It’s about surviving and learning to combine my passions
It’s been almost three years since I posted an article here. So much has happened in that time. Let me tell you.
I published my book. In May 2017 it was published. I was proud of myself for the achievement and then it was all over and life moved on.
In October of 2017, Doug and I moved to Florida. We took my parents with us and moved 1000 miles away from our children and grandchildren. There were many reasons why. Go read my article on taking off with love and you’ll get an idea of what was behind the move. Anyway, it was done. With the move came a lot of activity and business that lasted more than two years. Moving to a new state is a lot! And it took time to acclimatize. Heck, I’m still acclimating! Also in May 2017 I sold trips again. This is something I did for a while in 2007 and really enjoyed it. I was a real estate agent for about 13 years and found it extremely stressful. I found that traveling is very similar to Real Estate in many aspects; without all the stress.
So I had a new life, a new home, a new business, and things were going great. I love Florida and I especially love the part of Florida we are moving to. It is in the northeastern part of the state. I researched and visited the place for a few years before deciding on it. Everybody knows I wasn’t going back to Orlando! So, like I said, things were going well! In my travel business, I specialize in cruises and living in Florida is great for that particular specialization. I also decided to start vlogging my personal cruises. To that end, I started a YouTube channel. I’ve had the channel for about 4 years, but have only gotten serious about it in the last year. I’m finally consistent in my uploads and I think I’m on my way to getting a feel for what I’m doing! Ha ha
As you can see, life has taken a turn from writing to traveling. It’s not a bad thing, but I’ve had recent traumas in my life that have brought me back to my writing days. Especially since they were also the most spiritual days of my life. The biggest trauma I experienced in 2019 was the very short (3 months) fierce battle my brother fought against pancreatic cancer and lost. That has rocked my world and caused a rift between me and God. My brother’s passing occurred in June, June 21 to be exact, and for the last 6.5 months I have been drowning. I don’t know how else to describe it. But what I do know is this: it has to stop. I have to find my way back.
For some reason, when I started my travel business, I stopped writing. I didn’t think the two could coexist in my life. After the death of my brothers and my inability to handle it well, I have come to the conclusion that they must learn to coexist! I’ve reached the end of my rope here. I have no options left. Nothing is working to help me get out of this dark hole I’ve fallen into. And stop writing, because the content is not about my cruise business, well that doesn’t work for me anymore!
So here I am. Back in writing. I am going to learn to combine my beliefs in gratitude, forgiveness, encouragement, and the power of love with my love of cruising and vlogging! I hope to resolve this and somehow one love will support the other. Encouraging them to grow and enrich my life and maybe someone else down the road. I don’t know what all this means. I don’t know if it means that I combine the two projects or if it means that I use one to improve the other! I just do not know! But what I do know is that there is nothing more spiritual for me than being in the ocean at sunrise. So that’s where I’ll start!