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!
I’m not going to get into the ins and outs of whats transpired over the past few years yet (how ever I fully intend to!)
I’ve started sharing my poetry and creations on instagram as @Writings_of_an_ex_Mrs so that should give you a little glimpse as to where things are at now. How ever do not be misled I am no longer an EX and I have literally been on the most epic of poetic love stories I have yet to hear. I’m super pumped to start sharing it with you all.
One of the biggest changes ahead is coming in April 2021 when we (my partner Leon…well, actually FIANCE and I) start the digital nomad journey full time (we travelled to 13 countries together in 2019 prior to Covid hitting, after meeting through the Instagram poetry community!) He’s from England and yes fully equipped with that amazing accent….you can take a sneak peak here for some quick catch up and a major write up in the description section if you’d like …….
We have started sharing little clips to the You Tube shorts section since we filmed a lot of footage to share with our Instagram followers so why not start sharing that before we start with our fuller videos in April!
How is everyone doing!? Let me know in the comments if you’re still around and see this!
I will posting on a consistent basis from here on in and I will be doing some editing to my blog aesthetic too.
It’s been thirteen years,
It was a year that
I realized my fears
A year that I thought
I may drown in my own tears
The memory of it
On my heart
burned so deep
I felt abandoned
And Scarred Continue reading
Please watch this video!
I woke up this morning to this lovely short film in my inbox. A sweet friend, who has devoted her professional life to therapeutic foster care issues, sent it along with the words, “Shelley: for those days you wonder ‘why’.”
I’m unsure of how the makers of this film so completely understand the path of a foster child, but I suspect at least one of them has shared the path of this little girl. This film is especially poignant for me, because my children came to me one at a time, which will resonate once you’ve seen the film. Please view and share. My heart is full of tears and love for these artists.
Fantastic woman and writer!
Give her interview a read.
My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega, and I’m a writer of Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller and Horror. My first novel, The Basement, was released in August 2013. It was one of the happiest and proudest moments of my life. It was not easy getting my book published. Once upon a time, I was very naive when it came to the publishing process. I thought all I had to do as a writer was to write the book. Soon, I had a rude awakening when I found out that my manuscript had to be edited. Then I discovered I had to get an agent in order to interest a publisher, and I had to write a query letter in order to get an agent! Well, after many months of querying, I finally got my manuscript in the hands of a publisher… who wanted it edited some more. Phew! A year later, my book…
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A real and honest look at the pressures of beauty on our young ‘ish’ people.
There is something I need to get off my chest. A lot of times we hear the word “bullying” and we think of the big, mean football player shoving kids into lockers in your high school hallway. But bullying happens everywhere. It is not just between young people. It is not so black and white as you may think. It happens on Facebook, Twitter, the workplace, relationships whether they be husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, parent/child, even friends.
At the risk of sounding old, my fear is for young people of today. Despite what we all know SHOULD be the way people think, that what really matters is on the inside, that you are unique and you should embrace it, oftentimes it is not the case today. I have witnessed firsthand people being put down by their looks–by adults, between people online.
Not to mention in pop culture. It’s in song lyrics. You…
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Oldie but a goodie?
People have been flooding my email with questions asking how I did ‘it’. What did I do? How could I have 2,250 followers and over 16,000 hits in just 40 days?
So out of respect for inquiring minds I will share some of my ‘tips’ on how to be a ‘prominent’ member of the blogging community.
Five things NOT TO DO (so don’t do them!)
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