Nov 262012

Holiday Travel

Little Lotus and I had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving. We drove to Atlanta, Georgia to spend time with friends and renew ourselves after months of working on our little house.

Dekalb Farmer’s Market

homestead in the cityWhile preparing for our Thanksgiving feast, we took a trip to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. What an amazing place! I must agree with my friend Tahirahana when she says, “This is one of my happy places”.

The Dekalb Farmer’s Market carries a seemingly endless assortment of fresh produce, international spices, dried goods, fresh breads, exotic cheeses, and fresh meats. We were able to complete our Thanksgiving shopping with one trip to this vast marketplace.

A Thanksgiving Feast

Our Thanksgiving feast turned out amazing, and it accommodated the various eating styles of the attendees. Our menu included the traditional holiday fare like turkey and stuffing, and I added my own magic with dishes like lentil fritters and mint melon salad. We prepared food all day and laughed as we sat down to eat at 11:30 pm. We were definitely moving at our own pace.

Parable of the Sower 

During this relaxing week, I read Octavia Butler’s well-loved novel Parable of the Sower. What an amazing read! In Parable of the Sower, it’s 2024, and the United States has become a deadly place where people must band together in order to protect themselves from thieves, scavengers, and predators. In this environment, the protagonist, Lauren Olamina, prepares for the imminent fall of her community and begins to intuit a new religion called Earthseed. The premise of Earthseed is that God is change, and by accepting this truth we can shape God. Parable of the Sower is a wonderful novel—it spoke to me on so many levels.

Making Plans

As is my tradition, at the end of one year, I begin to visualize what I’d like to create in the coming year. Over the past several months, I’ve often heard my cousin Kevin say that 2012 is a year of planting seeds, and 2013 will be the year that the seeds planted will come to fruition. This observation rings true for me too. 2012 has been an amazing year, so far. This year I have:

  • Ended a primary relationship because it no longer served who I wanted to be.
  • Moved to a new place.
  • Began the purchase process of a house.
  • Embarked on a project that I’ve always wanted to do.

Although all the fruits of my labor have not yet manifested, the value of this experience is immeasurable. I continue to have the opportunity to listen to the small voice within that guides me toward the life of my dreams. As 2012 comes to an end and we face the dawn of a new year full of possibility and endless potential, I urge you to “go confidently in the direction of your dreams”.

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