Bio: I am a 49 year old happily married mom, whose children have left the nest. I have decided to travel around the world for about a year to see what I can see, and learn about the daily lives of others. My husband is not going, so I am following my dream, and doing it anyway. I believe most people are good, and want to find out for myself. I have been fortunate to have been born in a Western country, where women are able to make decisions independently. I suspect that most people are happy with their lives, even though they may be very different. I will find out more on this trip. I expect to start in March, and plan to visit Iceland, Europe, parts of Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand, S. America and Central America. Along the way, I will meet up with a variety of friends, experiencing and exploring new ways of thinking, together. I will volunteer on the way, learning along the way. And while I travel this way, I am writing a blog and embracing (or choking) technology. I have made a new set of rules / guidelines to live by and am living my life this way. I am sharing what I am learning with anyone who is interested. It is the beginning of the 3rd phase of my life. The first was childhood, the 2nd was excelling in a career, and raising a family. 3rd is now, and 4th is near the end of life. I get to give back in this next stage. I hope to learn wisdom along the way, and develop new relationships and enrich current relationships.