re listening to lots of Christmas music and dreaming of future snowy Christmasses to make up for it.
Wishing you all a very Happy Holidays and a wonderful and bright New Year! May the world be a kinder, saner place in 2018, and may all your dreams come true. <3
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Carina Covella is a writer and currently working on her forthcoming memoir, Love Dogs, detailing her six month transformational journey from Hollywood through India. Carina graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University cum laude with a degree in Art History. She also attended the Sorbonne in Paris and studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music through the university exchange programs. Until recently she lived in Mill Valley, California with her wonderful Welsh boyfriend Anthony in a house nestled in the trees, but now they’re off on a two year adventure around the world. When she’s not writing or traveling, she loves to cook for her friends and family.