Are you sure?


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Are we sure?  Is he sure?  Am I sure?  These questions need to have a similar answer in order for us to move forward in a cohesive and productive fashion that will also support our emotional well-being.  When you think about what will take place in the next two years, and what has already happened in the last three months, it could be a bit shocking, overwhelming, and perhaps so frightening that you would want to turn back to the place we know so well … comfort.

We have planned out the best we can and know there will be surprises we did not prepare for.  And there lies the adventure.  The growth.

My sensations ebb and flow when I think about our retirement plan. Selling the house. Buying a boat. Possibly finding a home for AB. Taking J with us. Selling everything we own. Sailing down the west coast.  It doesn’t sound complicated or is it.  When each phase is upon us, I know I will learn so much.

Yet, and I say yet, because that word can also contribute to the ebb and flow sensations I experience about the changes that will take place; I become elated when I share our future plan with others.  That, I believe, lies my truth and that brings me comfort.

Money – Plain and Simple

Last month we returned from a week long sailing trip with my brother-in-law and wife.  It was further down the Mexican West coast than I’ve been before.  To my delight the terrain was green with bushes and trees.  The water was glorious.  And the sea life was plentiful.  We had ourselves a great time.

We returned home and we had our typical response to our sailing vacations.  How much longer can we wait before we get our plan going?  Can we go earlier?  How much money do we “really” need to sustain our cruising? …  and more questions like that.  It happens each time we return from sailing.

This time, we sat down with the short term and long term budget and goals.   So much to factor in and still the unknown to factor in.  We do know the value of our house has exceeded our 2019 goal already.  That is certainly a plus that will come in handy now or later. The second half of that equation is how much more and would it cover the difference of leaving two years earlier?

It doesn’t matter how you look at cruising, it will come down to the money at some point.  Your money + your style of cruising = how much you need.  We are currently reading The Voyager’s Handbook – The Essential Guide to Bluewater Cruising by Beth A. Leonard.  Beth describes three types of cruisers, the Simplicity, the Moderation, and the Highlife.  According to her description our plans fall under the Moderations.  And now I wonder, can we cruise for less than the Moderation and much more than Simplicity and still enjoy ourselves?

Current numbers vs numbers in 2 years vs numbers in 4 years.  Can the house equity cover the 2 yr?  Stay tuned and we will let know when we find out.

~Fair Winds

One of my favorite words … Gear!

You know how with any new sport or activity you typically need to outfit yourself with correct gear. Whether it is running shoes if you plan to run that 10Ks, a paddle if you want to join that dragon boat team, a backpack and essential gear because you prefer to hike away from it all, a road bike if you decided to participate in cycling events, a swimsuit if you race in triathlons (note I already have the shoes and bike at this point), a cross bike for Cyclocross Races, and now boating gear!  There is always some kind of gear you need for most activities.  If you are like me, you like gear and may have collected a bunch over the past years.

For a couple of reasons I have slowly purged some of the above items over many year.  Reason #1: I’m not using them anymore.  Reason #2: and more importantly, I will not have room for said items on our boat.

But that didn’t stop me from purchasing more gear for my newest enjoyment; Sailing!  There is so much one can purchase to increase your enjoyment.  And then there is the minimum if you are willing to deal with a little discomfort.  I run kind of in the middle of these two measures.  However, I will purchase the necessities to stay safe on any boat.  My first was a PFD (personal floating device).  The purchase was in the mid-range of choices and I’m been happy with it’s performance.  We purchased it over 5 years ago.

I purchased a West Marine Off-Shore PFD and it has the harness so you can be lifted out of the water if necessary.  However, if you are looking for something for the in-shore, try this PFD may be what you are looking for.

My next post will share why I received my next sailing gear.

Happy Sails,



When I look at the home I see and feel more than I originally thought I would.  The word home carries many meanings depending on who you ask.

As a very new blogger I signed up for WordPress  Blogging U -Photography 101.  The course is supported by expert bloggers and photographers.  I look forward to the growth I’ll acquire and improve my sailing blog.

The first assignment is take a photo of our home.  Standing outside of my home, snap the photo, and download to here is not my answer.  Home:  the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.  – Webster.

We are familiar that living in one location permanently is uncommon these days. For myself, I come to believe that my home is within me.  I quote Johnny Cash, “home is where I hang my hat.’  Whether I travel near or far, I create a little temporary home that suits my senses.  It’s in my heart.  As a spiritual woman, hOMe would be where my alter is. So without further ado.



My ever evolving Alter of light and love.


What does ‘the beginning’ mean or when does it really start?


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The Beginning can mark many things.  The beginning of the year.  The beginning of a book.  The beginning of a dream.  The beginning of a plan.  The beginning of the day.  The beginning of a new blog.  The beginning of this post.

All the above reflects my new commitment to planning and preparing my dream I have made with my partner.  To live on a sailboat.  The beginning of the dream has come true.  This year we will commit on focusing on all things related to sailing.  That includes classes, workshops, trainings, more sailing on the river to practice our skills (oppose to sailing just to sail), read more books and blogs, etc.

This month I begin; to blog about our experience of the path we take, the u-turns we will make, the hold-ups that will no doubt occur, and the break downs that will challenge our patience.  Much like life; preparing for our big dream will present many of the same challenges.  We will grow from these challenges and build confidence and trust that we never knew we had. And all the while learning to live the life of lightness (more on this later).

So with that being said, I will continue to learn how to best use this blog for all that it has to offer. So follow me as I improve my blogging, my boating experience, and preparing for a new life we will embrace here on out.

~Dharma Girl

Where to begin


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cropped-img_7636.jpgWhen did it all begin.  We can say it all began before we met each other. But it was apparent when it began a couple of years after we met. We’ll save that story for the How It All Began tab.

This being the first post, after teaching myself how to use blogger, I promise will not be too much interesting. One must layout an outline on what to post of all the sailing related events up to this point. To include our sailing trips, schooling, challenges, and plan.  Pictures will be included, I promise.

Stay Tuned!