OnTheGoWithAmyO.

"Live The Life You've Imagined." ~Thoreau

The Bonus Of A Goal Buddy

228_TrainTracksSideViewPPTDO YOU HAVE A GOAL BUDDY?

Time may give us the illusion that it is infinite, but it’s not. One day, each of us will reach the end of the line in this journey called Life.

It’s quiet moments on back country roads like this that make me ponder:
• How am I spending each precious minute of my day?
• Am I wisely investing my time and energy towards achieving that which is important to me?
• What activities bring me the most joy in accordance with my Major Goals and Life’s Purpose?

There is something powerful about writing down a goal, but I believe there is added empowerment in speaking that goal out loud to a trusted friend. There is accountability. There is encouragement. There is the gentle nudge on those days when the goal seems impossible.

For more than 10 years, I’ve had a Goal Buddy – my best friend, Suzan.

This unique aspect of our friendship allows us to motivate and inspire each other in our individual journeys, to take small steps on a daily or weekly basis towards bigger goals, and to celebrate the victories, both big and small.

On occasion, I’m faced with a challenge where a goal no longer brings joy to my life, or it no longer serves a purpose towards my Major Goals or Life Purpose. At those times, like the song says, I have to be strong enough to ♫ let it go ♫.

Tomorrow morning, Suzan and I will have an early morning conference call to review our individual 2nd Quarter accomplishments, and stake a claim in what each of us wants to achieve in the 3rd Quarter of 2016. These conversations light a fire in my soul that make me appreciate every minute in the day.

I’ll note that when we first started these Goal Buddy Reviews, it was on a weekly basis. Over the years, however, we’ve hit a comfortable stride with our progress so that we only do Goal Reviews at the end of every quarter, and at the beginning of each New Year.

My Suggestion: Life is short. Make it count. No regrets. Figure out what’s important to you, grab a trusted Goal Buddy to share your vision, then create a road map to keep you on track!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
AmyO.

 

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A Dragonfly’s Message

SONY DSC“The dragonfly spirit animal invites people to keep a light, positive outlook no matter what.”
~Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor
 
Change is sometimes uncomfortable, yet it is needed for growth.
 
There has been significant change and challenge in my own life these past two weeks – losing a beloved 21-year-old kitty, unexpected repairs to the truck and RV, and severing ties with a non-profit that was dear to my heart.
 
As I spend time outside when it’s cool to mediate near the creek behind my RV, colorful dragonflies dance in flight around me, easing my heart. They land on nearby branches to observe me, and I observe them right back.
 
In the world of symbolism, which we as writers carefully and subtly insert into stories, the dragonfly represents the following:
 
• Change
• Adaptability
• Transformation
• Joy, lightness of being
• Seeing clearly through illusions and deceits
• An invitation to dive deeper into your feelings
 
It’s interesting to note that in the midst of chaos and change, I didn’t notice these beautiful, delicate creatures. Now, I see them everywhere!
#PhotoJournal
 

Washing Away The Worries

06192016_RainsDuring the past few weeks, I’ve been struggling with several significant personal questions, such as whether to reconsider my RV summer travel plans, how to best assist a couple of animal welfare groups that are important to me, and to figure out why I was feeling so uninspired creatively.

After chatting with close family members and “inner circle” friends who I’m confident have my best interest at heart (as I do them), I discovered answers to most of my concerns, as well as a sense of relief that lifted my spirits!

Then, almost like a gesture of celebration, a large lone rain cloud formed overhead that same afternoon, which released a gentle but steady rain shower that lasted at least 30 minutes. As I laughed and lifted my arms to greet the cool raindrops pitter-pattering on my face, it was like they were washing away the last of my worries, and filling me with a sense of peace, purpose and gratitude.


‪#‎PhotoJournal‬
‪#‎LetItGo‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ ‪#‎Gratitude‬

Happy 1st Day of Summer!

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I’ve been on a “creative hiatus” of sorts these past few weeks due to RV travels and personal projects.

Fortunately, the time is right to return to my adventurous creative routine, with both photography and writing the next screenplay.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy the photos and updates that will be posted over the next few days.

‪#‎PhotoJournal‬
‪#‎SummerSolstice‬

Austin Film Festival Submission!

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Scene-by-Scene Analysis, RV Style

With less than a half an hour to spare before the Friday, May 20th, deadline for the Austin Film Festival, I submitted my full-length Romantic/Comedy screenplay, knowing I had given my best!

This was the same script that I sent out to a few contests last year, mainly for feedback critiques and comments, so I could get the story, characters and dialogue ready for Austin Film Festival,  the “big kahuna” of screenplay contests, in my book.

Of all the screenplays (and short stories, for that matter) that I’ve written, this is the one that I’m most proud of.

Since the Austin Film Festival allows screenplays to be entered in both the Drama (Romance) and Comedy categories, I entered the script in both categories.

As you may notice by the photo, there were some unique challenges of the RV Life for hands-on scene-by-scene analysis… but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Additionally, I was lucky that plans to “move on down the road” were delayed, so I didn’t lose any time leading up to the deadline with traveling or break-down/set-up of the RV.

A big shout out to my Muse for the overtime these past two weeks – writing from 7am-3am, around my Day Job hours. Thank you!

Although I admit, by May 20th, my fridge was empty, my laundry pile was sky high, and I had not left the RV except to walk my dog Sofie-Darla… it was all consuming revisions! I’m pretty sure there are many writers who can relate to the manic frenzy of which I speak.

There have been a couple of people ask, “Do you think you’ll win?”

My reply, “My goal for this script is to at least make the 2nd Round; any higher than that will be gravy!”

Write On!

AmyO.

 

 

 

Remembering A Best Friend

04052016_AprilHeadstoneGrave02Ever know someone who lived her life with fearlessness and gusto that others might have called her reckless? But then, in hindsight, it was as if she knew her time was limited and wanted to do it all.

That was April, and I learned so much from her.

Yesterday, I took some pretty yellow flowers out to her grave site. It was peaceful, and I swear I heard her beautiful, hearty laughter in the back of my mind.

Happy Birthday in Heaven, April.
#ForeverYoung

Happy Gotcha Day, Dodger!

04012016_Dodgers3rdGotchaDay_BestThree years ago on April Fool’s Day, Michelle, the president of McLennan Animal Rescue Coalition (MARCPets.org), called me about three tiny kittens who had spent the weekend in the Waco shelter with upper respiratory infection so bad they couldn’t see, smell or eat.

She asked if I could foster them, and I agreed.

We called them “The Baseball Boys” – Ranger, Astro & the little gray and white runt of the litter, Dodger.

These little kittens had been found in sewage, and good gracious did they reek! Yet we couldn’t bathe them because our first priority was to keep their fragile bodies warm. That afternoon, Dodger was so cold and lethargic, and I was afraid we were losing him. I jumped in my vehicle and held Dodger against my chest, with the stench of sewage less than foot from my nose, as I raced to meet my brother Trey & niece Abigail to pick up their spare microwave so I could use MARC’s heating disc.

We thought Dodger might be blind from the infection, but thankfully the medicine saved one of his eyes.

Otherwise, he’s grown into a hearty, healthy cat who is incredibly graceful, can snag a fly with one swipe, and makes the most impressive leaps, in spite of having only two dimensional sight.

He’s also a pretty good traveling kitty in the RV, and pesters me to put on his harness so we can go outside and explore. 

Goodbye for now, Mustang Island.

♫ TIME TO SAY GOODBYE ♫

After an amazing seven months at various locations here on gorgeous Mustang Island, it’s time to hitch up the RV and move on down the road.

One of my personal goals for 2016 is to haul the RV outside of the Texas state line, so this is a step in the right direction!

While I’m sad to leave Port Aransas, I’m equally excited about the new adventures yet to come…

Here are a few final photos from Mustang Island, 2016… See ya down the road!

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I Voted!

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I always exercise my right to vote, even when I’m “on the go.”

#PhotoJournal

Boat Ride to St. Jo’s Island

01242016_StJo03Yesterday, my friend Michele (another solo lady RVer) and I visited St. Jo’s Island, which is right across the channel from Port Aransas on Mustang Island, Texas.

Since you can only get to the little island by boat, there is very little traffic, and because of that, the beach has an abundance of shells!

It was a perfect day weather-wise, too; sunny and warm, compared the rest of the country dealing with snow, blizzards and freezing temperatures.

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This is one of the reasons I love the RV Life: If I don’t like the weather, or neighbors, or city… I simply hitch up and go somewhere else!

In all the years I visited Port Aransas, I’ve never ventured across to St. Jo’s. It was worth it!

But a word of warning, there are no bathrooms! You can BYOTP (Toilet Paper), or if you’re like me, you just don’t drink anything earlier in the day and hope you make it back across the boat before you have to go!

Life is a journey. Enjoy every minute of it.

AmyO.

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