It was late December, 2010 when Kim and I began this journey. After having sold all of our stuff and quit our jobs, we came to Florida to live on a boat. A LOT has happened since then, and we have no regrets. We’ve been blessed with an incredible life, and for that we are eternally grateful.
I have many reasons to give thanks. In no particular order, here are a few of the reasons I’m a happy man this Thanksgiving:
After almost six years, we are still deeply in love with Leap of Faith. She’s been a great vessel, sturdy and reliable. She’s forgiven our mistakes, and carried us through the storms. We couldn’t have asked for a more rock solid platform to fulfill our dreams on.
I’ve got to give it to her. Kim has been a fantastic mate. Through it all, good days and bad days, she’s been steadfast. I’ve put her through too many trials to mention here, but she’s stuck with the lifestyle, (and me). Together we’ve explored most of Florida, all of the Keys, and a big chunk of the Bahamas. She’s huddled below as lightning struck all around us. She’s been through waves bigger than we should have ever been in. She’s gone without so many things that other women take for granted, like hot showers and even a working head. She’s supported me and encouraged me in my writing career. God bless her. Love you, Kim.
When I wrote Leap of Faith, I had no idea what would come of it. To my amazement, people bought it. They continue to buy it today. I was encouraged to continue writing. To date, I’ve published nine books. My readers have been a loyal bunch. Their support drives me. My success as an author still astounds me. It’s our only source of income, and we’re doing just fine, thank you. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do. I’ve got no timeclock to punch, no boss to answer to, and no particular place to be. I’ll continue to write as long as the readers continue to buy my stuff. I can’t thank those people enough.
Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. This year we are spending it at Palm Island Marina, in Cape Haze, Florida. It will be filled with gratitude on my part. I couldn’t ask for a better boat, a better wife, or a better career. I’m a lucky man.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU.