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It was a cool February morning In Long Beach California, I had just driven 26 hours straight with the love of my life, a new boat was on the horizon but it wasn’t about the boat.

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It was about creating something together, rebuilding, starting from scratch, we had a blank canvas and no rules to follow.  I made a full price offer on an old pile of stainless steel and bronze a big old hull of fiberglass and a whole tree of wood carefully shaped and molded into what would soon become my home.  My dreams were manifesting before my eyes and would soon become the reality of my life long dream.  The boat wasn’t the dream, it was the process of life that I was searching for, the evolution of family and the security that can only be found in union.

I had run through this day in my mind for a lifetime.  Jobs came and went, relationships came and went, life came and went.  I traveled the globe in search of that perfect something.  I never really knew what I was searching for but something kept pushing me in a singular direction, that of freedom.

They say that we are our own best teacher but I must be a slow learner because I always doubt my sanity when it comes to the decisions I make.  I still make them but deep down wonder if I’m crazy for dreaming of a happy life.  The ugly truth is how could anybody respect a man who let his dreams die inside of him.  We have no choice in life other than to be great.

I don’t read many blogs, there simply aren’t that many worth reading.  One of my all time favorite blogs is, Ben and Teresa’s Sailing Simplicity They have from the very beginning found what we are all searching for.  I’m not letting any cats out of the bag but I suspect that their world is about to explode into the reality that most of us can only dream of.  They don’t talk about what they are going to to, they share with us what they have done and why.  I have a feeling that their little blog will be the most read and appreciated sailing blog of 2014.  If you haven’t stopped by you are missing out on one of the best guides to following your dreams available today and its all free, they also happen to be good Peeps 🙂

If you have a blog or know of a great one please feel free to share it.  Winter is coming and we all need somebody to lean on.

“It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none. ” 
~Snoop Dogg

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