A few months ago, it became clear that I needed to make a very serious life change. My once-thriving healing practice slowed down to a near halt, my first book didn’t explode in the way that I hoped and I received an unexpectedly intense punch to the heart from a man who wasn’t ready or able to meet me in love. The universe was screaming at me to change and the thought of spending another winter in the cold made me shudder, shiver and cower.
I sat down with myself and had a good, long, honest talk to figure out my next moves. What has been working is my deep, passionate love for hooping, teaching hoop and hoop dance performance, a profound connection to a Brazilian spiritual practice and an overwhelming love of essential oils, herbs, flowers, sensuality and exalted beauty. When I went down my list of desires, it became very clear that Rio de Janeiro is just about the best place for me to thrive during the bitter cold Canadian winter months. Rio has lush mountains, city indulgences, pristine beaches, waterfalls, botanical gardens, music, culture, and… Brazilian men; these are a few of my favourite things.
Since making that decision and booking my flight, so much magic has flooded into my life; it’s astounding. It’s a confirmation that when we are on path and on purpose, the universe does back flips in order to help our dreams come true. I am watching it all unfold and I am in utter disbelief and deepest gratitude for what is developing.
I am lucky to have many Brazilian friends in Toronto. One of them hooked me up with a friend of hers who owns a healing and detox clinic. He immediately offered me a space to work and a space to continue to teach aromatherapy. Sensual living is coming to Rio!
I recently connected with a beautiful filmmaker who offered to shoot, edit and polish a professional hoop video (coming very soon, it’s so hot). My intention is to bring hooping (Bambole in Portuguese) to Brazil and introduce those hip-shaking Brazilian women to the ecstatic joy and sheer gyrating sexiness of the hoop. I believe that this is going to be HUGE. Wish me luck. I have some amazing videos planned and am so excited.
I met a beautiful soul sister named Rita from Sao Paolo who connected me into the biggest circus companies in Rio. That, along with an amazing list from my friend Kiki, I have more contacts in Brazil than I do in Canada for hoop performance. It’s all happening.
I lined up a place to stay with a friend of a friend for the first two weeks and I currently have 4 beautiful Brazilians looking for suitable accommodation for my time in Rio. (Craigslist and Air BnB are dangerous places and many have gotten ripped off or robbed, eek). Their generosity touches my heart deeply.
When I was getting my visa, I serendipitously ran into a Brazilian friend at the consulate. I was told that because of the length of my trip (3 months), I couldn’t get the visa without an introduction letter from someone who lives there. My Brazilian friend immediately whipped out citizenship card and wrote a letter of intent and her parents contacts. Boom, and it was done.
There are more blessings to come and some very exciting things that are currently in the works. It’s basically a tsunami of sparkles, light and joy (mixed in with a sliver of “holy sh*t, what am I doing). I have never felt more alive.
So wish me luck and please send prayers. I have lived in many places all over the world but this one feels different. This one feels like a life-changer. I have a crazy amount to do in a very short period of time once I get there. Hooping, writing, photography, healing, being healed, making hoops, shooting videos and did I mention that I speak almost no Portuguese? I sure love a challenge. I was guided to go to Brazil and I trust completely in the unfolding.
Stay tuned for more. Please like me on facebook: sensualliving or on twitter: sensual_living and please check out my website while you are here. This is a really thrilling time in my life and I am so excited to share it with you.
Bambole Brazil! Here I come….
I am leaving Dec 5. You will hear from me before then.