Notes from the universe: what’s next

July 11, 2012 in Career,Life,Philosophy

Note: I wrote this in early February, but haven’t had the guts to post it until now. 

I suppose it started years ago. In the wee hours of the morning on my first day of my senior year of university—my first last day, as I cheekily updated my Facebook status—I went to a sunrise yoga class. The lithe young teacher asked us to come up with three words for our practice: our mantra, our intention, what we wanted to be that day. I chose peaceful, grounded, stress-free. Since then, those three words continue to circle in my mind, particularly as a young woman who tended to take everything far too seriously, whose fifth-grade teacher told her she would get an ulcer before she turned 20.

And then a few months ago, in the midst of event planning madness, my boss poured some motivation-scented oil into some strange little candle vat, said we were both going to take one minute and come up with the word that represented what we wanted to achieve that day. We blurted out “confirmation” in the same breath, breathed that intention into the universe, and proceeded to confirm every loose end that had been eluding us for weeks.

In the first month of 2012 in Bali, I morphed into someone who seemed like a parody of myself: Melbourne was city Christine with a perfect fringe and black skinny jeans and her trusty leather jacket, and here’s Bali hippie Christine. I finally gave up on trying to straighten my hair in the heavy humidity, and succumbed to its natural waviness. I dabbed sandalwood oil onto my wrists instead of Chanel perfume, and wrapped a sarong around my waist and slid Havianas onto my feet as I slipped into another vegetarian café for dinner. I went to yoga once, twice a day and actively chose intentions for my practice. Focus, and I finally nailed crow pose. Relaxation, and I accepted my hips opening and shoulders releasing. Go deeper, and I quieted the cacophony of voices in my head.

The busy voices in my head were mostly concerning what’s next. Do I go here, do this, give up, go home, spend this, save that. I let it take over my head space, the worries and possibilities and opportunities, writing lists and Googling options and being overcome with obligations. I bought a Magic-8 Ball app, wanting to give my decision making over to some unknown force, instead of trusting in my own intuition.

And then, my last day in Bali, I thrust my backside up and my head down into downward dog to start off another Vinyasa flow. I had spent the hour before class sipping a smoothie and listing the pros and cons of different choices, a favorite exercise of my anxiously logical former self. And then I let myself open up and simply see what the universe was telling me.

The echoing of this eerie song from this video in my head, a clip that brought me to tears the first time I watched it yet compelled me to instantly watch again, and again. The reflection of these photos in my mind: the crash of sunlight and glass skyscrapers and pure energy. The memory of words in a recent email from a close friend, where he said the city amazed him, that just breathing in the air put lightning in his teeth.

That was it. A trifecta of nudges, the universe calmly but surely telling me what was next: my intuition knowing that I need a little lightning in my life.

I’m moving to New York City.

  • sian_richardson

    Christine! I love this!! SO EXCITING! Super stoked for you. ps I’d never seen that video before, it’s amazing. As if I didn’t want to go there badly enough already. 
    xx

  • Caroline

    You go girl! I think I’m moving to New Orleans in the next few months.

  • Megan

    Loved that video! And what exciting news!

  • So so awesome. As you know from our conversation in Chiang Mai, I’ve got an itch for nyc too… http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/2012/02/22/the-lingering-allure-of-new-york-city/

    Not quite ready yet, but may be there late this year or early 2013. I’m seriously considering the TechStars NYC program for spring of 2013.

    Congrats on your decision!

  • Awesome! What a fun adventure! Also, love this post – it is beautifully written and full of powerful, strong images. 

  • Freedomabroad

    What’s in New York?

  • I’m so excited for you! And thank you so much for sharing your struggles–I can totally relate right now:) Looking forward to following your journey in NYC!

  • Aaaahhh! That’s so awesome. I’ve enjoyed reading about your experiences to this point, so I can’t wait to hear all about NYC, too. Congratulations.

  • So excited to see how you get on – living in New York has always been something I’d love to do for a while.

  • Eeeeeeeeeeee, secret’s no longer a secret!! : )  Good on you for following this one up!

  • So exciting!! I should’ve known from the way you were talking about it in Paris that you were going to move there for sure :)

  • Goosebumps!!! So excited for this next chapter of your story. You are going to rock it in NYC. Can’t wait to see what the big apple has in store for you 😉

  • I feel like we’re swapping places… kind of. At the very least, you’re more than welcome to enjoy my wonderful little corner of New York. It’s pretty spectacular once you get the hang of it, and I’m going to miss it dearly :)

  • Becky Vickers

    Is it weird that this brought tears to my eyes?! So exciting for you!!

  • So happy for you! Excited to see what this new chapter brings–congrats!

  • Congratulations, good luck, and thanks for posting that video. Love it.

  • backpackingmatt

    Brilliant read Christine, such powerful words. Whilst not one small bit of me can relate to being drawn to New York City, I’m excited that you’ve found a place that’s calling you! Looking forward to hearing more about your plan. 

  • For reasons I won’t go into there (reasons which I’m still trying to understand myself) this post made me cry!  Great post Christine and I’m so excited to read about your next adventure.

  • This was beautifully written;l you have a way with words. I have no doubt at all that NYC is the city for you and will take your writing career up, up and away! Good for you~

  • jouljet

    Ohhh, I love hearing how people arrive at their answers – this is a great piece of writing….and an exciting decision made!

  • jan

    Wow, that is amazing.  I like the way you arrived at the decision.  You own it.  I write posts that I do not publish as well.  Their time may come to shine or they may never see the light of day!

  • Brilliant! I remember reading you’d wanted a career in NYC somewhere. I think it suits you very well. Can’t wait to follow your story there. Now you’re one awesome city closer for us to visit. Other than home. :)

  • Great post, I really enjoyed reading it.  I’ll look forward to reading about NYC!

  • Peiye

    Awesome.  Will you continue to travel and write?

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  • Oh wow! How exciting Christine. I LOVE how you arrived at your answer. So much so that it’s inspired a post from me. All about how you should travel while you are young and free. Because when I read the end of the post I was so excited for you, yet at the same time a little deflated, because I know for me, I can’t make decisions on a whim like that anymore. Even though I love my two little girls more than anything and I’d never change my life now, I sometimes miss those days of receiving an answer like that and just being able to go. Follow your intuition and heart it can only lead to AMAZING things for you.

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Very excited for a bit of a life change–and I know, isn’t that video just incredible? Obsessed!

  • camorose

    Ahhh how awesome! Always fun to have a bit of a change in scenery :)

  • camorose

    Thank you! I’m obsessed with the video and the song :)

  • camorose

    Thanks! Perhaps our paths will cross again in NYC!

  • camorose

    Thank you–I’m certainly looking forward to it :)

  • camorose

    I’m not quite sure what draws me to it exactly–it’s a city full of energy and ambition, and a place where I’ve wanted to live and work since I was a little girl!

  • camorose

    Thank you for reading and following along–much appreciated :)

  • camorose

    Thank you so much for all of your supportive comments–I’m really looking forward to NYC as my next adventure :)

  • camorose

    I’ve always wanted to live there while I’m in my 20s–excited to make it happen!

  • camorose

    Thank you for all your inspiration and support!!! Telling people your secrets makes you so much more accountable!

  • camorose

    Haha yessss I tend to tell people my secrets so that I have to be held accountable–it’s the only way I get anything done! :)

  • camorose

    Awww thanks lady! Your trip (and incredible photos) were certainly an inspiration! Bring Ev for a visit 😉

  • camorose

    I feel like the NY-Paris swap is a pretty common one–there must be something spectacular about both cities!

  • camorose

    Awww thanks lady! Feel free to come visit so that we can swap Australia stories in person :)

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Should certainly be a change of pace from France :)

  • camorose

    One of my favorite videos ever! So inspirational!

  • camorose

    I think I’ll be getting my fill of wide open spaces on the drive out to NYC–and no matter how much I love hiking, I can’t deny that I’m a city girl at heart! Excited to try out one of the world’s most vibrant cities :)

  • camorose

    Awww thanks Beverley! We all have those sorts of places that are calling us :)

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Certainly excited to see where everything goes :)

  • camorose

    Thank you! Very excited for what’s to come!

  • camorose

    It took me a long time to decide if this one ever would–but I’m very excited to see what comes of it!

  • camorose

    Haha yes–I don’t think the Mexican food will be as good as California but I’m hoping it’s better than Australia!

  • camorose

    I’m looking forward to exploring and writing about it!

  • camorose

    Yup! I’m looking forward to exploring more of the East Coast and Canada–and I’m SO much closer to Europe :)

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