I haven’t been paying as much attention to my blogging as I would like lately. Since I went on that delivery trip to Colombia and was totally cut off from the world (no internet), it seems like I’ve just been trying to catch up.

I haven’t been doing much that would explain my absence. I’ve only had a total of 5 days work (whoo-hoo!). I went to a Nautical Institute seminar and then left for a travel writing workshop in New Orleans for a week. That was fun but kept me super busy.

When I got back I had a room mate move in, so trying to get used to having someone new in the house. I finished my taxes (finally) or at least enough to get them to my accountant before the deadline this coming week. And I finished with everything I needed to do to give my license renewal application to the Coast Guard.

Along with all that crap I pretty much had to do, I also managed to do a few fun things I wanted to do. I got to go out for the last of the Rum Races with Captain Vic on the Laz. I made it to a couple of Campaign for Liberty (political) meet ups. I started painting class again. Went to the inaugural Sail La Vie Dive Bar tour (looking forward to the next one).

Went to see Snowdon last week and the Deepwater Horizon movie Friday (both were good, the DWH was intense!).

I’ve been off the Buzcador for about 6 weeks now. I still haven’t caught up with everything I was cut off from when I went out there for 3 weeks with no internet! I’ve been spending a minimum of 2 hours/day online (usually much more) and still can’t make any progress.

I feel like I should apologize, that I haven’t been spending much time blogging, but I just don’t feel like spending anymore time online. It’s getting to be a real drag.

I’d much prefer to spend my online time blogging and writing, but I’ve been spending it catching up on ‘important’ emails, looking for work and filling out ridiculously long and repetitive online applications (that have nothing to do with the job I’m applying for).

I’m getting to the point where I’m trying to decide should I just say ‘the hell with it all’ and ‘retire’?

Even tho I have no where near enough money saved up to support myself for the (hopefully) 30+ years I’ll have left. Do that, move to somewhere cheap like Mexico and work on my writing, photography, and painting? In hope that somehow I’ll be able to survive?

Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out how to ‘monetize’ my blog. Or someone will like one of my photographs or paintings enough to buy one (for more than a quarter!). Or maybe my book will become a best seller?

Or give up on doing anything with my life, suck it up and take some soul-sucking minimum wage job at McDonalds or Walmart?

I think I don’t really have much of a choice at this point. There’s nothing I can do about the price of oil, so not a thing I can do to go back to a decent job, a job that I care anything about. I’ve already applied to every maritime company in the USA, most of them more than once. Plenty of overseas companies too.

I think, for the sake of my sanity, I’m going to have to ‘retire’.

But I don’t want to. 😦

2 thoughts on “Blogging

  1. Hi Jill, I am always interested in finding new sailors! So far I have mostly sailed on other people’s ships but hoping to change that in the future.
    I completely understand your soul searching about what to do with your life. I have been down that road and have been figuring it out myself. It is not an easy process, but an interesting one. I did quit my job and go out on my own- after much thought. I am slowly working myself into a new self-designed life that I am loving. I did have a safety net, and learned to live carefully. What I have learned is that we CAN create the life of our dreams. Now I am building a blog and a business around that. Good luck to you!

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    • Hi Michele,
      Glad to meet you. I’m always happy to meet fellow sailors too. It’s a small world out there. I’ve pretty much stuck to other peoples ship’s too. Much less stress and more fun that way. 😉
      I was hoping to be able to build my blog into a business too, but so far that has gone absolutely nowhere. I started it a couple of years ago, when I was still working and thought I would be able to do something with it by now. I did have a safety net, but it’s pretty far unraveled after a year without work.
      And now I am completely out of work and the blog is still going nowhere so I am losing hope of ever being able to make any business from it.
      I’m still trying. Writing and photography have always been interests of mine. I would LOVE to be able to transition into being able to support myself that way instead of always being out on a boat somewhere.
      Not that I don’t still enjoy being out on a boat. I DO! I wish I could go out on one right now (or as soon as I get back from my long planned trip to Tanzania anyway).
      I just feel like nothing I do is working. I feel lost.


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