Well I think you’ll need to grab a drink, get comfy and settle in, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated on my life and status on this blog! There is so much to share about my personal journey and the changes that have gone on over the past few years.
From heart break and the break down of my marriage to the journey of finding freedom and personal independence being single, traveling Europe on a solo trip to then meeting the love of my life a fellow poet from the other side of the globe (England) and a whirlwind romance spanning many countries….from our first, month long date starting in Sydney, Australia with a Royal Caribbean cruise ending with us in England and spanning 6 countries. We got engaged at Aphrodites Rock in Cyprus four months after we started talking and celebrated it in Paris, France. It’s been so magical and rather apt for two poets I’d say.
However I’m not going to get into all of that just yet…but I wanted to share part of what’s been going on in my life to demonstarate the huge role that travel and FINALLY being able to explore the culture and history on this vast planet has made on me and my life.
There are two main positives from the end of my relationship that I am truly thankful for…having the ability to travel and explore areas of the world that I had always longed to go…however that first solo trip to my DREAM destination, Italy….a destination I dreamed of going to with my ex ….it had it’s challenges but also helped to heal the last bits in me that were still longing and mourning.
Honestly, it was a long hard process for me. I didn’t want to let go and I wanted to fight for my family. I considered leaning into my blog here again at that time but I wasn’t quite ready as this blog kind of felt like a shrine and an instant reminder of him and our past. Both the good and bad….I remember him telling me I was wasting my time blogging (even though this blog was on fire back then lol had I only known and kept with it…or come back to it….however all in divine timing right? and here I am now!) I also didn’t want to put too much out there through out the separation and divorce process so the family had privacy and time to adjust etc. Plus, I wasn’t ready.
I did how ever try out Instagram under the handle @writings_of_an_ex_mrs ….you can still find me there…encase one day I wanted to merge my writing platforms….a day like today I suppose… There I shared some poetry and that was part of how I processed my grief…and that also happens to be the very place that I met Leon, someone who understands the power of the pen.
My Instagram link https://www.instagram.com/writings_of_an_ex_mrs/
Bringing me back to the two positives ….ironically enough the 2 first main destinations of my two trips were the top destinations on my ex and I’s travel bucket list. The second destination, his number one dream destination, was Australia and that turned out to be the destination I first laid eyes on my Leon when we both landed there for our first and forever date… gotta love the way the universe works things out. My great friend Jenn works for the Royal Caribbean so I didn’t actually choose Australia it was chosen for me. Hows that for irony.
This leads me into the second biggest positive of the ending of my marriage and that is meeting a partner that I can share my true souls passions and callings … writing and travelling… and being shown that someone out there would indeed actually CROSS oceans and MOVE mountains for me….and that is absolutely what Leon did.
So moving forward I will be sharing my typical blog posts such as this with reference to travels that pertain to messages I think or important, insights into my life and things I’ve learned, lessons and how to’s pondering and poetry etc.
Leon and I also have a travel blog Jenn & Leon Travel https://www.closerlives.com/jennandleontravelblog where you can find blog posts about our travels, accommodations, restaurants and general travel hacks and things we’ve learned along the way. We also have a website attached to our blog in which we sell travel gear, bags, clothing, home apparel etc which you can check out at https://www.closerlives.com/store-collections or at our Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CloserLivesEmporium?ref=search_shop_redirect
We’ve sold most things, left Canada in April 2021 and we’ve toured Mexico, Turkey and Georgia since then. It’s been quite the journey and I’ve been loving every moment of it! I’m very much looking forward to sharing all of our stories.
We’ve also started a YouTube Chanel for our travel videos it would be awesome if you could check it out and subscribe, like and comment….all that good stuff.