I have no business writing a blog.

I have no business going to Vietnam.

I have no business starting a blog four days before going to Vietnam. No, I have never written a blog and I have no idea what I’m doing.

I keep asking myself, “Why am I doing this?”

I question myself, my ego wants answers. However, the deep part of me keeps answering back, “Because your soul wants to do this.” I think my soul is a bit crazy but I keep following it like a lost dog who wants to get home.

Let me start by saying, “Hello” – welcome to my first blog, which I have no business in writing. There is so much I should be doing right now! Like picking up baby wipes, Cipro and vodka to pack in my luggage for the trip to the highlands of Vietnam with my “semi-adopted” brother. Was that too much for the introduction? I don’t mean to scare you, but you have to keep up — it’s a long and winding road that brought me here.

I’m a mother of three children, I own two small businesses, I help run a breast cancer charity, I deliver for Meals on Wheels, I have run a marathon, I’m writing a book, and I have been hit by a truck — actually a Hummer. [A crazy PTA mother, who was texting and hit my daughter and myself, head on, while we were walking in our neighborhood six years ago. Her license plate is “ALLZGOOD” How was that for irony? This is also a public service announcement. If you see this license plate, say a prayer and get off the road you are currently driving on, she is probably still texting while driving. And please, don’t ever text and drive. You may kill someone or have your license plate end up in a (soon to be popular) blog]

I served vegetable soup and a well done sirloin steak to the Dalai Lama when I worked as a waitress.

Surprise! The Dalai Lama is not vegan.

So, I was hit by a truck in 2012 which lead me to booking a trip to Vietnam… four days from now. The book I’m writing is about Vietnam and that’s why I’m traveling to Vietnam… in four days. Shit, I also have to pick up the neighbor’s dog from the pound and go to a middle school volleyball game later today. Did I mention I’m still sitting in my P.J’s and it’s 10:00 am.. I’m getting off track. The Dalai Lama is correct, sometimes getting hit by a truck (i.e. something you don’t want) leads you to a place full of wonder. A place I have never thought I would travel.

I have no business writing a book. I was actually in remedial writing class in first grade because I had a hard time reading and I kept getting my “b’s” and “d’s” mixed up, the stigma has followed me ever since.

“You can’t write. You can’t spell” my ego keeps telling me. But thanks to Bill Gates, we now have the computer and the computer knows how to spell for me! Suck it first grade learning disability stigma!

I’m going to let you know that I probably won’t be blogging from Vietnam since I have no idea what I’m doing – but I will eventually come back and have things to share about the journey.

You are going to be O.K. – Eileen

10 thoughts on “I have no business writing a blog.

  1. Eileen, you are my superhero! I am so excited about this blog! I can not wait until you get going. Love you my friend! Good luck with this journey.


  2. Oh but you do have business ( I might say reason) for writing a blog. I saw the title and opened it and immediately saw your reason. You needed to say something to me. I was in Vietnam for a different reason, there was a war going on at the time. That was nearing 50 years ago, and it was, is, and will always be a significant part of my life. The second reason was to help me recall the one opportunity I had to see the Dalai Lama. My experience that day was to realize that I was sitting in the presence of a truly holy man. So keep writing, I might need you again. Enjoy the trip.

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      1. I didn’t work with Montagnards. I was a medic near the DMZ. I look forward to what you write when you’ve returned. I’ve written two books, and I felt the same as you, “what am I doing.” You soon find out. Have a safe and wonderful trip.

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  3. Eileen, I’m with Mary and just shared your blog about the accident. We loved that Aunt Maura no doubt evolved to a high lever. Probably negotiating for Nanna MvEvoy to catch up😘. May you have an enlightening and enjoyable trip to Vietnam Nam. We look forward to hearing all about your adventure❤️

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