Hello world!

I guess this is my opportunity to tell you why I’ve decided to start my Blog.  I’m going to be brief when I tell you that I started this blog as a collaborative effort to help the world discover and follow their dreams.  All that matters is that you’re happy every day and that you’ve succeeded in putting yourself within the life that you imagine for your future.  Remember that everything happens for a reason…

Two years ago I was living in NYC, where I had been born and raised, managing a law firm, after having obtained my MBA, making a 6-figure salary.   I had friends from all over the place with whom I did everything from hiking to drinks or dinner at some of the nicer places in NYC, going to see Broadway shows or the Opera or the newest IMAX movie in Lincoln Center…when I decided to walk away from it all to try my hand at becoming a dive instructor in warmer climates. WHAT?!?! I was bored with the cycle I had found myself trapped in…get up every morning, go to work, meet friends for lunch, back to work, meet friends for drinks/dinner, go home to repeat the same cycle all over again. Date men who were incapable of making a commitment to anything…realizing how flaky friends got when in their mid-30’s…seeing how family drifted away as you weren’t married with small children for them to play with. I felt as though there had to be something better in life!

I had been a diver and had gone on several dive trips during the year prior to my making this decision during which time I had met some of the most amazing people…people from all over the world…from all walks of life who were capable of looking outside the box.  I had always kept with me the many words of wisdom shared with me during these trips and had loved how I could suddenly dream out loud and not feel silly about it. Having visited some of the most exotic dive locations in the Caribbean, I imagined that if I should pursue a profession in diving, then I could travel to one of these dive locations permanently. Seriously?!?!

Why not? So I drafted an email describing my state as a 34 year old woman who lived in NYC with the desire to become a dive instructor. Would the “above-named dive op” consider hiring me as an intern to fill tanks while I completed enough dives to make me qualified to become a Dive Master and then an Instructor, etc. etc. etc. And sent it to 150 dive shops in the Caribbean, Egypt, the Maldives, the Philippines, etc. and heard back from a tech diving instructor in Cozumel who invited me down to Mexico for 2 weeks to see whether or not I could imagine myself living there. So I took 2 weeks unpaid leave from my job and traveled to Mexico for 2 weeks where I discovered some of the best diving I could have ever imagined. But in addition to that, I discovered a culture I could respect, people who I could imagine calling my neighbors and an industry that I might be able to get a foot into.  So that was when the fun started…fun or hard work?

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  1. I am SOOOO proud of you Catherine! It takes a strong woman to leave everything she knows, especially when (most) everyone who loves her keeps telling her she’s crazy for it, to pursue your dreams and live YOUR life for YOU! (I should know! LOL!) 😉 Love you!! And I admire you for the life you’ve made for yourself!

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  2. This is great Catherine, I blogged a bit before moving to Rome and going back to the blog a few years later brought back some great memories. Make sure to keep up with the entries and snap some photos slackerella, you’re an inspiration for many people here in the man-made world. I’m now a fan, subscriber, commentator, cheerleader, stakeholder. Looking forward to your next post. Ciao Ciao.

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  3. Catherine, so glad to now be a part of this blog. As someone who was around while you were discovering your dive passion, I really feel priviledged to have watched your morphing into the adventurer you are! And look what’s happening! You have achieved and are continuing to achieve your dream! What an inspiration, and confirmation that one should never expect anything less than perfection in their life.

    I’ve never blogged before but now I think this is a good forum for me to be a part of…I’m about to change my life and embark on a new adventure. I’m moving to CA to be with my man, but to also seize the opportunity to re-invent myself – I want to reach for a life that will nourish my soul every day. i know I will do it. I will pursue my passions – creativity, working with my hands, fabric arts, quilts, making beautiful things that will endure in this world. Will i make a living? I don’t know. Will I engage in my craft/passion every day? Yes. We will see what’s next…..One thing I know though, is that you are an inspiration, as I’ve always told you.

    Keep it up my friend! You are so special and rare.

    Karen

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    1. Karen, I’m so happy to hear that you are doing what makes you happy and following your dream! Don’t worry about making a living…the Universe will take care of you! I’m so happy and proud to have had someone like you to help me develop my passion and it would be my pleasure to help you by writing this blog! Please feel free to post anytime!
      Love & miss you always,
      Catherine

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  4. As I sit here reading your blog, I have tears in my eyes. I remember all the nights we discussed the idea of moving, and how proud I am of you for following your dream, no matter what others thought. You are so much stronger than you think, as most people couldn’t do what you did. I am positive this blog will help people follow their passions and dreams, wiithout fear or concern, as you showed them that ANYTHING is possible.

    Love ya

    Sandra

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    1. I remember those nites too and I’m so proud to say that I could not have done it without you!! Thank you for believing in me and for continuing to believe in me…it helps when I start to think I must be crazy! You’ve helped me validate my dreams to make them easier to pursue! So here is to helping the world overcome their fear of failure as we keep teaching them how to get back on the horse! This world was not made for quitters!
      Love you too!!
      Catherine

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