Elevate Your Community

July 12, 2017

Elevate Your Community

What a beautiful experience this past week has been for my soul & Moon.Flower.Child at the Levitate Music & Arts Festival.
I came to MA with myself and Meraki (the bus) and a change of clothes in a bag with some baby wipes to keep me fresh.  It was a long 2 day drive.  Making pit stops was essential for my sanity and body to rest and recover to continue the journey to the most North I have been on the East coast of the states.  Doing this business of traveling and being a Wandering.Boutique is a beautiful thing to have people reach out and offer a place to stay along the road.  I first stopped in D.C. to spend time with my dad & saw a friend who organizes a yoga festival in Maryland...Cosmic.Coincidence.  Our world is small.  Remember to step outside of the box you live in that we call our home and risk it all and go far.  You never know who you might bump into.  New friends, old friends and everyone in between.  Adventure is in your hands.
If you haven't experienced LoveLight Yoga Festival, I urge you to join us.  As this blog post is a focus on our community, LoveLight is definitely one that has a beautiful family of people that are grounded, centered and willing to both share and appreciate Time...Our most valuable way to express love for another being <3
After rejuvenating my body with some much needed rest after the first leg of 7 hours, I was prepared to continue on the rest of my journey with another 13 hours left to go.  I can tell you now, I will be coming back to NYC but it was definitely not the best part of the drive, but the most intense.  The concept of unity on the road is far from balanced.  I urge drivers to respect and observe others on the road.  If your in traffic, its not a race to beat the bus or run each other over, you will only get so far.  I can tell you that after spending 4 days in the slow lane that Slow & Steady Wins the Race. 
I finally made it to MA, and found my very classy place to stay (a Marshalls parking lot).  Road life might not be the most glamorous, but it works.  Simplicity is key.  I set my hammock up asap, had some dinner and slept the night away.  When morning came it was due to rain all day.  I knew I would be cooped up in the bus with no where else really to go.  Living on a budget sometimes can be limiting to adventure, but there are always ways.  I took advantage of the solitude I was experiencing and drove Meraki to the beach.  Free parking when it rains ~ What a concept.  A benefit for the community of Marshfield, it definitely made me feel welcome to adventure among the shores.
I was on this entire trip on my own, preparing for 20,000 people to be shopping through my bus.  I knew that this peace was much needed in order to prepare for non-stop work (and when I say that, I truly mean it!)  Meditation.  The breathe.  Calm.  Balance.  Restoration.  Serenity.  I collected my thoughts, observed my feelings and began to prepare myself for the weekend ahead.  I took the time to journal, take a guidance reading and store my strength that I would need to being working this festival solo.
Saturday: Today is the Day
I drove to the festival site bright and early after staying another night at my beloved Marshalls parking space.  I set up by the Community Soul Stage and met my neighbors.  Vending at a festival builds a sense of community in itself.  When your going to be parked next to people who are working the same hustle as you, its a wonderful thing when we can look out for each other.  We are in it together.
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself ~ Mark 12:31
When my fellow Bark Thins Chocolates rolled up next door I knew I would be munching on chocolate all weekend.  Its lucky I had an extra square reader for Jake to borrow and in return was gifted with endless surprise deposits of chocolate bags...what a blessing in return for my generosity of support for another vendor.  When you put good vibes and positive auras into the world and towards others, you don't know how or when, but the kindness will return ~ and I promise you will be grateful!
The day began and the festival adventurers were swarming the grounds of Marshfield fair.  It was a wonderful thing when a young couple came to find my bus and told me they had enjoyed the likes of staying in the Marshalls lot...the glam life that is living out of a car, van, bus, truck or what have you.  I had family already!  I cannot say that I got the pleasure of roaming the stages...I was working alone.  This meant stay with the bus and working for sales.  By the time I had a chance to grab a beer from the bar (after only having had a can of slightly heated cider from the bus) I ran to grab a beer and all that was left was a delicious Bud Light.  Oh Dear.  I drank it none the less. A drink was deserved for my hard labor.  Things began to die down as the crowds flooded to the main stage to watch Dispatch get our feet jumping.  Thank you to them for playing some of my favorite songs. 
That night I stayed in the bus.  I laid flat on the ground to let my back rest.  It had been in pain all day.  I listened to the volunteers cleaning the land and the festival organizers closing up shop.  Closed my eyes.  Rest.
All of a sudden 7am had arrived and its Day 2.
I set up what I had broken down from outside the bus, had some carrots and hummus for breakfast and was ready!  Today was a very busy day.  I set my goals and shared my love and inspiration for what I do.  I was flooded with questions about the bus, myself, the drive, where I slept, my products....endless Questions.  All of which I love to answer.  Taking a break to pee or run to grab a beer was near to impossible.  A wonderful young soul named Dani was kind enough to offer her service to watch the bus and talk with customers when a break was in need (the greatest of Thank Yous ~ Your generosity of Time will be appreciated in life XOX)
A couple were in need of phone charging to keep up with their baby that had been left at home with GrandMa.  They offered me money for charging their phone, but of course thats not what I was looking for through the experience of Levitate.  If I can help you, I will.  I charged her phone and asked a favor in return..."If I give you money to grab me a beer would you mind running to the bar to get me one?" She said "Oh my gosh, yes, we have an extra one...just take this one!" The greatest of thank yous and what a beautiful trade.  Energy for a beer.  That worked for me.  They rested and held hands, enjoying the moment of the festival in Moon.Flower.Child's lounge area.  It brings my heart warmth when you can call our space home.  Even for a moment.  Slow down.  Pause and admire time as it passes.
 
When the sun was setting it was time to close up shop.  It was time again for myself.
Ziggy Marley...Im coming for you!”
What an incredible way to end a weekend by being as one community.  Bubbles.  Reggae, dancing, joy, happiness.  I enjoyed a Brocolli dish (my first proper meal all weekend) got a little groovy and smiled my heart out into the world.
With said Ill let Ziggy finish off this post with words that are bonded within me & hope that I can see you all at the next festival we adventure to in Ohio...The Werk Out
XOX
 
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion
I'll take you to the temple tonight
All my days I've been searching,
To find out what this life is worth
Through the books and bibles of time
I've made up my mind
I don't condemn, I don't convert,
This is a calling have you heard
Bring all the lovers to the fold,
'Cause no one is gonna lose their soul
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion
Hey you can take it or leave it,
And you don't have to believe it
I don't want to fight,
Hey let's go fly a kite
There's nothing that we can't cure,
And I'll keep you in my arms for sure
So don't let nobody stop us,
Free spirits have to soar
With you I share the gift,
The gift that we now know oh oh oh
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion
Hey you can take it or leave it,
And you don't have to believe it
Well I'm done searching now,
I found out what this life is worth
Not in the books that I find,
But by searching my mind
I don't condemn, I don't convert
This is the calling have you heard,
Bring all the lovers to the fold
No one is gonna lose their soul
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion
Hey you can take it or leave it,
And you don't have to believe it
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion,
Love is my religion
Hey you can take it or leave it,
Now that you believe
 



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