Lately, I have been writing about heavy hitter subjects like remembering 9/11 and the pandemic and of course, the impact on my business and my personal life. These are very important topics and certainly deserve the attention and as the pandemic is still going on and life is still not back to normal like it was BC, Before Covid, it will continue to be a part of my discourse throughout my blogs and hopefully, sooner, rather than later, we won’ be talking about it anymore, but like anything else, it is something of which, we will need to always to be reminded, as human beings have short memories. When things are good and right now, they still are not, we tend to forget and that is when things happen, but they seem to be getting better. One of my favorite teachers, no, my favorite teachers, used to say, “everything is a mixed blessing” and I truly believe it as this tragedy of Covid has had many negatives, but also many positives, about which I have spoken over the past 9 months or so.
This past week has been one of those good weeks in my recent history as I settle into my time here in New Hampshire and it was exciting to see 3 sets of clients traveling to Spain and Portugal respectively and another couple, leaving for Italy shortly. It gives me hope that even with the newest restrictions out there, and nothing for certain, business is starting to pick up. One setback is that not all countries are allowing us back in and some are more restrictive than others, so some of my travel planning is being delayed for another year, but again, better postponed than cancelled. I have been busier with planning my valued clients over the past couple of weeks for the first time since BC and remain cautiously optimistic that this will continue as I have many trips booked, in the planning stages and under deposit for 2022 and while the world may not get back to normal for a while, I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I also picked up a seasonal job here and continue to seek out additional supplementary employment, including childcare which has been a wonderful balance for me even BC, as I have been and always will be an educator. The idea of coming out here for a few months was out of a necessity, and a favor, and one which has now been a little over a month, a real boost to me. It has given me a new outlook and even on those days of frustration, I am finding the positives and figuring out the balance and finally settling into a routine of sorts, but as most of you know me, routine is not me and I thrive on a controlled chaos. I like the challenge of different experiences and I live by the motto that variety is the spice of life. Works well, since I am also a former chef in my younger years. Anyway, enough with the fluff and on to more important things. Well, not really, but coming soon, in less than 2 weeks, the Wandering Puffin is returning to Iceland for the first time in 3 years, barring a positive Covid test, so that is exciting and excited to share those experiences over the two weeks I will be there.
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