Hey everyone! Meet Barbara Hart, who lists her address as St. Augustine, Florida, but is now spending a lot of time on a boat. She’s our Featured Reader this week. Read on!
Semi-retired writer and sailor.
What are you passionate about right now?
Sailing, fixing up our 47-feet sailboat and cruising to distant ports. We have lived aboard our boat since 2002 and have cruised from Maine to the Caribbean to the Azores and Canary Islands back to the Caribbean and up to Florida. I love the cruising life, living aboard, meeting folks from all over, trying new foods, and experiencing different cultures. We sold our land home in 2002 and I’ve never regretted it. I love the nomad floating life!
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
Right now, write to make money for boat projects and the “cruising kitty.” Second to that, work on boat projects and help my captain/husband as he concentrates on providing some TLC to our 35-year-old vessel. Beyond that, it’s important that I keep our dream alive. Where we will go next?
Who do you think is the best role model for Aging Boldly and why?
Any woman who is following her dream. I’ve met women who kept sailing after their partners died; others who found new ways to travel. I know women who retired and opted to turn their hobby—writing, making music, art—into a post-retirement career.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
I have no idea. Does one need a motto to Age Boldly?
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
I’m currently binge-watching BBC mysteries.
What countries are on your bucket list?
Back to the Azores and on to Portugal and Spain. Perhaps a sail north to Great Britain. Definitely the Yucatan in Mexico, and Cuba.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
The Azores, hands down my favorite location thus far. Don’t tempt me.
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
We traveled in other countries from 2010 to December 2015 and the political climate, blatant lies, and horrible racism shocked us. I am heartbroken. I speak truth to lies, and also try to escape daily.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
We will have probably stopped sailing. Will we be in a power boat, tootling up and down in the US? Will we be living most of the year in Mexico or the Azores? Will we be traveling from one Airbnb to another? I don’t want to settle somewhere for 12 months of each year, so I will be creating a nomad life sans boat.