Some of my friends, like Cam and Bambi and Bonni, have chosen careers that carry them around the globe. Others, like Joyce and Marla and Toni, have found creative ways to get away from jobs on a more regular basis than the standard American one-week-annual vacation.
And what better way to indulge my own taste for adventure than to share my travels as well through an internet magazine?
I never started out to be a journalist. My first job was an IBM Proof Machine Operator for the Federal Reserve Bank. Then there was that stint as a Playboy Bunny at the Detroit Playboy Club…
After two years at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, armed with an A.A. degree in Commercial Art, I spent a few decades beating deadlines in the Mad Men world of advertising in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
An entrepreneurial spirit I didn’t even know I had led me to start my own ad agency, and subsequently a print communications company specializing in direct response marketing.
It was through the latter company that I had the opportunity to become the founding editor of the regional magazine, Nevada Woman. The journalist in me was born.
I began to get published in other magazines as well: Sunworld, Best Read Guide, Las Vegas Style, Las Vegas Magazine, Bride’s, Miami Metro Magazine, and even Elvis International.
I’ve interviewed lots of celebrities—loved asking all those questions mom told me were impolite to ask.
I’ve written about business, news topics, food, gaming, entertainment, and travel.
In 1999, I threw it all away to join the Peace Corps and landed in Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana), South America. Think half way between Devil’s Island and Jonestown.
After a year doing “rural community development” in an Amerindian village on the northeast corner of the Amazon basin, I was transferred into the capital, Paramaribo There I was assigned to the public relations office of STINASU, the Suriname Foundation For Nature Conservation.
That experience led me to write "Elisabeth Samson, Forbidden Bride a fiction based on the true story of Suriname’s first black woman, a rich 18th century sugar plantation owner, to get legal permission from the Dutch to marry white.
I’ve been writing and art journaling about my travels ever since.
Oh yeah, along the way there were a couple of husbands, pets (a Poodle, three Border Collies and four parakeets in various colors), and two beautiful stepdaughters, adventuresses in their own ways.
There’s also a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Antioch University, Seattle and a certificate for my tile at Seattle’s Pike Place Market hanging on the wall. Somewhere in a filing cabinet are also a bunch of design and communication awards, significant of my 9 to 5 life.
Happily, that 9 to 5 part ended when I emigrated to make my home up in the Andes in Cuenca, Ecuador.
At the same time I discovered SBI--SiteBuildIt!-- a powerful internet-business-building site that made it possible for me to create www.adventuress-travel-magazine.com. Now I get to write, travel, and just generally live the "laptop lifestyle."
adventuress-travel-magazine.com is a happy culmination of many of my passions. I’d love to hear your comments or ideas for the magazine.
--Carolyn V. Hamilton
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