Our family has had many years of ups and downs with lots of medical issues. I have suffered from thyroid problems for over 20 years, JR has developed allergies and many aches and pains over the years and our daughter has had over 2 years of unexplained pain and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at age 14. We have been to doctor after doctor to try to figure out how best to treat all of us. We have been called crazy (not in a good way), we have been told we were imagining things or that we were making things up. We accumulated bags of medicines that just never worked or had tons of side effects. Finally, when we had had enough and knew we were going to have to take things into our own hands, we started looking for natural approaches to help manage our conditions.
For years we have taken photos and videos on all our adventures diving and traveling, most of them get saved on a hard drive and very seldom get looked at again. A recent trip to St. Croix brought us face to face with an eel that had previously been fed by local divers and we had our cameras rolling during a very uncomfortable encounter. This was my catalyst to get learning on how to edit videos and the result is our first video to share on our site. I know it is not perfect and I have a long way to go, but for my 1st attempt, I am pretty happy. I look forward to sharing more videos here as I get them completed. Hope you enjoy!
I wanted to pass along a great money saving tip I discovered. I have saved so much money using the HP Instant Ink service and they have offered me a special link to give my friends and family to allow both you and me to earn free ink! How awesome is that???? Ink can be one of the biggest expenses a family or a business can have.
With prom season in full gear, I thought I would tell you about one of our favorite adventures and a lesson in having "no regrets"! Did you know missing your prom could be a lifelong regret? See how we wiped away our regrets!
This is something I have wanted to do for so long and I am excited to have you along with me for this journey. I will never claim to be an expert, in fact, I like to say I am always learning! Through my site and our adventures, I want to share with you the many things I learn so we can all learn together. I have designed and maintained several websites over the years but it's not something I trained for, I am completely self-taught. I have spent many hours learning things….often the hard way, and I know I have lots to share to keep you from going through my same struggles.
The central idea for this blog was to have a site to share our adventures as we make changes towards a more simplified life and hopefully from land to sea. It is our dream one day to have a sailboat and sail around the world. Since we came up with the idea, we have read probably hundreds of blogs and now watched hundreds of Youtube videos on families and couples who live, work and travel in RVs or boats full time. We have enjoyed their insight and input so much and have learned so much from them. We were also inspired by them to do the same and document our adventure.
I have wanted to do this blog for a very long time, but I have had a really big mental block to get past. I am traditionally a very private person and when you put a blog about your life and family on the internet, you are putting it all out there for the world to see. It all kind of creeps me out!