As we settle comfortably into the fall season, I find myself taking more and more time to look inward and reflect on where the current of 2018 has carried me.
The outdoor mermaiding season has drawn to a close and though I was only able to make it out to my ocean home once, I am grateful that I had the opportunity.
Those of us in cooler climates will now retire to our indoor public and private pools where we will continue to hone our mermaid skills for the following year. Practice makes progress, as they say.
I have been taking the time to work on my nutrition schooling, fill mermaid tail orders, work on content for my YouTube channel and continue work on my tail-making book. I have been finding myself a little lost in the many ups and downs that come with starting a new business, but I am not about to give up. After all, I have made it this far and though I may enjoy a break to rest, I will continue on wherever this winding river chooses to take me.
This year has had so many highs and lows but I am finally starting to find my true self again after having been lost for so long in an unfriendly sea of expectations and harsh judgement from others and myself. I want to step away from what is expected of me and go back to being who I was before the opinions of others started to drag me down.
So all that being said, I plan to take what time 2018 has left for me and turn it a continued soul search. I want to say goodbye to 2018 with the trust I once had in myself regained and my faith in the universe restored. I'm not going to force it, I'm just going to let it happen and hopefully I will come out the other side of the kelp forest feeling a little lighter and a little more ready to take on 2019.
With that, I leave you with one question: What are your end of the year goals and/or plans?
What is Mermaiding?
Typically we refer to the act of swimming in or spending time in a mermaid tail as mermaiding.
Where should my child start?
Children need to be confident swimmers. They need to show you that they are responsible around water. Children should be able to use flippers or a child's monofin with confidence before using a full tail. SAFETY FIRST.
Where to buy your child's first tail?
Fin Fun is a great place to buy your child their first tail. Wherever you decide to purchase your child's first tail, please do your research first. Look for reviews and feedback from the mermaid community.
Remember that cheaper isn't always better. Remember that your child will be swimming in the tail and safety should always come first.
What about the mermaid community?
A lot of different pods around the world host mermaid meet ups and will post the when and where on facebook or on the main mermaid community forum, the MerNetwork.
Meet ups are a wonderful way for your child to meet other mermaids and make new friends as mermaids of all ages often come out.
Remember that as with anything your child is involved in or has access to, it is important to talk to them about it and keep the communication easy and open. As with anything in the real world or online, there are dangers and it is important to be aware of what your child is accessing online.
There are so many benefits to mermaiding at any age and if you child does show some interest, just make sure that they are being safe and try to have an open mind.
Thank you so much for watching my video, I hope you enjoyed it and happy swimming!
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