Thursday, October 29, 2015

An Excellent Tip! :D

I was at work today, discussing my dreams of sailing around the world, exploring, helping people, & extending the American classroom to include the wide open world through video & online classes with a teacher who is retiring & she gave me the most EXCELLENT tip! :D

She told me to contact National Geographic & speak with them about my plans- She said that they sponsor people all the time to do this sort of stuff & that they may very well be interested in adding me & my crew to their explorer roster! KYA!!! XD 

When I went on further to explain my plans for the building of our custom ship & how it's going to be designed to be completely green... i.e. completely fossil fuel free... she was even more insistent that I contact them, saying that something like that would be completely up their alley! :D

OMG! OMG! OMG!!!! :D I am SO excited right now! The possibilities with something like that are literally ENDLESS!!! XD If National Geographic were to take me on as one of their explorers, I would have a full time job doing EXACTLY what I love!! <3 

I am SOOOOO looking into this! :D As soon as I'm a bit more solid on the planning, I'm going to give them a call! XD This could be EPIC!!! \(>o<)/


-Aria D Gaia

Monday, October 26, 2015

Recap of recent developments~

So! As you know, I have had a lot of upheaval happening in my life recently as far as my health & dreams are concerned. However, I'm not giving up- I'm going back to my 10 year Park Ranger plan where I will work for the park service until I am ready to retire & set sail. This will give me the money I need to accomplish my dreams as well as the security I need as far as healthcare is concerned for both me and my future child.

I will be purchasing land in Ocean View, Hawai'i within the next year and I can't be more excited! I just learned that Ocean View is ranked the second most dangerous area to live on the main island, second only to living on the actual volcano summits of Mauna Loa & Kilauea. This just makes me wish to live there even more! :D  It'll take me a year to purchase the property then another 6 months to a year to save up for the move. Once there, I shall get to work building myself a tiny trailer home so that if & when another lava flow heads towards the property, I'll be able to remove the house & not lose anything. 

Some of my crew & friends wish to move to Hawai'i with me, so hopefully I won't have to go it alone there. However, I will if I must and prosper just the same. :) The Hawaiian Volcano National Park staff responded to my email the other day saying that they look forward to having me there on the island working with them at the park. Of course, there aren't any job openings (& there haven't been in a looooong while), so I'll have to start off as a volunteer there, but if that's what it takes to get my foot in the door, I will do it! Working at a volcano park has been my dream as a geologist & park ranger ever since I graduated from FSU! If I absolutely MUST work, I might as well work at something I enjoy & volcanoes are amazing! :D

I'm also considering starting up my own little shop where I might sell my upcycled clothing & accessories~ :) I think I'll call it "Gaia's Dream Shop" & I'll even teach sewing classes to adults & children. If my friend comes with me & adds her crochet work to the inventory at the shop then I may consider a different name that represents the both of us. Then I'll let her run the shop when I take off to sail around the world. ^_^

We'll see how things work out, but right now things are good~ :)


-Aria D Gaia

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My health & worries..

With the results of today's tilt table test still fresh in my mind.. I am beginning to realize that my health is not as good as I thought it was. There's a high probability that once all the exams & tests are done that the cardiologist will give me a prescription to take daily in order to regulate my heart. You see, I have a heart condition known as NeuroCardioGenic Syncope, or Syncopy for short... & that may not be all that's wrong with my heart.. :/

What my condition basically entails is that the signals my nerves send to my heart when I am under stress get jumbled & my heart doesn't know what to do, thus causing it to do the opposite of what it should do. For example, when a person gets too dehydrated their blood pressure drops. This is when your nerves are supposed to tell your heart to beat faster in order to regulate your blood pressure and keep up the optimum blood flow throughout your body. Well...? My heart doesn't do that. 

When I get too dehydrated or stressed causing my blood pressure to drop the electrical signals to my heart telling it to beat faster get jumbled.. causing my heart to get confused which then causes it to slow down dropping my heart rate & blood pressure to rock bottom lows within seconds. This in turn causes me to  first get dizzy, then to black out & collapse if I don't stop & rest immediately. If it's bad enough.. I could go into cardiac arrest. This is why I'm not allowed to have caffeine or alcohol. Too much caffeine & I can have a heart attack. Too much alcohol & I can go into cardiac arrest.

Basically, My heart doesn't know how to regulate itself thanks to faulty wiring- :(

It's something I was born with, so I've lived with it my whole life. However, it's not a condition that is constant. Some days I'm totally fine & could practically run a marathon~ Other days.. I can hardly get out of bed without the whole world spinning around my head. On my good days, I'm all gung ho & ready to take on the world. On my not-so-good days, I worry that my health won't allow me to accomplish my dreams..

If I am given medication by my new cardiologist..... I may seriously have to reconsider my sailing venture. I've gone 8 years without meds, but the heat this past summer with me working hard outside all day long as a park ranger really took it's toll on me. I am beginning to fear what might happen on the ship if we're caught out in a storm & my heart condition suddenly kicks in. Who will take care of my child? Who will take care of my crew? If I'm taken down by my condition, who will lead them & watch over them? What will happen to them..& to me?

As much as I long for adventure & to travel, the lives on my future child & my crew are far more important to me. If something were to happen to me... what would happen to them....? :'(

So now.. Now I'm wondering if I might have to reconsider how I go about accomplishing my sailing venture. Before I wanted to cut ties with everything & just live self-sufficient & free upon the sea with no rules other than my own. Now..? If my health requires that I must take medication in order to remain stable & healthy, then I will have to either find a way to keep up with my health insurance, thus requiring a job or lots of money... or I will have to find a natural alternative for the medicine. As long as I take things easy & go at my own pace, I'm fine without meds- :) Well.. For the most part anyway~

I will also have to make sure that I have a 2nd in command on the ship that will be able to take over if anything should happen to me. Someone who will watch over my future child & crew as if they were family as I would. With several of my crew mates now no longer sure that they will be joining me on my venture, that position is now in question.. 

*heavy sigh* ......................... :(

I'm at a loss..... :'( I refuse to give up my dreams! However... my dreams may need to evolve into something more modern than I had originally intended. I was hoping to escape the current standards of living & bring back the simpler days of old sailing upon the sea, just using more modern technology for energy & fresh food on board. Now though.. I may have to do something a bit different....

That's ok though~ :) As long as I can become a mother & travel the world helping people, I don't care how I go about it. If I have to split my sailing adventure into shorter legs only spending a few months at sea rather than whole years at a time, then so be it~ If that's what it takes to make my dreams come true, then that's just what I'll do! :D I've decided that I shall try to specialize as an artist. Right now I dabble in all forms of art, but that makes it hard for me to gain greater talent in any one form. I absolutely LOVE upcycling! <3 So that's what I'll focus on~ ;)

Upcycling old things into new doesn't limit me on what I can make. I like that- :) It only limits what materials I use to create my pieces. The things I like to make most are unique dresses & accessories~ :3 So my upcycling work will focus on hand-made items for use or wear. ^_^ I consider stuffed toys accessories as well, so I'll still be making bears, bunnies, & more for the kids~ ;) Basically, all these things require sewing & I sew everything by hand. Jewelry making will be the only thing that won't require sewing, but I'll continue doing that as well. :)

Recently, I've decided to purchase land in Hawai'i~ ^_^ I've found perfect barren lava rock property there that I can easily afford to purchase within a year, so I'm going to do so. I see it as an investment~ ;) Also, it'll put me in the Pacific which is where I wish my home port to be for when I take to the sea. Not only that, Hawai'i is by far my most favorite state! I've lived there for a year when I was a child & I've yet to find a place better- :3 Once there, I will look at starting up my own little art studio where I will sell my creations. :) I may have even found a business partner who has already expressed interest in moving to Hawai'i with me~ <3

I also wish to start writing~ I've been a daydreamer my whole entire life & I can create the most wonderful worlds & epic stories! I just haven't been able to get myself to focus on just one story long enough to actually see it through.. so I'll have to work on that. :3 If I can write a good book & become a decent author, I can use that as a source of income as well. I've also made all kinds of retirement plans, including a 1/2 acre farm & hosting hot air balloon tours from my own back yard with a balloon I shall build myself! XD

So even though my current health situation has me a little worried about how to go about my future endeavors, I still have a lot of ideas, hopes, & aspirations. I will find a way to make it all happen! I know I will! :D I've done everything else I've set my mind to & no stupid genetic heart condition is going to stop me now or ever! ;) Dream Ship WILL happen & the D.S. Sunny Freedom WILL sail! & when I retire? I shall retire to the D.S. Mini Merry & the D.S. Sky Rider, my smaller private sailing vessel & my future hot air balloon~ ^_^


-Aria D Gaia

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Things are looking up~ :)

At the moment, I am attending to my overall health. However, once I have restored myself to full health & had my heart condition thoroughly diagnosed, I will then be able to get back to planning my first of many mini survival trips~ ^_^ Since I've decided to continue working as a park ranger in order to save money & support my future child, the Hike America trip shall be broken up into pieces and stretched over my future camping trips using my vacation time from work. :) 

I shall pick several different locations & hiking trails in which to explore, one location per vacation. Each trip will be a mini survival trip with me hunting, fishing, & foraging for whatever food I need at each location I visit. Hopefully, some of my crew will be able to join me on these trips. I'll even bring my child on them~ Unless, of course, Grandma wishes to spoil her grandchild while I'm away & volunteers to watch over him or her. :P

Once I've finished paying any medical bills I may accrue over the next two months, I shall begin saving for a piece of land in Hawaii & a car. I shall also start taking the ballroom dancing classes I have always longed to take. I've even considering taking another college course in the spring~ :) If I were to get a Masters in Volcanology, then I could secure a position at the volcano observatory in Hawaii or at least be a ranger at their national park. ^_^

Even though the man I had hoped would be willing to help me have a child has decided that he would rather not, it doesn't change a thing. I shall simply visit the sperm bank in Ocala & discuss with them what measures would be best for me to safely conceive & bear my future child. Who says a woman needs a man in order to have a child? All a woman needs is sperm & good solid conviction to be a rocking, awesome single mom! ;)

So even though I am a little sad that the man I've fallen for has decided that he doesn't want to be a bigger part of my life.. All things consider, my life is going quite well~ ^_^ I'm slowly becoming an early bird & it brings me joy to watch the sun rise each morning. We'll soon be switching to a 10-hr day, 4 days a week at work with 3 days off and a set schedule each week, so I'll be able to get out more. Plus, I'll be able to save up enough money to buy the land I want by the end of 2016~ :D

I'm still going to retire between the age of 40 to 45 & then sail around the world helping others. I'll soon be using my 3 days of each week to do volunteer work. Also, I've been preparing both myself & my home for my future child. So.. Yes- Things are certainly looking up! ^_^


-Aria D Gaia