I’m a late bloomer and a baby boomer. My brother said I was born feet first and have been doing everything backward ever since.

It’s impossible to tell my story in a few short paragraphs, but let me say that I was a stressed-out over-achiever well before it was called burnout. I didn’t backpack around Europe after high school as many friends and family did in my generation. I was a military brat in a family of six with a mom who kept the home and our lives, together. We didn’t have money for any luxuries like travel. However, I found a passion for sales and fashion early on in life and turned both into successful and not-so-successful ventures. I lived a life of accomplishment and disappointments in business and in love.

When my burnout hit, it was epic.

I got divorced, left an excellent career in Canada and moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to save my life. I still worked in sales, something I was good at; but there was something missing and my heart was not fulfilled.

All that stress will eventually catch up with you.

In 2007/8, after a series of minor heart attacks, that I self-diagnosed as ‘allergic reactions’ to sinus meds, I found myself back in Canada in front of a Cardiologist. I had a condition called Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy combined with High Blood Pressure. Several months later, with medical treatment, there was no improvement. The doctors said my heart was not responding to any medications and I was told to get my affairs in order, in other words: prepare for the worst.

The prognosis for this illness today is two years, and at the outset, five. You never think these things will happen to you–until they do.

All the stress and sadness had caught up with me. However, all good self-motivated, self-employed and self-taught entrepreneurs will tell you, we never give up! I took my healing into my own hands. I did Reiki, massage, worked with a healer in Canada, and did a series of things that didn’t seem to make an impact but gave me a clearer vision of what I wanted and needed in my life. The turning point for me was in the fall of 2008 when I went to Sedona Arizona to work with a Shaman. I have no idea what he did, but I can say with certainty, that he saved my heart. My heart improved drastically and I’ve been symptom-free since the winter of 2008!

I promised myself that if I could heal my heart, I would begin to follow my heart.

I would begin writing and painting and not hold back on the things that made my soul sing. I published my books of poetry, then I moved on to fiction, and finally, after I decided I was doing well, I wrote the story of the journey of my healing in LOVE The Beat Goes On. The purpose was to share and inspire, to motivate and encourage others to follow their dreams. Today I have fifteen books on Amazon and a busy career as an Indie Author.

But the story doesn’t stop here. Remember, my brother said I do everything backward? This year I turned 72! I sold everything I have and no longer have a home anywhere. I began a journey that has taken me from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Dallas, Paris, New Delhi, Goa, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, and Krabi, Thailand. I’ve decided to settle in Istanbul for a few months then who knows where I will go for the winter! I’m open to warm weather suggestions!

Yes, I’m a late bloomer, and a nomad, and living out of a suitcase. It’s the craziest most exciting and liberating thing I’ve ever allowed myself to do in my very responsible life. I’ve taken my friends and readers along on my journey through blogs, Instagram and Facebook.

It’s never too late to follow your dreams, or start a new life, or to allow your heart, mind and soul to thrive.


  • Lynda Filler


    Have you ever had what seemed a totally impossible dream? I'm a huge believer in visualization. I can recall a vision board on my wall when I was manufacturing women's clothing in the '80s in Montreal Canada. What stays in my mind is a photograph of a home on the mountains in a ski resort--a long way away from my ranch home in a glitzy area of Montreal and the factories on Chabanel St. But by the mid-nineties, I had moved my family to Whistler B. C. and spent hours with an architect building that dream home in the mountains. My most recent vision board covered so many topics. Writing and publishing my books. Photography, Mayan ruins, and finding that one-last-lover, my Forever Man. I found my forever man, but fate would have it that he has been living in hospitals for years and we were never allowed to explore all the things that a relationship with him would entail. Travel and photography were a big component besides publishing my novels. I always wanted to visit India. One-by-one, I'm fulfilling all of those dreams. But the biggest one of all is what I'm about to embark upon. I moved to Mexico in 2002 which was considered by many of my Canadian friends to be a crazy move. I thought I would live here until the end of my days. But I was told by medical professionals in 2008 (LOVE, The Beat Goes On) my days were numbered. If you're curious how I used visualization to cure my heart, read the story linked above. The last couple of years I've been saying to friends: my home is wherever I am. I could live out of a suitcase! And that's how it all began. Be careful what you wish for.  When you begin to visualize, everything in the Universe aligns to give you what you want. But first, you need to know what you want. My technique is to think it through and act-as-if it's already my reality. I knew I wanted to sell everything, invest, and pack that suitcase in order to travel the world. The first person who saw my condo bought it. I cleaned out the house, and sold or gave away my belongings. I couldn't believe what I'd acquired since 2002 and now I watched almost everything, walk out the door. So far I've booked France, India, Turkey, Israel, and Thailand. From Thailand, I will wing it. I know I will island hope and I want to see some of the major cities like Kuala Lumpur, especially since Mind Valley HQ, are there. Bali is a given, and could well be where I will plant roots for the next part of my life. All my friends would like to say I'm having a mid-life crisis but I assure you that's not the case. I'm on the other side of mid-life. I'm beyond excited to say that I will celebrate my 72nd birthday in Jerusalem. If you'd like to travel with me virtually you can find me on my blogs, and live on FB, YouTube, IG, Linked In and any other network that attracts my attention and yours. I will take you all along with me in my heart.