Do you ever share a time with someone and leave thinking, “we just solved the world!” I’m lucky enough in my life to have people like that surrounding me on a regular basis.
Dearest ones, it is an absolute pleasure to introduce you to Miss Jessica Rosenkoetter. She has been a dear friend of mine for several years and this is the first time her beautiful words have graced my blog. It is beyond an honor for me to have her here. If I were to find any way to describe Jess it would be as a powerhouse of love. She has taught me again and again what it looks like to care for the people in my life. Please, share your kindness with her today in the form of comments and sharing her beautiful words with friends. She deserves it.
“We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go.
We are really good at holding on. From birth we learn to latch to our mothers, to hold hands, to be held, to snuggle close, to stay warm, to not get lost, to be safe [or give ourselves the illusion of safety]. But then we grow up and we have to learn to let go. But no one teaches us. And it is not our instinct. Our instinct is to hold hands, to be held, to stay safe. No one teaches us this, but it is becoming more and more apparent to me that letting go is the most necessary skill.
I’ve hesitated to write this blog post, taking time to make sure that I’m speaking with truth to my experience. I often keep my opinions to myself when it comes to the world or other people on social media. I prefer to do my best to speak with wisdom and thoughtfulness whenever possible, particularly, if I’m unsure of the impact my words may have. However, I’ve set aside this series as a way of exploring myself and my thoughts as they develop. The challenge I’ve given myself is to write about the most transformative thing I’m experiencing at that moment and well, this week, it’s this. So, here we go.
Over coffee one brisk but sunny afternoon my friend/business partner Tyler told me that flying to Iceland is surprisingly inexpensive. We took a look at it and I bought my tickets right there in the cafe’. Later Oby and I decided that it would be fun to go together so we added him to the itinerary and found ourselves in Iceland for 10 days this May.
We pieced our trip together with advice we received from Lonely Planet, friends who’ve been before and good ole’ Google. It feels like my duty to give back to the traveling community with a few tips from our experience. So, here we go:
We moved into our house in May. Oby and I rented a 3 bedroom because it was incredibly important for us to each have a space of our own. When we moved in I ended up with the master bedroom. It’s the biggest room I’ve ever had, with the biggest closet and the most spacious bathroom. I set up my closet early and offered up my room as the place that we could store things while we arranged the rest of the house.