coming clean

kevin at the helm

have you ever had one of those dreams that just sounds so outlandish, you’re loath to talk about? it’s nursed in your heart of hearts, and it’s your deepest, darkest desire. the most basic version of this might be shared with a couple close friends, or people who would understand, but mostly you keep it to yourself because you just can’t stand to hear from all the naysayers. you know the ones. the response starts with a deer-in-the-headlights look, quickly followed by the thought “are you insane”, which is then reduced to “really?” and somewhere in there contains “i’m only thinking of your own well being…” in conjunction with a “but”.

after a short but intense and electrifying conversation with a very wise and creative individual, i’ve decided it’s time for full disclosure and i want to let anyone who actually reads my blog (there’s got to be someone, right?) in on my secret dream. it involves kevin (my significant other who shall be henceforth known as my s.o.), myself, the cat and a sailboat. yes,  your worst nightmare and the cat’s as well… a circumnavigation.

now, truth be told, kevin and i had separate ideas of our deepest, darkest desire. mine involved prolonged travel exploring new places and cultures, learning languages, new materials techniques, making art and exhibiting. and kevin’s involved living on a boat and being able to move his home wherever he wanted to go. now, i’d been on a sailboat once in my life, as a kid, and kevin hasn’t fully disclosed how much sailing experience he’s actually had in the past, but he has read a lot of books if that could be any comfort. but the root of the plan made a lot of sense, and i liked it. a compromise was reached.

so over the next few months, those few people who actually read my blog will see changes taking place on the site. i’ll be putting up more information about “the plan” and try to explain the who, what, when, how, where and why of such a crazy plan and why i think it will be so amazing.

stay tuned!

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  • Jsdamora

    DO IT DO IT DO IT!!! Totally possible, we know people who have done it if you want to hook up with them. My husband John has sailed around the world. Start reading ‘Latitudes and Attitudes’ by Bob Bitchen’ (I kid you not) and all the “I DID IT” articles you can!! They will help to inspire you and substantiate your dreams with helpful lore, information, and experience.  BTW this is the first I’ve known you have a blog, and we’ve been yappin on FB together how long???

  • Davmin

    Read Cruising magazine—if you haven’t—-a lot of good articles and good resources for people who want to do just that. I’ve always wanted to, but my spouse would never go for it. So maybe one day I will get to circumnavigate The Sound around Seattle, and the San Juan Islands. But my boat is on the mall side of doing that—26′. People have done it, but it is much better in a 36′, and preferably larger.

  • Jan Harris

    Just do it and never look back! Best of luck to you and may your adventure be wonderful.

  • Stephperkins

    One Word. GO!

  • Joyce

    Open yourself to as many adventures as you can while you are still young. Go for it!

  • wow! you guys are all so great! i’m all flush with your excitement and support! 

    jesa, yes! we’ve read bob bitchen for years. some great, great stories. there was one in particular with a guy who had a steel boat, dropped his expensive watch overboard and then bought a big magnet to pull it out of the water. hilarious! and woody is just the best! kevin has a whole slew of cruising bloggers he follows. our favorite is http://www.theslapdash.com/. highly, highly recommend for anyone interested in or enjoys reading that kind of thing. these two are just amazing.

    we have a 26′ boat right now, dave, and although we “could” do it, we would prefer something in the 42′ range unless we were somehow able to get a catamaran like the one the couple i mentioned above have. it’s a wonderful boat with tons of room despite being 34′. you should do something! i think that would be great, and the san juans and gulf islands are lovely. we like cruising magazine as well. we’re also into a diy boat maintenance magazine. it’s very cool, covers just everything and comes on a cd if you want.
    it’s a thrilling adventure, to say the least. we’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate all the different things (like art) which are important to us, and i think we’ve finally got a solid plan all worked out. keep watching! more details will be forthcoming, and lots of changes to the site.

    thanks so much for all your support, you all. i can’t tell you how much we appreciate it!

  • Ruth

    All good ideas start with a crazy dream! Enjoy the ride!

  • natalie

    thank you so much, Ruth! i can’t agree enough!

  • Holliewould

    This plan can be easily achieved Natalie!!!! I meet water travelers every day! One day they are here and the next they are some where else. Some in sail boats and others as coastal travelers in pontoon like house boats. I am subscribing to your blog lady.

  • suz

    wow!! How exciting..had no idea..hope your gonna do it.

  • admin-natalie

    definitely, suzan! there are a lot of things to work out before we go, including a fundraising campaign and all the good things that come with it. but one way or another, we’re going!

  • definitely, suzan! there are a lot of things to work out before we go, including a fundraising campaign and all the good things that come with it. but one way or another, we’re going!