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10 years ago today. Led by the charge of a feisty red headed mare, I packed up everything and moved to the Santa Ynez Valley. After paying the movers that day there was $15.00 left to my name. In that truck was not only stuff, but boxes full of dreams and fears. I barely knew a soul here yet followed her lead.
I had quit acting, something I spent 17 years investing in, along with 3+ jobs and my mare had a chronic lameness, whose best chance at healing was space and movement.
I was happy.
I’ll never forget cresting over the 154 pass out of Santa Barbara, and crying giant tears of joy by Lake Cachuma - feeling totally free. Like the wild horses I had been spending time with, full unbridled freedom had taken over my body. I was comfortable for the first time in life with absolute free-falling, that mare was my wings.
Stepping back, 2005, my first real website for photography work. I wrote a little something like this “I hope to one day, set up a studio, in the country, in a barn, surrounded by horses. For 9.75 years now I have lived in a loft over a barn in this incredibly beautiful place.
Everything hasn’t been perfect, there have been plenty of ups and downs. Hell, today was challenging...yet still, every single day I wake up with huge gratitude for the gift of living somewhere so special. I couldn’t even begin to say it all in this post. The people, the air, the views, the horses, the wine(omit the cost of living😬). I haven’t traveled near as much as I want to, yet, I’ve traveled quite a bit...this place is special. I may not be able to stay forever but I am sure grateful for the time here. Truly. I feel it’s like no where else.
If I think back to that writing I did in 2005 - it’s proof of what we’re capable of manifesting. If we just put our hearts in it. .
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