LEARNING – a year of blogging

Wow! It has already been one year of blogging. Yes, the repurposed redhead is celebrating her first birthday and it’s a good one. This year has been full of new adventures and activities, far off lands and fantastic voyages, old friends and new ones. It’s been a grand time and I am excited for what this next year will bring.

My memory bank is packed full of my escapades this past year – here are a few of the highlights.


Being a pirate and river rat in the mighty glacier fed rivers of Alberta, CA with Wild Blue Yonder Rafting. Read the blog post here.


Living the life of a ranch dude and farm hand in British Columbia, CA and Saskatchewan, CA with two great families. Read the blog post here and here.

This is me attaching the portable milking machine to Mickey.

Living it up – farm girl style.

Spending some quality time with the kids of Child Haven International in Kaliyampoondi, TN and Hyderabad, AP in India. Read the blog post here.

Me and the girls

Helping families who are still piecing their lives together from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. Read the blog post here.


Walking the windy city and crossing the country by greyhound bus. Read the blog post here and here.


Relaxing in Mazatlan with my wonderful parents and having some high flying fun too. Read the blog post here.


Viewing a traditional Indian wedding and discovering that coconuts really do fall on peoples heads. Read the blog post here.


All in all it’s been one heck of a year. We will see what this coming year has in store for me.

I read a blog post earlier today from Amber at The Usual Bliss. The post was titled ‘Wild and Wind Blown’. She wrote of an upcoming trip and how she always seems to be on the go to new adventures and destinations. I feel the same way. One of the images she posted really spoke to me.


Roam if you want? Okay – I will! I saw it and realized – wow – this is exactly what I’m doing. I’m roaming… because I want to.

I have heard this song by the B-52’s about a billion times, but have never really clued into the lyrics. I just sang along to the catchy tune and cheesy vibe.

Fly the great big sky – See the great big sea. Kick through continents – Busting bounderies. Take it hip to hip rocket through the wilderness. Around the world the trip begins with a kiss. 

Well my trips don’t usually begin with a kiss, nor do they end that way – but here’s hoping. It’s amazing how we can hear or see something so many times and not really think about it, but once it’s placed in a different context all of the sudden we take notice and delve deeper. And who can resist a cheesy 80’s/90’s music video? Not me.

Amber also included this great Hemingway quote in her post. This man know what he’s talking about. It’s all about the journey and I’m liking the one I’m on.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. – Ernest Hemingway

Currently my journey has brought me back home to see family and friends. This part of the journey involves helping with the social media and blog for Child Haven International. It also involves spending time with some great friends and their new little bundle of joy – Gabriella Rose – what a sweety.


That’s what happening here. How are you all doing? Is your journey taking you where you want to go or are you just along for the ride?

Here is to another great year of blogging and more learning, exploring, and helping for the repurposed redhead.

Thanks for reading!


7 responses to “LEARNING – a year of blogging

  1. It’s been a great year reading about all of your adventures, Rene! You’ve inspired many of us to get out there and “repurpose” our own lives. Thanks for the great time reading your blog, sharing your story, and enjoying these pictures!!! =)

    • Devra – thank you for all of your kind words and support. It means so much to me. I’m so happy about the new adventure in your life, I know it’s going to be fantastic. I can’t wait to visit in DC!! -Rene

  2. It is hard to believe it’s been a whole year. Very fun to go back and look at all the pictures of your adventures.

  3. Hi Rene, long time, no see. Above all, for me, I think you’ve proved, if needed be, that there is still room out there to choose the life you want to live. Kudos to you, and thank you for the adventures.

    • David, yes it has been a while – oh say a year!?! Thanks for following along with the blog and my various adventures. I’ve really appreciated and enjoyed your comments and feedback. I hope your newish adventure in architecture land is also going splendidly! -Rene

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