Hello Spring!

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Happy Spring to you!  Well, it has been some time now since I have been here on my blog. No reason other than we moved to Florida in the last few months and it has taken a lot of my time away from other things.  Including writing!

So, yes we moved from Indiana to Northeastern Florida in Oct 2017. This has been a goal of mine for quite some time now. I am excited that it became a reality and so far we love living here!

Why the move? Honestly the biggest reason was that it was time for me to grow up and let go of my adult children!  It didnt seem to be something I could accomplish living with in a few miles of them all, so we moved 1000 miles away. It was not just for me, it was for them too.  I am trying to do us all a service!  Due to the nature of our lives as they were growing up, I think we are all a little bit co-dependent. I want more for my children than a dysfunctional relationship with their mom!  LOL   Okay, I am sure it is not all that bad, but really the problem lies within me and my psyche….. if you have been around for awhile then you know I had my life all planned out in a certain manner and it all blew up in my face! Well, I was having a hard time letting go, I really wanted that family compound! All the kids and grandkids under one roof, or if not one roof then within walking distance of each other. Then, like a slap in the face, other people were getting my dreams……… I’m not even sure they had spent their lives pining for it as I had. LOL

That is how life works! It does what it wants, not what you want. Quite often it gives you something you never knew you wanted. So I try (now) to roll with it. I know God has plans for me so I just keep moving forward. I feel like in Indiana I had stopped moving forward, I was stuck in one place waiting…waiting….waiting for that life I had spent my entire momhood praying and planning for!  It had passed me by and I was done mourning it and wishing it back. I wanted to appreciate what I did have, past and present, and I wanted to mold myself a new life. So I did.

And here I am in NE Florida! Living a life that is taking some getting used to! Not that it is a bad thing, it is not! It is just different. An entirely different life than I ever imagined for myself!! Wow!!! How different!! And of course, my kids are not with me. I never ever in a million years thought I would say that! But God will make you so uncomfortable that you will have no choice but to make changes you never thought possible!  And so here I am.

I hope to be here, on this blog, a lot more than I have been. You know my book was published last May. I have not yet begun a new one, although I have ideas. But I have been busy. I am also a travel agent that specializes in cruising and Disney….to that end I have  been making some YouTube videos about our adventures. Recently we cruised with Celebrity on the Equinox. I do not know if you have an interest in this type of thing, but if you do please feel free to check out my channel. The name of it is Desperately Seeking Christine.  Apropos…no?  lol   If you choose to visit and subscribe you will be welcome! And hopefully enjoy!

In the meantime I do hope to see you around more often!  Hope you are well. ~ I love you!

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Do you love cruising? Disney? Both? Check this out!

So if you have followed my blog for any amount of time you know I love cruising and Disney! And I love talking about them also!  Well I have decided to combine my love of cruising/Disney and talking about it with a business! I have become a Travel Agent specializing in Cruises AND Disney park vacations.

So the above picture is of my blog which will talk all about cruising and Disney! I’ve been doing these types of vacations for over 13 years and have a lot of experience! I want to share it with you. There will be blogs, and videos, and there will be giveaways and tips and tricks!

If this sounds interesting just click the picture above and go to my blog!  Join me!

Gratitude on the Open Seas!

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Disney Fantasy docked at Castaway Cay- Their private island!

In my lifetime I have worn a few different hats, career wise.  I began my adult wage earning life as a Medical Insurance processor and a Medical Coder. I did that (and a lot more for a Trauma Surgeon) for 6 years; then I did it for a company that made post operative medical equipment. After 10 years I left that field and moved to Indiana to marry a man that wanted nothing more for me than to take the time to discover who I am.

It is this man that gave me the opportunity, to have the space to grow, to learn what it is that I am passionate about. I took a few detours along the way, trying this hat on or that hat on. I became a Realtor, (which I love!!) I was the manager of a Women’s fitness center, I founded a Charitable Foundation to financially assist single parent families, I dabbled in Retail, I became a Travel Agent! All on my way to discovering who I am………. and I did! I have discovered what it is that drives me! I have discovered my passion!

My passion? Seriously…my passion is to be grateful, to express gratitude, to share with others what gratitude has done for me, to encourage others to be grateful. This I know is true.

I also know this….. I love to help others.

And I love cruising! I love exploring far away places. I love floating along on the ocean with nothing to do but stare at the water and be grateful! Cruising encourages gratitude in me.

So it is only natural that I should decide that I would LOVE to book cruises for others. That I should want to share the world of cruising with others!  I have been on 11 cruises with number 12 coming up on Dec 10 and number 13 on March 5, 2017. I have sailed NCL, RCCL, DCL, and Carnival. I have been all over Mexico, the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, San Juan….I do not say this to brag, I say it only to prove that I have some knowledge of cruising!

Having said this, what I have discovered is that I do not think there is anywhere that I can work where I can just book cruises for others.  If there is I have not found it! And really I am most happy when I am just freely sharing my experiences!! **Not that using a travel agent costs you anything, because it does not! It’s just a term…..

What I want to say is this- I hope you don’t mind, and may even enjoy, that I want to blog on occasion about my cruising experiences, I want to share photos and such (like these which I took on one of our cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy)

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St Thomas  Disney ship and Carnival Ship
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St Thomas Trunk Bay

so that hopefully someone may gain knowledge from my experiences. And I want to chat about cruising! I want to share my info with anyone that wishes to ask questions. I just want to give as much as I can to others, maybe some good information that may help them have a great cruising experience. I already help friends and families with this and I want to help anyone who may come across this blog and find my posts.

So in addition to encouraging gratitude I will also be encouraging cruising! It is a vehicle I use to inspire gratitude in my life! And it can be in your life too!

**** and it does not have to break the bank!! It is pretty much all-inclusive, or can be, and I will show you all kinds of tips and tricks to make your first cruise experience great!