Today was awesome.
I woke up, snuggled with Willow for a bit, got some work done and then started to pack for my trip to Nashville. Got distracted with makeup and dark spaces and catching the light just right.
I’ve never been a fashionable traveller. Usually when I travel, I’m wearing something super comfortable – often that involves yoga pants. Well, since my flight wasn’t departing YOW until 4:45pm, I had plenty of time to put some effort into my look so I went with the most Nashville thing I could think of.
Pink lips. Curled hair. Big jewellery. Ripped denim. High heels.
The validation of the look kicked in when five people asked me, at the airport, if I was headed to Nashville to be a country singer. Someone even asked if I was going to be the next Carrie Underwood (who, by the way, did live in my hometown for a bit!) but I told them I was more of a Shania Twain (in her hay day) kinda gal.
After a bit of maintenance on our Delta flight (yes, photo above captures a Continental plane but YOW is a small-ish airport!), we departed for Nashville via Detroit.
I love travelling. If I could simply spend my days jet-setting around the globe and doing really cool things in really cool places with really cool people, I would. In fact, someone needs to hire me to do that… I think I’d be really, really good at it.
After landing in Nashville, I was picked up by my good friend Anna who brought me to this ADORABLE Air BnB. This is my first experience with an Air BnB and so far, this process couldn’t be going more smoothly. The space is super cute, has all of the amenities that a hotel would and the nice thing about it is that there isn’t a ton of people wandering around hallways. It’s quiet and “my” little space for the week that I’m here. <3
I wanted to quickly recap a gratitude practice that I started to do today… actually, it’s two practices that are similar in nature. I was sitting on the plane and getting crowded into my middle seat and instead of allowing myself to get frustrated, I instead focused on these gratitude practices. Read them over and try them out for yourself!
1. General Gratitude Practice: Noticing and Recording
This one is pretty simple to do. You just need a notebook, a pen and a keen eye for looking for positive things that are happening to you. What you’ll want to do is write down, throughout the day, all of the little things that have happened to you that made you happy or feel good. Each time something happens, jot it down and / or write them out in one sitting.
This practice will get you to start noticing the awesome things that are happening around you instead of just letting things go by. It’s really powerful and a good brain training exercise.
2. Non-Locality and Entanglement
This one may seem a bit weird but stay with me.
This practice involves a basic belief that we can affect molecules and atoms even when we’re not within physical reach or view of them. The idea is that I can send a message out to the Universe and my intended recipient will receive it. Not just by hearing it but it could come in many forms. Another spin on it is talking to a tree and assuming that the message could be transmitted to a palm tree on another island somewhere far away.
For the practice, you’ll want to write and read aloud, if you can, messages to people that you would like to “connect” with. So, I might write out a little note of gratitude and shower abundance on someone in my life while also asking something more specific like, “I’d love you to pick up the phone and call me tomorrow.”
So, even if you don’t physically say it to that person, the idea is that they’ll receive it anyway through other means of transmission and they’ll take the action you wrote aloud or spoke.
All right loves, I’m exhausted! Heading to bed and I’ll update you more this week on my Nashville travels.