Monthly Archives: January 2015

Fripp Island Sunset

I was heading out to pick up Jodi from the airport yesterday evening when I spotted this sunset.

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Are you living to die?

Jodi is out of town, so if I go out to eat I usually sit at the bar.  No need to take a whole table for just me.  I kind of like to listen to the conversations around me and study the people.

Tonight I ended up beside two men who were somewhere around 70 years old.  As I listened I found out that the bulk of their conversation was about how many years they had left to live, how much money they had saved, and what kind of work they could do to increase that amount before they died.

A couple of times they detoured the conversation onto what they would like to do, but each time they came back around to how to amass more.  It’s a noble thing to make sure your loved ones are taken care of, but what’s worth more?  You or your portfolio.  They also spoke a little about their children, but only to confirm that they’re are following in their footsteps.

As I listened and processed, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was worth it?  Was all the time not spent living worth being wealthy when you die?  They each confidently laid out what they had done, but there was a hint of sadness underneath.  I detected the ever so slight scent of regret.  Do they know deep down that they have missed what was truly important?

I don’t want this to be Jodi or me.  I don’t want it to be you either.  Stop living in preparation for dying.  God has given you one life, live it.  Please.

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Getting Out of Debt: Selling Stuff

Good information on debt relief.  We sold almost everything.  It can be hard, but it can be done.

Getting Out of Debt: Selling Stuff.

via Getting Out of Debt: Selling Stuff.

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Up, Up in the Air!

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This has been my home for most of the week. By Friday, I will have traveled in 5 states and been on 7 different flights. It’s a crazy week to say the least!

The fun thing about my business travel, now, is that every destination is a potential future temporary home. As I travel in each city, I’m evaluating the location, culture, feeling, and landscape to make living decisions. Honestly, it makes my business travel more fun.

But, I’m ready to go “home” for this week!! My brain is mush and I’m only half way to the finish line.

Jodi

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Keep your eyes open

There is a song on my favorites playlist from Need To Breath called Keep Your Eyes Open.  It’s a song about keeping your eyes and heart open to God’s lead.  We all tend to hunt for the safe place.  The place where we won’t have to stress, struggle or suffer.  I’m sorry, but, as they say, the struggle is real.  The safe place is on God’s path and nowhere else.

There is a great adventure out there for each of us.  Unfortunately, most will never find it.  We don’t find it because we’ve been conditioned to hunt for the safe path instead.  We believe that there’s a magical place in this life where we can eliminate struggle.  We’ve been taught that if you do good in school, get the right job, get the right house in the right neighborhood then safety will be ours.  The problem is that while we hunt for that elusive prize we miss life.  We miss the adventure that God has planned.

Here’s the good news: it’s not too late to get off of the path of false safety.  You can live in God’s adventure today.  All you have to do is stop trusting in yourself, in your job, in your safety and follow.  I’m not going to try to sugar coat it and say that God’s path is all rainbows and butterfly kisses.  It’s not and sometimes you’ll wonder if God has lead you out into the unknown just to watch you die.  He has not!  He may lead you into some desert, some wilderness, but He’s still there by your side every step of the way.  Guiding and providing.

Just keep moving and praying.  Keep your eyes open for the next step.  Keep your eyes open for the next adventure.  At the end of your days, you’ll be glad you lived a life worth living.

Eyes Wide Open (Gotye song)

Eyes Wide Open (Gotye song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hey Ya’ll! It’s My Birthday!

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Today I turn 39 years old. I laugh at this because there is NO way I’m 39. My brain is not buying it. But, that’s what the calendar says so we shall respect the calendar by taking the day off of work, sleeping until 9:30 (when my parents call to wake me up with horrible singing), and having dinner at Lady & Sons in Savannah with one of my favorite customers and his wife.

I don’t care what you’ve heard about Lady & Sons or Paula Deen, this place is “smack yo mama” good!! Order off the menu. I’m not a fan of the buffet. You MUST have the Key Lime Pie or the Chocolate Pecan Pie. It is required!

So, I’m 39:
I don’t own a home
I share a vehicle with my husband
I don’t pay any utilities
Everything I own fits in a 5×8 trailer
My shoes fit in ONE tub
I’m staying in someone else’s home…

Doesn’t it sound like I’m a college student? So, how can I be 39, living this life, and be happy? Well, I’ll tell you.

I chose this life and I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT I’M 39 YEARS OLD!!

Now you know my secret.

Jodi

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Control your dog around free range alligators

So, I’m very frustrated today.  During our short time on Fripp Island we’ve been introduced to their seemingly never ending list of rules.

Today’s rule is a little perplexing though.  I had our dog, Daisy, out in the road playing fetch with a ball.  We keep an e-collar on her so that she doesn’t run off, but this is rarely an issue.  She enjoys the game too much.

Then Fripp Island security came along to let me know that we can play ball, but Daisy has to be on a leash.  First, how do you play fetch with a dog on a leash?  That’s called playing fetch with myself.  Not fun.  So we packed up our toys and went home.  As I was thinking about the Fripp Island rules that I seem to keep running afoul of, I remembered the beware of alligator signs that are all over the place.  We’ve seen the free roaming alligators on the golf course and by houses and sidewalks several times.

So, the rule is dogs must be on a leash even if they are controlled by an alternate means, but alligators are free to roam wherever they please.   I guess I could go try to play fetch with an alligator, but I’m not sure it would work out very well.

Two American Alligators (Alligator mississippi...

Two American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), Florida, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Traveling internet solution

I don’t know if they all will, but our first long term vacation rental does include internet.  The problem is it’s kind of slow.  By slow I mean it can take up to 10 minutes just to update a phone app.  Since Jodi and I both work from home at times this slow speed doesn’t cut it.  So we had to quickly look for a solution.

We already have cell service with Verizon so I got online, slowly, and looked to see what they may have that would work.  It just so happens that they do have a portable internet solution in a 4G LTE wifi router.  I handles multiple devices and you can plug into it if needed.  So far the speeds are as fast as we had in our house near Atlanta with AT&T Uverse.  It can also handle multiple devices and I haven’t noticed any slow down in the speeds.

If you want to look into one it’s a 4G LTE broadband router.  We’ve been very pleased with the results.

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I love golf carts!!!!!!!

I like to play golf, but honestly my favorite part of golf is the golf cart.  Imagine my joy when I found out that a golf cart comes with our rental on Fripp Island.  There are cars, obviously.  But the golf cart is the preferred method of transportation on the island.

There is even a golf cart service center located on the island.  I’m not sure why I love it so much.  But Daisy, my dog, and I love to jump in the cart on a sunny day and hit the open road topping out at speeds near 20 mph.

The speed limit ranges from 15 to 25mph so there’s also little fear of being run over by a car.  Plus, there’s no gas to pay for.

Golf carts

Golf carts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Skyping with your doctor

One of the problems we had to solve by living a more transient lifestyle was my doctors appointments.  I have PTSD and I have a follow up appointment with my doctor every three months.  I wasn’t sure how we were going to solve this problem.  I was not looking forward to the prospect of having to find a new doctor every few months and having to explain my needs over and over again.

Luckily I found out that my doctor does Skype appointments for those that already have been seeing him.  So, I had my first remote appointment with him today and his office phoned in my prescriptions to the Walgreens that is nearest to us here on Fripp Island.

I don’t know that this method would work with every kind of doctor, but if you’re seeing the doctor just for a follow up it would be worth checking to see if this option is available.  For my prescriptions, I gave them the location of the nearest Walgreens and the doctors office called them in.  Done and done.

Walgreens

Walgreens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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