Morning Meandering… The Afterwards and Open Doors

Sheila DeChantal, Book Journey

Good morning!

Jiminy Crickets life is cra-zy.  And yes, pretty sure that is the first time I have ever used Jiminy Crickets in a sentence.

Yesterday was my last day on the job I had for 10 years and 5 months. It was a bitter-sweet last day with a staff lunch and everyone went around and said a favorite memory they have with me… that was fun and it was perfect just to keep the lunch light enough so I was not a swarm of tears the whole time.  🙂  As you can probably imagine… more than a few of the favorite memories had to do with office pranks, and chasing birds; but there were also ones having to do with the way I had a smile for everyone, and no matter what was going on in my life I didn’t let it get me down, willing to give anything a go no matter how crazy it seemed, integrity, and having a heart for the hurting….being able to see things in people that sometimes others can not see.  That is my take away… fond memories and it was awesome to hear what they see in me.

It is weird to be on the other side of that now.  It’s crazy to think come Monday morning I will not be heading across town into work, but instead working on setting up a routine and discipline of heading down stairs into my home office.  It is a wildly exciting and at the same time a little frightening too.

I am doing this…. after years of talking about it…. I am doing it.


And here is the cool things about all that.  I have had offers come in to write for magazines.  I am working with a newspaper in the cities as well.  Just this morning I received an amazing email from a fellow reviewer and author who is working on two pretty cool things that she invited me to partake in that could lead to bigger things. And if I can have my book ready to submit again by August 12th  I can take part in a pool of books that are being selected for publication and marketing.  Holy smokes!!!!  I have to get moving! Things that I normally would have to politely decline but now instead can consider and even say yes to.  A couple of my friends have come forward this week and offered me flexible positions in their businesses if I need any supplemental income during this transition because they too want me to be able to write and follow my passion.


here I am.

This morning I am working on setting up the office and a few things around the house.  I am planning to take off for the cabin this afternoon – hopefully.

What’s on your agenda for this weekend?





25 thoughts on “Morning Meandering… The Afterwards and Open Doors

  1. When I went into “forced by disability” retirement, I was still in the middle of diagnosis. What I learned was allow yourself to grieve, otherwise, you get stuck. Go get a massage, rent or go to the movies, read, craft, and keep exercising. Take care. Be good to yourself. Sit on the porch of the cabin and cry or get angry if you need to.

    And grief comes in weird ways….don’t force it, don’t stuff it or it might come out in a different way. ‘Nuff said…….

    This weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the Summer. The Arts and Crafts 3- day juried arts festival starts today. Its one of the biggest on the East Coast. Then there’s the Native Eco Fest sponsered by the Onondaga Nation, music, dance and ecology. Then the Wine and Blues Fest starts tonight.

    But, we are going to the Ukrainian Festival….perogies…….music, art and culture

    1. Ukrainian festival sounds fun! 😀 Thanks for the advice too… I am not really grieving, it was my decision to go, it is sad because I really liked my job and the people, but I know it was for the best. 🙂

  2. So happy for you Sheila!! I can only imagine how excited you are, and to have people in your life that are so supportive is a true testament to the kind of person that you are!!

    I wish you nothing by happiness and success in this new adventure!

    1. Thanks Vicki – yes the friends who came forward with assistance was a bonus in all of this 🙂 Not sure what I will do with the offers, but certainly if nothing else – so appreciate being thought of. 😀

  3. Exciting going ons happening with you. Kudos to you for taking that plunge. Good luck.
    I’m currently have eight, mini loaves of pumpkin chocolate chip bread coming for the elder princess’ camp counselors. It’s the last day. I have a loaf for our ohana in the oven now. Knitting is my priority this weekend and a Sunday post.

  4. Looks like you are entering a new phase in your life. Last January I made the decision of being an entrepreneur and having a home office so that I can do the type of work that I love while being there for my growing kids. And like you, doors have been opening up! I hope you accept some of those amazing offers that are coming your way…you deserve them.

  5. Wow, Sheila, how exciting to be starting the next phase of your life. I can’t wait to hear all about it in your posts. Have fun! 🙂

  6. So exciting for you! You are doing what we all wish to do, what our “calling” is. I am happy for you! This gives me courage to try to pursue what I want to do one day. It’s not a “one day” dream, it might actually happen! Congratulations!

    1. Awesome! You inspired me with your comment. You have to believe you can do what you have always wanted to do. I have said for years that this is what I was doing – but I never made time for it.

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