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Journey to Serenity

Life hands us opportunities to reinvent ourselves! For me it came after six years of feeling something was missing but not having the courage to move forward. I took those years to develop strength, courage, and faith. I finally made the choice to change my life. I started over with no immediate financial support but a strong belief that I could find a way and do it.

Today many people are suddenly being handed the “opportunity” to start over with very little support or preparation. In some cases it is an opportunity to finally do what they have always wanted to do. I say “opportunity” because over the years I have come to constantly remind myself, “Another problem; another opportunity to grow.” My wish is that you may have the courage to see the challenges in your life as opportunities.

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Patti Ernst was born in Chicago. She attended Grinnell College in Iowa, got married, earned her BA in dance at Wayne State University in Michigan and her MEd at Georgia State University. She moved to Rochester, New York where she taught in public and private schools for over thirty years. When their children went to college, she and her husband moved to Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.

In 1996, she moved to Alaska where she lived a life of skiing, hiking, rollerblading, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. She continued teaching, studied to become a massage therapist, and eventually moved to Hawaii where, at age sixty, she became a massage therapist at the Hualali Spa at the Four Seasons on the Big Island.

After sailing as crew on a forty-five foot ketch for two and a half years, she arrived in Bali and purchased the materials to build a retreat in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. At sixty-six, with the help of friends and family she built the resort that has come to be known as Serenity. Today, at 78, she realizes this journey has helped her develop strength, courage, and faith and she has just published her first book.

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I found Patti’s story full of wisdom that can only come from one’s self-awareness, curiosity, adventurous spirit, and bravery in the face of fear. I’m so grateful that Patti so openly shared her story. Patti’s desire to write a book isn’t geared toward her ego. It’s primary focus envelopes you as a mother’s hung can cure your worst cold and make you feel the world is your oyster and alright. Michael

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