While typing away today I yelled over to Loryn – ‘Hey Loryn, are you ready to write something for the website?’ She replied, ‘Yes.’ Within a few minutes she was sat across from me in the cockpit.
‘What do you want me to write about Kim?’
I replied, ‘Just write about how you feel. Write down a bit about where you were and your journey thus far.’
A half-hour later, the below is what I received. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! Loryn is a true inspiration. She’s demonstrating that that world conspires to help you out when you decide to just ‘go for it!’
Written by Loryn Bennett, Britican Chef (and my cousin and one of the most beautiful persons on Earth)
Back in October 2013, I up and quit my job
OMG – I couldn’t even imagine ever doing that without having some sort of fall back plan, yet I had none. People often asked me – ‘what are you going to do?’ ‘Did you find another job?’ ‘How will you pay for anything?’ My response was I don’t know what I’m going to do or how I will pay for things. I did know that I had small savings stashed away that I knew it would carry me for a bit until I figured things out.
It seemed to me that’s all I needed, along with a desire to find a better means to live my life and a positive attitude
Making the decision to leave my job immediately made my stress and unhappiness level change for the better. HOWEVER I found I was not pleased with my current relationship status as well. So in addition to quitting my job I also left my partner and moved back home. I had no idea what I was going to do.
I figured the next step would be to get a job of course, until my cousin Kim and her husband Simon offered me to join them on a new adventure they were going to embark on.
Do you want to sail around the world starting in the Mediterranean?
Wow is all I thought. I would spend days daydreaming about what fun and exciting things we would see, and how much I would learn about sailing. I’ve always had a close connection with the water that makes me feel so calm and relaxed. Sailing just fits the glove for the next chapter in my life. The crazy thing is I use to always dream about going sailing in the Aegean Sea, and now my dream was coming true. Amazing!
Of course, I said ‘yes’ to Kim and Simon!
Up until March 20th I had prepared for my new journey. I had so many feelings of OMG I’m really doing this? I’m going to be living on a boat? I won’t see my family for whatever amount of time, should I sell my vehicle? when will I return? will I return? what if I get seasick? will I be homesick? what if sailing isn’t for me? how will I pay for things? have I packed sufficient items? will my cooking be ok for everyone?
Wow, I had so much going through my head that all came to ease once I got on the plane. I just thought if I hate it, I fly home. If I forgot to pack something I would buy it there. If my cooking wasn’t what everyone was used to I would adapt. If I got sick, well I would just take something. It just seemed like it didn’t matter at all. I was on a train ride that wasn’t stopping so I just knew to make the best of it and enjoy the ride every step of the way. That’s what I did.
We arrived in Gibraltar on March 24th and the boat was so amazing and magnificent
I was unsure at first how living on a boat would be seeing we were all in close quarters, but it quickly felt like home and became more and more comfortable. That first week we had a lot of preparations that needed to be made on the boat such as checking the engine, stop cocks, generator, electrical stuff, etc.
My job was to familiarise myself with the boat and make as many meals as I could to put in the freezer for our 6-9 day trip to Malta. I knew I could handle that. I had been seasoned in meal preparations, loved to cook, enjoyed being in a kitchen, and making peoples bellies happy. I had to cook for 5 adults and one child. No problem. Kim and I took many trips to the store to stock this boat up.
I cooked at least one meal a day and sometimes more
I felt like I had a place, a means to be here, a way to contribute without having to be shown what to do. It was great. Kim and Simon could get the boat stuff done which I had no clue on and I got the foodstuff done. Win-win for everyone. Nine meals were prepared and put in the deep freeze anticipating to be eaten.
The morning of April 1st came along and we were preparing to leave Gibraltar for Malta. Holy cow we are really doing this. I was so excited to just grab the bull by the horns. Simon allowed me to take the helm coming out of the marina and that just made my day!! We were off. Seeing Gibraltar from the sea was a spectacular view that kept getting farther and farther in the distance.
Soon all we saw was the open sea
I thought huh, will I get sick of only seeing water? Will I dream of land and vegetation? Will I begin to think of waves and count them, or find some sort of game to entertain myself? But to my amazement none of those thoughts ever really became a concern. Our days filled with things to do on the boat, make food, play with Sienna, take our turns at the helm, clean up dishes or small messes, prepare more meals, help each other out, take a nap…
My days just flew by. At night we did 3hr on 3hr off shifts to keep watch that at first dragged because of course I just wanted to sleep but soon became very easy and kind of routine. At night I found new things that amazed me phospholuminesents in the breakaway waves and dolphin trails, stars that lit up the sky, ships we had to watch and track, and just stories being told by my teammate.
What a fabulous adventure I am on
Then the storm came and nobody made a bustle about it. (Read Kim’s blog Our first sailing adventure). I thought OMG how am I going to survive to do this every day. Why do Kim and Simon enjoy this stuff? Should I fly home when we get to Malta? I can’t even cook in these conditions let alone sleep. So now I was questioning things but still remained calm and dealt with it like it was an everyday normal situation.
It’s funny, however…if you were near me, I let a lot of swear words come out cause I was being tossed from side to side, up and down, spilling drinks, dumping food, dropping items, and getting very frustrated! It’s funny as I laugh about it now!
Thankfully, the sea calmed and it was smooth sailing to Malta
That’s when everyone told me that this is how it really suppose to be. I though wheeeewww that’s a relief. Now we are in Malta and I feel like the most blessed and Lucky girl ever! I keep experiencing so many things and daydreaming up ideas on things we can write about, make money (to keep doing this), cooking ideas, etc…. I couldn’t imagine deciding not to do this trip or flying out anytime soon.
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Or…if you’d like to carry on reading all about our journey from selling up and sailing away, you can purchase my book, ‘Changing Lifestyles – Trading the Rat Race in For A Sail Around The World,’
Feature Photograph by Ene Stewart Gallery