A question from Chuck: What do you really want to do?

Toasting the new year with great neighbors and friends

Wow, Chuck, thanks for giving me lots of food for thought!  “What do you really want to do?”  After tossing several answers up in the air (i.e. my fantasy ’round the world, first class trip, with no time or money restraints).  See my complete description of this fantasy trip here:  http://sandy280.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-your-greatest-fantasy-trip I love meeting new people, helping others, reading, writing, traveling, etc.  After discounting them, one by one, I finally said, “I want to write!  I love writing and that’s what I do every day!”  No matter how I feel, I will continue writing as long as I am physically and mentally able.  I really do enjoy it!

That, my friend, is why I am writing this blog — I love writing, I love meeting new people, I love helping others and I love to travel.  So, why can’t I do all of those things through a blog?!?  Through this blog I will be sharing lots of entertaining travel stories, offering travel tips and opening this up to you, to enable you to share your own stories and/or ask questions.  My experience and expertise is in customer service, travel, sales and marketing, branching out (opening travel offices) in the travel industry, real estate brokerage owner and writing.   When someone has a variety of career paths they call them ‘Entrepreneur’ — in my case, I just did not know what my expertise was and what I was best at.  It was not very surprising to find out AFTER my career ended that I really was that ‘Jill of all trades and mistress to none’.  Not a great choice of words, but, you get the idea.  I never did settle on just one thing or one career path.  If you put my life on a map, using my desires, work histories and work paths I either chose or was placed in, it would resemble a state map with many dotted (unfinished roads or projects in my case) lines, a few solid lines showing the permanent roads or in my case the career paths I took over the years and many ‘spaghetti’ bypasses and overpasses as you find in the cities today, but in my case they were the “life happened” situations that caused me to spin out of control temporarily or I made some impromptu, impulsive or drastic changes in my life.  Change isn’t always good, so thank goodness, the bad things were mostly temporary.

I enjoy playing bridge, Scrabble, Facebook’s Words With Friends, Word Trick and online Scrabble, reading, gardening, a big spectator sports fan (especially the teams my grandchildren are on, football, lacrosse, track, swimming, cheerleading), photography (my own, my children and grandchildren’s and the photos shared with me by my dear friends), music (especially my grandson’s songs and songs shared by friends), theater, movies and writing (all forms — blogs, articles, letters, emails, journal-writing, poetry and books–still working on finishing one of the five I started over the past thirty years).

As I hear from each of you (I hope) I will live vicariously through your tales of fun travel and commiserate with you on the not so fun travails through your own journeys.  And, as I add to my own travels, I will share those experiences here as well, along with some of my former disastrous travel tales.

So, please share your stories, your photos and videos and everything you feel up to sharing.  Please no pornographic photos or videos and let’s please keep the language PG-13,

I was searching for some inspirational words from other writers and came across this quote from Stephen King, which is absolutely on target:

‘You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart.  You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names.  You can come to it because you want a girl (or guy) to marry you or because you want to change the world.  Come to it any way but lightly.  Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.’

                                                                                                     ~Stephen King~

Absolutely brilliant, Mr. King.  I admire you and your work.  Your books have never failed to make me feel as if I was part of the action.  Thanks for sharing that sage advice!  If we can learn to do that every time we sit down to write, then eventually there will not be any boring books or articles written!

Thanks for visiting my blog!  Please bookmark it now to enable you to come back often to read the new blogs and to add your own new experiences.



About sandy280
My Story . . . My life is a work in progress . . . ever changing and I'm always ready to try something new. I've come full circle in my life and I am now ready for the Golden Years! My goal is to finish at least two of the five books I have started writing. I love writing poetry, especially poems that are therapeutic to write. I would love to meet and fall in love with the man of my dreams, if he is out there and it's meant to be. This is a favorite quote of mine and I do believe it is true: "Come grow old (or young) with me. The best is yet to be." If you are a single (maybe single again), Baby Boomer, you, too, have experienced many loves in your life, some were long-term marriages and some were only puppy loves; however, each one has brought you to this point in your life, maybe trying to find someone to live out the rest of your life with. Hopefully, you are a happy person, not "needing" someone in your life, but "wanting" that special someone to live out the rest of your life with, someone to do things with or do nothing with. We never know whether today is our last day here on earth, so why not live it as if it were?!? The ups and downs of my life have made me stronger and prepared me for bigger and better things now. And, I also think Sam Keen's quote from To Love and Be Loved is so appropriate: “We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” None of us are perfect and when we start looking at imperfect people to find the perfect person for yourself, then, and only then, will you find your dream person! Good luck! I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I believe we are all survivors, if we want to be. I love the words and message in Brooks and Dunn's song "Believe", Tim McGraw's song "Live Like You were Dying" and Josh Turner's song, "Why Don't We Just Dance" and "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum. Combine all of the words and the advice in those songs and you will have my own philosophy! Clearly we should enjoy each day and do the things we want to do, so live each day like you were dying! Life is just too short, so make up your own Bucket List and start checking them off now. May God bless! Bragging rights: I have two adult children who have blessed me with three grandchildren each, three grandsons and three granddaughters. And, as of 12/26/2013, all six are teenagers! The youngest is 13 and the oldest is 19 and in his sophomore year at Wingate University. (See My Family photo that my grandson, Stephen, took for me on January 3, 2014 -- my beautiful family portrait! BTW it was around 20 degrees that morning, but much colder with the wind chill factor, when we walked out behind the restaurant to pose for this portrait, that's why our smiles are frozen, our hair is windblown and our cheeks are rosy!) "I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love." ~~Marilyn Monroe~~ ·This quote seemed too good and appropriate for me not to share it with you. RIP Marilyn! I finally had my "internal flip switch" turned back on after years of saying "Never, again!" I am ready to start living life again, one day at a time, as though today could be my last day on earth, because one day it will be. I have missed having a funny, yet, sincere and honest, fun loving, caring and loving man in my life -- could you be the one to enhance my happiness as I enhance yours? Let's find out if sparks fly when we meet face to face from the electricity generated between us -- the "IT" factor, the chemistry that seems so elusive, then and only then can we can grow younger together. I can only promise you that I give more than I take; my love will be unconditional and you will find me there when you need me and in the background doing my own thing when you don't. My life, as with most people, has included ups and downs, ins and outs, the Chaos and Butterfly Theory does make sense to me. This is a great video about how these things do effect us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfD1OsP-Bv8 Please do not hesitate to drop me an email, asking me questions or making comments regarding any of my blogs. I look forward to hearing from any of you, especially the potential Mr. Rights. Until then -- take care. Sandy

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