This Weekend

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image: our bedroom

Oh how I look forward to writing this post every week. I love recapping my thoughts, successes, failures, and feelings of a week…don’t you think that is important? This week has been strange, full of movement, adjustment, and the feeling of beginning new. We finally made it back home as in I got to sleep in my own bed for the first time in over a month and a half. I had such appreciation for the simplest things upon returning home…I mean even having my favorite toothpaste felt like a luxury. My feather pillow and memory foam mattress felt like heaven. I have never been happier and more content than I did coming home yesterday.

Traveling has been one of the best experiences in my life. At times it was rough especially being sick, but I walked away with the deepest understanding of contentment and how little we actually need in life. We lived out of 2 small suit cases and a backpack for the whole time we have been traveling. Coming home to my closet seemed overwhelming and this morning when I got dressed, before coming in the office, I went straight back to my suitcase without thinking. I was used to wearing my chambray for 3 days in a row, what can I say? My understanding of essentials and good quality clothing is even better than it was before I left.

I did not just take away an understanding of contentment but also an understanding of the importance of movement has a creative. This may just be me but while traveling I began to see a whole new side of my style, taste, and passion for what I do. Paris was the only place I have been where I fully felt comfortable wearing what I wanted and the inspiration daily was almost overwhelming, but then on the other hand wandering through the winding streets of small Italian towns showed me the importance of quiet, living in the moment, and the expectation of quality. I realized through this all that as creatives we need new environments. We need to move. We need to be uncomfortable and we need to change our scenery. Staying put is no good…this does not mean you must be a vagabond and never have a place to call home, but it means more than I ever thought you must go.

Mike and I came home knowing that it is more important to have less, buy less, and focus on our craft and finding what inspires us. We plan to spend more of our time traveling, seeing things, finding something we hadn’t found before. We also came back with a deeper understanding of where the next year is headed. I want to explain more of this, but we are currently doing a lot of work on it and I feel we need more time before sharing it fully, but honestly I am more excited than ever for 2013.

For almost 2 weeks I have not known how to sum up all my thoughts and I think they will continue to come to me as I figure out how to relay them to you all. I am still decompressing all that happened, all I saw, all that has changed in me. But what I will say to all you creatives, find a way to go to the places you want. For us it meant finding a job that allowed it to make sense, but now we are creating a travel fund as well as gathering our miles in the smartest ways. Expect a post about this in the future…

I hope you all find a way to begin moving towards a goal to push yourselves as creatives. I did not expect this trip to leave me with so many things emotions, while still burning in my mind with new perspectives. But remember to enjoy and cherish your home, the little things, and the simplest of luxuries because those are the things that make life beautiful. Cheers to the freakin weekend my friends!

Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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