A New Adventure/A New Path! A year ago, I headed to Texas into an unknown environment, to help out my son’s family for three months. Now I’m embarking on a new adventure, taking a new path – being on call for FEMA to head to disasters around the country, helping people sign up for benefits. Admittedly, I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be doing! However, judging from the experience we had with FEMA helpers in 2011 (when we went through the flood), I’d like to join them!
This position with FEMA is an ‘on call’ two year commitment. Whenever my group gets called, I have 24 hours to get to wherever needed and stay there for ‘weeks to months’ until I am sent back home to await another call. This is for any of the 50 states and territories but, unless there is a large disaster, I would typically be sent within the Midwest. I leave for two weeks of training July 9th and am heading to spend a week with sister Penny first. I hope I am still enthused about this adventure once I actually hear more about it! I started this process 7 months ago! I like the ‘work a lot when gone/relax when home’ part of this adventure.
I’ve taken advantage of being home a year by: finishing book 2 and drafting a few more, visiting family, honing my culinary skills from the teachings of Rachel Ray, and learning more about healthy habits of seniors—standing on one foot while brushing teeth helps balance and jumping up and down helps maintain bone strength! I’ve also caught up on spring cleaning by replacing bath mats, filters on heating/cooling units and refrigerator, and most important – inventory of every closet and drawer – selling items we truly don’t use. I have a note book that lists things in each closet so I simply have to look in the notebook to see where old pictures are or where I put that special silver tray!
I’ve also tried to keep in contact with friends and made a few more. Visiting each sister for a week was important to me along with seeing my 93 year old father. We made two trips to Texas in 2017 already to our son’s family.
Spending time alone at the lake was also on my list. I pondered life, direction and obtained peace–looking where life has brought me and where it is taking me. It is good! I once lost track of where I was, who I was, and where I was going AND I never want to be in that position again.
So far, advice I have received on this new adventure has been: live in the moment, seek out the back story of those that are not that pleasant to work with and be aware of my surroundings at all times! Do you have any additional advice? Let me know either here on the website or by sending me an email.