Living an Adventure


I am about to step out into the unknown and while that’s a little scary, it is also very exciting. My husband and I are selling our home, simplifying our stuff, and driving to San Diego, CA. The only commitment we have is a one month rental for the month of May in downtown S.D. After that, we’ll see where and what is next for us.

We have four young adult children who have been raised well, loved well, and even now I feel that it’s important to us and to them that we live life to it’s fullest. That we live as an example to them. This quote seems perfect for this time of our life.

“You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

So I suppose the best piece of advice I could give anyone is pretty simple: get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much about those things if you developed an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast while in the shower?

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger.

Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your regular phone, for that matter. Keep still. Be present.

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.” Anna Quindlen

Until next time, “Be Inspired to Create!” #bi2c ~Maria



  1. Maria, that’s exciting. Maybe we’ll meet in S.D. (it’s not been easy, has it) when I come to visit my Sister in Dana Point. Your words truly resonate with me. Steve and I believe we have met the perfect person to rent our home for 3 months and we’re off to Mexico next Winter. Our daughter lives there, you know. What an adventure it will be after being tethered to the corporate ladder mentality for much too long. Here’s to Living and Loving Life! Congratulations to you and your husband. I will give you a word of caution, however: The taxes in California are the steepest in the country next to New York. Find yourself a good CPA who can guide you in sheltering as much of your income as possible. Blessings to you.

  2. Maria, So exited for you. My daughter and her boyfriend have been living this way for 7 months now. You too should prepare notes. They have learned a lot at this point abut AirBnB and Home Away. She also has a blog #lifeventure. Congrats!

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