Thank you for wanting to find out more about me, Felicity, the person, the entrepreneur and the poet behind this website. I appreciate you taking the time, and I hope you enjoy reading how the Gift Poet came to be.
I love — and live — to explore the world. I have dozens of countries on my bucket list, but below is a list of over 30 countries I've been lucky enough to visit so far. Some of the countries I traveled to when I was a child, others when I went on year-long backpacking adventures, and some I've lived in for a year or longer.
Traveling makes me feel alive and spiritually connected to all the wonderful people and creatures that share this magnificent planet. For this reason, I choose to work online, because it gives me the freedom to travel anywhere, anytime.
Before I became the Gift Poet, I spent countless years searching to find a career where I could fit in. At times it was a painful and soul-destroying journey, always feeling that I didn't have the strength to commit to a single, successful career. Others may have viewed me as an accomplished college graduate and businesswoman, but I saw myself as a lost soul, always looking for something that felt right.
My most exciting career choice was working as a certified scuba-diving instructor. I'm a beach-loving water baby, and I feel 100 percent alive when I'm deep in the depths of the ocean. I have always loved every minute of every dive, and I really enjoyed introducing new divers to this magical sport.
If you've never been diving, please add scuba to your bucket list. It's not scary at all; in fact, when you're deep under the water, it feels as if you're safe and secure like you where in your mother's womb. There's literally no feeling quite like it on Earth.
1. My Moray Eel Dive Buddy
I had an unusual underwater diving buddy — a moray eel named Monty. He trusted me enough to leave his cave, wrap himself around my neck, and then go on a half-hour dive with me. I always returned him to his cave before I surfaced from my dive. (That's us in the photo together.)
2. My Close Encounter with Sharp Teeth
Monty had a friend, a moray eel that I named Mr. Pointy Nose. Mr. Pointy Nose may have been jealous of Monty and me, as he bit me on the nose during a dive and shredded my dive mask. I was lucky enough to come away with a tiny scar, but my mask was cut to tiny ribbons. (My scariest diving memory!)
3. Touching a Humpback Whale
A humpback whale swam by me during a dive, and it got close enough to me that I was able to reach out and touch it. No words can describe how huge and magnificent these whales are. (My favorite diving memory!)
4. Swimming with Sharks
I've encountered hundreds of sharks on my dives. They're awesome creatures. I love diving with sharks when I can see them, but the thought of them terrifies me when I'm swimming in the ocean! (I've never seen a great white shark, and I pray that I never do.)
5. Dolphin Encounters
Anyone who's ever been diving with dolphins will agree that they are the most peaceful beings in the world. I treasure each memory I have of my dolphin encounters.
6. Stingray Hickeys
A stingray gave me a nasty hickey once. (Ouch!)
I earned a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine, and I enjoyed treating patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. It's a beautiful feeling when you help alleviate someone's pain, and it truly is a miracle when you treat a woman for infertility so she is finally able to conceive and give birth to a healthy baby.
always treasure those memories, and I am grateful that I had the
opportunity to impact so many lives in such a positive way. However, I always felt
as if something was missing in my work life. I finally realized that I
loved studying Chinese Medicine more than I liked practicing medicine.
So I decided to make a change; after all, life is short, and I really
believe that we are all able to create our own happiness by following
worked as a licensed Realtor for a while, but I burned out quickly when
the cutthroat business overtook my personal life. I absolutely loved
finding the perfect home for someone, but ultimately, it wasn't the life
that I wanted. My interests are too varied, and I craved the freedom to
work anywhere in the world.
I started working online in 2008. Before then, all I was able to do on my computer was search the Internet and send emails. I was determined to learn everything possible so that I could make a full-time living working online. I took advanced courses in Microsoft Word at a local community college, I taught myself how to use online software to design posters and gifts for my various online stores, and I learned how to build profitable websites thanks to SBI!
However, I never in a million years thought that I could make money writing poems. As long as I can remember, I have always written poems for friends for their greeting cards and for speeches for special occasions. I've also filled countless journal pages with poems for myself over the years. In fact, writing in rhyme is far easier for me than writing in prose! Truth: I often think in rhyme, and I even have bizarre dreams in rhyme. Rhyming is who I am and (finally) what I do.
Once, when I was in college studying for my Bachelor of Science Degree in International Marketing, I turned in a 100-page final paper that was written entirely in rhyme. I had no idea if my professor would approve or not; I risked failing the class if he hated my work. My professor gave me an A+ for my paper. I will always treasure his comments that he included with my grade. He wrote, You have a gift, truly. I never give A+'s, but your work deserves it. Well done! When I think of the compliments and words of encouragement that I've received in my life, I always think of his words with absolute gratitude and appreciation.
By far, this website, GiftPoet.com, is the most fun I have ever had in my career. I get to choose unique gifts for people, write poems all day, and create a profitable business for myself and my family. It's what I was born to do, and it really is a dream come true for me. Make no mistakes though, I work hard, sometimes as many as 14 hours a day, seven days a week; however, it never feels like work, because I love this website with all my heart!
Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I really do appreciate it. I also have a favor to ask of you. Please will you use any of the Share Buttons to share my site with your friends on your favorite social websites that you use. It'll mean the world to me personally, and you'll be helping others to find my site.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Felicity, the Gift Poet