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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. Such wisdom, Charlotte – agreed 100% with you here! And you may appreciate this variation of the Serenity Prayer I recently read: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.” I’m a firm believer that, with God, all things are possible . . . including our own growth and maturity. Thank you for sharing with us, xoxo

  2. I believe the most valuable source of wisdom and spiritual maturity is through life experiences. Also, when someone seeks you out to “pass on” something, don’t be afraid to question their own interest.

  3. Thank you 🙏🏽 for this well written article. Insight and wisdom bounced off the page. This is sooooooo good! Timely. I’m grateful for your obedience in publishing this article.

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