Who can really plan on how they are going to feel, or what they are going to feel when they turn the corner ? I guess I’m not quite sure how to answer that for anyone else but myself, and can honestly say that I decided to not only make it a positive experience but also plan my Dream long before it was due and make sure it was eventful and perfect ! Some may refer to that train of thought as the ‘power of positive suggestion’, others may say that it’s simply good planning, and others may say that it’s just being positive. Either way, all I can say is that I knew I wanted it extra special, and away. I later described it as having decided to “float it in“, which, in effect, is exactly what I did.
At first plans began to shatter and fall apart… the Carnival Splendor ship we were scheduled to sail on caught fire in November and eventually canceled all January and February sailings. Needless to say we were left hanging. How was it that many people scheduled to sail were successful in re booking their cruise for another Mexican Coast cruise ship ? We were not so lucky. To top it off, we also later learned that the Mazatlan Port was closed off to the ships due to civilian issues…. so now we’re not only down a Ship, we’re down a port ! All that said, with the help of our helpful Travel Agent, Dina Holland of Rovia Travel/World Adventures, American Express Insurance, and Carnival Cruise Lines, we were upgraded to the ‘DREAM‘ on the Eastern Caribbean by Carnival, and flown to the East Coast through the benefit of the insurance we purchased. The entire trip was revised, rescheduled and organized within days by Dina, for a 2nd time ! Now, finally, we’re off to sail on the largest Carnival Ship, sailing the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans, visiting Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin. Turns out this is a sweet deal and far better than the previously scheduled trip. My Dream is really gearing up and going into the direction I had planned.
So, “what’s in it for me???” is a fully loaded question. Naturally, my Dream ! First of all, I had two of the most important people in my life with me on this trip, My Mom who gave me life, and my amazing Husband, who enhances and makes my life full. Regretfully, my daughter wasn’t able to join us as she is attending University and the timing simply did not work, and my sister, who works and had recently taken off time and just couldn’t pull it off; but, I know they were there with me in spirit during this amazing trip. Secondly, the environment, sharing time and space with amazing people, in amazing places; the ship itself, Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Martin, and glorious beaches ! Thirdly, having a blast with tons of great food, drinks and many, many laughs. What more could I ask for? That’s what was in it for me !
Not only did I share time, meals, laughs, sun, space, drinks, friendships, and much more, but I had the privilege of entering a new decade of my life, with such positivity, and eagerness that I can hardly begin to share how excited and happy I am to pursue this new venture in my life. Isn’t it really all about feeling good, being healthy, followed by being happy and surrounded by family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, clients? About always trying to achieve your goals and dreams ? For ME it is. I’m a firm believer in ‘you reap what you sow‘ and ‘what goes around comes around‘. If you can remain positive, look at the future and see good things, you will strive for them and they will come to you.
I so anxiously look forward to the future and know that it can only continue to get better. I’ve never been happier in my life with who I am, with where I’m heading, and with my past accomplishments. I’ve raised my daughter alone, and I’m very proud of her and who she is today, I love my life with my husband, the most wonderful man in the world, I’ve grown my career and intend to continue growing it. I want to continue growing my circle of friends and just be ME ! I’m thankful that my Dream became a reality, and I’ll never stop dreaming. Cheers to a new decade in my life and many more to come !