After 10 Weeks of Limbo, We’re Snowbirds Again

Canadian Geese at Sunset by Anne McKinnell

10 weeks ago doctors spotted a "shadow" on my liver, which turned out to be a whole bunch of lumps. After an x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine scan, a biopsy and 10 weeks of limbo, I found out on Friday that it's not cancer. Big sigh of relief!! These past 10 weeks have been very stressful for me as I reflected on my life: past, present and future. My present … [Read more...]

Limbo Sucks

Clark Dry Lake, Borrego Springs, California, by Anne McKinnell

This is a depressing post. Don't read it. Unless you are one of those super happy, positive people who don't get easily depressed then read on, my friend. But you've been warned. Limbo sucks and I'm stuck in it. We were planning on leaving for our snowbird season down south a couple of weeks ago. We should be in sunny California about now. But instead I'm stuck here waiting … [Read more...]

A Story of Passion, a Fulfillment of Hope

Innocence and Wonder by Jean Lua

I am so inspired by the stories I hear about people who take risks to lead more fulfilling lives. It is these kinds of stories that inspired me to do it myself. Today I bring you a guest blog post by Jean Lua, an emerging photographer, who tells her story. I hope you find it inspirational too. "I was made for this. I just know it." My mind and heart were actually on the … [Read more...]

Breaking Away from the Paradigm Life

George: Doe and Fawn

Today I am happy to introduce the first guest post on my blog! A few months ago I received an email from a reader that almost made me cry! It was from George who said that my writings inspired him and his wife to make a major change in their lives and that now they had a reason for living. He wanted me to know that I made a difference. It really felt good :) And so I … [Read more...]

Metamorphosis

Butterfly and Lilac by Anne McKinnell

The bees that came to visit the lilac beside my window stopped coming. They have been replaced by butterflies and it got me thinking about how things change. When it happens to butterflies it seems conspicuous and abrupt. It can seem so too when it happens to other people. But when it happens to ourselves it seems like a long drawn out process that began sometime before … [Read more...]

A Reason to Live and the Freedom to Fly (our first snowbird season)

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Just before we left for our first snowbird season in the American southwest I was interviewed on a radio show called “Breaking Free” which is all about people who have broken free from the traditional world, from society’s expectations, and have sought out a new life on their own terms. When I listened to some previous recordings of the show I was struck by how everyone’s … [Read more...]

Breaking Free

Wading Birds, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Birds of a feather flock together. Or ... do they? This image of different species of wading birds hanging around in a group together reminds me of the variety of folks I meet in my travels. People from different backgrounds with different interests who might not ordinarily meet. But they have one thing in common: a desire to break free and live non-traditional … [Read more...]

8 Lessons From Life On The Road

Badlands Sunset

Every day is a new lesson when you live on the road and that is one of the most exciting things about it. The anticipation of what is to come. The endless potential and opportunity each day brings. I think the thing I liked the most is simply being excited about the day. Here are 8 lessons I learned combined with 8 of my favourite images I made during my first year as a … [Read more...]