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  • Alexia Klompje

Ikaria landing!

I’d be fibbing if I said landing on this beautiful island on the other side of making a huge life choice to dramatically uproot my life with my 8 year old for 6 months, didn’t bring 16 hours of shell shock and a “what the actual F was I thinking?!”

 

But on the second morning in I woke up and realised… “I’m in Greece!

We did it! 

We dreamed it and made it happen!

 

As I find my groove of being brave, leaving behind familiar comforts, handing over Euros (ouch!), migrating as a single parent to a place I’ve never been before, tenderly embracing a new way of life, leaning hard on old friends (who know me well and believe in my wild dreams), & friendly local strangers here for support - I remember,

big brave moves are what really living life is about.

 

And that getting what you want can be absolutely terrifying!

Because then you really need to own how powerful you are.

And then playing small really is no longer an option.

And why do we choose to play small, to deprive ourselves of all the amazingness we can experience?

Because then we'd need to also own all the amazingness that we are, just as we are!

 

This is what this trip is already highlighting for me. And I'll highlight it for you..

 

If you can be brave enough to own and ask for what you want, then love yourself enough to get out of your own way to let yourself receive it, anything and everything is possible!

 

I shared this realisation with my daughter who's only concern when we landed was about making friends and the language barrier. And not even half an hour later, the little Greek next door neighbour popped in and off they trotted speaking the universal language of play!


I am also reminded of this quote by Elizabeth Gilbert from "Eat Pray Love":


“If you're brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”

 

 

 

We’ve only just scratched the surface but we’ve spent two full days here that already feel 3 weeks long of beautiful mountain, lush forest, crystal clear sea, precious stone beaches, and cute little villages. And this has to be the sweetest smelling island! 

 

We’re in the very magical rural seaside village of Karavostamo. Surrounded by chickens, goats, sheep, kittens, fruit trees, vegetable patches, vineyards, mountain, forest & friendly locals.

 

 

Today, I had my first online client Greek side, and home schooled my child (really just glanced over her work!), while we sat looking out over the Aegean Sea.

And I'm pinching myself every step of the way!


Some pictures from our first 2 days...




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