Today, I have officially been back in the states for one month after being away for two months. There have been a lot of changes within me on a deep spiritual level and a lot of changes and transitions within my family. Typing this out will not be easy but I have always processed and healed through writing so here I am, mending.
The day after I got home, my mom flew to California to be with her mom as we had just learned that she has terminal cancer all over her body. I said a quick hello and goodbye as we dropped Mom off at the airport to embark on an unknown journey with her mom into her end-of-life chapter. A few days later, my dad and I were informed that my dad’s dad was potentially coming to the end of his 3 year fight with Alzeheimer’s Disease. My dad booked his flight to California to be with his mom and dad and the next day Grandma called to tell us Grandpa had passed away. As Dad and I hugged and cried after hearing this, I was immediately reacquainted with a memory of a few Thanksgiving’s ago; I saw this weird depth in Grandpa’s eyes and a small change in his normally very outgoing personality, we looked at each other in silence for a few seconds and I gave him a big hug. Looking back, I could not have known that this small shift could lead to the beginning and end of his life as we knew it in the coming years.
Although Dad did not get to see his dad one last time, he flew to California and spent time with his mom and my brother drove up from San Francisco to help and be there as well. Dad also drove out to the country to be with my mom and my Grandma on that side of the family. My mom has now been helping her mom for the past month in this pretty unpleasant, seemingly never-ending cycle of Grandma’s terminal cancer gripping and then releasing and gripping her again, over and over. Seeing my mom and dad go through these transitions with their prospective parents has truly shaken and cut me to the core. I put myself in their shoes and it brings me to confront all emotions; death is indeed part of life but that doesn’t make it any less painful as we go through the human experience. With that said though, I do find comfort in knowing that with death comes peace to the deceased, and the memories and love left behind is immeasurable, ever-present, and ever-expanding.
And this leads me to my next journey! After all of these whirlwind experiences these past 4 months (Through the Canary Islands in Spain, solo travel adventures, and then back home and going through family losses) I have decided to halt my international travels for now while I dive into real estate investing/flipping with my dad AND embark on research and volunteer efforts to cure Alzheimer’s Disease. I will, of course, still maintain my passion for Yoga and nutrition and will be teaching private lessons and coaching as time allows, but investing/flipping and finding the cure for Alzheimer’s are my main focus. Real Estate has been the passion of my dad’s side of the family for generations, namely my grandpa and great uncle who were extremely successful in the Real Estate industry in California in the 70’s. I grew up buying and renovating and flipping houses with my mom, dad, and brother so now, I’m listening to the flow of life and it just feels right to honor the legacy of Real Estate in my family and the memory of my late Grandpa in both ventures.
My vision is already in the works and I have the beginnings of a team assembled for the Real Estate dream and I recently became a part of a large fundraiser and events team for the cure for Alzeheimer’s. I will be keeping everyone updated over these next few weeks as both of the new ventures build! I am so incredibly grateful for the people in mine and my family’s lives who have been giving us such amazing outpourings of love and support as we go through this season, so THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. The financial help, gifts, messages and phone calls filled with love, and the stories and memories shared about my Grandpa Bob from hundreds of people throughout his lifetime, has truly touched my heart and fills me with endless love and pride to be apart of my family and have such amazing people surrounding me. So with that…
Welcome, new season!