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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Releasing and Renewal

I have learned that I needed to release old behaviours and ways of relating to others, as I brought a new way of being into my life.  I am being selfish, and taking care of what I need for myself.  It feels good.  I have been saying good bye to people who I used to have in my life, many moons ago, and realized it was time to leave old ways of being, behind, so I could open ways for a new life for myself.

My spirit needed re-energizing and with this brought many other changes that had not known would come.  I am learning how to open myself up again, after being so closed and having built up walls, it is now time to slowly take down the walls and allow people into my life again.

Building new relationships takes time, and stepping stones, and in order to move forward on those stepping stones, you have to release negative ways of living to embrace fresh and positive ways into your path.

This is working for me slowly…it is a process and it takes time…and I am remember to breathe along the way.

Thanks for sharing the journey along the way.

CGW

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Much to Learn

I love spending time in nature, living life in the bush and woodlands…each day passes and I feel I am like a sponge, soaking up what I am learning.  Yet at the same time, realizing I still have much to learn to feel completely comfortable being full time here.

My health has improved a great deal, fresh air, good healthy food from the garden, and physical therapy with chopping wood for the wood stove to keep warm at night and for cooking.  All very positive changes for me in my life…who would have thought that experience would have come my way.  I am feeling so blessed.

Two years ago while being on chemo and thinking my life was done, was a real eye opener for me… in terms of realizing that life has to be about living in the moment and exploring adventures so you feel alive and fullfilled.  Since my recovery and taking time on my healing journey, I have taken time to really focus on myself, to the point of being selfish for me , myself , and I.  I have new goals, and new dreams, and I am alive to be able to take steps towards reaching those goals…tiny , baby steps…but they are steps forward…and now with taking those steps, I have now landed in the backwoods, living my dream.

For now, this works for me…I have freedom to be me, with my gypsy spirit that loves connecting with nature.  I love that I have been taking showers outside in the solar shower, and that I cook on a wood stove or over a campfire, I love that I have to cut wood on a daily basis, so to have heat at night to stay warm…I love the freedom of walking outside at night under the stars, and just enjoying the beauty of the night sky.  I love the sense of feeling connected to the earth, and building with my hands and creative energy.  I enjoy walking through the woodlands and hugging a trees, and splashing in the creek.  I enjoy the garden and the abundance of fresh food from the ground that nourishes us.

Life is so simple and yet so much to learn…the best veggies and herbs to put in the garden so it will grown, learning how to cook on a wood stove and bake bread in a skillet rather than use an oven, and all that comes with life on the homestead.    This feels good, that I am stretching my boundaries, gaining experiences of a life time, pushing my limits, and researching while gathering knowledge so I can improve my life here and create a sustainable way of living here on the homestead.

Celtic Gypsy Woman

Monday, October 20, 2014

Crazy Year of Adventures

Wow, been over a year since have blogged on here, and during that time away have been having a wonderful and crazy year of adventures.  I have moved four times, in the past year, none of them really planned, but each move brought me steps closer to my goals…so they were evolved into positive experiences for me.

I have finally landed in a spot with a good friend who has land that he is willing to share with this gypsy spirit and be a wonderful mentor to me while I continue to take care of my self and my healing journey…. I love being outdoors as you know, and I love exploring life in the bush and in the backwoods.  There is lots of work to be done, and lots for me to learn…good thing I have time to explore, create and learn with this wonderful opportunity.

I have also been working on my tea studies, and have enjoyed my studies, Loving that my homework is drinking lots and lots of tea and many different kinds…there is a whole world of tea out there that I never knew existed, so I have been thoroughly enjoying my thirst for knowledge in this new world of tea.

So now I have wonderful plans for creating an herbal garden alongside my fairy garden that I have begun to work on..I hope to create a lovely herbal tea garden and create some blends of tea for the homestead.

So life has taken a complete turn for me, with now having my life in the woods…creating a sacred space to cook on a wood stove, and have nightly campfires.  I have the time and space to explore the woodlands and the creek and what this new life has brought to me.

My friend is also a nomadic gypsy spirit like myself, so there will be lots of time for camping and going on short road trips in the area , exploring the old logging roads, and the woodlands…it really is a good experience for me.

I do not have regular internet access , but I do have access through neighbours so will try to post updates on homestead happenings.








Here are some landscape views of my exploring of the landscape of where I am staying.  Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful colourful Autumn Season and the many blessings that this season of life brings for you.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Travel Planning

Well I have been blessed with a wonderful house sitting arrangement through a dear friend who was off on her own travel adventures and needed someone to look after her dog and house sit for three weeks...this has been great for me, as I was needing a place to be while I prepared for my next stage in my new traveling adventures.

So I have access to a large mall with a Walmart, so was able to go and get some storage Rubbermaid bins and I color coded them so would which was great...and these will be so helpful for a long time...I put my tea supplies / china cups and teapots into one and they all fit perfectly.  My second bin I filled with winter season clothing so will be able to access them when the colder weather comes and transfer my summer clothing into the bin and take out my winter clothes when needed... and my third bin was filled with important papers and books that I wanted to keep but could not take with me on my travels.  Then I have one large duffel bag that has camping supplies in it, that I will be keeping at my friends place but will be able to have access if needed to change supplies as needed....

I have now started to begin purchasing my food stash that I will be traveling with.... I am seriously considering purchasing a Kelly Kettle stove to take with me as I mainly like to use my thermos for cooking and so thought it would be great to have a camp stove that would make it easy to boil water....been doing some serious research and discovered Kelly Kettle.  Have any of you used one and if so, what were your thoughts?

My main travel foods are :
- of course lots of tea, some instant coffee and hot chocolate
-  also granola or  instant oatmeal for breakfast
 - for lunches or dinners, instant rice/ couscous and beans/ lentils and soups or noodle cups for main meals
 - and for snacks :   trail mix and  jerkey , crackers and cheese , flatbreads with peanut butter and jam or hummus
- tuna or chicken packs found at dollar store that have crackers with the meat.

I will be able to easily access fresh veggies and fruit on the days I am taking classes as will be right in the city so will have my fresh salads and veggies then, and will gather fresh fruit to take with me back out to camp.

Since when camping out my main foods will only need boiled water to heat up and for my hot drinks so taking a thermos will help cook the main foods and keep them hot until I am ready to eat them.

I think I might be purchasing a different backpack that will be easier to take with me, a bit larger than the day pack I use now....

if you have any great suggestions feel free to share them in the comment section :)

Blessings
Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Year of Healing

I took a year off from blogging and spent a year of healing and recovery.... My life had been a roller coaster dealing with some serious health issues.
I have finally gotten my clear from Cancer check up and am free now to focus back on my dreams and goals of getting back on the Open Road and working towards becoming a Tea Specialist.

So it is now officially August and will be putting my things in storage until Spring and hitting the open road again exploring Tea Adventures while resuming my training to become a Tea Sommelier.

Feel free to share along on this journey with me while I explore the Open Road , Travel Adventures again and see what life has to offer while discovering new Teas along the way :)

blessings
Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Finding my Groove

Well, I have been taking time to live in the moment, and I must admit it feels pretty darn good.  Some days are busier than others, and then when needing quieter moments, then opportunities come my way.  it is in this way of living for me that keeps me in balance!

My new passion is to work on creating a business for myself...and connect it with Tea...I feel like it would be a good sustainable one to have and since I LOVE drinking Tea and having tea parties, it also seems like a good fit for me...the joy of it, is hoping to make a mobile Tea Party business and have found someone who can help me create a Gypsy Carvan for it!...long range plan, but have smaller attainable goals to keep me focused and busy on creating this fun business.  Will let you know how it all unfolds!

For now, am keeping busy with short term contract jobs that have been finding through friends and networks, and so far, that has been working out pretty good for me....not too much of a challenge, as I am living pretty simply, so working part time is perfect for me, and also keeping me healthy, as not working too hard!...also finding jobs in woodlands and campgrounds keep me connected to nature so that helps maintain my sense of balance!

I seem to be in a space where not as much on the internet, and out enjoying the real life ...I think because of the Season of Summer, I love being outside and connected to nature and down by the water...but just letting you know that I am still around, still living in Ontario and getting my short road trips in ...my health is much more stable as I have been working really hard on not getting overloaded and am taking good care of myself ...spending time with friends, eating good food, and taking time for me in admist work contracts!

Would love to hear how you are doing, what have you been up to for this summer season and what new adventures are you exploring?

Blessings
Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Spirit

Friday, August 3, 2012

Time Well Spent

There have been some folks who have asked the questions " How do you keep busy with out a full time job?" and "what do you do with your time while traveling?"

My response is to simply smile and say I have not got enough time in the day to do all the things I enjoy. So I thought I would take the time to answer the questions here and share some ideas that you can also do while traveling, vandwelling, being a nomad or gypsy spirit, while exploring life.

First thing is to have a variety of hobbies that you enjoy spending time doing. Find activities that connect with your hobbies or interests. Alot of my activities do not cost alot of money, as I live pretty simply and do not have extra money to spend . I have always had a real passion for outdoor living, so alot of my hobbies and interests are nature related, or connected with outdoor life which for me keeps my young at heart, and connected with my nature spirit. I go for walks, spend time by the lake, writing or drawing with my time in the woodlands, swimming in natural waters or free community pools, and of course picnics are a great way to spend time, frisbee with friends, fun sports such as badminton, volleyball, hiking, and another of my favorite past times is collecting rocks, or glass on the beach...I am interested in creating fairy houses outside near trees, and have managed to gather quite the collection of nature and bits along the beach or waterfront!

Another old past time that has been resurfacing alot among my friends is playing board games!.. we have been meeting about one night a week to gather, share potluck supper and snacks and spend the evening playing favorite fun board games that we have been having lay on our shelves...time to dust them off, get them out and have a games Night!  It really is so much fun!

Also I find networking through my contacts and short term work brings in alot of connections with supplies for my many varied hobbies, such as scrapbooking, reading novels, writing and journaling, crafts, and such...so do not be nervous about inquring about networking through your friends or community for extra supplies that might be available...I know last year when I was starting back up knitting , I managed to get a huge bag of yarn that kept me busy through the winter season!

Just be open and use your creative spirit, to think outside the box, and you will be amazed on the wonderful exploring of hobby that will come your way through connecting with friends!

Blessings
Kylie aka Celtic Gyps Woman