Just flew in yesterday from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It’s 7 am and I’m running through my emails and stuff. It’s been a spiritually refreshing trip. I hadn’t realized how constantly online I was and so to be disconnected from that and to connect with my small nuclear family for that much time was, I think, a positive step.
The trip was a Pilgrimage (minor) to Makkah (what you guys call Mecca) and ultimately was a trip dedicated to worship and spiritual contemplation. That meant that I did not allow myself to get sucked back into the day to day hamster wheel spin of the voiceover business I had. So I setup an auto-responder to tell clients that I won’t be accepting jobs for the duration of my visit and when I will be available again … and that was pretty much it. I might have lost a few jobs but ultimately I stopped checking my email accounts on my cellphone every 5 minutes… and that in itself is a massive improvement…. which was helped of course by the lack of internet availability (I should say widespread internet availability) in the cities I visited.
I have heard from Michelle Summers of VOplanet who thanks everyone for their kind messages and thoughts and although her hemoglobin count is up… she was back in the hospital for a while and has been subjected to a barrage of new tests… pretty much everything that happens in a House MD episode. We pray for her recovery and that she is well and healthier than before. Amen.
My daughter unfortunately had the roughest time. Although thankfully she did not get sick she was thrown off balance but the 10 day trip that took us to 3 different cities. 2 plane rides, 2 six hour bus trips and a whole lot of walking. Children don’t like change… and if it does happen they like it in small doses. Unfortunately she is too young (2 years 4 months) for us to leave her with my parents and too active for me to even contemplate leaving her with them for 10 days. So she had to suffer a bit of discomfort with regards to her routine changing and her surroundings being radically different every few days.
Thankfully the hotels we stayed in were pretty nice and the cities we visited have some of the lowest crime rates in the world so we could walk around in any of the cities at any time we wished.
I will cut this post short since it’s crazy early and I have a long day tomorrow (technically today but after I sleep again) we need to do some shopping, need to go deposit my rent, and take a look see around my plethora of websites to make sure everything is working fine.
I’ll post some of the pictures I took on the trip later… but for now… service will resume shortly…