On life's journey, whether traveling around the world or around your block, there's lots to learn about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness, so lets dive into a new ocean together!

About Sharon ~ Writing and Traveling

Doing what I love.
Writing Lady and the Sea in Belize 2012
Welcome! Please, pour yourself a cup of coffee and 
browse around my little corner of the world.  
I'm a simple lady,  
but I've been around the block a few times.

I was born in South Carolina. 
When I was five-months-old I took my first cross country journey with my parents on a train to 
Long Beach, California.

Raised among the palm trees in sunny southern California, 
I loved traveling via Greyhound bus to
sultry Surfside, South Carolina to 
spend my teen-age summers frolicking 
under the palmettos with my cousins.

When I was a stay-at-home mom in the 70's
I joined the running craze,
and taught a women's running class titled,
"How to run your physical race and your spiritual race
--at your own pace."
Mary, my mentor and friend (54) and me (32), 
the day we ran our first half-marathon in 1979 

My first 10K race was part of the first Los Angeles Marathon,
where we crossed the finish line in 
The L.A. Coliseum, home of two summer Olympics.
What a thrill that was!
After completing a Rose Bowl half-marathon, 
I felt that I could do anything, 
but due to my busy life schedule, 
I decided to stick with running 10K races (6.2 miles),
including my favorite Morro Bay 10K run.  

I loved writing on my Smith-Corona typewriter so
after my morning runs while the kids were at school,
I sat down with my cup(s) of coffee and lo and behold 
I wrote two books, Lady on the Run and Victory Run. 
(to be published)
I've been writing ever since.

I'm a happy gal!
My husband and I have a blended family of 
two grown daughters, two sons, four grandchildren, and 
three great-grandsons.  

In 1991 my dream to travel the world began.
And what a year that was!
Rob and I traveled through Russia and Estonia, 
then moved to Sweden for a year.
After trekking through Israel, 
we traveled for a month on the Trans-Siberian Railway via
the former Youth Communist Propaganda Train. 
From St. Petersburg to fourteen cities throughout Siberia, 
our team distributed humanitarian aid and 
shared the gospel of Christ.

Istanbul 2008
We were living the good life back home in southern California,
when out of nowhere, in 1994,
we had the opportunity to volunteer on a WWII knot ship, 
recently christened the MS Restoration, 
whose sole purpose was to transport Russian Jews 
from Sochi, Russia on the Black Sea, 
to Haifa, Israel.

MS Restoration 1994-95
The 14-month maiden voyage took us from Seattle, WA
 to many ports-of-call throughout Scandinavia, the Baltics, England, Greece, Russia, and Israel.
Upon returning home, we settled into a little cottage at the beach, never more to roam,
until the summer of 2006 
when Rob and I left Huntington Beach to 
return to my southern roots in South Carolina.

I love traveling (20+countries at this writing) around the world,
More recently we are traveling the USA in our motor home
(our neighbors have nicknamed it the Titanic!) 
but I'm content hanging around the Leaf Lake House, 
sipping coffee and writing.
Our 40-foot home on wheels

Through the years, God has been my source of 
strength and encouragement, and 
He shows Rob and I daily that His Love never fails.

I consider myself a boomin'-blooming' trail blazer. 
I received a degree in theology when I was sixty, and 
published my first novel, 
Lady and the Sea, 
when I was sixty-six.  
I wrote Lady and the Sea, a novel based on my true story, 
to encourage readers of all ages with the theme, 
You cannot discover new oceans 
until you are willing to lose sight of the shore.

My upcoming book, Lady on the Run, has a similar theme: 
You cannot discover new roads 
until you are willing to lose sight of your front door.

I wish you smooth sailing and oceans of blessings, 
and may you find faith for those forgotten dreams.

Sharon Leaf, the almost famous author

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