Our Experiences Can Be A Shinning Light To Others!

We all have a story, the story of our life. It may be a fairy tale; but it may also be somewhat of a sad story or even a horror story. We do not go into life saying we want to be abused or neglected, or involved in drugs or other addictions. Addictions that will make life a lot harder than it otherwise would be.  But whether we want it or not “it” seems to have a way of finding some of us anyway!

As it turns out, in my case, and the case of my children, we have taken our experiences and used them to help others. We share our stories with others, in hopes that they will be inspired! Inspired to be optimistic, to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That there may really be a reason for the madness!! And that there is life after abuse and other life challenges!

It has taken me years to understand that the abuse that I and my children went through…was not in vain. No matter how hard it may have been, I take solace in the knowledge that I can be a beacon of hope for others. Not despite of, but because of my experience.

I have come to a place in my life where I am grateful for all I have been through. No, I do not wish it upon others. But I do realize, regardless of how I feel, others will go through similar. And these people need to know there is more to this life than the problems, and possibly nightmares, that they are living through now. And there is.

So I go on day after day, some days are harder than others, the ghosts of my past definitely visit me from time to time! But my feelings today, on the ghosts of the past, is so much different than it was a few years ago! Why? Because I have learned to be grateful and I have learned that all life has purpose. I know my purpose is wrapped up in those experiences! So I am grateful for them! I am grateful for my life, exactly as it has unfolded!

To not be would be to stop living, to succumb to the sadness that life could be……. and I am not willing to do that!  And you shouldn’t be either! We are worthy of greatness!  So let’s push forward, shall we?

What Has Gratitude Done For Me?

gratitude-be-the-changeWhat has the practice of, the research of, and the constant writing of gratitude done for me??

Well it is thanks to these gratitude practices that I am able to stand in front of people and love them regardless of what some would perceive as a lack of loyalty, let alone friendship or family ties.

It is how I am able to continue to love in the face of inconsideration to the point of tears. Or mean-spirited-NESS that is not only unnecessary but not equal to the love that is given to them.

It is how I truly am able to stand in love and forgiveness regardless of what is happening.  It is how I keep peace. It is how I can write this and not let it break my heart. Truly I only share to lead by example. Otherwise I would not even talk about it. Because I have gratitude in my life, my cup is full and I have peace! And love!

It is my joy keeper! My sanity keeper! It is what keeps me connected to my creator and to openly and in a clear eyed way know why I am here and what I need to do.

This is what practicing gratitude has done and does for 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!