(Our yurt camp on White Lake.)
Hi, friends, it’s been a while and that’s because the past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Here’s some of where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.
First, I was on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Mongolia. (Did that throw you for a loop?) I’m nothing if not complex. Ha! I’m most definitely a city person and I admit I’m partial to the finer things in life but I’ve also always had an Indiana Jones/Marco Polo/adventurer side that likes to explore remote corners of the world every now and then. I think it’s partly genetics (my entire family seems to have this gene) and partly the books I read as a child, all about faraway places. Whatever the reason, my curiosity has taken me to the likes of Timbuktu, the Himalayas, the Okavango Delta, Angkor Wat……. and now, Mongolia.
I got to live out my fantasies of living in a real yurt (their construction is genius!), seeing Karakorum (Genghis Khan’s capital), boating on Lake Khovsgol, seeing how real nomads live and riding camels in the Gobi Desert. We traveled over 1,000 miles in a Russian van on unpaved roads, flew in tiny planes and rode horses. We petted reindeer (so soft!), picnicked in a gorge, saw 80 million year-old dinosaur bones in the very spot where they were found(!), soaked in hot springs, tasted camel milk cheese and fermented mare’s milk, and climbed a 1,000 ft. sand dune. As you do. (That’s me lying at the top of the dunes, watching the sun come up over the Gobi. Unreal.)
And everywhere we went, the Land of Blue Skies lived up to its name. I’ve never seen such wide open skies and so many stars at night. I think that’s what I’ll remember most. There are more photos on Instagram if you’re interested (@FromTheRightBank).
(Rob Bell, Iyanla Vanzant and Elizabeth Gilbert with Oprah)
Then almost as soon as I got home it was the Live the Life You Want weekend with Oprah! (Did that throw you for another loop?) I don’t really talk about spirituality here but it’s an important part of my life and I credit Oprah with starting me on this path. I’m not running off to an ashram or anything but I’m striving to learn things like how to be more present, to live my purpose and to deal (graciously) with whatever life throws at me. You know, the usge. There was so much wisdom shared during the weekend and I’m only just starting to digest it all.
I also have a lot of new reading inspired by Oprah and my trip…..
One of my dearest friends who is also really into this type of thing flew into town for the event and we had quite the few days leading up to the weekend. After schlepping around Mongolia in my trekking clothes and generally roughing it (it’s all relative), it was nice to get dressed, put on some makeup and paint the town.
I generally like to take out-of-town visitors to tried and true places and One Eared Stag is my favorite Atlanta restaurant…..
Afternoon tea at the St. Regis usually doesn’t disappoint either…..
And we took in some art at Whitespace Gallery. It’s my favorite gallery setting in the city, especially the garden…..
I bet you’re thinking Now you sound more like yourself…… There was a lot more gallivanting but you get the idea.
So, it’s been a crazy, full and wonderful few weeks, to say the least. I’m exhausted but grateful and happy to be home so I can catch up and get myself together for the fall. It’s my favorite season of the year, hands down. Now if we can just get the weather to cooperate…..
(Photos: FROM THE RIGHT BANK)
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