Welcome To Tulip Harbour

Katrina Neil in a white room wearing a peach dress beside a table of tulips

Welcome to Tulip Harbour, I’m so glad you’re here. If you’ve ever felt like you’re juggling a thousand things, striving for perfection, searching for purpose, and losing yourself in the process, this is your haven from the storm. It’s a place where you can take a breather, reconnect to your goals, and gain confidence in who you are called to be. I’ll be sharing stories from my personal experiences in hope of giving you an authentic bird’s eye view to my personal quest to be at rest in both the beauty and chaos of life.

Since we’re just getting to know each other, I think the best place to start is always at the beginning, so this post is more of an introduction and not the whole epic saga. Like a glimpse of the first page of a really good book – enough to pique your interest and give you the rundown on what you can expect from this space.
Tulip Harbour has been on my heart for years, a dream that I couldn’t quite muster the courage to chase. You see, I’m not one to rush into things, well unless we’re talking about buying a house or purchasing a vehicle, those decisions, I can seamlessly make in real time. But with almost everything else, I’ve always had this vivid, almost unrealistic vision in my head, and translating it into real life can be a bit of a struggle.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Tulip Harbour would consist of three distinct pillars, faith, home, and purpose – which, when it all boils down, are the essential components of who I am and have been my north star in navigating the complexities of life with grace and authenticity time and time again.

FAITH: Faith is a source of inner strength, it’s where I find my identity, and my sense of purpose and resilience. Personally, I am a Christian and believe in God, so it would be fair to anticipate seeing my faith represented. That being said, I can appreciate that faith means different things to different people and at its core, faith is about believing in something greater than ourselves and it’s entirely possible that you can take my perspective and find it applicable in a way that resonates with you. Faith matters because it offers us the courage to face life’s challenges, even when the path is uncertain.

HOME: Home is what we make it and it’s where we find solace and belonging. It can also be where we find comfort and I believe that building a home that incorporates these components extends beyond the walls that shelter us. It encompasses the connections we forge, the communities we build, and the environments that breathe life into our souls. Home matters because it’s the one place where we can be unapologetically ourselves. It’s where acceptance reigns, where we’re free to express our truest selves without fear of judgment. To me, Tulip Harbour feels like home and within this virtual community, I hope you’ll find stepping stones into your future, each chapter enriched by the experiences and authenticity you’ve embraced.

PURPOSE: Purpose isn’t always as neatly packaged as we expect it to be, but it’s a big one. It often unfolds in ways we, and others, might not anticipate. Embracing the uncertainty, the fear, and the unconventional path takes immense courage. Yet, it is within the audacity to chase our passions that we uncover a profound sense of fulfillment that pushes us beyond who we are today and who we were made to be.
In a world that sometimes stifles unconventional dreams, having a nurturing space, a haven that encourages you to take risks or to immerse yourself in the stories and conversations of others on the same journey can be the very catalyst needed to leap into the unknown. Finding your purpose isn’t a straightforward task; it’s a venture filled with challenges and (in my case for sure) a number of seemingly awkward experiences.
But, taking that courageous step toward your calling and purpose, no matter how unconventional, contributes to the deeper construction of our identity. It injects meaning into our actions and our choices. Purpose matters because it kindles our motivation, fosters our growth, and empowers us to unearth the vast, uncharted territory of our true potential.

Tulip Harbour is a haven from the storm. It’s about being at rest in the beauty and chaos of life. It’s so much more than just embracing the mess; it’s about learning to be okay with it, and being confident in pursuing your passion, finding your purpose, and defining your identity.

In a world filled with deafening voices, dictating what you could and should be, it’s a challenge to filter out the noise and tune into your own desires and goals. My wish is that my words will echo your own experiences, that you’ll feel like you belong here and that together, we can navigate the incredible maze of life. Let’s explore the art of living life outside the lines, embracing imperfections, and mastering the art of saying “no” when it’s right and “yes” when it truly matters, even when it scares the living daylights out of us. It’s time to drop the anchor and come in from the storm.

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