I’ve always embraced the belief that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. A well-known phrase quoted by many, but a guiding force in my life.
It’s just a little yellow envelope, maybe 2″ x 3″ with a little red heart sticker to seal the deal. But, the message inside…
I first introduced you to Amy and Andrew just shy of 3 years ago, February, 2013. They were gearing up to take off to travel the world indefinitely. Honestly, I don’t even remember how I first came upon their blog, Our Big Fat Travel Adventure, but I did and there was just something about the two of them that touched my heart. Fast forward to December 2015 and our paths happily crossed in Washington, D.C. It really is a small world.
This whole concept of so-called retirement has me fascinated. I’m someone who likes to shake it up every few years and I’ve always embraced change. My journey thus far usually found me focused for about 5 years and then when finding myself becoming complacent, I would ache to change direction.
I don’t know why walking the Camino de Santiago has such a hold on me, but it surely does. I learned of the Camino through my blogging community and then Abi and I had the opportunity to see the documentary, “Walking the Camino, Six Ways to Santiago” and I left the theater completely inspired and fully committed to walking. I mean, if a young woman can push her 3-year-old son in a stroller across the country of Spain, then surely, I can make the walk.
Bill and Paige just completed their Camino pilgrimage. They walked the entire 500 miles and lived to tell about it. I knew as soon as they set off I would ask Paige for an interview. Partly, because I knew she’d be honest about their pilgrimage and partly because I am so fascinated with the Camino.
I met Kim, online, just a little over a year ago. We struck up and have maintained an online friendship that has brought us to this point; me interviewing Kim, just as she launches her book, “Life on Fire.” Kim is the voice behind the blog So Many Places. Along with her husband, Brian, they are traveling the world and I – like so many others – have been following their journey from the beginning.
Guess what? Southern Oregon’s got beer! Yep, it’s true! Visit southern Oregon and hike to Upper Table Rock, ride your bicycle down the twist and turns of Mt. Ashland Road, play a round of golf or paddle your way through the white waters of the Rogue River and then cap it off with a cold beer. Sound good?!
Ellen, is a contributor to our growing collection of recipes. While communicating with her online I had the suspicion she had an interesting story, a little birdie kept whispering in my ear, “There’s a story there.” I asked Ellen if I could interview her and I was right, she has a lovely story and she has a lovely talent!