Mar. 13, 2018

Trusting the journey and how it led to an unforgettable weekend

“Trust the journey.”  This is not simply a phrase in a book, or even “just” the mantra in a serial written by New York Times Best-Selling Author, Audrey Carlan.  It’s a valuable lesson, a way of life.  It’s an inspiration for those in need of it.  I, Ceej Chargualaf, needed it.  This serial led me to an amazing friendship with the incomparable author, herself.  From there, I found irreplaceable and priceless friends.  One of which, is my soul sister who was holding a piece of my heart that I had no idea I was missing. 

Tracey Wilson-Vuolo is an amazingly strong and loving woman who loves me.  She also runs this blog with me.  Like me she is an alpha-, beta-, ARC-, and pre-reader.  Luckily for us, we are the pre-reader/beta team for Audrey Carlan.  And Tracey is my best friend and sister.

What’s the point of this post?  To share how “trust the journey” changed my life for the better.

You see, I had extremely low self-esteem.  I didn’t know my own value.  I doubted my purpose in life.  Until I met Audrey, and through her, Tracey.  They’ve shown me a world of possibilities.  They’ve shown me what life is like with the kind of love that only your tribe can give you.  They showed me the beauty of our tribe. 

This past weekend was one of the most amazing of my life.  Weeks ago, Tracey’s husband, my brother-in-law, asked me if I would be willing to fly to Florida to surprise Tracey for her birthday.  He bought my ticket and sent it to me.  He paid for me to fly to Florida!  Amazing, right?  He actually told me, “I owe you big for being so willing to come here and spend time with us.  I know you’ve been sick and you’re putting it aside for us.”  Nick is such a humble and generous man.  And a stubborn one.  LOL!  Though he heard and listened to me when I said, “no, you have it all wrong.  I owe YOU.  You made it possible for me to come here to help celebrate my soul sister’s landmark birthday.  You treat me like family.  I owe YOU huge.”  And yes, in his quiet way, he still argued.  He is my bro, of course.

I won’t make this post any longer than it must be, so I’ll summarize as much as I can. 

Nick flew me in and I arrived in Orlando early Saturday morning.  This was the day of her birthday party.  I got in around 5am and he was awake and had a room ready for me.  He showed me around the house and made sure I knew that I could do and have whatever I needed or wanted.  This is huge to me.  He could have treated me like a guest.  Instead, he treated me like family.  Because to him, I am. 

We surprised Tracey by hiding me, my huge --- self, in a massive gift bag.  Her squeal was hilarious and touching!  Luckily, we got it all recorded.  Later, we had the party where I got to meet Tracey’s mom, her Aunt Sheila, her little brother Jay and his family, including his wife Mel.  I also got to meet other members of her family and their friends and laughed a lot!  The next day, we went to Disney World!  I hadn’t been to Disney since I was a little kid and it was thanks to Mel’s generosity that I was able to go. 

Disney was wonderful!  I had such a fabulous time even though I couldn’t go on any rides except the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  We went to see the princesses, Tinkerbell, AND Mickey Mouse!  We even watched the fireworks and the Once Upon A Time show on the castle!  Naturally, I got mouse ears to wear and I didn’t care if anyone thought I was too old for it.  The little girl inside me was having the time of her life!  And this was all thanks to Nick, Tracey, and Mel.

Suffice it to say that I had a weekend full of unforgettable memories with my soul sister and brother-in-law.  Because I learned to “trust the journey,” I have a soul sister and brother-in-law who mean the world to me.  Because I learned to “trust the journey,” I have memories full of love, joy, fun, and happiness.

Maybe it’s your turn to “trust the journey.”  Think about it.

Until laters beautifuls…be safe and be kind to one another.