You know the old saying, "You never know what you have until you've lost it", or the saying, "distance makes the heart grow fonder?", or, "the grass is always greener on the other side"? All of which, unfortunately, connect to not realizing how good we have it when we have it, right? As much as I realized how special my time on Cape Cod was this past year, I am even more appreciative now that I'm settling into my L.A. groove again. Cape Cod is a very special place that I hold near and dear to my heart. <3
Isn't it such a funny dynamic when things are exactly the same, and at the same time, completely different? I grew up on Cape Cod but left to experience the south went I went off to college in South Carolina. After graduating, I went back to the Cape for what I thought would be 'just a summer', until that turned into 3 years. After which, I knew it was time to head west. I stayed in L.A. for 4 years and when I came back to the Cape this past year, nothing had changed, yet everything was different!
Many of my childhood friends were still around, as well as my family, but the life that I knew before leaving, was non existent--I had changed. I had know idea just how significantly this would impact my experience being back on Cape Cod! It took awhile before realizing that I needed to get out, and create a renewed way of living there, probably because I only planned on staying for 'a summer'. Check out my bliss from that summer in this post: http://gowiththeglow.net/2012/07/25/shavasana/.
Apparently a "summer on Cape Cod" is not enough for me. Cape Cod has a way of grabbing hold of my soul, so that I can continue to discover myself and grow.
It is with great pride and joy that I share with you my love for Cape Cod. It's a beautiful place with beautiful people and discoveries to be made. The community that I became a part of was such a gift that I am eternally grateful for!
Community is essential to our livelihood and fulfillment. Do you have one? I hope I can inspire you to make an intention to connect with yours, by showing you what supported me these past 14 months.
I finally felt like I was at home when I discovered Power Yoga of Cape Cod in Harwich, MA. I heard first mention of it when I was buying clothes at the Lululemon in Hingham, in the South Shore. The sales woman told me that the owner, Jill Abraham, was an amazing teacher and that I should check out one of her classes! I made a note, but it probably took about 6 months before I made my way down Cape to do so.
That one class changed everything for me. I felt for the first time, that that is where I was supposed to be. Because of that yoga studio, I made some wonderful friends and started having some fun too!
My life wouldn't have been complete without my Naam Yoga Cape Cod community either! The Cape is blessed with some beautiful Naamie's! One of which holds weekly classes in her studio at home in West Barnstable. Her name is Michele Damelio. She and her community are doing some amazing heart centered, healing events! The Sound Healing Events were Naamazing!
What would I do without Cape Cod Natural Foods in Centerville!? Or the other Natural Foods Markets in Dennisport and Chatham?! People are always complaining about the fact that we don't have a Whole Foods yet, but you can get all that, and more, at these mom and pops shops, my friends! There may not be a deli, but Dennisport has a smoothie and juice bar! Not to mention, it's across the street from Power Yoga Cape Cod's newly opened second studio!
I also would have been lost without my dear friend and mentor, Patricia Schlehueber of Works of Art Healing. Her bright light is blessing the Cape everywhere she goes! She is a wealth of Divine Spiritual Wisdom as well as an intuitive healer. Our Common Ground dates were the highlights of my time there! I love you Patricia! xoxo
Which brings me to my next love--The Common Ground Cafe on Main St. in Hyannis. What a great little quirky community with healthy meals, smoothies, juices and teas. It's always been my favorite--those yerba mate tea's are the best! Along with Earthly Delights in Osterville--Tom is a trip! The Tempeh Reuben sandwich is heavenly, and they have plenty of vegan treats and eats on the daily! And finally, we have our very own vegan restaurant on Main St. in Hyannis! Thank you to Nate for opening the first and only one of it's kind--a raw, vegan, gluten free and vegetarian cafe--The Green Lotus Cafe! His menu is definitely evolving and is a buzzing place to be, to enjoy yummy, healthy food!
Looking for fun? For local events? For creating a strong network of fresh, young energy? Thank God for Love Live Local and the girls behind that incredible vision! http://lovelivelocal.com/. Jen Villa, Amanda Converse and Kate Sheehan, you girls rock!
The Cape is blessed with many yogis and healers, one of which is a delightful woman who is an Ayurvedic Pracitioner in Dennis. Her name is Julie Wardwell of Chalice Wellness. She brought my body back to balance and restored my health through the healing practices of Ayurveda.
I think it's safe to say, that with these few mentions, you have all the info you need to create a great life on Cape Cod, whether it's permanent or temporary. This one's for you Mary Catherine Starr http://www.marycatherinestarr.com/ and Ben Veneria--the newest members to Cape Cod :)
Cape Cod is always in my heart and I hope it opens yours too, if it hasn't already.
Remember, "Wherever you go, there you are." Make it a priority to get involved in a community that supports and sustains your livelihood!
What do you like to do? Reach out and make connections with whatever makes you happy!
In health and happiness,