Tag Archives: Travel

Ass All Out

Have you ever gone somewhere new thinking you were well enough equipped to handle whatever might come along? I had somewhat of an idea what moving out of the city meant but I wasn’t completely ready for the huge shift we were taking on when we moved to New Mexico. There’s something different about using the restroom outside, squatting and feeling nothing but fresh air when you step out of the shower! It’s a different feeling to be so close to Mother Earth, feeling undisturbed dirt and sand between my toes and cold mountain air when I step outside is life-giving and challenging at the same time.

I’ve tripped over rocks, fell down the back of a trailer, moved hay bails (which for some reason I keep calling barrels lmao!), walked down the road in the middle of the night and heard coyotes sounding off all around me… And all I can say is, it’s been crazy! Since 2005 I’ve been putting myself into situations that I haven’t been exposed to and it’s been helping me to understand different types of people. I’ve experienced people who society would label as “bad” and experience relationships with them that have been life saving and changing in my journey. Gradually I’ve been leaning more toward experiencing life in a balanced way.

A few years ago I got a birth chart reading from my Reiki Master and I’ve been learning more and more about myself each year I continue to study it. Since I was young I’ve heard myself say things in my head that my filter has been like “That’s a pretty crazy and kind of dark thought for someone your age.” I’m also a heavy Scorpio all throughout my chart. A sign ruled by water, emotions and the power to destroy and create. I wasn’t ready to accept who I was for a long time but I’m there now and I’m unapologetic.

I’ve been there for and supported people who didn’t really love me most of my young adult life, I’m capable of giving until I’m spent and inflated. I’m also capable of hurting some feelings, I’ve got a sharp tongue and a tough spirit that won’t back down for the things I love and the people I care for. For the last few years I’ve been learning how to balance out that extreme love and anger. For a year or two I thought the answer was changing my mindset to always shift to positive when “bad” things happened. It helped but it didn’t honor who I was inside and I still hadn’t learned to balance.

Balance, balance, balance and balance is what my ancestors have been spiritually beating into me for the last decade… I JUST realized it lol. So that’s where I’m at… In a situation totally out of my comfort zone, setting the foundation for people I might not have even met yet and balancing my love and anger just enough to achieve the balance I need to be my best self for my high purpose journey on this Earth. I’m about to show yall what balance is hahaha!

 

-IxChel-

The Blossoming of Zion Affinity

We’ve fallen in love with everything about our lives since we moved from California to Colorado in 2013. In 2013, shortly after we got married, we decided to migrate to Colorado, a place where we had no family, friends or connections. Colorado is where we found out first home together, we founded Zion Glory Herbal Healing LLP after closing Beauty for Pleasure, we discovered and dove into the beliefs & history of RasTafari and started traveling. Since we met in 2010 we’ve been on a deep journey of self discovery. When we met, we both knew we weren’t just “Black” or just “Mexican” and the idea of everyone being mixed with different backgrounds and genealogy resonated with us both very deeply. Los Angeles didn’t feel like the best place to be for us, seeing so much division among all different ethnicities and cultures, even the division within our own families made it hard for us to discover ourselves. So we made the shift to Colorado to start our new life together fresh. We found ourselves reasoning with a diverse array of people in Colorado and our life mission and soul purpose became evident… Bridging the gap between divided people.

Zion Affinity grew out of our search and overstanding of genetics and ancestry, our desire to assist people love those around them regardless of background or beliefs, and the recognition that so much of what is wrong with our society is the division. That was something Daniel and I have had in common since the day we met. We had both grown tired of people labeling us as “Black” or “Mexican” when we knew there was so much more to us than those labels, so much lost history, so much division and a lack of understanding of ourselves. Since we met in 2010 we’ve been doing our best to live out what’s in our hearts on this Earth.

Although there are tons of things we love about Colorado, we had to heed the call we were receiving and the redirection back to the focus that led us out to Colorado in the first place. Besides gaining a deeper overstanding of ourselves we left California in search of a huge, remote property that we could grow our own food at and live closer to the land, away from the city life we’ve known all our lives. Along our journey together we’ve learned that sometimes there are stops along the route you don’t expect or plan for but the soil is fertile and necessary for our growth. That’s exactly what we needed to realize, that our vision was directly in line with our higher purpose but we hadn’t dreamed large enough just yet.

Over the last 2 years we’ve planned for a piece of property only our souls could see and in June 2017 we found it! A year ago we were looking at a map identifying protective geographical lines around the world and we traced one directly through this land. We both said “Wouldn’t this be perfect if we could find like like right there?!” In May we sold our first home and went looking in New Mexico because we’d been receiving messages that we needed to be there. We went looking for a 20 acre plot that the agent wasn’t able to find, walked away with 65 acres!!!

 

The most common first question we get asked when people hear about our land is “What are you going to do with all that land!?” Build it up of course! There’s no structures on it, the land is 100% raw! Our vision is a community of unity where people of all backgrounds, ancestry and belief systems can live together and support each other in our individual and collective healing; while simultaneously planting herbs, food and plants that will help to revive and give back to Mother Earth!

Zion Affinity!

We’ve been familiarizing ourselves with the land, laying out the plans and setting the foundations for all the growth, and do we have some stories to tell!! We’re looking forward to sharing them with everyone who attends our first upcoming event at the property and slowly over our upcoming YouTube videos! For those of you that are interested in living on the land with us in New Mexico we’ll begin accepting applications in August! Send us an email at zionunitytribe@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to send you information regarding the process and the application when it becomes available!

We’ve also set up a GoFund.me for anyone interested in donating to our soul mission. All funds will be used to set up the community land, camp grounds, crops and much more we’ll be offering! Anything, even sharing this blog or campaign helps more than you know!

*IxChel*

 

 

Do What You LOVE!

All my life I’ve been taught to think rationally, weigh the consequences, and put family first. And when I found it hard to put these things into practice in my own life was when the people who tried to instill these things in me weren’t walking the walk. I never thought there would come a time in my life where I would feel the need to break away from the pack. When my mom told us all she had breast cancer a few years back I thought of all the nights the year before that I stayed awake, crying. Because I knew that one day she would no longer be here and I was going to miss her. But through that struggle she was the ultimate example of how to fight through anything

There comes a time in every person’s life when we have to go after what we love to do. I never thought, growing up, that I would want to travel, because my family liked to stay in one place and I couldn’t see myself being far from them for very long. Yet here I am, sitting at a computer in Colorado with none of the family I grew up with, making the things I love to do HAPPEN! And I’ve realized that I have always wanted to travel. I love ancient artifacts, hidden caves, ancient pyramids, holy forests, and so many other things that are not accessible to me in the the United States. I want to see the pure shores off Jamaica and I want to migrate to Sheshameme. 

Through the course of pursing your dreams and what you love to do you will discover more and more truth about yourself, no matter how crazy it sounds to everyone else. I’ve learned to be open to and have adopted beliefs in things I never thought I would believe in growing up; healing hers, healing stones, the afterlife, immediate healing, miracles, meditation, reincarnation, past lives, teleportation. Just to name a few. I’ve learned things about the past before I was born and who I was before. I’ve learned by purpose is to heal and to guide with God’s burning light. Something I fought and fought living where I grew up at, California. 

This is the beauty of going after what your heart loves. You discover who you really are. I’ve discovered who I and I really am. Not the girl everyone wanted me to be but the person that I’m called to be. Something you can not change and who I and I am is one of them. I’ve flourished and I and I no longer feel lost or like I’m just living this endless day to day monotony humans like to now call life.

Who ever happens to read this, don’t just live day to day. Any day spent doing something you don’t love to do is a waste of your time. No matter how much you get paid! If your not doing what makes you come alive, your dying.   

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Delicate yet beautiful
Delicate yet beautiful

This week I saw these flower pedals resting on the floor after a gentle California rain shower and I had to stop and take a picture. After I took the picture and posted it on Instagram (@dreaminofcolorado) I realized that the fallen pedals are much like us when we fall. When I saw the large drops of rain resting on the pedals it made me think of when we fall due to other people hurting us and the raindrops reminded me of the tears we cry.

Then just as quickly as that thought came, I thought “But they are still beautiful” and we are! Even when life or people seem to have defeated us, damaged us, or cause us to fall, we are still beautiful. To take it a step further, even when we are removed from the source that caused us to grow we are still beautiful and inspiring to others.

I’ve felt this way sometimes. Especially with this new move to Colorado (being removed from my family, my growing source) and with all the attacks on my integrity, personality and motives from family and friends, sometimes it’s hard to remember that through it all… I’m still beautiful.

A post for submission to Daily Presses Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate 

More Than A Vacation

The works of the devil

Conspire all around us.

The family in our lives,

Down to the stops of a bus.

At times we want to lash out,

Break down the people around us.

Show those that are ignorant,

No, you’re not above us.

 

It takes growth of character,

A willingness to be different,

To build a new legacy,

Unfamiliar to what we grew up in.

Break away from the mold!

Leave behind that old tree!

We’re starting our own book,

Just you, God and me.

 

We both understand

New adventures won’t be easy.

But to stay in this heap,

Just thinking of it,

Makes us queasy.

 

Moments I feel like crying,

I thought family would be supportive,

Draw me closer to you,

And we develop our motive.

So if trials bring us closer together,

Cause us to realize how we are unique;

I welcome every trial with a smile,

Since we’ll be developing our technique!

 

Let the opinions of others,

But just what they are.

Might implement one or two,

But God’s driving this car.

Keep our focus on Him,

Pray over our decisions.

Keep moving on our path,

Closer to His vision.

Those that don’t understand,

Or chose not to listen.

Will learn from our actions,

They will learn from our provision.

 

Our spirits yearn to expand,

To places our bodies haven’t touched.

Where others we know,

Might not want to risk so much.

 

In the end the choice is ours,

Stay put or see the Lord’s creations.

2013, will be more than a vacation!

Patiently Waiting for Colorado

The closer it gets to actually being able to get on the road and GO the more blessings are coming our way. We’ve had a rough couple of days with “things” in general but the small blessings have far outweighed the negatives!

Yesterday I got an itch to check my vacation time at work and when I checked I had an extra 3 hours of vacation time to use! Our initial plan was to leave at noon, stop in Hesperia to visit one of my husband’s uncles he hasn’t seen in a very long time then get on our way. However, November 6th is the election and in an attempt to bring in some extra income I volunteered to work the election as a Director. So my Nov. 6th is going to be from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Then I planned on going in to work from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, picking up my husband then going to Hesperia. But with this extra vacation time I’m going to use it to get some more shut eye before our 20+ hour road trip.

Then I remembered that my aunt booked our time share in Estes Park, CO until November 14th (wheels turn in my head). I know we can’t stay until the 14th because I have to come into work but with my extra vacation time I can take the 14th off and spend it sleeping and revitalizing for work on the 15th! Small adjustments that make a world of difference! I’m so thankful and blessed that the Lord ALWAYS picks the perfect moments to show us that He is taking care of us and has our best interest in mind.

Yesterday was the last day of the “teens” in our Colorado Countdown! We’re now at 12 days, less than 2 weeks!!!AHHH!!!!