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The Challenge

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This post is a bit of a departure.   Instead of writing about cruising, I’m going to write about…writing about cruising.  I started this blog last November for a number of reasons.  I wanted to express the enjoyment I experienced on board cruise ships, and I wanted to share what I’ve learned in over 20 years of advising clients on travel.  These are the outward reasons.  On a personal level, it’s also an opportunity to push the boundaries, to venture outside of my comfort zone.

The process has been enjoyable and rewarding.  I like the idea that someone may stumble upon this blog and, perhaps, enjoy what they read.  Other bloggers have asked permission to reprint my articles on their blogs, not all in English.  It’s exciting to think that something I wrote can be discovered by readers anywhere in the world.

Recently, a rather significant opportunity has been presented to me.  I’ve been asked to write for another travel website, one far larger than my little site.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I find this fairly daunting.  Since I can post directly to the site, there is the concern that I’ll do something wrong and wreak havoc with the site.  Once I decided that I was unlikely to do that, I submitted several news articles.  These articles were straightforward and factual, however, requiring very little writing ability or personal imput.

Eventually, I knew that I had to write an article that expressed something personal.  All the doubts loomed – would they like it?  is this what they want?  am I good enough?  My resistance was palpable.  I dragged my feet, occupying myself with mundane tasks rather than writing.  One of my mentors reminded me that resistance is always greatest just prior to a significant change.  That helped.  I quieted my fears and doubts as well as I could and wrote the article.  You can read it here.  I welcome and encourage your comments.

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