Variety is the spice of life.
I am duality; the Gemini who grew up an Army brat, the impatient rebel with a high-C personality, a recovering perfectionist. Moving frequently fueled my love for travel and honed my skills at adaptation. Having a drill instructor for a father balanced my character with discipline and grit. Having a military mother taught me courage, independence and the power of silence in suffering. I am a lifelong learner.
I am the femme artist with messy hair and manicured feet. I have a Ph.D in hedonism and five star refinement in the manner I engage with the world and appreciate its artful pleasures, luxurious fare and beautiful things. I am also impetuous and have the habit of flinging myself into challenges, diving in head first, arms flailing. I get delirious over following my feet into the adventure of wild places and untamed territory. My primal spirituality expresses itself through the archetype of the nature child, and the primary means of communication between my soul and the Great Creator is through nature, the elements and animals. I aim to practice good medicine on this good red road.
I am driven to dream. This blog is about what happens when you learn to stop being so rational and start pursuing your God-given desires. Go after that dream! You know, that fire in your gut that tempts you and taunts you but you quench the spirit because it doesn’t make sense in your sensible world. I am conducting an experiment. I believe that if I can throw off all that holds me back and run with all of my heart and all of my might and all of my faith and all of my courage that I can finally catch it, touch it, taste it. Whatever IT is. I am done restraining myself. I am reclaiming my freedom.
Mid-August 2016 I went out alone into the wilderness, #nomakeup. For days I did not speak. I had no cell service nor Internet. In this quiet solitude I put all of the pieces of my life on the table. Nothing was sacred anymore. I picked up each and every piece of my life, examined it, and then asked myself, “Does it stay or does it go?” I let go of many things during this process, things that were precious to me. But in that solitude and clarity, I knew it was right and good. I also knew I needed a more serious personal pilgrimage, something that would take me to the edge of myself and then beyond. And so…
Mid-October 2016 I went on #walkabout. I started in Washington, where left the family business, a winery in which I was poised and prepared for ownership. I packed up my car and my 9yo pup (her name is Justice) and hit the road. I had no set schedule, no set plan, other than to follow my feet and to spend my time connecting with primal nature. My goal was to unplug, disconnect and clear the clutter in my mind so I could discover who I really am and what I really want.
I spent 10 weeks and 10,641 miles on this #roadtrip. I liked being in tune with my spirit and being in tune with nature. I liked the person I was becoming in the process. It was the me I always wanted to be. I started believing I could learn how to be this me all of the time. I was determined to discover how. And so…
January 2017 I decided to make travel a full-time gig. My original goal was to lay down 1,000 foot-miles in 2017, logging those miles across all 50 states. I was traveling simply again with Justice, camping and eating out of my picnic basket. I challenged myself to move my body each and every day, to connect with the land in a tangible way, to experience America the Beautiful in all of her diversity and to develop a better sense of place. I also challenged myself to come out of my hiding place, to cease isolating myself, to be the real me, genuine and present among my people, to find my voice and to speak my truth, to be free.
A remarkable thing happened. My inner Self emerged and began connecting to people in a deeper way. My authenticity seemed to give others permission to be more authentic too. We began sharing pieces of ourSelves in ways I had never imagined possible. Women in particular began confiding in me that they too feel a deep inner urge for solo adventure and transformative travel, but they felt stuck, like they couldn’t actually go for it. This happened so frequently that I became disturbed by it. Why do SO MANY women feel this deep inner urge? And WHY are they not answering the call?
The GO Project: Thus was born the concept for my book and ongoing research project. My book is called GO: Sacred Solo Travel – A Woman’s True Story. It is written to inspire, inform and equip the woman who feels that inexplicable need to GO – to clear her mind (maybe process her pain) and find herself again. The book is a collection of adventure stories from my recent Walkabout, the secrets of life I learned along the way, and a roadmap of tips that any woman can use to plan a solo travel adventure of her own. It is a celebration of true feminine power and an exploration of the wild within.
The deets: I am Sonya Louise. My name means Wise Warrior. I am 44 years young. I am presently *location independent* and scouting the earth to find the best healing places for women. I have one beloved adult son, and I was delighted to welcome my first grandson into this world last year. I have two sisters, two brothers, three mothers, two fathers and a large, extended family that spans the entire continental US.