Saturday, February 15, 2014
What I've Been Up To, And A Giveaway
I have barely managed to blog once a week lately and this is one of the reasons why. I turn 60 this month, yikes just saying the number makes me feel old. And then I realize a lot of women don't get here and I am grateful for every year. When I turned fifty I celebrated in a big way by going to Europe with my daughter. This year I would have loved to do that but didn't think it could happen. My husband had other plans though. For Valentine's Day and my birthday which is the 27th of this month, he gave me money to go to Ireland and England. To do the research on my grandparents I have wanted to do for years. I am going in June so I have been perusing guidebooks and am up to my ears in travel plans. I am spending 2 weeks in Ireland and a week in England.
Here is a little history for those newer readers. My grandparents on my mothers side were both from Ireland. My grandmother had come to America in 1901 to look for work and she and my grandfather were promised to each other. He went to England for work. They wrote for 10 years. My grandmother traveled back in forth many times. She was always trying to convince him to come to America, but he did not want to leave his family, mainly his father and younger brother. They did not see each other until 1910 when they finally married in Wigan England. Then they immigrated to the US. I have all the letters they wrote. My desire has been to write a book about them. I have decided to travel to all the locations that they wrote from and to document that journey to be later put into a book.
I was all set to do this in 2010 but then I got cancer, I am fine now and but the money got spent and I didn't think I'd get to go anytime soon. So this gift is quite the blessing. I am seeing the journey as a spiritual one, to go back to where my ancestors came from. Its going to be an amazing journey.
Now since its soon to be my birthday I am having another coaching giveaway, Just leave a comment on this post and I'll put you in the drawing. You get 4 sessions of coaching with me. I'll pick a winner on February 27th. To have more than once chance, post about it on FB or twitter and let me know that you did.