07 June, 2015
I'm sending big love to you from Alaska! I'm currently in Wrangell sitting in my hotel room looking out over the dock and the water as rain pours down with great passion and consistency. :) Rain often causes us to slow down, to think and reflect, which is exactly what I am doing this morning. Plonked in this tiny little seaside fishing town called Wrangell, my heart has been stirred and I'm compelled to write to you! I have been thinking of you all lots this week and I've been wondering how you are doing... So I've been thinking of how I can encourage you, and I pray this little blog does today. :) This is LeConte Glacier, where we went yesterday. My eyes couldn't believe what I was seeing!
As I always say, travel inspires us and causes us to think bigger and without limits. So of course as I've been adventuring through Alaska and The Yukon over the past two weeks, my eyes and heart have been opened with possibility once again. As a big dreamer, I love imagining and expecting the best. My book, "Anything Can Happen", is all about this, and I love encouraging others to flourish and be all they can be. BUT... at the same time, I have come to realise that "the dream" is actually also found in "the moment" right in front of us.
With all my heart I believe that dreaming BIG and living life to the full allows us to experience life in all it's grand beauty. But with this same heart, I love the simplicity and wonder of "a moment". :) So how do we balance these two deep desires, finding joy and passion in dreaming "the dream"... whilst not missing the beauty and treasure of living "the moment"?
"Eye has not seen, no ear heard, neither have entered ito the heart of man, the things which God has has prepared for them that love him!" (2 Cor 1:9 KJV)
I love the expectation and excitement that flows through this verse in the bible. But as well as looking to the future, every single daywe are given 24 hours full of "moments". Prepared in advance by the same God who breathed the stars and spoke the mountains into being, he is filled with excitement from the moment you open your eyes in the morning at what you'll discover that day. :)
"THIS is the day that the Lord Jehovah has made; come, we will leap for joy and rejoice in him!"
A moment can happen in a second. So that means that in each day, there are 86,400 possibilities for moments. How amazing! So wherever you are today, whatever circumstance you are in, of course keep dreaming big, but at the same time... LOOK. Stop and look around you, look at where you are, there is beauty in that moment I promise you. I read this quote the other day and it's really inspired me...
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
There are so many blessings hidden in the "moment". We have much to be thankful for. I have made so many new friends in these past two weeks, as well as spent precious time catching up with old ones... I've heard about life in small town Alaska... I've listened to stories of beautiful people with good hearts... I've journeyed thousands of miles and seen beautiful untouched lands... I've spent quality time with my beautiful friends, talking about life and making memories.... I've chatted to my friends and family back home, including a precious FaceTime session yesterday with my entire family who were gathered together for my Nanna's 93rd birthday. Even now as I'm looking out at silence, I'm captivated. There is so much fog I can't even see the mountain across the water. All I can hear is the sound of rain and a jet boat in the distance. But there is deep thanks and joy in this moment, and as we cultivate this love for the moment, life is really so much more wonderful. Have a beautiful day my friends. :)
Tell me, what's been a little moment you've been thankful for this week? :)
PS... Here are some more pics!
Riding the Alaska Railroad, Denali, Alaska.
Arriving in sunny Denali, Alaska.
A little bit excited about the icebergs!
And almost blown away on the ferry from Skagway to Haines...
Aqua blue glacial waters... Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.
Floating iceberg, LeConte Glacier. (No filter I promise!)
My new little friends, this guy above...
And this guy!
Love you all lots! X