Moving Forward

How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on when in your heart you begin to understand that there is no going back?” Though I would like to take credit for these words, they are not mine. They belong to the Hobbit Frodo, who, after returning home after a most amazing adventure, realizes that his life will never be the same. Though we did not battle Orks, nor conquer Mount Doom or even come close to Mordor, we do understand his lament. We have come home to the most wonderful family but do not have a home or jobs. We have looked at condos, houses and mobile homes. We have considered ownership and rental. We have signed up on Linkedin and Indeed and sent out our resumes. We are doing all the things that need to be done.
Yet, we feel that there is a bigger picture that at the moment is just out of our reach. Surely this past year cannot be just be about a vacation. It has to mean something. Perhaps it is the first year of the the rest of our lives. Searching, always searching….
We have always been taught that the key to success is goal setting. My goals are to continue writing daily and to spend more time with my Mom. I have had a couple of pieces published in the local Russell and Pine Falls papers. I continue to submit articles to local papers and contact others. Some are quite interested, others, not so much. Unfortunately, none of them pay (though I might get a free meal or two from my Mom!!) Are these goals too small? The big goal is to write a book and make a million dollars. Is that goal too big? Or is it just a dream? I think that I read once that goals are dreams with a timeline. So, I set a timeline. Stay focused. In the meantime, winter is coming and we need a home.
Isn’t it funny how you can travel for a year, being vagabonds, moving from place to place, yet once back in a familiar setting the need for permanent roots becomes so strong. We search for a firm footing, a place to call our own even as the ground beneath us continues to shift. We must move forward. We must keep living. We must keep dreaming. We must. There is no going back.

Our Home


My Office.


5 thoughts on “Moving Forward

  1. Shawn

    Where the feet travel the heart will follow let your heart tell you on what road to travel you 2 have done this once you will be able to do this again


  2. Nettie

    Not to worry my dears..God will guide you to your next step in life…have faith and it will all come together…listen to your Auntie..she’s old and she knows things…..


  3. Leah Boulet

    I am beyond amazed at what the two of you accomplished. There is no doubt you will continue to accomplish – a home, a living, a dream. Much like your journey of eleven months, the steps ahead will continue to take twists and turns, continue to present obstacles and wonders, maybe in the end looking a bit different than you expected. However, as your Aunt Nettie said, have faith in God. And remember to have faith in yourselves too. You guys are pretty wonderful! 🙂



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