True Riches

Yesterday I finished my taxes. No surprise, right? ABSOLUTE last minute…

But guess what!

I qualified for all the poor people tax breaks!

When I saw my final figures I laughed.


My tax guy, Jame (Yes, I spelled that correctly), smiled as I convulsed in chuckles.

“Ha! $11,500 this year, huh. That’s WELL in the poverty range, isn’t it?” I grinned wildly, “Funny, this year I’m the poorest monetarily that I’ve been since 2001, but my life has been so incredibly bountifully blessed in riches!”

He understood and quickly said, “That’s because you’ve got it right!”

I thought back over 2011 and realized that with the meager $11,500 I claimed from river guiding, teaching Zumba and Masala Bhangra, and freelance writing, I had been able to LIVE a very INCREDIBLE year.

  • I spent January through May enjoying time with my family in Pennsylvania.
  • I danced in NY, NJ, MD, VA, and Washington DC during that time.
  • I sold and gave away the vast majority of my “crap.”
  • I spent 2.5 weeks in February in the Dominican Republic where I attended the first ever international bachata festival on the island (and Carnaval of course!) Oh, and don’t forget isolated beautiful beaches
  • May-July I took a 6 week road trip with an old high school friend across the United States
    •  up into Canada
    •  Back down into Michigan’s peninsula
    •  through Minnesota to the Badlands
    • around Mt. Rushmore
    • through Colorado to visit Ms. Arnold
    • to Vegas to run the Run With the Devil 50 Miler
    • the coast and driving it up to Oregon
    •  to Vancouver where I kayaked, hiked, and learned about photography on my way to Alaska
  • I spent July – October in Alaska living in the float cabin with my pet bears roaming around the tidal flats in front of my home rowing boats down the glaciated rivers that just so happen to be located within the largest bald eagle preserve in the world. No big deal. 😀
  • I took a short break in August to celebrate the wedding of my brother and enjoy family in Florida.
  • Spent an extra month in Alaska to house sit a beautiful house in Haines and hang out with a super cool pup
  • Drove back down the coast to meet with John in Vegas
  • Climbed and camped in Red Rocks and Lone Pine

  • Enjoyed empty hot springs
  • Danced in San Jose, Monterey, Houston, Portland, and Seattle
  • Attended the Seattle Salsa Congress over Thanksgiving weekend
  • Met John’s family in Texas
  • Visited Marydale in Atlanta
  • I ran the World’s Toughest Mudder on my birthday weekend, and sent the next few weeks traveling the area, acquainting him with my environment.
  • and brought the new year in with INCREDIBLE friends back in PA again. 😀

I’ve met my soul mate and surrounded myself with people I love and who love me, the authentic ones.  I’ve spent time loving myself first and doing exactly what I want to do, when I want to do it.  I’ve had the freedom to enjoy each moment as what it should be, a moment of mine to enjoy how I please.

That’s why I laugh at the concept of being considered poor enough to need a tax break.



I’m the richest person I know!

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4 Responses to True Riches

  1. Lisa Haug April 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

    Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Yeah, yeah, yeah! Nicely done Hurricane McRita!!!

  2. Hurricane Rita June 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM #

    HAHAHAHAHA! THanks a bunch Miss Lisa McAwesomeSeattleWoman! 😀

  3. Luisa October 27, 2013 at 11:10 PM #

    You’re full of inspiration Rita. This sounds like a book to me, when are you finally going to publish?


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