We’re back from our honeymoon! Here are some highlights and reflections from our 3 month trip across Canada.
The last blog post I wrote was over 3 months ago – when we were just starting our honeymoon tour across Canada to visit as many Canada Parks as we could.
Though we had planned to make YouTube videos, write blogs, and post lots of photos on Facebook during our adventure, the logistics just weren’t there to do so. We often found ourselves in places where we did not have the cell reception, internet access nor electrical outlets.
So I hand-wrote about our adventure in my journal and we took lots of photos – deciding to take in every moment fully as it was happening and to share about it later when we got home.
I’m glad we decided to share our trip retrospectively because it was only after returning home that I realized more fully what kind of impact this trip had on me.
Here is a quick summary of what has kept us busy over the past 3 months:
- Exploring new landscapes that awed and inspired us. Had no idea that Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan would be so breathtaking.
- Observing wildlife that were just doing their own thing, mostly ignoring us (except for one curious black bear who was checking us out while we were trying to decide where to set up our tent for the night. We decided not to stay at that particular spot that night after all).
- Deciding where to go for the next great sunset view, and figuring out how to get there
- When we got to where we were going – settling into what would be our new outdoor home for the next night or two.
- Trying to plan and make meals with minimal cooking equipment.
- Visiting and catching up with old friends that were scattered across the country
Some of the most meaningful experiences I had on our adventure were:
- offering tobacco (as a gift of gratitude) to plants we saw across the country.
- being by the oceans and seeing whales on both the east and west coasts.
- seeing different animal species interacting with each other.
- making the effort to spend time in places that weren’t that easy to get to, and enjoying the views there.
- meeting for the first time, some of my husband’s friends who he hadn’t seen in years.
- spending time with friends and getting a peek into their lives and what makes them tick.
- appreciating my husband for his navigation skills.
- enjoying simple meals in beautiful places.
The trip was a reminder for what my most important values are, and what I need to feel satisfied.
I think what surprised me most about our tour across the country was that after a while, being in nature surrounded by beautiful scenery started to feel normal.
It was normal to see waterfalls, black bears, climb mountains, and drink spring water. I started to feel at home in nature.
This felt great.
My Experience Coming Back Home Surprised Me
It struck me when we returned to our house in the city, how weird it felt to have so much stuff waiting for us. When we were traveling, we brought the very minimal. We didn’t buy many things because we didn’t have room for it. We only had one knife to prepare meals, one plate and fork each, a small cooler, only a few changes of clothes, etc.
I spent the first few days back at our house de-cluttering and ended up with a pile of things to donate.
Also, being back in the city, it was strange to always have the option to turn on a light and to access the internet. I had enjoyed going to sleep when it got dark and not always being able to plug-in – but now that I’m back at home there is a compulsion to do work and to look things up on my phone whenever I need an answer to a question.
I’m going to try my best to keep the habits I developed on the trip and continue to:
- give gratitude to our nature allies and the gifts they have to offer us
- spend more time with friends
- spend less time doing work, especially when it gets dark outside
- take more breaks away from the screen
- make the effort to spend time in nature -even if it doesn’t always feel convenient to, it’s worth it
- buy less things
- appreciate the amenities that I have in the city, but don’t be wasteful
- show people how they can connect with their nature allies in meaningful ways
It’s not always easy to feel connected with nature if you live in a city, but it’s possible.
One way I’ve learned is to connect with nature within you.
It’s true, nature is within us. The 5 elements in nature: earth, air, water, wood and fire is what we’re all made up of.
These nature allies or elements within help us to restore balance in our lives and to overcome our biggest life challenges.
Upon returning from my trip, I received new insights and inspiration to help people to connect with their nature allies in specific ways so that you can overcome self-doubt, procrastination and mind chatter. The steps can be found in my signature program called The Path Clearing Process. The program can be experienced as a self-paced digital program or through one-on-one sessions that we do in-person or over the phone.
Lea Tran is a Plant Spirit Medicine Healer and creator of The Path Clearing Process, a program that helps you to overcome your self-doubt by connecting you with the wisdom of your nature allies. Yes, you have specific allies in nature who are here to support you in reaching your true potential in the most balanced and fulfilling way. Want to meet them? Let’s chat.