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Self Discovery and Wanderlust

As my daughter embarks on her solo adventure to Cartagena, Columbia, after free diving in Utila, a small island off Honduras, I can't help but feel a whirlwind of emotions as a proud but nervous mama. Her fearless spirit and thirst for exploration mirror my journey of self-discovery that began in 2019. With my youngest off to college that same year, I made the bold decision to leave behind a decade of familiarity in search of the one that got away. Little did I know that in seeking her, I would also rediscover myself, one step at a time, one glance at a time."

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” - Walt Whitman

Upon stepping out of my comfort zone, I was unprepared for the challenges that awaited me. Despite considering myself brave and resilient, the combination of being alone, disabled, navigating a high-conflict divorce, and the unforeseen impact of COVID-19 caught me off guard. I looked for guidance and support but ultimately it was up to me to navigate my life. It's true when they say no one is coming for you. It's yours alone to deal with what life has brought for you. Along the way, I relied upon and discovered works by and At night I was comforted by and

I am enclosing a list of three books I currently keep by my bedside. I hope they bring you peace.

1. "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle - This book offers practical advice on how to stay present and centered amid uncertainty and loneliness.

2. "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are" by Brené Brown - Brené Brown explores the concept of vulnerability and self-compassion as a way to overcome feelings of isolation and find connection with others.

3. "Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha" by Tara Brach - This book offers mindfulness practices and meditations to help individuals accept themselves and their circumstances, even in the face of uncertainty and loneliness

I am writing a book on this subject so pardon the brevity of the post.

Stay tuned...

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