Monthly Archives: January 2009

Time to Travel Again

I have been stationary too long. Like my dad says, this is the most dust that has settled on my shoes for a while. I was wondering where I should go. I have a few friends waiting for me to visit in South Africa, New Zealand is always inviting, and Asia is still on my hit list. But an opportunity to go to Australia has come up. If, as it seems, is my destiny, I will head off to warmer waters in a few months.

I have sent in my application to and hopefully I will be considered. They are looking for an “island caretaker” to blog about island life. I know how to do that! And I’m good at it. It appears to be what I have been doing for years so I have no doubt in my mind that I am capable. Along with the recent boost of energy that usually comes just before I make a big change, I am sufficiently motivated. They are advertising it as “the best job in the world” and I am curious.

For a while, I hunkered down and did some self exploration. 2008 was a pivotal year and already, the fruits of my labors are becoming apparent. Along with staying healthy, I have learned how better to serve the world around me. A great perk of rebalancing and reprioritizing is the clarity that comes with it.

So, whether I go to Hamilton Island or find myself on the beaches of Thailand, I will be traveling and writing again very soon. Infact, next month I am traveling with my sister and my nephews down to Mexico. I have dreamt about this trip for over ten years. One of my main reasons for traveling in the first place was to inspire my these little guys. Now, seven years later, we are going and I get to show them just what their Aunty is all about. The travelling Carmella really shines when she is in her element.

And shine on I will.

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Me at Thirty Three

I am convinced there must be some kind of good luck that comes with double digits. Although I like even numbers because they feel more balanced, it appears that the odds are better. I turned thirty three the other day. Words cannot express the relief I feel to be finally done with thirty two. It was one of those years that I wish I could have found a rock to hide under until it passed. Yeah, pretty much the entire year was spent gripping the sidewalk for a very real fear of falling into traffic.

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Peace at the Safe Way

What’s with all the crazies? I was minding my own business today just walking into the local grocery to pick up some of the peach mango salsa I’d been craving, when the weirdos began to flock. As I padded across the parking lot, an old man with frizzy hair snarled angrily in my general direction. He was on about not drinking or smoking and how women just needed to accept that they are the lesser species.

“But they never will,” he bellowed, “Because they’re STUPID!”

I didn’t know if he was talking to me or not but he followed me into the Safeway. read more

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A Long Wet Tale

It was bound to happen as I had quite an “emotionally active” day, as my sister so tactfully put it. I don’t think I can pinpoint just one moment that did it but it was more of a barrage of insults that I had decided to face. All at once it seems. Funny thing is that I had loads of support, yet I still needed to fall down. Needless to say, I wasn’t very kind to myself. But I guess in the end, I was hard on myself in the gentlest way I could. If that makes any sense at all. read more

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