First I was a big sister, then a babysitter. This led to volunteering in educational settings (elementary school, Brownies, Cub Scouts, music, drama, library, storytelling, tutoring, reading aloud). When our own four children arrived, we homeschooled. This led to developing seminars for parents, volunteers and educators: Seven Predictable Patterns®. Public speaking brought travel.
Meanwhile, in the springtime I was learning how to raise a garden and chickens. In the summertime, I learned where to gather fruit. In the autumn I learned how to store huge amounts of food for the winter by canning, freezing, pickling and making jam. In the wintertime I bake bread and make patchwork quilts.
I have been writing for the Clearwater Times newspaper for nearly 30 years, mailed out my own Seven Predictable Patterns® 7-part newsletter, locally published Mountain Wellness Connections coffee-shop-style newsletter. I also have a column in the Valemount Sentinel, and have published a few homeschooling articles in magazines.
Now I have published my first book, 10 Days in December...where dreams meet reality... which has been my dream since I was 8 years old.
Yes, there are more books coming!
My husband and I continue to live the lifestyle we first dreamed of when we were 16 years old.
Kevin took early retirement from a 33 year career on the railroad. He volunteers with Search and Rescue, Ham Radio, Tracking and First Aid. He has been a huge support through this book project.
I recently became a Canadian citizen, continue to volunteer in several communities up and down our river valley, write for the newspaper, and keep the freezer and pantry and root cellar full of homegrown food.
I took a detour through breast cancer this year while my book was at the publisher. Again, my husband took good care of me, driving me to the treatment center 5 hours away. Learning became a part-time job. Some days we were resting with 1960's TV shows on you-tube. He also listened to my concerns and tears. I am so glad I found him that winter day 41 years ago.
The doctors have given me the “all clear” and I intend to start writing 10 Days in January... right away.
Life is grand!
May you take a step today to reach towards making your dreams into reality!
Enjoy the Journey!