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.
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, along with posts of photos/videos from our adventures, outings, travels and travel hacks etc along the way.
Currently we’ve sold most things, left Canada in April 2021 and we’ve been touring Mexico 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.
I’ve 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.
I’ve also started an Etsy shop called CloserLivesEmporium where you can find suitcases, back packs, masks and all sorts of home decor, stationary and apparel items. I’ll leave the link below so you can check it out!
Oh the great debate…
I love getting inspired by blog posts.
I happened upon this post today What’s good for the Soul do that and as I started to comment I realized that maybe I should start a discussion and create a post rather than take up a page worth of his comment section! The post is about racism, understanding, cultural differences and acceptance. Below is what I hoped to post in his comment section in response to his post.
There is beauty in all things even in the people that appear to have no beauty. Even in those who exude hatred. There is a beauty with in them that is very hard to see and understand. It is complicated and requires much time to untangle the actions and moments of their experience in life. Ignorance is such a complicated issue. Society, culture, family, history and experience combine to create belief systems and thought patterns that many people are unaware they even possess. Continue reading
Your denim and mine
Feels roughly fine
Divine Continue reading
I walk and wait
Drowning (in my own fears)
Frowning (the lost years)
Of new life
Reminders of a different day
Full of cries of life
Not anguish and strife
Tears pooling my eyes
I dare not blink
I want the tears to dry
For I fear if I cry
Let a single tear drop
My heart may just stop
Along with yours
I’ve died a million deaths
Stolen lifetimes of breath
To breathe life into you Continue reading
Oh his hands of work and hands of play
His glorious hands that are callused in that sexy way
It’s in his hands that love on me every day
She pounds the ground
Shaking the earth
Making it quake
Deeper than her heart break
Her hot lava erupts
Into a burning rage Continue reading
The challenge: For this week’s writing challenge, channel your inner Abigail Von Buren. Experiment with the question and answer format. Taking inspiration from a question you’ve been asked recently, whether in conversation with a friend or sent in from a reader, don your best counselor hat and share your expertise.
Dear Mrs. I am getting married this week and I am unsure what to expect or how to go about being a husband. Do you have any pointers or tips from your own experience to help me learn to be a good husband to my partner?
To Whom It May Concern
Hold their hand
But not too tight
Use your strength
But not your might Continue reading