I’ve been in Iceland for one week and I have to be honest with you – it’s been a really difficult adjustment. Of course, I’m in a BEAUTIFUL country with amazing landscapes, but I think I caught a case of “culture shock.” I was not expecting to be as homesick as I was. Who knew I’d miss the great ole state of Texas? Stepping outside of our comfort zones is not an easy task. Psalm 34:4-5 states, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Overcoming fear does not happen with one step. It is a constant choice that must be made. In the midst of building capacity and stretching our limits, there is grace in the learning process. It’s not going to be easy; however, it’s not always going to be hard either. I’m trying to take every day as it comes and live moment by moment.
Week one adventures: I’ve worked in the studio, gotten to know my fellow residency peers, and have already taken tons of pictures! We explored the city of Selfoss, where one of our Gullkistan Residency directors owns a wool shop. We stopped for some pictures of the black sand at Ölfusá River. We’ve gone to Geysir Geothermal Field and Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. We have attempted to make a traditional Icelandic rye bread that bakes in the ground, which is still cooking! Last night we had an Open Studio at Eyvindartunga (the farm where we are located) and enjoyed a pot luck dinner with the Gullkistan Residency directors and guests.