It's been two months since I last posted a blog on my website. I keep having to remind myself that it's OK and I don't need to throw it all away due to inconsistency (as I have done with 3 other blogs in the past). In recent years I've adopted the motto 'Be kind to yourself', its these few words that have got me through most of my confusion in my 20's. I saw something on @emmajanenation the other day that related so beautifully to the essence of being kind to oneself, 'Nothing in nature blooms all year, be patient with yourself.' It's in this bloomless state that I am finally getting to do a post again. The irony is that as I write this a weight is lifting off my shoulders and I suddenly feel I can blossom again.
The last two months have seen me work like a crazy person without a weekend off for most of the time. Juggling teaching with interior design projects and having to fly home very suddenly. My energy has been mostly flat to the passing of Chris's dad shortly after his visit with us in Vietnam. We spent a beautiful two weeks with him exploring Northern Vietnam but sadly after being home for only 3 weeks his body gave up. My heart is still sore as is Chris' but we are so grateful that we could spend such precious time with him while he was here.
We spent 3 weeks at home with friends and family which was exactly what we needed. Going home on such short notice also helped me to be ok with the spontaneity that this nomadic life often entails. Before going home we thought we might move to a Thai island, then we thought we could experience Hoi an but now we find ourselves back in Hanoi until at least the end of July. We may see ourselves moving to Kuala Lumpur in August.
I still had so many places on my list that I wanted to see in Hanoi, so I'm grateful that we could return here and continue ticking off the list. One of the places is arguably Hanoi's best vegan restaurant, Uu Dam Chay. Chay means vegetable in Vietnamese. It's beautiful interior is deeply rooted in a Buddhist ethos. The menu is an album showcasing photographs of all their plant based dishes.
I'll leave it there with a quote from Buddha: "Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death. Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely."