Beautiful Australia. It’s almost time for me to return to you and my partner whom I have not seen for 19 months, or 590 days. So much has happened since I last saw you, Australia.
I have spent a lot of time in Australia before the COVID pandemic arrived. I have traveled to Queensland and Greater New South Wales. I have not seen the many different views and towns which bring much character to the country.
I look forward to exploring more charming views and getting to know the amazingly friendly Australians.
I cannot believe this is happening. I am…
How much of our lives are spent in unhappy situations, with a partner who makes us unhappy, or in a job we hate.
In these situations, what would you do?
Would you leave the relationship or try to make it work?
Ask yourself the same question with your job.
Would you try to have a heart-to-heart with your boss to see if you can create a different scenario, or would you decide that it just isn’t worth the effort?
Any action you take has an impact on your life and your happiness. You could give up an opportunity and trade…
During the many fluctuations we’ve seen with COVID-19, your network will be there to help you build.
Do you ever hesitate to reach out to your network? I hesitate to contact some of the people I am the closest to, even though I know many of them would be happy to hear from me. Sometimes, in my mind, I think they aren’t interested in speaking to me. Do you ever feel this way? I have a large network of friends I could call, but why are we mostly ashamed to ask for help?
We don’t want to seem like to…
The signs are unmistakable.
I have been let go and fired and here are the signs.
You live five minutes from a satellite office, but you’re asked to commute two hours to the headquarters. All requests for working from home, or from the closest office, are denied.
A crucial part of your job responsibilities is taken off of your desk and is given to a colleague with less experience.
You go on vacation and you are asked to take a vacation without pay.
Your co-worker starts to question everything you do and your manager does as well. …
I’ve noticed recently how quickly I give up.
The words of friends and associates are sometimes circling on a continuous loop in my brain.
Usually, it’s the not-so-helpful words that stay with me the longest. Not sure why the brain works this way, but it certainly is effective.
I can still hear the words of one of my English teachers in my head to this day. I wanted to apply for a certain MFA Creative Writing program on the East Coast, and I asked him for a recommendation. “Kelly, you're just not ready,” he said.
I had one flattering recommendation…
I struggle with letting myself be seen.
I don’t like being seen.
But words are a roadmap to the human heart. It is easy to see a person’s intent on the page. You can tell with only a few sentences where a person is coming from. Sometimes this terrifies me. But it also inspires me. I am moved by my fellow writers who seem to put it all out there with no stone unturned.
Am I afraid of being found out? Well, I would like to keep my anonymity. I guess I chose the wrong career. I have had stalkers…
It’s time to try something new.
I have lived in California all my life. I feel tied to this state, but it’s definitely time for me to leave.
I’ve been in a long-distance relationship for about seven years. With COVID-19, and the Australian travel ban, my goals have only become more urgent.
My partner is Australian and it has always been our plan to live in the same place. I have never been in a position where I was comfortable enough to not work, so once I lost my job in February of 2020, and was unable to get another…
And what doesn’t
It doesn’t matter if you make six figures.
It doesn’t matter if you drive a beautiful car.
It doesn’t matter if you have tenure.
It doesn’t matter if you have a beautiful home.
It doesn’t matter if you have millions in your bank account.
Being well thought of by others, and having status simply fades and quickly loses its appeal.
At the end of the day, all of this is meaningless.
It’s like the saying goes: No one on their death bed ever said, “I wish I spent more time at the office.”
And you can’t take…
Becoming an Italian citizen is a dream I have had. It’s a lot of work, but well worth the long process involved.
I attended a seminar in San Jose, California about five years ago curious to learn more about becoming an Italian citizen. A gentleman gave a talk at a nearby Italian Heritage Center on dual-citizenship through Jure Sanguinis.
Jure Sanguinis is the right of blood conferred upon an Italian descendant connected to your last Italian-born relative in Italy.
It’s a pretty complicated and lengthy process, but to find out if you qualify, you must know when your last Italian-born…