Who am I?
Well, that’s quite a question. Here’s a glimpse, but for more than these insights, you’ll just have to hang around to get to know me. I am a:
Two-time cancer survivor: Early-stage breast cancer was diagnosed following my first mammogram in 2002. In 2012, a completely different type of tumor was detected following an emergent appendectomy, goblet cell carcinoid (GCC). A ruptured appendix and a talented, caring surgeon saved my life twice in the Summer of 2012.
Sometimes I look at our rig and think, “Holy #$*! I drive that rig!”
Full-time RVer: I share a 38’ fifth-wheel RV with my beloved Scottish husband and our wee dog, living my dream of the road. I attribute my nomadic genes to my Dad and grew up with Chevy Suburbans and travel trailers. With retirement age yet a few years away, we set sail in this lifestyle in 2010. It is quite the adventure and very liberating to downsize at midlife, but full-timing ain’t for wussies. And yes, I do the towing of our rig. I dig it. Our lifestyle is by choice. Life is short. Carpe diem while you still can.
Virtual Assistant: Combining 24 years of telecommuting with my previous skills and experiences as secretary, personal assistant and office manager, being a virtual assistant is the perfect fit for my current lifestyle. Shortly before we hit the road in 2010, I joined oDesk simply to test the waters and see if it was a viable option. Six years later, oDesk and Elance have merged into Upwork, and I have been fortunate to be steadily employed as an independent contractor with a solid reputation. Currently I am working with two long-term clients, enjoying my interactions with them and the variety of my responsibilities and making a tidy income from my efforts. The profession of virtual assistant does indeed fit the full-timing lifestyle perfectly. Wherever I might choose to be, I can take my job(s) with me!
Usui Reiki Master/Teacher: From years 2003 through 2007, I saw clients and taught classes on a regular basis. More than those activities, walking the path of a Reiki Master/Teacher is a way of life and a commitment not to be entered into lightly. Okay, I am only human and thunderclouds do pass over the goodness and light at times, but the Reiki principles (and much of the philosophies of the Red Path) govern my core being. You can visit my Reiki presence by clicking here. I miss teaching and sharing Reiki with others; who knows? One day I may hang out my shingle again. The Universe will know when it’s time.
Native Texan: You can take this gal outta Texas, but you just can’t take Texas outta this gal. Our permanent residency remains in The Lone Star State.
Writer/Storyteller: My Muse first appeared in earnest during the Winter of 2005-2006, when I spent three months with my then fiancé/now husband in his native Scotland. Blogging was a way to capture my impressions and experiences and to let family and friends know I was okay during my first trip abroad with a man I had spent about two weeks with prior to winging across the Atlantic. I have been told over the years that I should write a book about my cancer experience, Life outlook and the story of how Dave and I ended up together. Others have labeled me a “storyteller” and, yes, I have utilized the recounting of personal experiences in my Reiki classes as a means of affirmation and bolstering confidence in my students. This WordPress blog is about a fourth incarnation of blogs, and I duplicate post on Blogger. (I’ve been giving WP a right test drive recently.) I have participated in various blog hops, including the Blogging from A to Z April 2012 Challenge, and have been a guest blogger in a few places over the years. Since my surgeries in 2012, however, my Muse has made only fleeting appearances now and then, so my blogging has been sporadic and I have made no more progress on my WIP (work in progress). Perhaps in 2015?
And . . .
This bracelet was gifted to me in 2005; the first occasion the title of Warrior was bestowed on me.
I am a Warrior: Warrior, self-described and described of me by others. Survivor of not only cancer but of Life.
The spirit of a warrior is not geared to indulging and complaining, nor is it geared to winning or losing. The spirit of a warrior is geared only to struggle, and every struggle is a warrior’s last battle on earth. Thus the outcome matters very little to him. In his last battle on earth a warrior lets his spirit flow free and clear. And as he wages his battle, knowing that his intent is impeccable, a warrior laughs and laughs.
From A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda