The journey of a nomadic intern.

As I said I have been asked a number of questions about my Nomadic Internship, and really how I feel about giving up my apartment in Toronto to travel.

First of all let me review what led to this decision: I was hit by car nearly one year ago, and I am very lucky to be here. I still don’t remember the accident: you realize that life can change in an instant!

Secondly I turned 70 last April and since I have outlived both of my parents age wise, I decided I had nothing to lose, and should do it now while I have my health and energy.

I also felt total freedom after my book was published, my story was out there, and I now realize the book was done much more for me than any other reason.

One more thing happened quite by accident, friends of mine offered to make a room in their home for me with my furniture, and art in return for some of my things, which I thought was really good deal, so whenever I appear in town I have place to put my head! This is a real safety net for me; I say that I have been adopted!!

My criteria for travel are sunshine and warmth, interesting culture and opportunities to do charitable work. Plus I want to see places I haven’t been to before and to see also if I can find a location in the world where I want to spend future years. Did I say that SUNSHINE is VERY important!?

Question’s I have been asked? Do I still feel Toronto and/or Canada is my home? I’m not sure. My kids, grandkids and friends are there, but honestly I feel at home wherever I am, and find a way to make each place work for me. I also have many contacts/friends all over the world through the Brahma Kumaris, plus many contacts through my Foundation People Bridge, so I always have someone I know who can guide me wherever I am which is lovely and worth its weight in gold. I feel very fortunate.

As far as the negatives go:  a piece of clothing you might think of could be in suitcase in another country or in storage boxes somewhere, and I could write a book on the positive and negative aspects of showers and toilets!

People have number of reactions to what I have done. They wish they could do this or they think I should be locked up!

For me I realize I have been heading in this direction for number of years by downsizing my lifestyle and travelling more and more, and I must say for the most part it is right for me at this time in my life.

So, I am looking forward to my adventures in 2014.

All the very best for 2014
Betty

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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