A little about Carmel

I really don’t know if starting this blog was a good idea. I already have too much to do. According to Margaret Lobenstine’s description, I’m a Renaissance Soul http://www.togetunstuck.com/ . A Renaissance Soul, to put it very briefly, is a person “with too many passions to pick just one”. This can be a serious handicap, especially when (like me) a person reaches their ‘autumn’ years and has accumulated a list of Things to do Before They Die which would take several lifetimes to complete.

But I’m not sure if you want to know all that. Anyone interested in personality descriptions might also like to check out the Enneagram http://www.enneagramworldwide.com/ . Enneagram 7s are Renaissance Souls.

So, back to what I was saying … I already have too much to do. Yet one is advised that a blog should be updated at least 2 or 3 times a week. Good grief! Don’t people have anything else to do! When do people have time to read other people’s blogs if they spend so much time writing their own?

Anyway, to justify the title of this post, I suppose I’d better supply some information about me (ie Carmel).

I live in Brisbane, capital city of Queensland, Australia – in a small but charming pre-war house in an inner-city suburb.


You already know I’m of ‘mature’ age, which is no guarantee of actual maturity. I’ll have trouble having a second childhood because I haven’t really finished the first one yet (some would say that’s typical of Enneagram 7s, but they’re just jealous).

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I thought I did … until I resigned from my graphic design position at a certain educational institution two years ago. At that time I was pretty sure I wanted to be a maker of artist books (do a Google search on ‘artist books’ if you don’t know what that means). I’d been dabbling in artist books for years, and it seemed to bring together a number of my major interests – writing, photography, playing with textures, design etc. However, since I resigned I’ve made very few books. I’ve been distracted by digital storytelling, making jewellery, artist dolls, and now this blogging thing.

I need focus. So where’s the focus button?


5 thoughts on “A little about Carmel

  1. “when (like me) a person reaches their ‘autumn’ years and has accumulated a list of Things to do Before They Die which would take several lifetimes to complete.”

    Well I think that having a terrifyingly long list of things which you must do before you die is a good way of living forever…

  2. I was quite excited by that comment, Del, but then a voice (I suppose it was the Dragonfairy) said “And how, pray, are you going to FUND living forever?”

  3. I can relate to your “Renaissance woes” as I, too, have too many interests and difficulty in focusing.

    Thanks for the link to the Enneagram site. Their types are a little different from what I’ve seen before. Previously I was pegged as a 4 – The Individualist. Without taking their test (yet) to confirm, that makes me a Romantic here. The description certainly seems to fit.

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