Image credit: The Nude Blogger – FB/Instagram
There I was, driving to BSKT Cafe where I was thinking of grabbing a nice chai latte and some nourishing breakfast after my acupuncture session. At the street before, I was compelled to stop – I didn’t know why, but it turned out there was a little cafe called Canvas where I apparently, needed to be.
As I walked toward the door, there was a woman sitting in the window I was immediately struck by, on a subconscious, soul-inspired level (that meaning my soul or energy noticed her before my conscious mind did). I continued with ordering my eggplant veggie stack thingo and my standard ‘coffee on almond mylk’ chioce (this time a cappuccino). I thought I was fully committed to just eating, and heading home to clean up and organise my place in order to start packing for my trip, when I glanced over and noticed her working on what looked like the dashboard of WordPress… yeah… my biggest challenge over the last week has been this site/blog or whatever. I had a moment of excitement and
*cue day dream music*
…envisioned her being really tech-savvy and us having a convo where we laughed about the ‘world of WordPress’ when you didn’t have a ‘nerdy’ bone in your body…
But my conscious took over to shut the daydream down with self-doubt, so I let her be for the moment, and ate my food.
But as I was about to finish up, she walked toward me, our eyes met, and I heard myself saying something about WordPress to her. In the same sentence, I asked her to sit next to me and see if we could help navigate one another because I was struggling too!
My soul had taken over this time and fuck I’m glad it did.
I could not have expected what happened next. I mentioned just starting out on Instagram, and online with TILCo and opened my feed only to have her stop and gasp “oh seriously? what? Woah, I… I know who you are!…” and showed me her profile.
The Nude Blogger – a title fairly unforgettable in its own right, but it was the insane feeling we both got at that moment that made it so special – I had commented on a post of hers recently that really inspired me, and my comment had touched her too!
Suddenly we were embracing, laughing and marveling at the chance of us running into one another. As she pulled away, I noticed I was goosebump-covered, and teary-eyed, ripping off my scarf and jacket because my nervous system and adrenaline spiked so high with all the emotion, I was burning up!
Who the fuck was I?
I used to be so cool and stand-offish…but there I was, totally leaning into this moment, doing exactly what TILCo has encouraged in me, (and I hope in others) and it brought me so much joy.
What followed was one of the most enlightening, yet natural conversations I’ve had with a stranger in a long time. So much so, that it felt like connecting with an old friend I had known years ago. She shared with me her journey of TNB, who/where she was before, and the backpacking trip (somewhat similar to what I am about to embark on) that changed her life completely. We also joked, and cursed WP and building websites as non-tech gurus (turns out she has turned even more ‘tech whiz’ than me)! We laughed genuinely, connecting on experiences from the past, present, and even our future goals. Especially the shared distaste for the restriction of clothing, and that being naked is such a natural state to be in! Her honesty, vulnerability and genuine respect for me were so humbling, it made me adore her even more than I had from afar in the digital realm. She then said yes to being interviewed about her definitions of Wellbeing- and I hope to say – the rest is history.
Had I been in that cafe, even just 3 months ago, I am sure I would have drunk my coffee alone. Had it not been for the opening of my heart and soul to this project, I know I wouldn’t have connected with her and truly felt a sense of love for her journey, her message her success, and future dreams. What I feel for this soul is actually beyond words. But because of this, I express my utmost gratitude for the place I am in, for people like Jessa who allow me into their ‘space’ and give me their time and of course energy to inspire and support the journey I follow.
Her interview will be posted in the “Definition Collection” as soon as we have had time to share and edit the final product. Keep an eye out.
If you have had a similar experience, please leave a comment below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear your stories as they inspire me to keep trusting in the path I have chosen and continually accept where time and the universe are leading me. Oh and to believe I'm ENOUGH more than ever before.