Wow, oh wow, oh wow. The last time I wrote for Bloom for Life, I was in a stressed-out, muddled-up mindset. My partner, Aaron, and I had just finished moving (the third or fourth time for both of us in a year) from Las Vegas, Nevada, where we had moved to gain experience in the cannabis industry. Now, we’re in South Dakota. Our pets (husky and two cats) did well with the journey. But goodness, the last month of everything was just exhausting.
Because we felt “off” and weren’t in a motivated mindset to renovate our 1995 camper, which we will soon be heading out on the road with, we decided to take an impromptu trip to Colorado. And goodness, I am so glad we did.
The trip was very last-minute. I know I said that above, but I just have to emphasize that one more time. Within one hour, we decided, “you know, let’s go to Colorado today.” And we did.
One of the last places we could find to stay was a renovated Quonset in Bellvue, Colorado. The couple, Katie and Zach, are great hosts who are sustainable-minded. Though we barely interacted with them (Katie is in South America teaching a course on sustainable farming), they made the stay great.
Here are some photos of the renovated Quonset (as requested by friends on Facebook):
There are two bedrooms in the Quonset
How was staying in the Quonset? To be honest, it wasn’t that bad! The first night, we couldn’t figure out the heating/cooling controls, so we slept fully-dressed and bundled up. However, that didn’t diminish our shine in any way; the next day, Zach apologized profusely (not his fault, as it was a user error) and got the heat squared away. After that, it was pretty comfortable.
The two days we stayed here were mostly spent de-stressing, hanging out with each other, meditating, at times working some on the laptop and, yes, exploring the farm.
Damon loved the sheep, though they didn’t appreciate him too much.
All of the animals were so curious, sweet, and beautiful. They helped bring me back into the realization that “busy-ness” is just that. God, peace, trust, and love exist in the space of what we, as humans, perceive to be “nothing-ness.”
Personally, my peace is found in nature. And this trip was great for helping me center and remember that.
So, I guess, the next time you’re feeling stressed out, in need of love, and unsure of your next step in life, retreat to nature, like the late Henry David Thoreau recommended.