Monthly Archives: March 2009

Celebrate and Breathe

austin-and-mom1I have been celebrating the birth of Austin, my second grandchild, on March 26 at 8:07 am. He weighed in at 9lbs 3 ozs and is a real cutie. He was born at home with Mom, Dad, 2 midwives and myself. It was cool being on this side of the contractions but it was a long night.

How amazing. What a miracle. I have been staying with the kids and doing some little things to help them out. What a way to take my mind off of my trip. At this very moment I can’t imagine leaving him behind BUT, I want to send thanks to my friend Leslie who said, “Breathe him in so that you can carry him with you when you go on your adventure!”

So, I am cuddling and breathing in deeply.



A dragon heralded my adult reintroduction to a creative life.

Today I think of dragons as being creative, dangerous, and transformative.
I also like the idea that they hoard a stash of treasure and like things that glitter. I try to keep a dragon heart in my journey through life. When I first started speaking I would clutch one in my hand. Did it give me strength or was I strong already? Who knows. I liked having it though.

Every door conceals a dragon blowing flames, daring you to step across the threshhold and yet for those willing to ride the beast, there is strength, courage and the ability to step into a life that you have never dreamed possible.

Dragon energy is magical .




Thanks to Sue H. a good friend for this:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless   ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. –Goethe

I’m feeling bold right now. Thanks.


Birthdays are interesting days. Once I reached 30 I was given to understand that I should hide the fact that I was getting older….BooHoo. I love birthdays. At 40, I was told to NEVER tell my age…. at 50, the teller gave up.

Happy Birthday to Me. It is my new year, a time to look back and celebrate last years accomplishments…or lack of them and to look forward with excitement into the new year.

The coming year looks great. A new baby coming soon I hope, promised for a birthday present but babies do what babies do so I am not holding my breath….  And my quest across canada.

I don’t know where that will bring me or what to expect but I’m ready.

Thanks to everyone for their good wishes.

All the world conspires

I have heard it said that once you commit to something all the world conspires to make it happen for you.

As the weeks race by pushing my leaving date closer and closer, I am starting to see that happen. Late last week I was answering phones to help get a writing retreat going and Victor called me. I had never met him before but as our conversation progressed, I realized that he is a traveller. I questioned him and found that he is from Belgium and is travelling the world with no money, no plan and good will to all. We had a very inspiring conversation in which he shared many tips and advise. He left me with a renewed sense of enthusiasm.

When I got off of the phone I realized, that it is true. The whole world is conspiring to get me on the road.

8 Weeks and Counting

I can’t believe it. After 20 years of dreaming, look at the calendar. I am going in 8 weeks.

May 5th my driving buddy and I strike out at the crack of dawn heading for her sister’s in BC. We will be pushing it. No exploring on the way…well, maybe a little. I will visit there long enough to catch my breath and head for friends and family in Pitt Meadow, Victoria, Campbell River and then on to my eventual starting point in Port Hardy. I am overwhelmed with excitement. I’m not sleeping…every moment of down time is spent with my mind spinning…don’t forget this, what if that….

That kind of excitement is energizing. I jump out of bed every morning ready to roll. I guess it is that adrenaline that is missing when you are living a same old…same old life. On the other hand, all of this excitement can be exhausting.

I want to live my life in colour. Spring is coming. Life is good. Vicki