Goodbye 2022!

December 31,2022
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2022 comes to a close this evening. It was a year of ups and downs.  It was a year when cruising truly returned for many of my clients and me.  Personally, I was fortunate in that I was able to take 6 cruises during the year.  Five of the trips were on ships that were new to me.  I think my highlights were to be on one of the new Norwegian Prima’s inaugural sailings and take my first (but not last) Alaskan cruise.

Travel has returned to the world and I believe that we are all better for it.  You don’t have to go far or spend great deals of money.  Get away and explore.  Meet new people and see new places.  Pretend you are a tourist in your own town. You probably have more cool things near your town.  I have been using Viator to find things to do on my trips as well as at home.  Click here to see what you can do close to home and book your adventure.

Even as a travel planner, life is not all about travel.  I had some great visits with my parents. We had visits at my home as well as theirs.  Dad helped do some work on my house and it looks much better with repaired stucco and fresh paint.

My truck which has been with me for 22 years finally has been replaced.  A breakdown near Buckies in Daytona when driving home from a cruise convinced me that it was time for an upgrade.  Thanks to the extreme generosity of my parents there is a new Ford Escape sitting in the driveway.  The old red truck will be missed but heat and air conditioning can’t be beat.

Delbert was diagnosed with an enlarged heart on Christmas Eve last year.  He ended up developing an autoimmune disorder. He lost the battle on June 8th.  He passed away in his sleep in his own home.  He is missed dearly.  The house is not the same without him.

Pleakley had surgery in July.  Unfortunately, he was then diagnosed with aggressive terminal cancer.  Happily, I can report that he is still doing very well.  He has become even more pampered and spoiled.  He will continue to get just about anything he wants to remain happy and comfortable.  I feel truly fortunate that I have been able to spend the Holiday season with him this year.  I don’t expect to get to say the same next year.

Tomorrow starts a new year.  The date on the calendar is just a reminder of what is possible.  There will be both sorrow and joy in the new year. Work to intentionally put joy into your life.  Take the trip, go to the party, and buy the shoes. Find what makes you happy.


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