“I do it for the joy it brings, cause I’m a joyful girl. ‘Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world.” — Ani Difranco
I don’t know much on the greater scale of things, but there are a few things I have always known:
I have always known there are no defining rules, only defining moments.
I have always felt the energy of “life” flow inside of me.
I have always known I wasn’t obligated to the rules of convention or governed by the ideas of others.
I have always known the greatest pleasure I’ll ever feel is connecting with other beings and sharing an authentic moment.
I have always known someday I would share the world with my child.
Yes, life is the greatest mystery and it was never meant to be unraveled. Instead, life is meant to be experienced and enjoyed.
These are the guiding principals that light our path and define the journey of how we our lives.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
I am Lainie, mother of a beautiful soul named Miro. By the time we left on our journey, he was 10 years old. I have been entrusted with the responsibility of his well being, welfare and eduction and it is truly an honor. His presence in my life has been the greatest gift of all and he has given me the strength to follow inspiration.
The most painful words a single mom could ever hear are “Mom, you never spend anytime with me. You are always working.” And I heard those words from my young son Miro on almost a daily basis. And each time, my heart broke. Something had to give, and it did big time. So, in 2009 Lainie we gave up our lives in sunny California to explore the world. The idea was to take a one year break then return to the States and pick up where they left off. After all, what other choice was there? But just 8 months into their trip, we knew we would never return to our old lives again as something shifted inside both of us. Something powerful. And something very profound.
Let’s reconnect with what really matters.
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