When I was a young buck in college, I dreamed of graduating college, buying myself a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and riding off into the sunset. I would travel the highways and byways of America, meeting people and taking odd jobs when I needed money, and while “on the road” I would write the Great American Novel. As you might expect, this did not come to pass. I often say I grew up, but I’m not sure if growing up is exactly what I did so much as I got distracted and derailed by the same things that distract and derail us all.
But Melissa . . . well, Melissa had long chat with her inner young adult, and they decided that enough was enough and they were going to do it! So she sold off most of her earthly possessions, traded her mature compact sedan for a truck and her adult condo for a trailer. Now she’s off to see the country!
Now, I’m a big fan of travel and new experiences, but what makes Melissa’s journey so noteworthy is that she’s not coming back - not here, anyway. Melissa isn’t simply taking a sabbatical, she is finding - no, she is forging a new life for herself.
Melissa is a healer and Reiki master, and her ultimate goal is to open a healing center on a nice plot of land where she can blend Reiki, equine therapy, and other modalities to welcome and support fellow travelers, seekers, and those in need of balance and restoration. She is also working on the completion of her book, a memoir of her own struggles, survival, and ultimately healing. I’ve seen early drafts, and it’s a transformative read. You’re going to want to read it as soon as it comes out.
In the meantime Melissa (with her trusty co-pilot/daughter Emily and their dog Lucy) is on the road, seeking her new home. But you can follow her exploits on FaceBook and Instagram. Go check out her pages and tell her I said “hi!”