Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Blessed are the Flexible ...

The tag line on my email signature for the past few years has been,
"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape."
There's a double meaning here, both mental and physical. In the RV lifestyle, you'd get 'bent out of shape' real quick wthout a flexible mental attitude. We had planned to make a quick stop in Fort Lauderdale, then start heading west. But, now it looks like we're going to stick around for a while. A hard look at our finances, and a desire to spend some quality time with family, makes it logical to stay here for a couple months instead of a couple weeks. Having a flexible mental attitude means that, instead of being disappointed, we're looking forward to doing some diving, reconnecting with friends, and doing a lot of catch-up work. I'm working on our Geeks On Tour tutorial videos . I'm using Coldfusion to put the listing into a dynamic, database-driven web page rather than static HTML. This will open up lots of other options and I can start creating more videos on a systematic basis. I'm excited to have the time to work on this. I'm also putting sample videos on YouTube. They don't look very good there, but, I figure it may be a good promotion. You can get the idea of the video on YouTube (or Google Videos), then, if you want to see the high-quality version - you go to Here's my latest sample. It's on Google Earth. Jim is working in the office here in exchange for our space rent. The minute we showed up in the park, they offered him the job! Flexibility means being open to what comes your way. One of the other things I'm looking forward to is taking some classes with my old Kundalini Yoga teacher. I believe that flexibility is key to physical health. I even have a simple 15 minute yoga routine worked out that I can do in the motorhome. But, I haven't done it in months! I started again this morning. This is a particularly good exercise for me, it's called the Camel pose. Then there's the good ole shoulder-stand. This one really gets that blood and energy flowing between my shoulder blades and at the base of my neck. That's the area that needs the most help after hours and hours at the computer. Good stuff! And, you know what? After working on my physical flexibility, my mental attitude improves as well. Before you go thinking, "Looks like Chris is done RVing, she just wants to stay at one 'home' and live a 'normal' life. That isn't true - what fun is being 'normal?' We are definitely going to be in Oregon this August, where we'll be giving our seminars again for the FMCA convention. Then, in October, we're scheduled to give our seminars at the Datastorm rally in Tucson. I'm really looking forward to getting back out to the west coast. I think it's common for full-time RVers to slow down as the years go by. At first we think we have to cover the whole country right away, then, we start realizing that we have *years* to do this. We can relax and spend more time at each place. And, for us, we have to work on marketing our business ventures (videos, CD's, seminars, Datastorm installs) so we can afford to stay on the road. Ok, back to work!

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