If you came into money what would you do? Where would you go? Who would you go with?
I always thought if we ever had a windfall, then I’d go on a cruise, around the world, with my darling boy, Dave.
We’ve been together nearly 34 years, married for most of them, and oh my goodness I haven’t won the lottery but my dream has just come true.
We are off on the trip of a lifetime around the world on a cruise with Princess Cruises. 104 days in total to be exact.
How many days? Yes 104 days. It feels like a mini-lifetime.
Have any of you been on a world cruise – considered one? I’m a cruise newbie and would love your tips.
And if you’re thinking of a cruise (Hell Yeah!) you can check out the Princess Cruises world cruises here, and just do it, because well, you know #Yolo – “You Only Live Once.” And right now, I reckon is the best time in our lives to get out, have adventures and travel.
In just over 6 days time. This will be me … 😉
WAAAAAHHH! My comfort zone and the cosy life I’ve lived in Perth is about to be blasted into (exciting) smithereens, and in four months time when I return, who knows, everything might have changed.
Bear with me here. I know I’m a lucky cow, but leaving my daughter who’s travelling to New Zealand, my son and his fiancee in SWA, and of course my Mum who’s in England is sending my motherly and homing instincts into turmoil. We will be scattered around the globe as a family.
Their lives will move on without me in attendance. I am not the rock around which they revolve after all.
How do I feel?
Well … excited, apprehensive, worried about my kids (yes it’s true, even though they are grown up) full of wonder, filled with awe, a little bit nervous and pretty much gagging to get aboard and get going!
Is it okay to be so full of discrepancies?
Why the silence?
I haven’t been able to tell you this news previously because I was worried I might be dreaming, and I was worried that perhaps it wouldn’t come true and I’d look a fool … and I was worried by my normal fear of failure.
I kept having to pinch myself. Still am.
You know that feeling? When something good happens to you and you think, “But I’m not good enough. This can’t be happening to me. They’ve got the wrong person. This is surely meant for someone else?”
I know you do. I do. You do. We all do. It happens with big things and small things if your antenna is on high womanly alert.
Today I want to tell you that if you follow your dreams. pursue your passions, work hard, maintain your integrity and stay true to your life purpose that anything is possible. Whatever age you are.
Yes truly. Anything is possible.
But, I’m also going to say, be careful what you dream off.
If ‘the big thing’ suddenly crops up – are you ready to take up that opportunity? Are you willing to make some sacrifices? Are you ready to risk something to gain more? Are you ready to say Yes, when a small squeaky voice inside is saying No.
Of course you are!
Are you ready to go against the grain, and even perhaps have others be a teensy bit envious of you, wish they were you, and wonder what your secret is?
You have to.
Having said that, I’ll admit, I very nearly said “No”.
Because so much of this was too hard, too soon, too complicated and I wanted to say, Hell! I’m not the person you want or need. It’s All Too Tricky, besides, what if I’m not good enough?
But some little gremlin inside, just kept saying … “You Can Do This Kiddo”.
Maybe that little gremlin is called “Opportunity Knocks”. I’m not sure. But he’s hell of a persistent little fellow.
So here we are. One week to go. This time next Sunday we’ll be in Sydney. And holy moley we’ll be boarding the Sea Princess bound for a world cruising adventure – around the globe not in 88 days but in 104 days.
This is the first time in 50 years that the Princess Line has offered a complimentary around-the-world cruise to a member of the media, journalist, blogger, editor – whatever.
Me! Crikey. What were they thinking?
Oh Blimey No Pressure Jo.
Please be my virtual cruise ship buddies
Will you come with me on this journey, Lifestylers? Will You? Please say yes, because I’m so going to need you in my thoughts and in my mind bolstering me up as we sail the seas and maybe just maybe he himself gets fed up with me myself in our seafaring cabin writing blog posts and creating videos, and I’ll wish I could skip ship and be with you in person.
If one of us (he or me) doesn’t return, you know what to do. Answers on a postcard please 🙂
If only I could charter the Sea Princess and take you all along with me. If only. We would eat lots of Norman Love chocolate together and sip a cocktail or two or three.
The very next best thing I can do is invite you on a virtual journey as we sail to 27 countries with exotic experiences to uncover in 39 destinations, covering 28,000 nautical miles on a global voyage aboard a huge ship which will be like a 5 star luxury floating hotel away from home.
I can’t wait. I can hardly type for excitement 🙂
Please come along for the virtual ride, or take life by the horns and book yourself on a cruise of your own choice. You know #YOLO! Life’s all about experiences, not possessions.
Anyways … There will be everyday tweets on Twitter, and loads of pics and and posts on Facebook at Lifestyle Fifty and I’ll be Instagramming at Lifestyle Fifty with an everyday photo challenge #104days with #PrincessRTW, and of course posting on the blog here.
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Right now I’m sitting on the sofa, with two red candles flickering on the old coffee table we bought in South Africa. I’m overlooking the lake, and listening to the squall coming in from the south as well as a number of raucous frogs giving their best attempt at philharmonic.
Very comfortable. Very homely.
But I’m thinking about packing.
My clothes are in a big heap upstairs, waiting to be chosen to be packed into a small suitcase for their trip of a lifetime.
Choose Me Me Me, they’re saying. They can’t all come.
So what to take, what to leave behind?
I can’t fit everything in.
If you’d help me choose my formal wear for the nights when I have to dress up, I’d be completely grateful.
Here’s a little video, I hope it might make you smile, but more importantly – what the Dickens should I choose because I can’t take it all with me. Please would you let me know which dress for formal nights – Silver, Royal Blue or Purple?
It’s a bit Princessy, but what the heck … #YOLO … I may never get another chance. So this is it, I’m grabbing it by the horns, just like you should too.
With love, best wishes and so Very Much Excitement 🙂 and here’s to seeing you popping up in my virtual suitcase.
You know I’ll be looking for you and waiting for you with a great big Princess Cruises hug x