Happy birthday to me!

Writing is an art form.  When one creates a work of art, and then offers it to others, it is like showing people a piece of your soul.  It was with great trepidation as well as excitement that I decided to launch this blog.  When I am not trying, I think I have lots of interesting things to say.  But, when I think of writing several times a week, and trying to be interesting and entertaining each time, it can be quite a daunting task.

Today I turned 46.  I woke up and did my weekly weigh-in (down 3.2 pounds for the week, yay me!) and then took myself to Firehouse Subs for my free birthday sub for lunch.  I had been working on this blog (formatting, writing “about me”, creating the logo, etc) for a month now, and I decided to give myself a birthday gift and introduce it to the world.  I set up the facebook page (click this link to like the page and follow along: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bohemian-Virgo/219795741475787), and gave out a few teasers over the course of the day.  After dinner with the family, I came home, took a deep breath, and sent it out there.  So far reaction is good; I have already had the first person wonder if I would like someone to go with me, lol.  (For the record, that would be a resounding “maybe, but would really have to think about it”).  I am so excited for what the next months hold.  Next up: Gear, gear, gear, and ounces matter!

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Greetings from the Bohemian Virgo

There is a Pilgrimage in northern Spain that is known as “The Camino”.  It is 1100 years old, 500+ miles long, and a few years ago I decided that someday I was going to walk it.  Last year, I decided that someday was May of this year.  Circumstances (in the form of a lucrative, temporary job) had me put it off for a year, but I am on track to leave in late April/early May 2013 for the trip of a lifetime.  Oh, and one other thing.  They say your Camino begins the day you decide to do it.  So, as I begin my Camino, I am 45, have never done a trip like this, and carry 284 pounds on a 5’5″ frame.  Hmmm . . . I have always liked a challenge!

Something happened as I approached 40.  My inner Bohemian began to get louder, and my inner virgo began to quiet down a little.  They have always both existed, occasionally done battle, but usually worked together to guide me and help me maintain balance in my life.  However, as I got closer to the big 4-0, I began to realize that I had been living the dream that others had for my life, and it was no longer sustainable.  So, I changed jobs, began to work out to get healthy, and looked for ways to conquer my fears. On my 38th birthday, I did a local tourist bungee jump, and vowed to jump out of a plane when I turned 40 (more on that in a later post).  I lost 100 pounds, looked great, felt great, but as I fell back into old patterns, I put the weight back on.  So, here I am, planning my next big adventure.

I am working out, eating healthy (down 20 pounds in the last month and a half), and excited beyond words at what the next year holds.  I will be chronicling my journeys (inner as well as physical) here.  You will be able to follow my stories of the things that happen in my life, my planning for the trip, my successes, my failures, occasionally my opinions, and of course, the trip itself.  Welcome aboard; may you be entertained, delighted, and encouraged to pursue adventure in whatever form it takes in your own life.  Bon Voyage!