This morning I woke up in Sonoma Valley, California.

On a 700 acre vineyard.

In a house that I’ll call home for the next several weeks.

You can ask me how I got here, but I honestly don’t know how to answer. I feel like I’m living in a dream world where things I could’ve only imagined months & years ago are becoming realities every day.

If you would’ve told me a year ago that 10 months after leaving my steady job and paycheck I would be traveling the country with more money in my savings account than I started with, I wouldn’t have believed you.

I’m blessed beyond words by the opportunities I’ve been given, people I’ve met and places I’ve visited.

I was talking about it with my friend Anne yesterday and she wanted me to tell everyone exactly what I’d told her. Don’t be afraid to do something crazy if you know deep down that it’s the right thing to do. Some how, some way it’ll work out.

And if it doesn’t, what’s the worst that’ll happen? You have to go back to Denny’s and bus tables for a few months to get back on your feet? At least you can say you tried.

But wait…you’re living in wine country?!? What about the whole sailing around the world thing???

Don’t worry…my vision for this month in Sonoma is to take a step back so I can see the whole forest, not just the trees. (The whole vineyard, not just the vines? The whole marina, not just the boats?)

Before I came out here last week, my friend Mark and I went to look at a potential boat for my trip. It’s a major fixer-upper, but it’s a solidly built world cruiser that might actually be somewhat within reaching distance of my budget.

I still have a lot of thinking & praying to do about it, but I might be making an offer on it soon. I’ll keep you posted!


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