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Living the Adventuress Life: a new creative direction from up in the Andes of Ecuador.
April 21, 2017
Dear VIA (Very Important Adventuress)

You haven’t heard from me for awhile because I’ve been “reinventing” Living the Adventuress Life.

Toward that end, I’ve written a kind of mission statement for the future of this ezine.

Here it is:

From Cuenca way up in the Andes, I challenge women to find their true creative soul and express it through writing, painting, art journaling, living the expat life and exploring yourself after age 50…

So you’ll notice that the format in this issue has changed a bit.

True Tales

Several great new features have been published by adventuresses over 50 since you last received Living the Adventuress Life. CLICK HERE to discover them now.

For the writer inside you—

Most of us struggle with trying to juggle our many interests and responsibilities in order to find the time to write that novel, memoir, or short story.

Dr. Jeanette Cates is a productivity NUT! She’s spent all of her adult life finding faster, easier ways to do things. So it’s no surprise that she’s created an amazing course called Organization & Productivity For Authors.

She says, “A productive author is a prolific author. And a prolific author is a profitable author.” With an average of a new book every two months (I can’t even imagine that!) Jeanette applies her productivity systems in her book publishing business.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT Organization & Productivity For Authors

For the artist inside you:

I’d like to share with you a short (7-minute) video I’ve created, Understanding Abstract Art. I’m just learning how to create videos for Youtube and I’m hooked! Naturally I have lots of ideas (the “creative curse”) for future videos, both on art and writing.


How lucky do you feel?

My writer friend Scarlet Braden has created a giveaway anyone can enter. And you can win a $120. Amazon gift certificate! It’s FREE TO ENTER, so why not? CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW:

What’s up in Cuenca, where I live—

Easter week (“semana santa”) saw parades and street fairs, but sadly for everybody, more rain than is usual at this time of year. This is the time when a kind of Passover soup called fanesca, made from salted fish, is served in many local restaurants. It’s popular with Ecuadoreans, but I’ve never been a fan of salted fish, so it’s not my favorite.

Cork and I marked the 2-year anniversary of a popular expat restaurant here, Sunrise Cafe, dining on their special menu for the evening of steak and langoustines!

And tomorrow I’m teaching another class here, Watercolor Tips & Tricks. Eventually I’d like to turn some of my classes into online classes…another creative work-in-progress…

Here’s a rather insightful quote that illustrates well my new mission statement:

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

Have you had a memorable adventure you’d like to share?

We welcome your travel stories from home and around the world.

You don’t have to be a "professional writer" to submit a story. A breezy, letter-home-to-your-best-friend approach suits us just fine, with a few facts thrown in, of course. 

We like your personal observations, how you felt about the place, what you ate, your most embarrassing moment, etc. CLICK HERE to learn more about the perfect length of your essay, and how to submit photos along with it.

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Happy travels!


—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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