About the Author

Charlotte Simpson, aka the Traveling Black Widow is a retired guidance counselor and special education teacher. After losing her husband of 31 years, she made solo-world-travel a central part of her retirement and has traveled all seven continents and 50 states. ​

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  1. Just 10 days into the new year, visions written and visualize so clearly and yet the feeling of being in limbo still looms heavily. THIS was such a timely reminder, thank you!

  2. I love this story! Thank you for sharing. I am claiming healthy relationships with food and people. I am claiming to live an abundance life. I am claiming and learning how to plan for the things I want.

  3. I’m claiming to be financially responsible and how I’m doing that is by not being a spontaneous spender asking myself do you NEED that or do you WANT that?

  4. Thank you for this, I to have held fast to the “Claim it” phrase. It resonated because I also believe that you must do the Work. Wishing you all the blessings and success in 2023.

  5. Awesome. This hit home for me as ‘Claim it’ is one of my mantras as well. I make resolutions on my actual born day (in May) which is MY new year. This advice rings so true! Don’t just say it, claim it, DO it! Also, I appreciate that you traveled far and wide as a solo traveler. Because my husband doesn’t like to travel, I do a lot of solo traveling myself. I truly enjoyed this essay.

  6. Thank you for your enlightening and inspirational article. It encourages me to continue on my journey to fulfill my desire to become a self-published author. We can want and pray for God’s help, but if we don’t exert and apply our own energy, we will continue to wait and want.

  7. My first step is to thank
    You for the eloquent reminder to
    Do what needs to be done. The Bible verse from Matthew is a reminder that God has expectations of us also! I really enjoyed this piece❤️

  8. What a blessing to read these words of encouragement and truth. Being in the my mid 60’s now I so enjoyed how you are sharing your journey with us.
    Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse I’m holding tight to these days… because He knows

  9. This advice I am heard tonite on a mentorship call and now this article! So, I claim better health in 2023. Now, I will write down the plan and follow through! Thanks a million for the inspiration!

  10. Thank you so much Ms Charlotte for these words of inspiration to not only claim it, but be courageous to step out, and go for it! I’ve decided to chose me, it looks really scary and unthinkable right now, but I my health over wealth. The release is before me, and now I can breath!!

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