We are back on our boat Salish Lady for another year of cruising in the Pacific Northwest (and BC southwest). This year is a little different because I (Shawn) have semi-retired from some of my business concerns and hope to be fully retired by the end of the year. Although I still have some business responsibilities, this is the first time in many years where I can set my own agenda every day.
Spending time on our boat has helped with the transition because there are always maintenance tasks to be completed. She can be a demanding lady at times. Boat projects are a nice distraction because they are discrete tasks that can be planned and completed in a few days. It is always nice to progress through a “To Do” list relatively quickly.
I was very fatigued because the last few years have been extremely stressful. The downtime I have had in the last month to rest and recover has been rejuvenating.
I am now starting to turn my focus to writing and photography, two hobbies that have had the potential to be much more than just hobbies. In previous years, we had a pretty good stream of articles and photographs that were published in boating magazines, but that activity waned as I had more demands on my time and energy due to my businesses.
Currently, Corinne and I are working on two different book projects. As I start to put more energy into them, my days have become increasingly busy and it won’t be long before I will whine about never having enough time. We also plan to put together more of our images with the “she saw/he saw” theme that we initiated last winter. We post many of these on our Z Frontier Photography Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/zfrontierphoto).
All-in-all it has been a nice transition to a new focus for my time and energy and I am enjoying the chance to work on some creative endeavors.