A few months ago, I had the opportunity to submit an online article for Porthole Cruise magazine. They were looking for individuals willing to share a story about their love of wine. As another Father’s Day approaching without my Dad, I couldn’t imagine a better way to honor his memory than to tell the story of how he taught me to learn and love wine. Luckily, they liked it enough to publish it!
Some of my wine knowledge I had to discover on my own, but the roots were planted early in my lifetime by my father. What I now know is because of the precious time my dad took to teach me about something he absolutely loved. Now that he is gone, I get to pass on this legacy with the wine he willed to me after his death. I have the incredible privilege of sharing fabulous wine with friends and family I love. I get to take my dad’s “wine hat” and teach others what my he taught me over the years.
Wine is not just about finding the perfect bottle or knowing if you have opened something “worthy” to drink. It’s about creating memories and moments with people you love and enjoy being around.
I hope you enjoy this insight into how and why I fell in love with the world of wine.
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Until next time,
I hate to generalize, but I will here for a bit. American culture can exude a propensity for living by the “work hard, play hard” mentality. Don’t get me wrong here, I don’t necessarily disagree with it. But I do find myself at times wondering why we spin our wheels so fast each and every day but fail to stop and take notice of the ground we are traveling on? Let me explain my meaning. During my program to become a health coach, there were consistent lectures given by some of the best and brightest in the health and wellness industry tackling this very notion. And to be honest, a lot of what they said made sense. We overcrowd our schedules with things we feel “need” to be accomplished and wonder why at the end of the day we crash and burn in a blaze of cranky attitudes and a failure to connect with those we love.
I often find myself chewing on the idea of “slowing down.” I am not talking about a vacation where you sit for a week and relax. I am talking about each and every day taking time to stop, let my brain rest and recharge, and not constantly go at Mach speed. It’s not an easy change, trust me. You feel lazy and unproductive because your mind is telling you, if you have a moment to spare, get something useful accomplished. But perhaps the things we need to get accomplished could be done more efficiently if we had a better “head space?”
If we can break free from the chains of expectations that bind us daily, we might be able to have healthier lives and more meaningful relationships. Of course, this way of thinking is so far from our norm, the change won’t happen overnight. It might happen in generations, if we are lucky. But I do truly feel we age ourselves, body and soul, because we fail to take in the simple beauties this world has to offer.
So what will your starting point be to create more space in your day for mental and physical rest? Today I chose to sit outside on my back porch and listen to the gentle roll of thunder and rain provided by a summer storm. And in that moment of time, my headspace became clearer and my attitude heightened.
I highly suggest you give it a try sooner than later.
Until next time,