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There are guests coming tomorrow. I’m cleaning the bathroom and Wylie is mopping the floor, when I notice for the first time how out of place the downstairs bathroom faucet is. It’s really an RV faucet, but it works and it’s clean and those are my two criteria for the Dome Asylum as an event space, and as a B&B.

Those are the top priorities for everyone, right? Yeah, the Dome needs some attention and TLC, but we live there pretty comfortably and we want to make our guests feel just as comfortable. We are doing the best we can, with what we have and we are working to make it better and better each time we host.

It reminds me of my trip to Cuba in 2007. I stayed with my cousin and her family, none of whom I had never met. Their generosity in hosting me, taught me a lot.

On the first night of my visit, my cousin showed and explained to me her ration card. It was measly, and in my opinion, completely insufficient for her and her husband and their three teenagers. She however, managed to stretch those meager rations to also include her mother and brother-in-law.

What really got me though, was the toilet paper. The small pink roll was a luxury item that my cousin obtained evidently, just for me. I was the only person in the house using it. (I know many of you are getting distracted now, wondering what they used for themselves. Sorry, I never did ask.)

I was blown away by this and what I took way was that you don’t need to have a lot to be a good host. In fact, the less you have, the more generous your hospitality occurs. My family in Cuba was insistent and didn’t let their circumstances prevent them from opening their home to me.

I welcome you to my blog in the same spirit. I am so stoked (Yes, I actually say that now that I’m living in SoCal.) to have 37 of you with me on my journey, the adventure of creating this new chapter of my life. Included among you are old colleagues, friends, family, and even former lovers! I hope I enlighten you, and inspire you to follow your passions and live the life of your dreams.

It’s my intention to share myself, my challenges and my discoveries with you authentically. If you think I’m holding something back, call me on it!

I will do my best with what I’ve got and just like the faucet in the bathroom, get better and better each time I post.

P.S. I was so excited to hear from some of you who emailed me back. MailChimp also sent me an email each time one of you signed up. No pressure or anything. (Why isn’t there a sarcasm font?!) Thank you for your responses and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you! I am your hostess, after all.