Guess What?

repost from July, 2018

My bff Kerry is always there for me, ready to correct my typos and grammatical errors, especially those dreaded apostrophes.

It’s hard to believe its July already, it’s absolutely true what my Mother use to say to me,

“Don’t wish your life away Sharon, before you know it you are old”

Why does time seem to move at a faster pace the older you get? I don’t know the answer to that question, what I do know is that we must not waste a second of every day.

I often reflect on her wise words, my beautiful Mum died at only 51 years young and now that I have surpassed her age I would like to think about my life with a zest for making the most of every day. 

“Live your life every day with purpose, be excited, laugh, don’t waste a second of living your best life”

Okay the last few words I have taken from my muse Oprah, one of my favourite quotes by Oprah is to simply,

“Live your best life

I recommend getting yourself a copy of a beautiful hard cover book titled Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration from O, The Oprah Magazine.

Speaking of Oprah, I must share my exciting news, Kerry and myself are cruising with Oprah, Gayle and the Oprah Magazine staff in January on Holland America Line’s newest ship the Nieuw Statendam from Fort Lauderdale, Florida cruising the Bahamas.

Oprah Winfrey has been given the title of The Godmother of the Nieuw Statendam.

TheOMag

Oprah Winfrey has been given the title of The Godmother of  Holland America Line’s newest ship the Nieuw Statendam

I promise to fill you in more as we get closer to our departure.

What I can tell you for now is that divine timing was our gift to secure our precious tickets as The Oprah Magazine Girls Getaway Cruise was sold out in less than 24 hours.

Christine Potter Mulhearne who is The Oprah Magazine’s Style Director and blogger of Style me Sassy excitedly announced on her Instagram story that The Oprah Magazine Girls Getaway Cruise sold out in less that 24 hours and that they had broken the Internet.

Sharon&Kerry.jpg

This blog is dedicated to my bff Kerry Rundell, my real life Gayle King

In other news I am super proud to share with you I have been commissioned this year by The Bali Advertiser, Bali & Beyond Magazine the Jakarta Post  and news.com.au as a contributor for their publications.

My dream has manifested into a reality and I have become a Journalist.

Additionally I have been featured in the Siapa section of the Bali Advertiser, it is vital that we must keep up a conversation about the global catastrophe of domestic violence.

My interview with Bill Dalton highlights my passion for speaking our truth, to advocate for a peaceful world where violence is just a bad memory, we need to tell our stories to rally against any form of violence and hatred.

I will continue to write thought provoking content, my desire is to occupy a world where we can live in harmony, a world where we can live side by side without prejudice, without bigotry, without racism or bias about a person’s sexual orientation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blogs.

Blessing always

Sharon x

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A New Day is on the horizon

repost from February, 2018

I am sending you, my readers an abundance of New Years optimism. I know its late, however it’s always a good time to transmit good will. 

I am sending an affirmation to all, who will read this scribe, for every year to be superb, take a chance and enjoy your life. 

My blogging in the second half of 2017 was all about our active Volcano, Gunung Agung. I felt obliged to update my Community of readers regularly about our “Big Fella”,I became obsessed with the process of the Volcano.

Although I still keep a close eye on our “The Big Fella” I now feel calm, knowing that the activity of the eruption will follow the course of nature.

My interview with Mangku Bon  has left me feeling composed and focused on what is important.  My daily ritual of prayer and meditation continues to keeps me aligned. I believe that faith is a constant reality of truth.

I am joyful, my soul is filled with gratitude every day I wake up on this beautiful planet we all occupy.

It is my intention to inspire my readers, to seek out a positive outlook even when faced with the toughest of challenges.

I am optimistic and excited about the future for our majestic Island of the Gods, I feel blessed to be living in Bali at this time in history.

I was thrilled to be interviewed by news.com.au  about my fascinating meeting with Mangku Bon, additionally the story was featured in the International Business Times.

For now I will resign from my self appointed role, which was updating my blog on the activities of Mount Agung. Check the Official site MAGMA regularly for updates.

What I would like to diarize in this blog, is my enthusiasm and excitement I feel this year.

I envisage a fresh wave of confidence for the future. Reinforced by my creative muse Oprah and her unforgettable speech at the 75th Golden Globes Award Ceremony on January 7, 2018.

A New Day is on the horizon

There are so many reasons why the 75th Golden Globes Award Ceremony was one I will never forget. My admiration for the actress and activists campaign hit close to home, my own involvement in advocating for survivors of domestic abuse has also been phenomenal.

How incredible that A list actresses Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern amongst others wore black as a sign of respect for victims and survivors of domestic violence.

The scene was dramatic, the world wide audience was made aware of the Time’s Up Campaign , an initiative which is raising money for the legal defense fund, this fund will provide support to victims of sexual harassment and assault.

The campaign also seeks inclusion, equality and parity for women and marginalized people across all industries.

A powerful moment in the show was when Reese Witherspoon accepted the Golden Globe for Big Little Lies, which won the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television.

In her speech Reese gave thanks to the many women who had broken their silence, she reassured the audience by saying,

“Time is up, we hear you, we see you, and we will tell your stories”

Finally Oprah was welcomed to the stage by Reese to accept The Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

I was in awe, in fact I needed to find her speech on social media to play it over and over again.

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Season 75

Oprah began her speech by talking about herself as a little girl in 1964, sitting on the linoleum floor of her mother’s house in Milwaukee, watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor, which was awarded to Sidney Poitier at the 36th Academy Awards. She went on to talk about her Mum being bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses.

It was incredible, the first page of my memoir starts in 1964 when my 21 year Mother was sitting on the floor with her baby girl. She was in her suburban home in Melbourne watching a small black & white television as The Beatles arrived to a frenzy of hysterical fans.

Could Oprah have read my book?

I don’t know the answer to that question yet, however what I know for sure is this. It doesn’t matter if Oprah has read my book, I now know that my heroine thinks like me. I am still dumbstruck by the similarities.

The rest of her speech was truly phenomenal, my friend Lisa Zimmer summed up my feelings perfectly when she wrote on her Instagram Post,

 Power~ Strength~ Truth~  by Lisa Zimmer 

Watching Oprah receive the Cecil B. DeMille award last night showed such poignancy to our nation, and to those watching our country.  We saw a woman with steadfast integrity, awareness and intelligence stake claim to the power of standing in truth. 
We watched as a country that currently struggles with truth and security, validate the importance of standing in integrity.
We saw that power and strength does not lie within a specific gender, but within truth.
We witnessed leadership in a woman
 who silently, has mentored millions, simply by showing up in authenticity. 
She has showed us that shattering illusions created to repress aren’t just possible, but applauded, because by speaking truth, we create positive change.
We saw a leader last night, a leader for all of humanity. God bless you Oprah for all you have created in our world.

I will sign off my first blog for the year and reiterate wise words from Oprah, the beautiful soul who continues to guide me in my creative accomplishments, 

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,  I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon”

Blessings always,

Sharon x

 

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Scarlett Voices In the Shadows

Guess What?

My bff Kerry is always there for me, ready to correct my typos and grammatical errors, especially those dreaded apostrophes.

It’s hard to believe its July already, it’s absolutely true what my Mother use to say to me,

“Don’t wish your life away Sharon, before you know it you are old”

Why does time seem to move at a faster pace the older you get? I don’t know the answer to that question, what I do know is that we must not waste a second of every day.

I often reflect on her wise words, my beautiful Mum died at only 51 years young and now that I have surpassed her age I would like to think about my life with a zest for making the most of every day. 

“Live your life every day with purpose, be excited, laugh, don’t waste a second of living your best life”

Okay the last few words I have taken from my muse Oprah, one of my favourite quotes by Oprah is to simply,

“Live your best life

I recommend getting yourself a copy of a beautiful hard cover book titled Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration from O, The Oprah Magazine.

Speaking of Oprah, I must share my exciting news, Kerry and myself are cruising with Oprah, Gayle and the Oprah Magazine staff in January on Holland America Line’s newest ship the Nieuw Statendam from Fort Lauderdale, Florida cruising the Bahamas.

Oprah Winfrey has been given the title of The Godmother of the Nieuw Statendam.

TheOMag

Oprah Winfrey has been given the title of The Godmother of  Holland America Line’s newest ship the Nieuw Statendam

I promise to fill you in more as we get closer to our departure.

What I can tell you for now is that divine timing was our gift to secure our precious tickets as The Oprah Magazine Girls Getaway Cruise was sold out in less than 24 hours.

Christine Potter Mulhearne who is The Oprah Magazine’s Style Director and blogger of Style me Sassy excitedly announced on her Instagram story that The Oprah Magazine Girls Getaway Cruise sold out in less that 24 hours and that they had broken the Internet.

Sharon&Kerry.jpg

This blog is dedicated to my bff Kerry Rundell, my real life Gayle King

In other news I am super proud to share with you I have been commissioned this year by The Bali Advertiser, Bali & Beyond Magazine the Jakarta Post  and news.com.au as a contributor for their publications.

My dream has manifested into a reality and I have become a Journalist.

Additionally I have been featured in the Siapa section of the Bali Advertiser, it is vital that we must keep up a conversation about the global catastrophe of domestic violence.

My interview with Bill Dalton highlights my passion for speaking our truth, to advocate for a peaceful world where violence is just a bad memory, we need to tell our stories to rally against any form of violence and hatred.

I will continue to write thought provoking content, my desire is to occupy a world where we can live in harmony, a world where we can live side by side without prejudice, without bigotry, without racism or bias about a person’s sexual orientation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blogs.

Blessing always

Sharon x

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Inspirational Scribes

I would like to take a moment to send a note of gratitude to my colleagues who sit down in front of their computer, who like me are on a passionate quest, for their voices to be heard.

The Universe has sent me angels to keep me focused, to keep me motivated to forge ahead, my designer pen close, fingers tap, tap, tapping away on a literary battlefield.

My first encounter with a published author was here in Bali.

Deborah Craylon, author of award winning Mama Kuma: One Woman, Two Cultures was holding a one day tutorial, Deb called her class Writing from the Heart.

That day four years ago in Bali was a pivotal moment in my life long dream to publish my story.

It was the day I started believing in myself as a writer, it was also a day I made a new friend.

My next encounter was online.  I was curious about a friend of a friend who was the author of erotic fiction.

I was in awe of anyone who had published a book, however three books in the Lost Woman Series is impressive.

I decided to download the first book titled Awakening the Lost Woman.  I was totally engrossed, Anna’s writing was compelling, I couldn’t get enough.  I was turning page after page wondering what would happen next in the life of the fabulous Aussie Character Christina Maxwell.

After reading all three books, I made contact.  To my utter surprise I knew Anna, I worked with her many years ago when I was married to my first husband and living close to her in inner city Melbourne.

Making contact with Anna was yet another turning point in my life as a writer, we quickly become friends and co-conspirators on the quest for our voices to be heard.  I feel privileged to have reunited with Anna this year sitting on the deck of her fabulous home, overlooking the cosmopolitan Melbourne skyline.

I did wonder though if it was the exact house she described when her character Christina also renovated her trendy Melbourne home.

The next connection came via Tri Sandhya Villa.  When I first met Doroit d’Scarlett she was looking rather sombre.  I actually wondered why anyone would come on holiday to Bali and look so miserable.

I soon discovered that her only son was missing in Nepal, she had just been filmed by Western Australian Television before boarding a flight to Bali.  I was sitting quietly listening to Doroit’s story, then she connected to the wifi and discovered that her son was back online and safe.

Doroit is also a writer and blogger. Besides being a fun, intelligent woman she also has a very interesting surname. The name Scarlett is obviously one of my obsessions… emm?

Doroit has already completed her debut fictional book and is now at the dreaded editing stage.

We became online buddies, encouraging each other whilst we sat for hours and hours tapping away at our computers.

Okay what came next?  Yes it was an old school buddy, Nicole Abbatangelo re entered my world via Facebook.  Nicole’s battle with Cancer is written with a raw and sometimes humorous flare through her blog titled the brutal truth….

I am in love with Nicole’s writing talent, her courage to scribe on such a deep emotional level give’s me goose bumps, even now as I write my own blog.

Nicole’s yearning for Ubud, Bali and her connection through a mutual acquaintance is another divine intervention on the Road that leads to the solidarity of writers.  It was a real compliment when Nicole in boxed me last week advising me that she had read Scarlett Voices In the Shadows in one sitting and that she loved my story.

Okay what came next?  Oh yes it was my investigating and obsessing over all things related to the Oprah Brand.

I discovered through Instagram that the Oprah Magazine’s Style Director, Christine Mulhearne writes a blog titled, Style Me Sassy.  Of course I read the blog and instantly became a fan. Goose bumps again… is that a sign?

Christine is not only The Style Director of O Magazine she is also a blogger and single Mum to a gorgeous boy by the name of…. wait for it… James.

Christine is also a Pisces just like myself, her fun sense of adventure and positive outlook reminds me of me actually. Christine is a dynamic woman reaching for dreams, working hard with a kind and loving outlook.

Okay, while we are on the #Oprah topic another name popped up in my sleuth investigation and quest to meet with the Queen.

I discovered another Aussie author, who like me is obsessed with all things Oprah.  I will say though that Juliette Power has one thing up on me.  She has been on a cruise to Alaska with not only #Oprah and #Gayle, but with an entire ship full of published authors and creative minds including Christine.

I am currently reading Juliette’s memoir titled Juliette’s Angel and enjoing every minute of her self discovery whilst climbing Mount Everest with her daughter Bonnie.  I am particularly enjoying the flashbacks which are so Australian and so very familiar.

Being a member of the Ubud Writers Group has given me the opportunity to meet a talented group of inspirational men and women who are bloggers, journalists and published authors.

I have to pinch myself to believe I have become friends and colleagues with such an accomplished group of writers from a vast range of genres.

Scarlett

I would like to sign off this blog with a quote that Christine posted on her Instagram page recently that motivated me to write this little blog.

Supporting

another’s

success

won’t

ever

dampen

Yours 

Have a great week.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

Sharon Karyasa © 2017

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