Finding home

Doing nothing brought about an opportunity for me to stay in Sioux Falls, SD until October!  This makes my heart sing so loudly.  Surrendering to whatever may come sounds all fabulous and delightful, but for me, it takes great courage, lots of workouts and daily meditations.  Literally, out of nowhere, I received a phone call to interview for a temp job that earlier in the week had decided to go with someone who could start earlier.  Apparently, that did not work out for the company and within moments of the phone interview the director and I hit it off. I knew that this was the position I wanted in the city I have grown so fond of.  Perfection!

I have been in Sioux Falls just about 9 weeks and I love it here.  What is it that makes this place so perfect for me right now?  The couple I live with, Jess and Tom is the main reason.  They not only opened their room for me to live in, they have invited me to share life with them in a wonderful loving home!  We share cooking each week.  It is fantastic to have a reciprocal experience with cooking!  It is great cooking for them and then to experience being cooked for. It lightens the load for all of us and we are happy to do it!   They have no idea how much that means to me. Having someone to say good morning to and to hear have a great day makes life sweeter.  Just renting a room in this home has brought life back to parts of me I thought died long ago.  It is refreshing and at times brings tears to my eyes.

It has been several years since I lived in a happy home.  Now that I am back in one, I am not quite ready to leave it.  Certainly, I can find another great place to rent, but I feel home lives here.  Thankfully, Jess and Tom were up for keeping me a little bit longer.  They have a phenomenal relationship.  Quite honestly, I have plenty of experience in unhealthy relationships.  Witnessing a healthy loving one first hand is spectacular.  Not only do they love each other, they respect, look out for and enjoy each other all the while they have separate and share interests.  They have not lost or sacrificed a sense of themselves in order to be in the relationship.  Fascinating!

A few other things that make this place good for me are people and activities.  I have met so many great people here who are not just nice; they are kind! This time of year, Sioux Falls is filled with festivals, great weather, music and outdoor patio bars. Just today I enjoyed a downtown parade, live music, Falls Park, lunch at the diner and a cider at Remedy with a new friend who has lived here all of their life.  The stories are so different than where I grew up.  By the time I leave here I hope to be able to talk about the location of things using North, South, East, and West correctly!  So that when a patient tells me their room is on the east side of the house I will know where to look because right now I have no idea where to go.

I am excited to experience fall here as well.  The tree-lined streets are delightful with their bright green leaves.  The color change in the fall should be equally spectacular.  Then I will bounce out of here before the snow stars.  Yes, that could be considered cheating, but I am okay with that!

At the end of the day, if Jess and Tom could not keep me until October, I would not have stayed in Sioux Falls.  They make this experience worthwhile as I continue to come home to myself.

Thank you so much, Jess and Tom!

Namaste!

Kristin Springfield
Grateful Housemate
Surrendering one breath at a time

When you don’t know what to do…..

Embracing this new gypsy style life includes plenty of unknowns.  I am halfway through my assignment in lovely Sioux Falls.  It has been amazing for the first half and I am positive the last half will bring just as much magic!  At the same time, I have NO idea what is next.  It is not time to plan for my next assignment because my available start date is too far out for the jobs listed currently.  So what should I do?  It is not an emergency, yet I can feel the panic turning up the volume every passing day.

My only obligation is to be present and enjoy now.  That certainly sounds simple enough, right?  My inner panic is trying to kick into high gear!  Panic is busy yelling about where will you live next, and will there be enough money to eat.  Thankfully I turn to my heart for guidance rather than allowing my panicking 7-year-old self to call the shots.  With the help of a very trusted friend, I received a wonderful lesson to consider in times like this, and my heart sang!

The first step, check to make sure the situation is not an emergency.  This is certainly not an emergency.

The second step, when you don’t know what to do, do nothing.

Nothing is required of me at this moment.  Life, Spirit, God and/or the Universe have a way of working things out and bringing exactly what is needed at the right time as long as I get out of the way. Doing nothing for me really means get out of the way and stop thinking so much!  That is easier said than done, but worth it every time I actually pull it off.

In the meantime of doing nothing, I plan to ride my new bike to the 605 Summer Classic music festival coming up this weekend in downtown Sioux Falls!

Namaste!

Kristin Springfield
getting busy doing nothing
Let Go, Let God

 

 

I feel biking coming on!

I made a significant investment in my inner child today.  Over the past 30 years, the focus has been on collecting responsibility.  Now I have reached a place in my life where shedding responsibility and exploring have taken over!   Today that investment looks like a few new items: bike rack, bike, glitter streamers and a rainbow helmet that lights up.  My soul already feels lighter!  There is a road bike in my garage that happened to be about 2000 miles away.  That bike is 10 years and has seen me through all kinds of life events.  After 2 knee surgeries, I had to hang up my running shoes and find another form of exercise.  Biking seemed perfect.  At that phase of my life, I used to exercise to soothe my stress.  Hell, I still do, but with less panic or sense of urgency. Yet much like the need for new luggage before I left home since the old luggage carried so much emotional baggage with it, the old bike does the same with regards to exercise.

When I left home the end of March, biking did not cross my mind.  Hiking was my focus, but now that I am in Sioux Falls something has shifted.  I simply love this town and everything about it.  There happen to be 26 miles of bike trails around the city.  I have run a handful of those miles and borrowed my housemates’ bikes for a few more of them.  I have been pining to ride more of the trails to simply explore.  This desire is not about stress relief, escaping emotional discomfort or weight loss.  This is all about the craving exploration around the town with a smile on my face!

Entering a small local bike shop, Spoke-N-Sport, made my heart sing!  Walking in the door, I was greeted by a wonderfully knowledgeable salesman, Pete.  I explained that I am traveling all over the country so I need a rack that can withstand that abuse and one that I can navigate alone while getting in and out of the back of the car often.  Guess what?!  Yakima already solved my problem with a 34-pound drop-down rack!

Next step was to find a bike that met my new life need; fun!  Rather than sticking to paved roads, I wanted to try my hand at gravel and dirt trails.  Yes, I remember that usually, I steer clear of any kind of “mountain biking”.  This is more of a dirt path kind of bike that navigates small molehills well.  It is a giant step for me!  How could I resist when the bike of choice is purple?

Next was to find a helmet that expresses my desire of riding for fun exploration.  My eyes scanned the wall and locked in on my dream helmet.  Sadly, it was a helmet for 8 to 14-year-olds.  Expressing my sadness to Pete, his eyes lit up as he told me to try it on because they sent a large one.  My hands were on the helmet before he finished his sentence.  Before I placed it on my head, my new BFF Pete stopped me to turn on the glittering lights embedded in the front of this helmet.  I swear I squealed with delight!  It was too big, but Pete promised me they could add the needed padding.  Many friends report that I have such a small face, apparently, they are right.  My head is smaller than a 14-year-old!

The last step was all about accessories!  Spotting the glitter streamers brought me right back to childhood and college.  Like most young ones, I had streamers on my bike.  When I went off to college I had a bike to get me around campus that I tricked out with blue glitter streamers.  Oddly enough, someone stole my streamers just before I went home for the summer.  If they needed the joy of streamers, I’d gladly given mine to them.  It only seemed right to bring new glitter streamers to life again at this point in my life!

My plan is to ride off into the sunset on my purple bike with pink glitter streamers wearing my light up rainbow helmet laughing and smiling from ear to ear.  Who wants to join me along Sioux Falls bike trails?  We can always stop to do yoga under a tree!

Namaste!
Kristin Springfield
Happy biker chick