So the Journey Begins….

I have arrived in New Orleans, LA and of course, the weather is fine!!  I am here to volunteer with the St Bernard Project, a non-governmental organization that builds homes for residents who were affected by Katrina and the Oil Spill.  I will serve as their Marketing Consultant for 6 months!!

Looking for an apartment in New Orleans has been quite an adventure.  I ended up taking a fantastic tour of the French Quarter and have now come to love Canal Street, as I had to use this wonderful street to navigate to a potential apartment.  The streets in New Orleans are labeled in an interesting fashion.  If a street crosses an intersection, it has one name for a right turn and a different name for a left turn.  This was finally made clear to me as I called the apartment complex (for the third time) and exclaimed:  THERE IS NO ROYAL STREET!!  Once I got the street names settled, it was a piece of cake.  So, as I was already in the French Quarter, I decided to take a little tour.  There were, of course, many restaurants and bars, but in the day time, it’s almost sedate with foot-traffic.

So next I decided to go get some groceries.  This jaunt was very interesting.  I took a wrong turn (as is becoming my habit!!) and had an opportunity to cross the mighty Mississippi!!  It is vast!!  Here they have roads called Cross-Overs- for people who are going in the wrong direction.  I took one of the cross-overs and headed back to land!!  But all was not lost- I found the Mall (MACY’S and DILLARD’S) and a nice theater I plan to visit.

I noticed something about me today- I am bravely going where I would never think I would go!!  Without concern or panic, I an navigating these New Orleans streets and even when lost, going with the flow!!  When you are in the mist of uncertainty, take a breath, look at your surrounding, gather needed information, and know that there’s probably a turn just ahead that will get you on the right track!! 

Change #1- Enjoy the moment even when you feel you’ve lost your way, because something wonderful can come from every situation in which you find yourself!!


  1. Hi Doris, I hope you find all your looking for in this important Pulse assignment. I leave on June 24th to start mine in Philadelphia. I hope to speak with you shortly.
    Dave Hecht

    1. Dave. Nice photo! Hey, I am off to Europe today for a 10 day vacation and then back to work for a week before I start my assignment on July 9th. Let’s connect again once I’m back. Look forward to speaking to you.

  2. Doris- I’m so excited you are in New Orleans already! You will have a great time I’m sure. I can’t wait to follow all the exciting things you get up to.

  3. Doris,
    Congratulations on successfully making it to New Orleans! Did you decide to drive or fly? I am looking forward to following your adventure and hearing all about your wonderful experiences. I, like Dave H., start my assignment in Philadelphia in a few weeks. Stay well.

    1. Hello Cliff!! I chickened-out and decided to fly!! It has already been an adventure. Much fortune in Philadelphia and I look forward to “reading” all about it!! Talk soon!! Doris

      1. Thanks Doris. Glad that you decided to fly there; I think a better decision. Hope that you are enjoying your assignment. I start Monday with the Philadelphia Education Fund.

  4. Great blog Doris! We have all been thinking about you this week as you begin your journey. I love your message about change and going with it (trust it and good things will happen). Enjoy!

  5. Doris…most excellent!!!…You will do well. I absolutely LOVE what you wrote about change. No matter where you are, ALL things work together for the good..Can’t wait to follow you on your experience….Alicia

  6. Peace Dame Doris. I have never replied to a blog before, however I will keep in touch as you take this journey. All will be well, and as always, you will do well (from Morgan to Garcia-Criminal Minds) Smile.

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