About Me: Life is a Journey

Life is a Journey
"Some travel a straight road where their lives are defined from the moment they are born. Others take many a side path, fox hole, or perhaps, the road not taken by others to seek their passion." 
Cathy Moskal

I was born in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York during the 1950's, the youngest of six children. I won't say when in the decade so that you might guess me to be a little younger.

 I enjoyed living on our farm and going to school by bus to Dundee daily. I loved studying and having fun with friends engaging in music, art and sporting activities. I also loved playing and working on our farm. I graduated high school and left to find the world, to live in northern Bergen County, New Jersey, very close to New York City.

There, I raised a family of three beautiful children, now wonderful adults. When they decided  to leave home to find their own world I began thinking about some of the dreams and passions I had placed aside in order to fulfill my "mommy duties."

Not a day had passed, since my younger years, that I did not think of starting some sort of business. For some reason, I knew I had this creative, ambitious instinct that was entrepreneurial like none other. Do you know how you feel when you are doing something...anything, that you just love, that you don't realize how much time has passed by and you forget to eat or sleep? It's kind of like being in love. Some things are like that for me. I don't ask for them but ideas and questions pop into my head all the time. I have driven my family and friends crazy with my ideas through the years.

I did work creatively and hard on developing a successful Seattle-style Espresso business in a busy mall. It was a short-lived experience, however I knew that at this time, I would be able to pull from those things that I taught myself and learned from other people in my life experience to build another business again.

When I first bought and moved into the Starkey House, I saw this dream coming to life once more. The elegant spaciousness and original craftsmanship sparked my ideas and I could actually see it as a bed & breakfast. Not to mention that the location near Seneca Lake is ideal for future guests to enjoy all that the area has to offer with easy access to everything.

I am passionate about many things. It will be great to develop this new business based on what I am made of and what I believe in. Things like growing, eating and cooking healthy food, working hard but relaxing peacefully, the arts, music, and love for community. I believe that it is important to be grateful for and respectful to our God-given natural land and to those people who work it every day to provide us with the fruits of the earth. Most importantly it necessary to show appreciation to our family and friends. Without them I would have no dream or passion...or goal that would be worthwhile.
Please join me ... on my new journey.

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  1. You have a way with words, I love reading all your info/posts, keep them coming..and, once again, good luck, I think you will do well in your bed and breakfast, it's a wonderful location and a wonderful house and property!
    love you! :-) Sandy

  2. Best wishes for a sucessfull B & B this summer! You deserve it!

  3. I was very excited to see that this historic house is being cared for and being appreciated for it's beautiful craftsmanship! I've seen too many beautiful houses left to decay.
    My only hope is that I will be able to stay in this house as a guest when your Bed and Breakfast is up and running!!!! I know that sitting on the veranda will be peaceful and a setting in which to accomplish great writing, resting, and relaxing!

  4. Thank you so much for your comment. I can actually see, in my mind's eye, future guests as they enjoy the house and its architectural beauty. Have a Blessed Day!

  5. Cathy,

    I can't wait to look you up when I get back to Seneca for a visit!!!!

    Sue Williams-Roberts


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