What Is Left

What Is Left

Personal Growth, Relationships, Travel
Yesterday, I cleaned out my RV and placed it for sale. In doing this, I have had to take what few belongings I have left and move them into my Mom's house. My next step will be reviewing what I have and trying to squish into two suitcaseswhat I want to take with me to Africa for the next two years. Fortunately, I have already given most of my worldly possessions to my kids. Anything extra with non-sentimental value has been donated. What I am left with is truly the distillation of what means the most to me, plus some stuff I need to live. Life Beyond As I was chatting with my friend last night, I was saying that this truly feels like a rebirth to me. I have…
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81 Days Til Mozambique

81 Days Til Mozambique

Health, Personal Growth, Relationships, Travel
I have started counting down my days until I leave for the Peace Corps. In many ways, I have done all I can do, so it is a waiting game. I work. I write. I occasionally go on a date. I watch movies. I try to pay off bills. I am the kind of person that hates downtime. I seem to live perpetually in the future, so it takes a colossal effort for me to slow down and savor the moment. I do love to take nature walks, but I detest the cold, so I have been home-bound a bit for the last month. Adult Dating Is Complicated I had a recent romance that was a revelation to me. He was a wonderful man, and I will forever be grateful…
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A Tale of Love & Destiny

Personal Growth, Relationships, Travel
Last year, I met and fell in love with the most incredible man I had ever met. He fascinated me with his travels, adventures, and intelligence. He showed me a life I had never considered before, and it was amazing. We have had an intense and passionate romance, that came to an abrupt halt when his contract for work ended in America, and he had to return to Germany for his next project. Though we tried to find ways to keep him here or for me to join him there, it just never came together for us. It was absolutely heart-breaking and gut-wrenching. In the months that have passed since his departure, my emotions have run the gamut. There is regret that we did not have more time. There is…
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Never Enough Time

Never Enough Time

Personal Growth, Relationships, Travel
Since applying for the Peace Corps a mere 16 days ago, my life has taken a radical change in direction and I feel like I have no time left!  As anyone that knows me will attest, I truly believe that things happen for a reason and when it is the right time. When something is meant to be, it will flow, and when it isn't, there will be one delay after another. I have been wrestling with my next steps for over a year now.  Through it all, I always knew my time in Charleston was transient. I have made friends, found work, and embraced new loves. This place has given me the opportunity to work through my goals, mindsets, dreams, and sorrows. In some cases, it felt like a tortuous…
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Mozambique Bound in the Peace Corps

Mozambique Bound in the Peace Corps

Personal Growth, Relationships, Travel
Last night, as I was dining with friends, I received an email that will change the course of my entire future. This subject line was sitting in my inbox: Peace Corps Invitation to Serve Dear Kandace,Congratulations! You have been selected to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. This letter is your formal invitation to serve as a Community Health Services Promoter in Mozambique departing April 2019.  Now, the crazy begins! I have a ridiculous amount of steps to take from getting medical clearance, undergoing a background check, getting my Peace Corps passport, to things like eliminating everything in my life. I am exhilarated. This is the culmination of a life-long dream, and it is finally within my grasp. I can almost see the day (only a mere 6 months away) when I will…
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