Now just 5 days away from my departure to Fiji, beginning a 9-month adventure sure to be filled with new experiences, people, languages, food…challenges I cannot even begin to imagine! In these past few days, cleaning and packing up my house, test-packing my backpack and small suitcase (under 50 lbs total!!), sharing final moments with friends and family, my brain and heart ride on a roller-coaster of emotion that has taken me so much by surprise! Oh yes, I am VERY excited – one moment – the next in tears knowing how much I’ll miss my children – the next, eager to experience the all-embracing warmth of the South Pacific and the endless multitude of fish – the next, happy to be leaving the damp, early-onset Fall in Calgary, yet sad to miss the bountiful harvest my garden will produce – the next eager to meet the children at the home in Nepal and of course those in Brazil, eagerly awaiting the arrival of 3 harps and their teacher in February… Please bear with me as I move through these next few days of final preparation. I’ll try to make my posts interesting for all of you who have asked to be kept informed of my location and experiences throughout my sabbatical. Definition: Sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a break, once every 7 years (REALLY?!!), often lasting from two months to a year. In recent times, “sabbatical” has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve or learn something. From setting up electronic devices, apps that work like homing pigeons or deep-sea pings, devising ways to access my music library while 8000 kms away from home to studying a new language for the past 2 years, the learning has certainly already begun. Now facing months alone with my thoughts, passion and curiosity, I follow a path that my heart knows is the right one. I take you all with me, tucked safely in the depths of my heart and will do my best to share this journey with you if you care to come along. Let’s start with a rest in Fiji. 5 weeks to explore, discover, renew, be still, just be…

  Aug 23, 2014

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