The wind blows across the fjell, the grass bends deeply down. The sea is restless today, white cuffs appear on the waves. ‘Stiv kuling’ they call that here. I am sitting on the veranda, safely out of the wind. Looking at the most beautiful view you can imagine. Mormor (as I call her), the large mountain range that represents to me a grandmother-energy, is being kissed by the sun and lies peacefully in the water. I feel the beneficial energy of this place, called Steinvåg. I am at the cabin of my friend Frank. This is the place where I fell in love with this arctic land. This place has nestled itself in my heart and soul. Here I finally find the inspiration I need to write.
I can't believe that it is only 4 weeks ago that I felt so unsettled about being here. In a few weeks time, with lots of help from nature, I have finally settled down. First there were the whales on my second night here (video will come later), then an otter crossed literally my path, a fox said hallo, the birds, bountiful present here, taught me my lesson of being more home in myself. And last but definitely not least, I had a deeply intense 'letting go' ritual at the thousands of years old labyrinth here.
Then one day, after a 4 days trip to the beautiful Varanger area to arrange some legal stuff, I drove down the road to Slettnes again. And again, it was a grey, depressing day. When the first glimpse of the lighthouse came into view, I felt a warmth spreading in my heart and I thought: 'Hjemme ...', which is home in Norwegian. I knew at that moment that I did the right thing to come here and that I am exactly where I want to be.
It helped a lot that I got a job at the Slettnes cafe and B&B. I am, what I call, 'frokost-damen fra Slettnes'. That means getting up early, too early for me :-), walk bizou, give her food and start preparing breakfast for the guests. If necessary I will help out as chambermaid as well. Let's say that working for a boss again, after being my own boss for 18 years, is quite a change! But it feels good to become more part of live here at Slettnes. And it is only until the 19th of august.
The greatest benefit of my job is that I meet so many nice people. It feels like I am getting to appreciate my own social side, the one that loves to interact and connect with people, before being really on my own. And it helps a lot with my Norwegian. Which improves day by day, I can proudly say :-). My two wonderful housemates and co-workers, will leave in a few days time. From that moment on I will be mostly alone in the lighthouse (see also my vlog). But for now many people have enriched my life with their unique presence. And it is amazing how many people seem to be intrigued by this place at the edge of the world. Even at midnight people come to Slettnes for a visit. But most come and go quickly, without leaving a trace. No, it is the people who stay here longer, connect with the special energy of this place, who share and listen, who leave behind a smile.
So now I am sitting here outside in the most beautiful nature you can imagine. I feel at peace with myself and the path I have chosen. I feel privileged that I can stay here for a whole year and absorb more and more of this lands energy. Each day brings a deeper connection to nature, to the people around me and most important of all, to myself....
Love from the lighthouse, Marielle
Videoblog 2: Meet Slettnes
Here a video from the place I will be living. See for yourself this place at the edge of the world. I show you around in the lighthousearea and the house I am living in.
Ga alsjeblieft door met je heelrijke vlogs te sturen, want ik word er heel erg blij van. Dank je wel sister! Bizou voor jou en Bizou. :-)
Diep respect voor jouw keuze om een jaar daar zo hoog noord te leven. En ja, die verandering in jezelf, die gaat vast en zeker meer aarding vinden daar… Knuffel en veel genieten!
Fijn iets van je te horen en dat je het naar je zin hebt. Ook blij om Bizou weer te zien (missen jullie toch wel hoor). Op de Rival is alles ok.
Groetjes Ieke en Joop
Ik geef liever even een citaat op deze blog dan een persoonlijke reactie. Hij reflecteert wat ik wil zeggen.
'De mooiste taal is die taal die niet gesproken is.
De mooiste daad is de daad die niet gedaan wordt.
De mooiste verandering is de verandering die niet gewild is'.
Anthony de Mello
Ik ken je niet persoonlijk maar ik vind het erg leuk om je verhaal te volgen.
Wat mooi is het daar! Heel inspirerend dat je dit deelt...en ik ben heel benieuwd naar het vervolg van je 'reis'...de combinatie van je zachte vrouwelijkheid en je grote kracht zijn mooi om te zien!
hmm.. inspirerend je stem en verhaal te beluisteren vanuit de zo pure Moeder Natuur energieën daarginds! Joung courageous lady wishing you any uncertainty whatsoever may come up may change in Wonders and Miracles!!!!!! Yess Beautifull!! Thnkssmch! xx Klaske
Fijn om op de video te kunnen zien waar je verblijft, ik kon me geen voorstelling geven toen je vertelde naar "the lighthouse" te gaan.Wat een prachtige omgeving, genoten. Liefs Joke