“Follow your heart and soul. Dare to Dream. Be one of life’s little miracles, and see where the journey takes you” ~ Crystal Blue
Readers of this blog were introduced to the remarkable Crystal Blue a couple of months back; she’s the teacher (and mom) who moved to Mexico to raise her (then 6 year old) daughter in a life void of Western trappings; you know, things like excessive television and computers; mass consumerism, and weekly trips to the Olive Garden for dinner and all-you-can-eat bread sticks – a move that changed both hers, and daughter River’s lives in the most incredible ways. Since her last post, life has been anything but dull for this dynamic duo, having moved on from Mexico to live on an atoll in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific. This week I asked Crystal if she’d update their incredible story for our readers, and she obliged less than 24 hours later!
And you know what the “Extra-Special Bonus” is? She just happens to be an incredible photographer, as her pictures attest! Thank-you so much Crystal! You rock!
I was invited by David Knapp-Fisher to write an original blog for y’all, and when I reflected on what topic to cover, I thought that it all comes back to one thing. One theme.
My dreams have led me to paradise, it’s as simple as that. People ask me how I can do what I do, and this is exactly what I tell them, because I do not have any “secret information”, only dreams… dreams that used to keep me up at night; dreams that would follow me, tugging, yelling, night after night as I lay in bed. But instead of ignoring them, quelling or covering them up, or channeling my “dream energy” elsewhere into more “acceptable forums” in western society, I did what few people do and followed them. I decided that if my dreams were such a part of my daily life, and since they were beckoning so hard, then there was something to them and it just might pay me some good to listen to what they had to say. So finally, I gave in and said “Okay” to them, deciding to throw my life to the wind, and try these dreams on for size. The way I saw it, I had nothing to lose but everything. And nothing to gain but everything. And, more rightfully so, when I thought about it, I had nothing to lose but nothing. And in that moment of decision, my life changed forever.
There are three quotes that have become my motto, and they are:
- “Don’t get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life”
- “Anyone, at any time, has the power to make their dreams come true”
- “She turned her “cant’s” into “cans” and her “dreams” into “plans”
I put these three quotes together. The nothing I had to lose was the nothing my life had become. I am completely guilty of forgetting who I was, and standing by while another life took shape and form until, before I knew it, I was unrecognizable to myself. And I thought, how damaging to my soul. I had capped myself off of my innate abilities in life in order to surrender to the world I was living in. And I finally just didn’t want to do it anymore.
The everything I had to gain was everything. I am now a part of the universe. I live on a remote island in the Pacific. A land most far removed from any other place in the world. A country with no stop lights, a country with no veterinarian or psychiatrist. A country with boats. Lots of boats. A country made up of many islands, and a time difference into the future of life, surrounded by water, isolated by stars. A place with coconuts and fish and tall palm trees and blue water, a Pacific Ocean so deep and unexplored, islands uninhabited, with purple jellyfish and purple coral and sharks and eels and coconut crabs. A world unexplored in a world of today. It seems impossible to be, yet we are here.
I have found it. The place in my dreams. Figuratively, in isolation and freedom and happiness and remote beauty, in raw natural form and in beautiful colors and unknown routines; and literally, in a paradise, full of beautiful sunsets, warm breezes and far away from the rest of world. A place free of technological expectations and promotions and stress, of drama and negativity and comparisons and hatred. Tucked away on my tiny atoll, I have figured out how to master living by heart. And following dreams, and listening to your soul; for when your soul speaks, it usually has something special to say… and it’s our job to listen to it.
I have realized in all of this, that the universe never lets us fall flat. When we are vulnerable, when we get to that point, something will always appear to lift us up. Someone will enter our life, an opportunity will present itself, and life will align itself to make a new plan. It is up to us, the beholders of our souls, to decide what that new plan will be. And to decide if it is allowed or unaccepted. Should we turn away, we never know. Should we proceed, we see.
I proceeded and I see that life is really beautiful, when we are free. Free to be ourselves, and free to believe. Free to explore, and free to achieve. Free to live our dreams, and free to live life. In finding our own place, we arrive. In setting our own limits, we strive. In grabbing our life by the reigns really tight, we have only one future, and we put it in sight. Follow your dreams if you want to see what can happen when you say “I just want to be me”.
You can now find me in the Marshall Islands with my 7 year old daughter, River, adventuring, learning, sharing, and loving, every second of this life. Nature is our world here and world-class adventures are our specialty. I teach kindergarten here to Marshallese children, and moonlight as a professor at the College of the Marshall Islands, doing PhD research, dream life coaching, and am writing my first book, “The Enlightened Globetrekker”. I free-dive. I swim. I write. My life is full, and I have everything I want and need… And how often can most of us say that?
I believe that our world is one place, not one country; and our dreams aren’t meant to be dreams. In my heart, I am there. There is nothing to long for, nothing to regret. This is the life, and I have made it. The rest is cake and frosting. I will never not follow my heart and soul from this point forward, after doing so for the past year and a half out here in the beautiful world. It is a complete transformation of life as we know it. It is challenging and rewarding and balanced organically in a way that is truly a miracle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
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