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What Do You Want?

I want more emails like Rinelma’s. This plucky She Blossoms reader said, “I decided to go back to school at the age of 60! (Blush). I’m studying nursing, and I’m loving it so far.” 

When I asked her if I could share this with you—a “bouquet” 💐 to inspire and encourage you—she said, “Of course! And I just wrote my  first exam today and got 100%! So I’m thrilled.”

If you’re walking down a new path or celebrating an achievement, please comment below. I’d love to give you a virtual bouquet 💐 in my weekly She Blossoms newsletter, and brighten everyone’s lives.

I also want Road Trip Theme Ideas! Have you ever taken a road trip with a purpose, such as viewing waterfalls or eating at local diners? Maybe you searched for the most unusual antique stores or camped at the most rustic spots. 

When I drive from Vancouver to Newfoundland in April, I want a specific theme for my road trip. One that involves searching and story telling.

What do you want in your life?

Several things might flood into your mind: good health, happy family, loving relationships, peace and freedom from past guilt and shame.

Go beyond the first ideas that occur to you. Take 15 minutes, sit down with your journal, and write down everything you’ve ever wanted. Let your imagination rip. Write down your silliest, most outrageous and “dare I say it?” dreams and goals. Go for broke. 

What’s the worst that can happen if you pursue it? 

You could get what you want. You could run into obstacles and setbacks.

You could experience what I did: getting sick while getting what you want. 

“If traveling alone, how do you handle illness?” asks Nicole on Could You Live Happily in a Camper Van? “Every few months I get a bug and I’m out of commission for at least a week. I feel too nauseous to get out of bed. Have you been sick while traveling? What did you do? I’m still dreaming of full time travel but this part scares me the most.”

In How to Handle Illness on a Solo Camper Van Road Trip (YouTube video), I share 13 ways to cope with getting sick on a road trip are from experienced camper van and RV travelers. They’re all women; most are over 50 and traveling alone with chronic health issues.

When I researched Facebook groups for solo women RVers and camper van road trippers, I found an astonishing array of health issues, chronic diseases and serious illnesses. One woman even has terminal cancer! I describe their solutions in How to Survive Getting Sick on a Solo Camper Van Road Trip (blog post).

Getting what you want doesn’t guarantee happiness. Pursuing your dreams does, however, guarantee that you won’t go to your deathbed with regrets. 


How to Handle Illness on a Solo Camper Van Road Trip (Tips from RVers With Chronic Health Issues)

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How I Cope With Loneliness on a Solo Camper Van Road Trip ~ “Don’t you get lonely on the road?” asked a woman who wants to travel solo in her camper van. “I go on weekend trips, but even then I can’t cope with the loneliness. I don’t think I could handle living and traveling alone in my van.”

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3 thoughts on “What Do You Want?”

  1. Laurie,
    I’m not an RV’er, but found your blog and wanted to hear more! You are a great encouragement and inspiration! I am grateful to be invited to blossom and reset my perspectives. I’m evolving at a time in my life where I thought it was about being more settled. I’m learning how to understand what I want in the better context of what’s truly needful- after many years of believing I understood who I was and what my goals in life meant. It’s scary to think about the unknown but reassuring to think about the journey to finding out the answers. Happy and safe travels! And thanks!

  2. Hello:
    I look forward to reading about your journey in life and helpful tips for those in need. I am suffering from a broken heart, as my husband of 42 years just passed away October, 2021.He fought a valiant battle against cancer. Trying to cope with this reality each day. Look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Eileen

    1. Dear Eileen,
      It sounds like your husband was a real trooper, fighting hard against cancer. You and he were partners and friends for 42 years…it must be so difficult to learn how to live alone. So many experiences and memories you must have! What a huge loss and adjustment.
      I hope my weekly emails help. Have you signed up for my She Blossoms newsletter? It might help you see life in a different way, just for a few minutes a week. 🙂
      With love,

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