Hi! It’s Heather The Happy Travel Blogger coming to you from Chuckeyta’s Cafe in New Smyrna Beach, FL. I’m donning a villain mustache as I sit here in honor of Mustache Monday. When I went to the counter and ordered, the barista offered me one to wear. Once I agreed (he told me I was fun and a good sport), I got to enter my name in a drawing for a chance to win a free breakfast. I’m optimistic about a villainous victory! Even if it doesn’t happen, I’m still having fun. Plus, I got to use my coffee club card for a free iced coffee because I collected 10 stamps. They weren’t all mine; Adam’s java was part of the collection so technically I owe him half a coffee. Ha ha.
Do you fear the unknown? Are you sometimes nervous about what the future holds? I occasionally get freaked out at times but I’m constantly working to live in the present moment. It takes practice and yes, I get derailed. Two weeks ago when Adam and I went exploring in Cassadaga, FL, I had to put my fear in check. I was really concerned about what the Spiritualist would tell me during my reading but Adam brought me back down to reality. I’m so thrilled that I got out of my head and into the experience because it proved to be very rewarding. I also found a Suggestions for a Good Reading guide there that said, “Prediction is possible but you have the power to change coming events.” Like I wrote before, travel is about more doing and less thinking! This guide certainly reinforced that sentiment.
Since Adam and I were Cassadaga virgins, we went to the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Bookstore & Information Center and asked about getting readings. Dee, the woman who helped us, told us to check the whiteboard in the building’s atrium. All of the available Spiritualists for the day had their names and numbers there. She instructed us to use the house phone and wasn’t supposed to make a recommendation but did anyway. She said that Rev. Maeda Jones was an excellent choice so that’s who Adam called.
He made the arrangements with her for a 30-minute reading and we explored the tiny town before our appointment. Since it’s such a small area (the town’s slogan printed on t-shirts is Cassadaga: Where Mayberry meets the Twilight Zone,) we didn’t have to go far to find the building where Maeda works.
At our set time, we knocked on her door in Harmony Hall and she greeted us with a very peaceful yet powerful presence. I went first and she took a few moments to get my vibe. There was a legal pad and a pen on the table that we sat around. She told me I was free to take notes which I did after a few minutes. She started out by telling me I was in the process of educating myself. I replied that I graduated with my second Master’s degree a few years ago but I wasn’t in school. Then it hit me: I’m currently learning Search Engine Optimization (SEO) which I know nothing about. Wow! What she said next really intrigued me…
She asked if my marriage was new; I laughed saying that we’d been married for 5 years and together for almost a decade so not really. Maeda said she detected that we’re like two kids exploring together and experimenting with our life in that we like to pick up and go. She knew we didn’t have a permanent home but do have dog who travels with us and gets in the car without hesitation. Woah…dead on.
Maeda knew that I didn’t have an 8-to-5 job but my background was in business. She added that this is an apparent contradiction that some people have difficulty understanding because it came as a surprise when I changed my life to become Location Liberated. She went on to say that I can be focused when necessary but I don’t want to live by being caged in and controlled by material things. She detected that the quality of my life doesn’t involve possessions. Bingo!
Maeda told me that I have an aptitude for writing and teaching (I taught swim lessons for over 10 years). She revealed that I enjoyed nature and could see me someday working with healing herbs and practicing holistic treatments. I told her that I’ve thought about teaching yoga but I’m unfamiliar with herbal remedies. Who knows what the future holds? But holistic treatments are something I could definitely learn more about.
As far as destinations go, she saw us traveling to the mid-Atlantic Seaboard of the U.S. and eventually visiting more exotic, non-touristy places. This resonated with me because I recently told Adam that I’d like to volunteer at an elephant preservation facility in Thailand someday when we venture overseas again.
Adam’s reading was a little less insightful, but Maeda did see us going to Colorado next. Again, dead on. Pretty wild.
Overall, this was an incredibly enriching experience that confirmed what I already believe: we all give off energies that are detectable by others. Some are better at interpreting them than others. If you’re ever in Central Florida, don’t miss out on a reading in Cassadaga with the Reverend Maeda Jones.