It was an emotional tree-hug this morning. Today is the 1 year anniversary of my first posted tree-hug! And yesterday we had our second vaccine dose, a huge relief! What started out as a fun way to let friends know I was sending hugs turned into a year-long transformative journey on many levels.
This picture is of my first tree-hug a year ago. This year I couldn't wait to climb inside for a hug.
I appreciate my husband's support and encouragement. It was his idea to make this a year long goal. I also appreciate all of you that watched and shared your reactions and thoughts. You kept me going.
It was a year of revealing myself in ways I never have before. I learned how to take risks and trust my way of seeing and thinking.
I became more flexible. Like being okay walking in the rain, going out on super cold mornings, snow-shoeing through feet of snow, going off trail.
I experienced healing and comfort and guidance from my tree-friends and nature.
I learned so many new things. My curiosity grew. My heart expanded. Trees are not just trees to me anymore. Even my backyard feels different. I am grateful I had the opportunity and ability to make this difficult year so special. Now I am ready to shift gears. This is where the emotion come in. It's time to step back and take in the totality of what I've done, 10's of thousands of pictures, all of the different tree-beings and bark-beings, tree-greeters, dancers and angels. All of the stories and messages are calling me to see them as a whole.
I will continue to walk and hike and visit the woods and get close to trees, hopefully venturing out a bit further and longer than I've been this past year. I will continue to share here, but my energy will directed more to taking what I've done and creating something in book form. My first thought is a children's book dedicated to my 1 year old granddaughter who I barely got to see and hug this past year. Writing a book feels like a big stretch for me. But my tree-hug experience has taught me there's more to me than I realized. I'm looking forward to this new journey ahead. 💚 Peace