After a pretty tough year, Dad is back to good health, is home and settled in to his "new normal" and is actually driving again. He is my hero and has given me a glimpse into where I got my drive and persistence. If I'm honest, I'd tell you that I never thought he would ever make it home. If he was honest, he'd tell you that he never thought I would realize my dream of buying this property and turning into a viable business. And yet here we both are to tell each other's stories and support each other through our challenges and experiences. So cool!
He is so happy to be home and I am so happy to be back in NH and settling back into my own life again. I finished up my classroom schedule and quickly geared up for opening day at King PIne Ski Area. The King Pine Ski and Snowboard School is in full swing. for the winter season. I have been quite been quite busy keeping up with it all and haven't really been very good at simple self care.
The holidays were a blur, but it was wonderful to take Christmas Day off to head down to RI and spend the day with family. It was the first time we were all together since my Mom and my brother Kevin passed and since my Dad had his health challenges. It was wonderful to sit around the table and share stories about our experiences, growth, lessons and how Mom and Kevin let us each know they were around. So much love around that table with each of us suffering way too much loss in such a short amount of time.
I was so happy to finally get on skis this week and for the first time in a long time, I could feel my brain drowning in that wonderful serotonin surge I feel when I'm sliding on snow. That peaceful, easy feeling that literally soothes my soul and rejuvenates my spirit. I definitely need more of that and less of the busyness!
I finally had a couple of well deserved days off and I literally stayed home, practiced deep breathing and allowed myself to cozy up in front of the fire and let my mind wander. No plans. No lists. No chores. Nothing. I simply let my mind wander as I watched the flames flicker in the fireplace. As my mind wandered, I found myself thinking about spring. And about a grand opening event. And hosting weddings. And events I'd like to hold at Ripple. I started taking notes, making lists and formulating plans! And so it goes.
I know myself enough to know that when my mind is idle and I allow my body to rest, my creative juices flow, my passion takes over, the ideas flow and I get clear about what's next.
Stay tuned for more info about our late spring Open House, our program and event schedule, discussion groups and opportunities to book our venue for your program, small group gathering or event. I'm even exploring the possibility of a hosting a few small weddings on this spectacular property.
I'm excited for what's in store for this spring and summer! In the meantime, if you're interested in coming up for a quiet getaway, check out our VRBO rooms at https://www.vrbo.com/1367010?unitId=1925362