Question of the Month: When have you lost or found love? This post is part of two blog hops in one, The Question of the Month, hosted by Michael D’Agostino of A Life Examined, and Love Lost & Found by Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out. It’s February, the month of love, or not. It’s also a month of Birthdays in my family and extended family. My first born son, Bobby, was born on the 26th. He’s my “Big Boy” who is in his senior year of college. That was a moment of lovelost&found_badge wood v3 SMALL, the day he was born, discovering what true unconditional love feels like. What a gift. Also, celebrating Birthdays are my dad, my sister, the Chef’s daughter, his brother, my sis-in-law, and a couple Presidents.

For some strange reason, I can’t access my own website from my home. I brought my computer to the Coco Moon coffee shop in Brainerd, and low and behold, I’m on. So, I’m taking advantage of the connection to write this post. Which is fitting, because four years ago (and a year or so before that), I often sat in this same coffee shop, writing my play Coffee Shop Confessions. We performed it here four years ago, which was the bravest and most creative thing I’ve ever done. While that was taking place, the writing, rehearsals, planning, and performing, I met The Biker Chef. He was the guy bringing in the scones and hanging out here sometimes, too. One time, Lorie (the owner) handed him the bagel that I ordered. She had introduced us the day I came in to schedule the performances for my show. He later came to one of the performances, and we made a connection. The next thing you know, I was riding on the back of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, taking my first big road trip on the back of a bike, a tour through Yellowstone National Park, and a quick visit to The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. We’re still riding together.

People often say that to truly know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, just you. I did that for almost five years after my divorce. It was a time of healing and discovering who I am and what I wanted. It also gave me space to work on my art. Then, in living into my creative life, I found a supportive partner. I wish the same for all of you.

Check out the other participants by clicking on Michael’s or Arlee’s blogs. Have a lovely February, and…

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: When have you spent time with yourself and discovered what you are truly passionate about?