Monday, November 17, 2008

Getting exctied for my Cruising Career!

So I’m taking a break from my constant study schedule- but not for long, since if I don’t pass these tests, there won’t be a Cruising Career, at least not for another long wait : P

BUT that’s not going to happen.

I’ve been doing some more research on my 15 minute breaks and found some great companies and Cruise Lines I would love to work on. There are of course, the location they dock from and the interview process to worry about but that won’t be a consideration until my boards have been past. One thing at a time.

But I thought to throw these up because they make me all excited and giddy and I need some extra inspiration for all this studying- though of course, I need to know most of it to have a career in the first place, but since I don’t plan on practicing Shiatsu, I find myself frustrated with my lack of concentration and attention to the details that the boards will be asking about. Darn you- Meridians!


WindStar Cruises
The Yachts of Seabourn

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Taking a moment

... away from my studying to upload some great cloud pictures I took after I took a walk before the light totally faded, I got back in time to rush into the house for my camera and snap some pictures.

Enjoy! And I didn't re-size them, in case you wanted to use one for a background. I did *^_^*

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Love, Friends, and Coming Out

This weekend was filled to the brim with everything that makes me smile.

Driving down to see my Cadence is usually reward enough for any weekend trip, but we also had the profound pleasure of seeing two of my dearest friends from college as well, Megan and Amanda.

We had all matured so beautifully and with such grace, each of us having moved on in our prospective lives, making good choices and surrounding ourselves with beauty and vibrant people. I could not have been happier with who they have become since I last saw them. And can not wait to see what the years, as they pass, will bring to all of us. Being able to share these thoughts and my love with them makes my life as filled with love and laughter as I could hope for.

Perhaps I sound like some type of sappy postcard of a sort, but I am honestly blown away by the people I have surrounded myself with. Cadence, my girlfriend and I have had a beautiful conversation about who we surround ourselves with and the meanings of those choices. A select few we keep in contact with and those of them we are privileged to meet on a regular basis...

I had the vast pleasure of meeting a small gathering of Cadence's friends during one of their every-other-week poker game this past weekend and enjoyed listening and observing who Cadence is associated with and how delightful they all were and very comfortable and welcoming, though myself was shy and reclusive for the most part.

I will have to study up on poker and perhaps the next time I'm able to join them, I maybe able to play my own hand, though I fear I would slow the pace down to a crawl with my constant questions. But that's another thing I can add to my list of things to do this month, which of course seems to be growing with each passing hour.

My sister and I just finished watching Iris, Judi Dench and Kate Winslet as Iris Murdoch and several of the lines made we decide to write what I've written here, to make myself and feelings known. Nothing bad can come of it, only good and perhaps a few laughs from my friends. Because they know it's true and that will make them happy.

Education doesn't make you happy,
and nor does freedom.
We don't become happy just because we're free, if we are,
or because we've been educated, if we have,
but because education may be the means
by which we realize we are happy.
It opens our eyes, our ears...
tells us where delights are lurking...
convinces us that there is only one freedom
of any importance whatsoever... that of the mind...
and gives us the assurance,
the confidence, to walk the path our mind...
our educated mind... offers.

Over the past few months, you may say I've had a new kind of education afforded me by special people and events I've attended that have allowed me to explore, more in depth my feelings and thoughts as a friend, a lover, a sister, and a daughter.

Cadence once mentioned that I wrote beautifully and it reminded me that I used to write, perhaps never in novel forms or even in something someone would be willing to sit down and read, but just to write, to journal or to express how the wind felt on my cheek that moment, though no one would ever read it or even make much sense out of it, I enjoyed it for what it was, a form of release for the many thoughts or craziness that my mind wanders into from time to time.

Human beings love each other...
in sex, in friendship, and when they're in love.
And they cherish other beings...
humans, animals, plants, even stones.
The quest for happiness and the promotion of happiness
is in all of this
and the power of our imagination.

So I'm so very excited to let you all know how happy I am, with my choices in life, who I'm surrounded myself with and how things are turning out for me.

I hope you are happy in your life and perhaps if things aren't exactly how you want them, certain things not working out how you would wish them to work out... perhaps it's time to start making those changes that will produce the results you crave in your life.

I wish you, my dear friends and loved ones, all the happiness you can hold.

Your devoted, thoughtful, and deliriously happy friend, McKenzie.