Come on... tell me this isn't beautiful! This is Sleeping Bear Dunes just about a 30 minute drive from our temporary home in Traverse City.
In 2015 I sold my ecommerce business and "retired" with my husband. I say "retired" because I know myself and as a type A, mildly (haha) driven personality I know that I am going to struggle with the traditional definition of retirement. But doesn't everyone nowadays. I swore that I was going to take a long break, take a look at my Ultimate Whys and take some well-earned time to figure out what I was going to do next. I started off well. A three week break in Italy and then a driving tour around Ireland last summer was exactly what I needed after a stressful sale. But it didn't last long.
We knew that we would be living for 9 months in Traverse City so that our daughter could spend her final high-school year in an acclaimed arts school. We knew that the winter's were tough and, us not being winter people, that we would need to hunker down and grin and bear it until the sun came out in the Spring (It's May 17 and it snowed 2 days ago!) It seemed like the perfect time for me to take advantage of the quiet and figure out what I wanted to do next. I started off well. I finished the first draft of my romance novel that I started the year I started my business (yeah, maybe not the best timing). I stopped taking clients and began a review of the blog to see what needed to be updated.
Then I took a consulting contract. Duh!
Anyway, we made it through the winter thanks to said consulting contract which required numerous trips to The Bahamas - but I didn't exactly take the time to figure out what I wanted to do next. So here we are. It's a week before our daughter graduates, we are about to be homeless and we have no solid decisions on what comes next. Here's what I did figure out...
- We are not winter people and can not live in the North (sorry Traverse City).
- I don't want to do a business blog for now. I want to write for fun, learn how to take photographs (something I've always wanted to do) and travel, travel, travel.
- I don't want my old blog. It feels too businessy and doesn't represent what's going on right now in my life's journey. I did cave and save some of the business blog posts that I thought would be helpful - you can find them under the Business Blog here.
- I want to continue to help entrepreneurs through coaching so I will be providing some free coaching opportunities - because I can.
- I still don't know what I want to do next.
So here's what's happening. Mark and I take off the day after Emily graduates. We will spend a week with my Parents in PA, fly to Scotland, spend time with family there, pick up our car, drive through Europe and stop for a week in Paris and then spend the summer in Italy. We have some fun stuff planned like a visit from my brother and family, concerts galore (including Bruce in Switzerland with Mark's 94 year-old mother) and a week's worth of Italian immersion in Bologna. We will arrive back in time to spend some time with Emily before we deliver her to college and then who knows? Hopefully we will by then.
So right now we are homeless, aimless and wandering. I will be blogging all of the time - for fun. I have promised myself that I will allow this to be a time of discovery. I will not wait until everything is perfect before I put it out there. I will experiment, screw up, start again if needed and enjoy the ride.
You can wander with us if you like. It should be fun and maybe I'll figure out what I want to be when I grow up?