Its official now: My book will be written within the next 6 months and published by the end of 2018!
Words have been brewing in my subconscious for years. It seems these words are surfacing, piecing themselves together into a message meant for those who have stood at the edge of their emotions not knowing if they should take a step back or just jump off into the abyss of what they are feeling.
The stories in this book are personal. Unfortunately, experienced by far too many people throughout their lives. My hope is to share my experiences with others so we may all heal and come to the conclusion our experiences, as tragic as they were, or are, can be used to help others see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Although this book has a Spiritual theme, my proofreaders tell me it can also be beneficial as a self-help book.
If you are interested in this type of literature, please follow along as I go through this journey. Share my blog with anyone you think would be interested. Your encouragement is the wind at my back so please hang in there with me.
This question was put to me today: “What is creativity to you?” My first thoughts weren’t of arts and crafts or even design. My first thought was “Creativity is orchestrating my environment to meet the desired life I want and need. When I was a single mother of three, the erratic shifts of big box stores didn’t mesh with my need to be available when my boys were home after school and at night while still being able to earn an income to support the four of us. When they were very young, I was a substitute teacher in their schools and a teacher with Parks & Recreation during the summers. My boys and I were together every day during those years and being involved in their education as well as their summer fun was a blessing. As they got older and I needed a higher income, I managed to build a business of cleaning homes, offices and real estate that surpassed my expectations on every level. I had the perfect hours and quadrupled my income instantly. That…is creativity.
Fast forward to my life now and my boys are successful men with children of their own. I have the luxury of living rent free at my oldest sons house (only costs me 2 days of babysitting my grandson) and my house cleaning job now consists of two half-days a week, which pays all of my meager bills. My creativity now turns to my writing. Now I have orchestrated my environment to allow me to write as often as I need to as well as travel anywhere I want to go to write. For the most part, my time is my own and I am setting into motion, the life I want now. That life is to write my book and the others that are just forming in my mind. Creativity to me will always be out of the box ideas to enrich this one life I have been given.
Deep in the foothills of the Ouachita River Mountains, better known as the “Ouachitas” is a rustic Airbnb cabin like no other. Acres of secluded woods where the Ouachita River flows and trails are waiting to be explored. Standing on the deck of this peaceful retreat allows one to hear nature waking up and moving about foraging for the day. It is Fall now so the sound of the leaves rustling and falling to the floor of this beautiful land is a peace you just can’t find in the city. A hammock sits waiting for guests to lay down the city life and absorb the fresh air while taking in the goings on of the water foul nearby.
View from the King room
Most peaceful spot
Kayaks for rent
Deck of King room
The owner and host of this cabin is Bill. He is a retired Electrical Engineer, had a shop for 10 years where he restored automobiles and is an avid Ducati racer. His side-kick Cota is a 160 pound English Mastiff with a huge personality and supplies humor better than most comedians. He was named after the Circuit Of The America’s which was the first track Bill took his Ducati up to 200mph.
There is also a Critter monitor on site named Obama. Last one of a large litter to survive the outdoor life of doing what he does best. He will approach you with a very vocal greeting while walking around the cabin making sure everything is as it should be.
Bill decided after spending several years in Africa and traveling through Europe, he would pay forward the hospitality he was given by opening the doors of the Ouachita River Cabin and becoming an Airbnb host. Having a choice of booking the King or Queen rooms, you simply can’t go wrong. The Queen room is cozy and on the bottom floor while the very spacious King room is upstairs with a “to die for” bed and a large deck overlooking the River. The interior of this cabin is adorned with pieces of the life Bill experienced in other countries. My one and only night in this Ouachita River cabin was spent mentally absorbing a culture I will never get to experience in person and I can say that Bill put it within my grasp and I was able to capture it in photos and in my mind. The most interesting one to me was the elephant leg that when looked at closely had the most interesting carvings in it!
Front porch of cabin
Antique table with guest book
Deck of King room
Find the stature of liberty melting
A chair from Africa
The elephant leg
The morning of my departure, I walked in to Bill’s home to be greeted with a candle lit table set for one. As I watched him cook bacon, eggs and biscuits, I asked him why he wanted to be an Airbnb host since he obviously loves the solitude that comes with this location. Bill told me that when he was traveling through Europe, he would spend hours talking with the hosts of the B&B’s he stayed in. He knew right then that he wanted to meet interesting people from all over the world and get to know their stories. He made that dream come true just under a year ago through Airbnb. The journal in the cabin shows the lives he has touched in a short time and I believe there are many more experiences in store for Bill, Cota and Obama the cat.
Don’t miss out on what Arkansas and this Airbnb host has to offer. Travelers looking for hiking, kayaking, mountain biking or just some good ole R&R can find Bill and his crew here and here. It is also possible to rent the entire cabin. You won’t be disappointed.
The first 6 months of my life unhinged was an emotional rollercoaster but I am finally getting into my groove. I think.
My husband came to town for a couple of days with the sole purpose of asking me if I would consider coming back to him, Colorado, and all of my dreams. I said no. I did’t even really have to think about it because when I do, I get that sick sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach like I did every time I had to go back after visiting my family here in the South over the last 8 years. Colorado isn’t home anymore and neither is the house that was our dream home. I have moved on and am happy to say that I am finally at peace with my Nomadic life and I think it suits me just fine! My heart is actually full of compassion for him because he finally realizes that he doesn’t love her like he thought and they aren’t together anymore. (Bawaaa) I’m sure they will still be a part of each others lives and I truly wish him the best. Her, not so much but that’s just me.
Finding My Niche
I am finding that working seasonal jobs leaves me plenty of time and money to travel and kickstart my freelance writing. My focus for now will be writing articles about Airbnb spaces and for a few months this will be a FREE service so if you or anyone you know has a space you want me to write about, contact me here. Eventually, I will also write articles on other things like interesting towns to visit, covered bridges, cafe’s and other unique places.