Seasons of Change

It has been some time since I’ve written and a great deal has transpired in that time. Some of it good, some not so good but that’s all part of the journey, isn’t it?

My biggest setback was falling off of my horse during a riding lesson.  Thankfully, I wasn’t very injured but it shifted something in me, about continuing this new passion I had found.  It’s unfortunate since it dashed my dreams of how this might play into my new life here on the mainland.

I am lucky I wasn’t very injured but it took me almost two months to regain my full range of motions and be able to do all my normal activities I was used to pursuing. I’m extremely grateful I’m back to my old self. I’d be remiss if I didn’t share how my neighbors came to my aide. They offered suggestions for specialists I needed to see and even help carrying groceries up the three flights of stairs to my apartment.

I am a very lucky lady in more ways than one…

Which brings me to a place of gratitude and appreciation for meeting such genuine and kind individuals in the short time I’ve lived here. I’ve only made a handful of friends in the year I’ve lived here in Austin. Ultimately at this point in life it takes time to forge new friendships. Regardless, what really matters is their core nature which is—kindness. I truly am very fortunate to be meeting such wonderful people in this great city.

I am equally thankful for the family and friends in my life of many years gone by. They have reached out when I least expected, perhaps they sensed I was struggling on this new path I’ve set out on. I would get a call or a text out of the blue, checking in with me at just the time I needed to hear from someone familiar. Reaffirming that I’m not alone on this path, I’ve set out on.

Times have changed in how we connect as individuals. I miss talking face to face more often, perhaps over a dinner at my home or yours. Social media tends to diminish those types of interactions more and more. Everyone is too busy or so they believe…perhaps that is part of my dilemma on this new journey.

A very dear friend recently sent me a very thoughtful package in the mail (yes, the “old school” snail mail way) with some news articles she felt might inspire me to write more.  She was right on target.  Writing keeps me connected.

I am so thankful to each and every one of you I share my posts with, as well. It’s been several months since I’ve written, which in hindsight left me feeling quite alone on my journey. I know that is not the case. I have an abundance of wonderful people in my life, as I’ve shared. 

I hope as the holiday seasons are upon you, you know all the good in your lives. Life can bring us challenges, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. Thank you all for being a part of my life and my journey.                                        

           Happy Thanksgiving!

4 thoughts on “Seasons of Change

  1. Dear Carmen. /thank you for sharing your journey, it reads like a very heartfelt novel. I am so happy that you have found your niche and that Austin, TX has been kind to you. Have a wonderful Holiday season. Blessings. Cousin Jake


    1. Same to you my dear cousin and thank you for the kind words. Hopefully we can plan to see each other in the coming year. Hugs and blessings to you and your beautiful family.


  2. Susie Chun Oakland November 24, 2019 — 5:28 pm

    Dear Carmen:

    I am glad that you are better from the fall. Please take good care and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your new found friends.

    With much aloha,



    1. Dear Susie,
      Thank you for your kind words and I wish you any your ohana a beautiful holiday season ahead as well!
      Much aloha always,


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