Hi! I'm an attractive, fit mature woman. I am currently living in Stuart, Florida and very much want to learn how to sail. The following is not brief but feel free to skim through and read only the parts that interest you.
I have sold almost everything I own and thus have down sized considerably in the past two years. At the advent of my youngest starting college and flying the nest one year ago, so did mama also fly the nest. I decided to leave the 9-5:30 rat race for adventure in travel even if I had to do it gypsy or vagabond style, nothing was going to stop me. I started by tending bar on a Caribbean island during their slow season Sept. through November (2013). A few months later I spent some time in Granada, Nicaragua volunteering at a hostel.
Currently, I am in Stuart, Florida and my goal is to learn how to sail and have an adventure on the sea. A few facts about me:
• Born by the sea in Seaside Hospital – Crescent City, California, USA
• Raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA by a single father (who sailed and raced later in life)
• Mother of two – boy 21, girl 19
• Converted to Mormonism at age 10
• Converted to “heathenism” at age 31
• 2nd man and first drink of alcohol at age 31 (not at the same time -- well maybe it was, I don’t remember
• Two full years of college
• Sang with the Utah Opera Company for 5 productions as a paid chorus member
• Formerly employed in the following positions: paralegal/legal secretary, bartender, server, exotic dancer
• scuba certified (but need to take a refresher course)
• Bungee jumped 150 feet from a hot air balloon
• Self-published a children’s book
• Enjoy repelling
• Enjoy white-water rafting and have floated several rivers including Westwater in Colorado
• Cared for a disabled elderly native on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua and grew to love him like an adopted Grandpa
• Enjoy free-lance writing and travel)
What do I have to contribute?
1. I do not have any formal sailing experience. I have sailed three times. But I have a positive “can do” attitude. I am always ready and willing to do anything that is required of me. I know the value and necessity of “pulling your own weight.” My father taught me this and how to work hard at a very early age. I very much want to learn every aspect of sailing from the technicality of running the sails, to the psychology of what it means to be part of a crew or team. I am healthy and fit and very capable of the physical duties. I promise to pull my weight and then some if at all possible. I am willing to get on my knees and scrub the deck, clean the toilets, clean fish, cook, keep watch, help fix the boat—whatever is necessary, whatever it takes (within reason) to be part of this crew.
2. I love to cook and would be happy to take on more than my fair share of the cooking as well as crewing on deck as well. I know that cooking on a sailing boat with limited cooking resources and ingredients is a lot different than cooking at home but if I am accepted, I will come prepared with some recipes that I have researched on line specifically for the conditions and ingredients that will be available to us.
3. I have a compassionate and loving soul and personality to offer to the “melting pot”. I am not an energy vampire. I am drama free! I love people and want to be the kind of person that gives to the team more than the resources I take. I am diplomatic and seek peace at all reasonable costs. I believe that gentle, loving and giving souls in their very essence are contributing members to any team.
4. I love music and singing and I will be bringing my Ukulele in which I plan on heavily practicing while aboard (as long as I don’t bother anyone). I have studied opera, theater, speech and debate, and creative writing. I am also a halfway decent pencil sketch artist. I have a lot of creativity to offer the melting pot of a crew and also to the morale and joviality of the crew during those slow no wind times.
What do I hope to Gain?
1. An inward journey of reflection, growth and spiritual progression.
2. An education of the sea, of sailing the sea, of living on the sea.
3. Personal connections with people that will last a lifetime.
4. Learning other languages, cultures and lifestyles.
5. Through my travel writing and video blogging, I hope to inspire all kinds of people, but especially people around my age (or way older) who may think it’s too late because they are too old or that they do not have enough money, to follow their dreams whether it be traveling or otherwise.
MY FAVORITE MAXIMS
• LIVE AND LET LIVE
• KNOWLEDGE PROTECTS, IGNORANCE ENDANGERS
• THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE [but which one?]
• ALL THERE IS…IS LESSONS
• JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED [unless you have determined someone is a psychopath by their apparent actions in which you have every right to judge that person in order to stay away from them!]
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS/AUTHORS
• Dark Tower Series – Stephen King
• Fire and Ice Series – George R. R. Martin
• Mark Twain
• Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
• The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
• The Wave Series – Laura Knight-Jadczyk
• Gurdjieff (he taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic “waking sleep” but that it is possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential)
• Ouspensky (a mystic who traveled widely in Europe and the East looking for esoteric knowledge and later studied with Gurdjieff)
SOME OF MY FAVORITE MUSIC/MOVIES/ART
• The Blues
• Classic Rock
• Dub Step
• Anything Tarantino
• Seven Years in Tibet
• Salvador Dali
• Norman Rockwell
• Volunteer work
• White water rafting
• Poker – all kinds, esp. TH
• Singing (karaoke)
• Writing -- travel blogging, children’s stories/lullabies, humanitarian stories, poetry
• Photo journalism
• Ukulele / guitar / hand drums