Sunday, December 31, 2017


Well tonight is New Year's Eve! 

Today is the last day of  2017. A time to give pause and remember what the year was like. So as we head into this next year, with a coffee and dash of Frangelico in my hand and a bit of a head cold, the first things that I am reminded of is the importance of health.

I am grateful for so many things that happened this year. As I look back it has been quite the incredible journey. Often we get caught up in all the little seemingly mundane things of life and forget to look at the bigger picture.

This year began in turmoil for me. I was in the Reconciliation Carving Program at Langara and just trying to process all the energy, positive and negative, the information, the education and enlightenment and awareness, trying to deal with my energy interacting with others...was extremely challenging. The greatest gift was that I had loving support from friends and family and I had my art. My art is my medicine. Whether it was putting my feelings down on my blog, or carving them out in a piece of wood, my art saved my life this year. I am very grateful and humble. I thank God, the Multiverse, my Ancestors, my child, my family and my neighbors and total strangers for helping me, for lifting me when I fell and carrying me when I really thought I just wasn't going to make it. I had some really dark times this year.

Why am I sharing this?...because I hope it can help others. To let you know that when you are in a really dark place, reach out, as difficult and scary and humiliating as it can be...reach out, someone will help. It may not come in the form you think or from who you think. The world (life) will surprise you. It surprises me ALL the time.

For that I am grateful. So grateful. Thank you! 
Thank you so much for everyone, 
every energy that helped me this year.  

What does this next year hold for Angel and I? I really have no clue. I am putting my positive thoughts and energies into finding a new home for us, a new community that will accept, love, support and nurture us and that we can reciprocate. 

If you had told me we would actually make it to Mexico this year, I might not have believed you. But I set a date and just kept saying it and telling it to people and it happened. I didn't believe it really until Aaron Nelson Moody- my carving instructor/mentor told me "you'll do it!" And just like that, I felt I could. I needed someone to believe in me and help me believe in myself again. Was it easy, has it been easy, the beginning it was very difficult, we had lots of issues with many many things, but we just kept being positive and things have worked out.

We have 2 more months here . We need a home. I am hoping Salt Spring will be the answer to our prayers.  Please think positive thoughts for us. What is my real wish for 2018. My wish is that I get a Tinyhouse and that it can be put on a piece of land by some water but someplace where I can have a beautiful garden and implement permaculture and basically make my Pinterest Vision Board come true. Build popbottle greenhouses and barrel composts and well try to live off the land as best we can, exploit it for what we need but love it and care for it. To nurture it and let it nurture us. Do you have a little piece of land that I can use, have, rent, buy??? and can you help me build a Tinyhouse? or do you have one to give me or do you want to trade for art...can you help me? can I help you?

Tonight is the Karma Cleansing at Shambhala, it's has been 5 years since the last time we attended one and poor Shambhala has really had some hard times with earthquakes, hurricanes and so many things. It's getting older, as the owner Gloria is,  as we all are. I don't know when I can come back to Zipolite, could be another 5 years..and I am not sure if Shambhala will be here or not.  

So tonight is very very special.

I am going to really embrace this experience for the love that is put into the celebration. For the gathering of souls coming to experience and express their oneness. We are one! 

That was my main lesson this year, from my Reconciliation Carving Classes, from the Elder Shane Pointe, from so many beautiful people I have met, the message is being shouted loud and clear...


We need to think like that, when you hurt someone, you hurt yourself, and vice versa...and we are one with Mother Earth. When we hurt her or one of her creations, we hurt.

So LOVE each other! 
Take care of YOURSELF. 

A powerful message I received this year...was "put the oxygen mask on yourself first!"
You can't help others if you can't save yourself. It's like the lifeguards/salvavidas swimming out to the person drowning without the boogie board/life are going to drown too!

That is why I shut down my other blog. I was drowning.

On the upside I found myself this year. I was lost. I didn't know who I really was but then with lots of research and soul searching I found my roots and balance and made peace with myself and with others. So this year really was a healing journey for me. My healing year I guess. I am still on my journey, I guess we all are. I am not sure it where this next year will take me...

But I FEEL ALIVE NOW! I feel healthy and happy and energized and even though life is still a struggle and I have worries, I am pushing forward knowing it's going to be okay and reminding myself, reach out, ask for help. I hope you will do the same.

I am so blessed and I know it and I am truly grateful. And so as we head into 2018 I send LOVE and LIGHT and put you ALL IN A BUBBLE OF LOVE so that you can be protected and safe. May this year surprise us all with positive things, may we create lots of positive energy and spread and share love with all we meet. LET LOVE BE CONTAGIOUS! When I touch you, or you read my words, you CATCH it!! I LOVE YOU!

Here's to 2018, may it me my best year YET!! 
Hugs and Kisses!
Besos y Abrazos!

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2017

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