Be like a train; go in the rain,

go in the sun, go in the storm,

go in the dark tunnels!

Be like a train;

concentrate on your road

and go with no hesitation!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

***Unfold your own myth.***

I hope you will go out and let stories,

that is life, happen to you, and that

you will work with these stories . . .

water them with your blood &

tears & your laughter till they bloom,

till you yourself burst into bloom.

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Sunday, 9 June 2019

The End...For Now

Don't be satisfied with stories,
how things have gone with others.
***Unfold your own myth.***

For the past 11 years while Stuart and I have lived on Holywell Street, running our little B&B, we've led a bit of a public life. We've lived on a high profile street in Oxford's city centre, tourists photographing our home (and us) day and night, seven days a week. We've welcomed strangers into our home nearly every day and had active and successful social media accounts highlighting our life in Oxford. Being public with your life is all part of marketing these days, especially when running your own business.

But for us that business is now done. Someone may take it over, but the chapters of Holywell Bed and Breakfast in our life are closing permanently at the end of August. And at that point as well, the curtains into our private life are closing.  I've come to the end of wanting to share our life on public platforms like Twitter and Instagram, and even this blog. I crave privacy and feel absolutely no inclination to make our life least for now. That may change, once I've had my time away from Holywell Street and marketing and the cacophony of social media. Never say never. Besides, Jack & Tex may want to check in and say HI once in awhile.

This blog will stay up as an archive of my time in Oxford, but the curtains into our life will be closed...maybe for just awhile. Saying that, it's also important to say that we hold nothing but gratitude for all those who've come through our front door, or who I've befriended on social media, or who have enjoyed this blog. The gifts from these 11 years have been many, but now it's the gift of privacy that I crave. In this age of sharing every thought, every action, every nuance of our lives, keeping things treasured quietly in our hearts is almost a radical action. I've always loved the verse from Luke 2:19 after Mary is visited by an angel ...

But Mary treasured up all these things
And pondered them in her heart.
~New International Version

But Mary kept all these things,
Pondering them in her heart.
~ King James Bible

This is radical thinking in this time of social media and 24/7 sharing of 
e v e r y t h i n g. So I think of this as a little sabbatical, a time of pondering the past decade. It's been quite a ride these past 11 years, and our thoughts are of our future and living happily ever after in the Cotswolds...and of course our beloved Wales. Take care everyone and thank you for being here. Be happy. Fear not. Be well.
Love, Carrie