I am trying to not be the lady that wants to invite you over to show you all of the photos from her big trip. I am trying to space it all out, mostly because it has taken me just about two weeks to decompress. As I have been going through my thoughts and photos, I am starting to see the bigger picture which is AWESOME but truthfully, I could have used some of that awesomeness DURING the trip.
Here is more truth. I almost let FEAR derail me.
With past trips (near and far) I am mostly a fraddy cat BEFORE I leave, like the weeks and days before but this time, I thought I had it in the bag. (okay, maybe I was a little frantic the day before but not as bad as in the past)
Fast forward a few days, where I was eating, sleeping, drinking wine and water and teaching. During my workshops, I was in my element. I was doing what I was there to do (in my mind) and it was easy for me to do what I am blessed to do. In addition, I was able to sit and admire how each woman created differently and got to know each one of them (regardless of the language barrier.) THAT right there is most important and the reason why I like to keep my workshops small. As much as it was an experience in learning a entirely whole new way to create for them, I was also learning...it just took two weeks to be able to see it all clearer.
IF I would have let fear derail me (which in fears defense, put up a really good fight) I would have missed moments with real Italian beauties not afraid to get paint on their fingers ......having hot tea while sitting in front of the place where warm warm naturally rises up from the earth, right in the middle of a village
and then trickles down the hill and has for 1000's of years. (Bagno Vignoni is an Italian village and hamlet of San Quirico d'Orcia, situated on a hill above the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany.)
Treasures found in inconspicuous places and constant reminders of where there is dark, there is light: ...lovely people who love their beautiful Tuscan countryside, are the definition of hospitality and pull off the side of a winding road so that the American girl can take a photo of a little white Church ...okay, and a selfie or two
...and another example of treasures found. A random daffodil amongst the weeds. Things like this as well as the magnificent Cathedrals ..the detail and scale of things ...Piazza's , cobblestone roads, flower boxes, old wooden doors and shutters... the shutters!!! I wanted to bring home a 1000 shutters. I caught myself taking pictures of flowers and shutters every five minutes...
There was beauty everywhere and I mentioned to Paolo and Franca that they were going to get tired of hearing me say "wow" and "so beautiful." Okay, I am being that lady with the pictures so I will stop.
SO thankful that I fought fear by reciting Phil. 4:13 10,000 times...