I Should Have Been On That Boat

“There it was, headed out the Pass, and I wasn’t on it.  I should have been on that boat.”

I had a follower tell me this recently and it really resonated.  He was watching the “Where Are You Going?” video I published months ago when I first announced our plans to cruise south this coming season to the Keys, perhaps Cuba, Isla Mujeres and a dozen other potential places and I mentioned a particular moment that was, for Phillip and I, a significant “kick in the rear” to make us really decide to go cruising this year.

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It was the inaugural Pensacola to Cuba Race October, 2015.  Phillip and I almost had the opportunity to crew on a boat that was making the voyage but─for many reasons, mainly life got in the way─we weren’t able to make that trip.  I still recall the feeling Phillip and I both had as we watched dozens of boats sail right by us and head out the Pass toward the Gulf of Mexico.  It was regret.  We both wanted to be sailing south along with them and it was soon after that day that Phillip and I decided the time to go is “now” and we started making real plans to go cruising this coming season.  The Cuba rally jump-started us.  It lit a fire, one not even the unsettling discovery of our rotten stringers and the three-month stint we put in at the yard readying our boat for blue water, could put out.  We are sailing south this season.  Nothing will stop us.

Apparently my video jump-started my follower Matt, as well, when he saw in my photos from the rally the very boat he was going to crew on for the Pensacola to Cuba race, the s/v Libra, a stunning Tripp designed 60′ ketch.

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You see, a similar thing happened to Matt.  Matt also received an invitation to make this trip on the gallant Libra but what happened?  Life got in the way.  He told me he couldn’t finagle the time off from work and, for that reason, he had to pass on the opportunity.  For him, my video served as his “kick in the rear” and he said, “Never again, will I miss that boat.”

Cheers to that Matt!

Matt’s story struck me on many levels.  First, his message reminded me what I do all of this for.  I work incredibly hard, every day, to put together this whole HaveWind production and it makes it all worth it when just one person reaches out and tells me my message has had an impact.  A very smart man once told me the best measure of success is how many people you impact, so Matt is proof of my success today.  But, I also found myself lavishing every word of Matt’s story because it is currently my own.

Friends, I have some incredible news to share.  I have been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am excited and thrilled that I have worked so hard to take control of my career so that I make just enough money to cruise by doing what I absolutely love (writing and creating) that I will be able, this time, to take advantage of it.   The “Libra” sign is represented by scales because it means everything is in balance, and I feel because my life and career and passions are finally balanced out─in that I work to live, not the other way around─is the reason this opportunity presented itself at this time.  I’m not only going to take advantage … I’m going to seize the hell out of it!

This time, I am going to be on that boat.

I will soon be setting off on a passage.  One not many people and not many sailors make in a lifetime.  In June, I will board this boat and cross a body of water I have not yet faced.

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All will be revealed in Friday’s video.  I hope you are as excited about embarking on this adventure as I am.  Life is incredibly full for this little sailor.



I Don’t Miss the Office

They say you just have to write what you’re feeling, so this is what’s coming out.  Some days this whole HaveWindWillTravel gig is exhausting.  I am a one-woman film/write/edit production team.  I am my own camera crew.  GoPro goes everywhere with me, along with my mega-grip selfie stick.  I always have my laptop at hand to scribble down some musings or chapter intros.  I publish two videos per week, one blog.  I have two self-published books on Amazon that I promote and market.  I’m trying to get started on my third, but it never seems like there are enough hours in the day.  But you know what?

I don’t miss the office.

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Seriously, that was my cell, with the little path to my chair picked out between boxes upon boxes of records, depositions, transcripts and files.  The sheer volume of my obligations was literally stacking up and threatening to topple over onto me.  Some days I wake now and I feel a little pressed for time to review footage, complete a video, write a blog post or get any number of the other things I need to get done in between the time we are currently spending at the yard trying to get our little boat back in the water, but the “stress” from those obligations can never compare to the gut-wrenching, sweat-inducing pressure I used to put on myself while in the practice.

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I harbored such vivid fears of screwing up, disappointing my partners or blowing a case that it often made me feel sick and woozy.  I knew if a certain number popped up on my phone, it would be one of my partners asking me questions I probably could not answer.  If my assistant came into my office and said “We need to talk,” I believed it might be because I had made some major mistake in a filing that might severely impair my client’s case.  I sometimes flung myself awake at night worried I had missed an irreversible filing deadline or failed to ask the one singular most important question in a deposition.  I’m surprised I got much done I was so busy worrying.

Why am I sharing all of this?  I had a good friend say to me the other day, while I was buried down in the engine compartment of our boat, greased up, uncomfortable, contorted in pain trying to thread the tiniest nut on the end of a steering cable clamp:

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“I’ll bet you wish you were back sitting in an office right now.”

I stopped fiddling with the nut, I let my arms rest and I had to look at him and tell him: “No.  There’s not a day that goes by.”

I’m sure it surprised him a little.  But, while I still work incredibly hard to create and produce consistent, quality content to promote my books, my YouTube channel and my Patreon campaign, I no longer experience that gut-wrenching, stomach-convulsing fear and stress that I often experienced while “at the office.”  I am now in the driver’s seat of my career and I am now the only person I must answer to when assessing my work performance, progress and goals.  While I am very tough on myself, I no longer fear disappointing a partner, losing a client’s case or costing the firm millions.  The only thing I fear is disappointing myself which I have yet to do.  Even when the return on investment on my productions isn’t as impressive as I would like it to be, I am proud of what I created and garner immense pleasure from those who write to me and tell me they’ve enjoyed a video or one of my books or an article that I have written.  That is my true measure of success.

I hope you all have been enjoying the content!  If so, please support my Give the Gift of Cruising campaign on Patreon to help me create more and share the cruising lifestyle with more people.  Thank you!


Go On, Judge This Book By Its …

COVER!!  Check it out!


Judging by its cover, is this is a book you would like to read?

While I had a fantastic time writing the entertaining tale of our first Gulf adventure in Salt of a Sailor, I had many friends and followers tell me they wanted to know more of the story─more about me.  How does a young lawyer come to quit her job, leave her home, her husband, her former life to what?  Jump on a sailboat and travel the world?  Well, it’s not quick.  It’s not easy.  But, turns out, it was my biggest adventure of all.

We are just a few weeks out from the release date now and I cannot WAIT for you all to get a glimpse of her.  What do you think of the cover art?

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I had a great time writing it, a horrible time editing it (I hate editing!) and I’m ready to share a part of the book now with you.  I will be sending out a FREE PREVIEW of Keys to the Kingdom (the first four chapters) to all of my followers via the blog next week.  If you can’t wait that long (I mean, really, who can?) jump on Patreon to get your Patrons-first copy this Friday.  You don’t want to miss this!  Sign up today!


Thanks to my Patrons who help me share the journey.  Get inspired.  Get on board.


YouTube Channel Reveal!

This is it kids.  The big video reveal.  A lot of hard work went into this.  I hope you enjoy it (let me know!) and I hope it helps me share our adventures with more people.  Thanks, as always, to everyone for your continued enthusiasm and support.  I’m doing this for you!  Subscribe to our channel, share and follow along:

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