How do you know when to change direction?

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“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” – Hugh Laurie

The past few years, I’ve had a few visits to the school I taught in for over a decade. Now, I walk in, get my photo taken, hand over my license and wander around with a visitor’s sticker in lieu of my staff identification. I come and go at my own choosing. It’s weird. I didn’t retire, I chose to change directions in life and although I continue to feel welcomed by my school, it’s staff, faculty and students, it feels different now. But in reality, I never really knew for certain that that particular time was the time to leave…somewhere along the line I had to leap. It’s not an easy choice.

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine…it’s lethal” -Paulo Coelho

Through real and virtual connections, I’ve recently heard many discussing similar situations. People branching out of their 9-5 and heading off in different direction choosing life online as the way to make their main income or continue it on the side until they’re ready to leap. There seems to be heaps of coaches, direct sales, marketers and more flooding the pages of my social media feeds daily and many seemingly make more in a month than some professionals I know. The world is definitely changing direction.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading” -Lao Tzu 

What about you? Have you had an ‘on the side’ hobby you want to take mainstream? Have you longed for a change of venue, career, pace or geographical location? Have you made the leap already? How did you find it? Sometimes, I wonder if this is the correct destination (in geography and career) or if I’m still on a journey to find the right path. Each day I know I’m happy being in the process and trying to continue to make that leap. Each day I know that leaving one was a choice I was lucky to have. Each day I know that this is a journey, perhaps with many varied stops along the way. Some stops are for longer than others, some stops you revisit and others you can’t wait to leave. No matter what, if you’re lucky enough to be on the journey, you’re lucky enough.

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction” – Winston Churchill

Right now, I’m enjoying this stop, both literally and figuratively. Right now I’m making my way in the world through writing, event planning and consulting and planning time for healthy lifestyle, visits with those we love and a bit of adventure. Sure, it’s not as stable as the path on which I was once on, but, it’s a choice and mine to make. Perhaps there will be more stops and changes of direction, but for now, I’ll keep plugging away enjoying the opportunities, challenges and new experiences that come along. I’m not sure you ever really know when the time is right, but, I know that if you never leap…you’ll never know. Happy leaping!

How do you ‘vacation’?

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Now this was a new experience! You know the saying, ‘you can take the girl out of New York…’, well, there’s a portion of that that’s true for me. I firmly believe that the best bagels are from New York, there’s something special about Long Beach sand and that if something seems a little shifty, it probably is. I shy away from pushy sales pitches, the ‘it sounds too good to be true’ stuff, and anyone that tells me ‘you must’ or ‘you should’. This weekend we had an interesting experience. Not really shifty, not too ridiculous – one of those you’d chalk up to experience and file it under the ‘this might not be for me’ heading. Have you ever had one of those? Read the rest of this entry

Looking forward

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Do you ever find yourself in a rut? A few days go by and you’re in a funk and can’t get out? Sick, have to stay in bed for a few days and can’t find the motivation to move forward when you’re feeling better? Have an inkling that something might be wrong but can’t put your finger on it? In a moment of clarity you kick yourself and say, ‘get out of that funk – stop being depressed and find the happy’; but sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds. I have no medical degree, and I’m not speaking (of course) about serious depression or diseases you can’t control…I mean that bit of sad that creeps in every once and awhile an attempts to dim your sparkle. Read the rest of this entry

Musings from the bus

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We have one car in San Diego. Most of the time, it’s easy to maneuver – sometimes it takes a bit of strategic planning and logistic analysis. More often than not…I take the bus. Recently, I’ve had to go to a bunch of doctor visits about 25 minutes away and San Diego’s Bus 3 has been my route of choice. Only a block from my doorstep – it’s easily accessible and filled with a cast of characters who often make the minutes tick by quickly. The other day was no different. Read the rest of this entry

Missed connections, found connections

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This past weekend, I reconnected with a former student. Now in her thirties, my former Student Government officer is a successful athletic trainer for a professional sports team and travels with another of global fame. While she was in San Diego with the latter, we had a chance to catch up and take in a game. Two days after our 1-hour chat, I received a message that her flights were unable to take off (due to the ‘snowmaggeddon on the east coast’) and needed a place to stay for a few nights. Without hesitation, she was here. Is this a message from the universe or just a simple missed connection? Read the rest of this entry

Stuff, stuff and more stuff

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In an ode to George Carlin, my mother reminds me that I have stuff everywhere. Strange, considering I’ve been doing my best to become much more of a minimalist than I was growing up. Then, there was stuff everywhere – but it was mostly contained to my room. Bottles of island sand, Disney figurines, keepsakes and photos as far as the eye could see. Today, there are still photos, but the rest is minimal. It’s not the stuff in the place I’m in that’s the thing, it’s the stuff strewn in various locations that’s the issue – and I have far less stuff than many! Anyone else feel this way?

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San Diego Travel and Adventure Show…take 2

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This past weekend was my second year at the San Diego Travel and Adventure Show. Hosted by Unicomm®, this two day event took place at the San Diego Convention Center. Enter at your own risk should really be posted at the door, as the moment you enter you’re bound to want to head off on an adventure or book something within minutes.

In one afternoon you can cross oceans and state lines, travel by land, sea or air and envision a journey of epic proportions. Hike a mountain, ride a segway, take a cooking class – no matter the dream, the travel and adventure show can help you build it. Whether you were enthralled by Pauline Frommer’s depiction of small group and volunteer travel descriptions, listened attentively as Samantha Brown detailed her family travel experiences or felt the burning need to hug a giant panda – the travel show had much to offer. Read the rest of this entry

The planning stages

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International flights and Red Centre tour booked and the rest is under construction..this is the part I love! As we pull together the research, the investigation, the lists and the growing suggestions from friends – the planning stages are underway. What’s your favourite part of travel? Read the rest of this entry

Perspective from a friend

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How do you see yourself? Are you the risk taker or the one who over-analyzes? Are you the nervous nelly or the one who jumps in with both feet? Are you the doer, the creative one, the active one or the shy one? The way we see ourselves may be what we put out into the world, but it’s not necessarily how others see us.

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New year…new outlook

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It’s weird.

These two months of the year often bring about reflections and resolutions. Everywhere you look people are trying to add exercise into their routine, get out of debt, eat healthy, clean up their acts and find new direction for the year ahead. Is this part of your New Year’s regimen? Read the rest of this entry