Sunday, January 30, 2011

Life is a journey,...not a guided tour..."REMEMBER TO SMILE ALONG THE WAY!!"

Happy Sunday Everyone...
A year ago just about this time actually someone sent me a link to Life on a train. Today someone sent it again. I opened it, watched and read the passages on each video page. In general it talks about how the seasons of our life is like life on a train where you get on and off at each station in your life. What you do at each station and how the things you do can make the difference in your life.

 If you haven't seen this video/slide show I invite you to take a few quiet minutes to check it out. It truely puts the seasons of our lives into prespective.

Life is a journey,...not a guided tour..."REMEMBER TO SMILE ALONG THE WAY!!"

All of us have met many people here in blogland.. we each feel comfortable sharing different aspects of our lives with each other... some of us are more personal then others. some touch others in a profound way, others make us laugh or cry or feel good about our selves.
Learning to Blog was one of those train stations that I decided to get off for a spell, visit and hope to make new friends and help to build my business... I've had a wonderful time here and I think I will stay awhile.
I can't describe my mood today in one word, I can only say I feel very happy but a little unsettled... In my heart I know it is mostly winter blues. The first of the year seems to always be a hard time for me above and beyond the cold, snow and being what I call shut in. It's a time when work is always non stop, money is always short, Tax time is approaching, both Federal and House..uggg...the sun hardly ever shines and above all there never seems to be enough hours in the day!
Seems I am not the only one who feels that way!! I've read blog after blog filled with winter blues and each of us is more then eager for Spring to arrive.
With Spring, comes new life and new adventures. The sun shines, flowers pop up out of the ground and we are all ready to jump on the train and take a ride into a new season leaving behind all the things that made us feel Blue... Fact is we don't really leave those things behind we simply look at them differently somehow..funny how sunshine can do that or a flower popping out of the ground standing almost makes us stand a little prouder doesn't it? 
Oh and when we step outside and the birds are singing, we find ourselves singing and our step is filled with a little more spring to it. 
Our train ride seems to move more swiftly and all of those things that seemd to drag us down don't seem to bother us as much even though they are still there.

As I write this all I can think about is the coming of Spring.

My life takes on a totally different role when Spring arrives in all its Glory. I look forward to it a little differently then others. You see it is the beginning of a totally different life style for me until the leaves turn brown, Fall ends and winter begins its entrance.
I own a boat..yes Captainblondee here!!
My boat was a long ago dream that still holds all the passion it did the first day I took it across Lake Erie. A place where the wind hits my face and the sun is on my back, a place where I find the greatest peace. I live on my boat in the summer 5 to 6 days a week. I got to tell you there is no greater feeling then being rocked to sleep at night when the water sings its lulaby as the waves slap against the bottom of the boat. 
I think that is where my heart is right now and maybe even where my thoughts are.

I know in my heart that in a few years from now I will no longer be capable of being Captainblondee by myself. Yes I captian my boat alone and love it. Part of moving closer to my kids was a direct result of knowing that my years were numbered when it came to boating. I knew I would need them close by to help take away the sadness I will feel when I close that chapter of my life.
My boat has given me the most wonderful experiences in life. Because of my boat I started & have run a cleaning business on Kelley's Island for the last 10 years. My cleaning business afforded me the ability to follow my dream of creating and selling my Primitive Creations in the winter.
She blessed me with so many friends and memories. i will miss her and all that she has given me when it's time to let her go, get on the train and ride to the next season of my life.

Yep that is what I was thinking about when I started this blog.. where will my next season lead me.. My dream it leads me to find a little hunk of land with a big old barn on it that I can turn into a shop with an apartment in it but who knows if that is what God has in mind for me... ???

As I end this I just want to say to all of you out there   ~Follow your Dreams!!
They will take you places you never thought you would go... It's not always easy and sometimes its not what you expected or maybe even wanted but in the end it is all you need to find peace in your heart and love to feed your soul..

Have a great Day!


  1. Wishing you joy wherever your season takes you.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  2. Thank you Tonya, I needed this post today. Enjoy your little yacht while you can!

  3. What a great post. The life is a journey verse would make a nice verse to stitch on a sampler. Blessings!

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