Celebrating My 10 Year Anniversary of Living My Dream
Living at the Beach
It is hard to believe that I have been living my dream of living at the beach for 10 years today! Amazing.
Most of my life I secretly wished I could live at the beach. When I dared, I would daydream about living on an island and seeing the ocean every day. Deep down I never believed that it could ever come true. I believed it was impossible.
One author inspired me to dare and to believe that I could walk away from a life of emptiness and maybe even live by the sea. That author was Joan Anderson. Reading her books, A Year by the Sea, A Walk on the Beach and The Road Back to Yourself: The Second Journey gave me hope that maybe just maybe someday.
I would reread them and reread them each time taking the smallest steps towards the possibilities. I am not sure I would have ever had the inspiration to actually step away and step out of my life if Joan Anderson hadn’t put the idea into my head.
It was comforting to know that someone else had these feelings and thoughts about themselves and their life. It lessened the guilt I felt. And that she had the courage to do it- well that just blew me away but it planted the seed in my head and my heart.
For many years I couldn’t find the path but when a door opened to take that first leap out of my life-away from my life that was no longer right for me, I summoned the courage because I had her books and words, guiding me, encouraging me.
I carried those books with me to the woods. Walking the paths of the woods, rereading those books under the trees, I began to listen to the call of the sea.
Another door began to open and I found a way to walk through it. I had no idea what I would find, what I would discover but I followed the call to the sea. With me was Joan Anderson with her words and guidance in her books that I carried with me.
She gave me the idea that it was possible, I received her encouragement along the way. And when I arrived at the sea, I wrote my story, my Second Journey about becoming me.
Today I am celebrating living by the sea for ten years now.
Thank you Joan Anderson, for helping me find my way to the sea.
There was help and support from many sources, many others along my path but the foundation of that support was those books, the words on those pages that connected with my soul.
And I began to live my dream of living on the beach.
Ten years later that dream is amazing – more than I ever imagined.
It has taught me to dream-Dream Big- as Sister Henrita would always say to me while I was hiding in the woods. Now living on an island at the beach is my foundation, my support, as I dream bigger dreams of being on the ocean as often as I can, and cruising around the world someday.