This is the second installment of a traveling to fill your spirit story I wrote for myself about a trip to Spain I mad 3 summers ago. It is included in this blog because hopefully it will inspire my single mid-life sisters to get out and do things that scare them or at least are fun because it makes us more aware and alive. To read part Uno, click here.
Remember I was just contemplating why I should not go to Spain and visit the young, enticing Ricardo while he is studying Spanish for the summer….
But then the wheels start turning in my head. Julia Cameron author of the “Artists Way” says that one way to unblock ourselves as artists is to allow ourselves to have small pieces of our dreams if we cannot fully realize our dreams immediately. I want to live in Spain but I cannot arrange that immediately therefore isn’t it better to have one week in Spain than no time in Spain at all? Wouldn’t Julia tell me to go for it? And what about that creative block stuff? I stopped working on my novel about three weeks ago, finding one excuse after another not to work on it in the mornings when I had supposedly carved out time to write. Maybe I need a little dream indulgence magic to get it going again. I am also at a place in my writing career when it is time to expand my audience from the 60,000 that read the weekly paper to which I regularly contribute. A new angle is needed since I am committed to them in terms of the types of stories I write. Then there is the spiritual aspect to traveling that feeds my soul and puts me in the ultimate “the-Universe-will-provide-what-I-need” mystical state of being. I long to see the world and I’m not going to see it making excuses and staying at home. I am at the middle of my life and the days of traveling comfortably are becoming more limited with each passing year.
Then it hits me. What if I can write a story about my trip? A story that can be sold Nationally? Then if I can find the money to go I can write the expense of the trip off my taxes as a business expense. Great! But what to write about? Where will the money come form? I am not going to depend on a 24 year old party animal to make my trip to Barcelona worthy of National publication. No, there must be a better angle. I decide that if this trip is to come to fruition the Universe will provide a way.
A few days later I am in my Thursday afternoon yoga class with my teacher, Nora Pozzi. Nora is cool. She is from South America and speaks Spanish which opens up a lot of opportunities for her. During an asana while listening to her Latina accent my heart jumps. There is a yoga studio near Barcelona where Nora went to teach the previous year. I told her then that I wanted to go there to and teach yoga but there were the problems of: A) I am not qualified to teach yoga and B) I do not speak Spanish. The link to Nora (and ultimately me) is the woman who owns the yoga center is from Richmond. Maybe I could get a local or statewide commitment for a story about her initially then sell a bigger story about the center and yoga to a national publication. Karmic inspiration- YES! I ask Nora for the contact information for Kirana Stovers at Integral Yoga Barcelona.
Now that I had the story angle I needed to find the money to go. As an untried freelancer there would be little chance of me selling this story ahead of time much less getting someone to pay for it. Not impossible mind you but given the short time frame (it was May and the time to go on the trip was June) not likely even for someone with my chutzpah to sell it. How is the Universe going to swing this one?