On our 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 ~ it's a writer's world

Doing what I love.
Writing Lady and the Sea in Belize 2012
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, my parents took a train to 
Long Beach, California,
my first cross country journey.

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

When I was a stay-at-home mom, 
so in the 70's,  I joined the running craze, 
taught a running class showing and telling ladies
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 
I ran many 10K races (6.2 miles).
My first 10K race was in the Los Angeles Marathon,
where we crossed the finish line in 
The LA Coliseum!
What a thrill that was!
After completing the Rose Bowl half-marathon, 
I felt that I could do anything.  
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 
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 came true 
when Rob and I traveled to Russia and Estonia, 
then moved to Sweden for a year.
That year, after trekking through Israel, 
we traveled on the Trans-Siberian Railway 
from St. Petersburg to fourteen cities throughout Siberia, 
distributing humanitarian aid and sharing the gospel of Christ.

Istanbul 2008
We were living the good life in 1994, 
when out of nowhere, 
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
Our 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--running/jogging/walking--around the world,
and more recently traveling the USA in our home on wheels 
but I'm content hanging around the Leaf Lake House, 
sipping coffee and writing.
Our home on wheels, Moon River

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'-bloomin' trail blazer. 
I received a degree in theology when I was sixty, and 
published my debut novel, 
Lady and the Sea, 
in my sixty-fifth year.  
Lady and the Sea, a novel based on my true story, 
was written to encourage readers of all ages that 
it is never too late to lose sight of your familiar shore and 
discover new oceans.  
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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