The only life worth living is one that you are truly passionate about…
I quit my job to travel the world in 2003, and I’ve never looked back. I started my journey in Asia, where I’ve had the opportunity to dream, explore and live life to its fullest. I’ve worked as an ESL teacher, a lounge singer, an actress, and a jewelry designer in the past ten years.
Today, my husband and I are the folks behind Reach To Teach Recruiting, an ESL placement agency that specializes in placing teachers with esteemed teach abroad programs, Ministries of Education, and private schools all over the globe. I
I have also continued working in the professional publishing industry for many years as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer.
Oh, and I travelled a lot up until 2012 when Ankylosing Spondylitis robbed me of my ability to keep traveling the way we wanted to. We still travel, but we have had to change our traveling style greatly because of my health issues, which not only include AS, which is a type of spinal inflammatory arthritis, but also, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue and Myofascial Pain Syndrome and this year, early in 2017, the docs gave me a CRPS diagnosis.
In other words, my body is a complete mess and it is breaking down on me quickly now. The disease progress has sped up and there is no cure for any of the above-mentioned diseases.
In 2009, I was diagnosed with a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis, and if I had known then what I know now, I probably would’ve started blogging about it sooner.
You can read my story on the Faces of AS.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2014 as a secondary condition to AS, and shortly after that, my doctors added to my extensive medical records.
This is My Several Worlds, after all, so I chose to confront these issues here with a new section that focuses on living abroad and being chronically ill.
Being an expat abroad that is chronically ill has come with its own challenges, but there are many of us out there doing it and we are living life passionately despite our challenges.
Although I still accept freelance projects, collaborations and freelance assignments, I’m not as active in the types of travel writing that I used to do. I’m still writing and I’m still traveling, but I am also spending a lot of time writing about health advocacy.
In 2017, we had to take take some drastic measures to reduce my work output. I now work fully from home and I have been cutting back on the volunteer work with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan and Walk AS One, which are two organizations whose boards I serve on. Both organizations are all volunteer organizations. It breaks my heart to have to step back because I love the work I do with them, but my health is more important, and getting home to see my family is the most important thing to me and my husband right now.
If you have an inquiry, feel free to drop by Carrie Kellenberger.com or view my CV on LinkedIn for details on the kind of projects I’ve worked on. I am still taking freelance projects from time to time when I feel up to writing.
You can use my contact page to get in touch with me directly.
My Several Worlds was born in January 2007 as a basic travel blog documenting my travels and adventures in Asia.
Since then, it has grown into a travel information site that draws 95,000+ page views every month and over 50,000 unique visitors.
Founded by Canadian expat Carrie Kellenberger, My Several Worlds is an Asian travel guide that focuses on destinations, cultures and attractions in Asia, and a information site for ESL teachers and individuals who are considering moving overseas.
Carrie Kellenberger: Published travel articles and photography
You can find my written work and photography in a number of print and digital publications including: Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Unearthing Asia, Wandering Educators, Hip Compass Escapes, The Taipei Times, JPG, and Discover Taipei, to name a few.
Writer and Photography for:
- Exploring the World with Carrie Kellenberger (2009)
- Expat Interviews: A Canadian Globetrotter in Taiwan (2007)
- Phottix Photography Journal: Writer, Editor, Photography: Carrie Kellenberger (2009)
- Jet Set Citizen (2009)
- Happy Hotelier (2009)
- Be My Travel Muse – Interview with Carrie Kellenberger (2012)
- The Carey Adventures (2009)
- Go! Overseas (2009)
- Solo Female Traveler – Interview with an Expat (2009)
- You Can Teach English (2010)
- GoAbroad Interview on Teaching English Abroad (2017)
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. The thoughts, intentions and plans are my own opinion. For questions about this blog, please use the Contact page. This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I welcome reader comments. You can challenge me or disagree with me in the comments section of each blog entry. I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments).
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