Reader of the Month

Hi guys! Just want to let you all know about my new “Reader of the Month” page. Each month I will feature one of my blog reader’s and his or her story in a post like this one, as well as under this new page. Although one reader will be featured per month, his or her article will then remain on the blog. The first reader of the month is Carl Honeysett and you can read the inspiring article he wrote below:

Carl Honeysett

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What’s up World!? My name is Carl and I’m a travelling volunteer who runs a blogsite/website called “Volunteering Abroad.” I grew up in the amazingly safe and beautiful country known as Australia. My hometown is even safer and more beautiful (The Sunshine Coast, Queensland), where opportunities and lifestyles are handed on a silver platter. I’ve since left the comforts of my Australian coastal surfing hometown to give, inspire, learn, adapt, share & teach abroad. I made a decision to volunteer and help others instead of chasing monetary wealth in a pointless rat race. I haven’t always made good choices and I’m glad to be on the right side of life now. Let me tell you about my journey so far.

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When I was 17 my brother died in a motorbike accident. Obviously this was difficult to deal with and even more so because I had recently/stupidly ‘dropped’ out of my final year of school. I had previously been in and out of homes due to issues with divorced parents. I just couldn’t seem to get anything right. All of these things happening at once mixed with an adolescent/arrogant teenage attitude resulted in me living on the streets, just three months after my brother passed away. Things from there got worse. I got involved with teenage gangs, fights and drugs. I was breaking into houses and cars to pay for drugs and food. I went to court several times and saw friends go in and out of jail. During this time, I wasn’t talking to any family and it wasn’t until I was 19 that I spoke to them again. That’s when things finally started to get better. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I had a fully repaired relationship with my family and now at 24 I’m happy to say it’s all in the past.

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Last year, I decided to focus the rest of my life, career and/or spare time helping people in unfortunate positions and hardships. I also want to encourage people to travel, volunteer and leave their comfort zones, especially those who have made or are making the wrong decisions. The homeless, hungry, sad, beaten, angry, hurt, selfish, immature or lost are simply misunderstood people who have been dealt the shit cards in life or just need somebody to help/care. I know this all too well, though I’ve been through nothing compared to billions of others. It’s estimated that one fifth of the world’s population falls below poverty line standards. If I don’t do something about that crap, then who will?! In short, I want to volunteer, help others, teach others from my mistakes and take an army with me whilst doing it.

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I volunteered in Cambodia at the start of this year for 5 months as an English teacher, which can only be described as the best decision I have ever made in my life and anyone else’s! This lead me to create my website, Volunteering Abroad. The site focuses on helping people start their volunteering projects. Many of us have the desire to volunteer but don’t know where to start and subsequently give up. Those who do follow through with the idea can sometimes make bad decisions, which I try to eliminate; others just need a little inspiration. The site has pages with inspirational and wise quotes. There’s information on how to get started with volunteering and pages on where to volunteer. There are also heaps of stories from travel experiences too. It amplifies the seriousness of volunteering overseas, but magnifies the fun to be had while doing it.

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Just to clarify, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of a few key people. One is a friend who gave me a place to live when I was on the streets. A few more friends helped along the way too, and of course my family is now the cornerstone of what I do. I want to thank Christine for allowing me to share my story, along with my mission. It’s now time for me to “Pay it Forward.”  With the risk of sounding preachy or corny, I’d just like to add that when I’m selfless and humble enough, I take the time to thank god for the oppourtunity I’ve been given to do something that matters. It’s more blessed to give than it is to receive, trust me. Check out Volunteering Abroad and have fun!

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78 Responses to Reader of the Month

  1. tinabrenee says:

    Absolutely amazing, awe-inspiring and incredibly encouraging! Thanks for sharing this reader and thank you, Carl, for taking on the challenge of turning your life around rather than lying down and giving up. What a beautiful and powerful legacy you are building!

  2. Wonderful!! such a great choice for us to read, thank you. It is really refreshing seeing youths inspired to give back and to teach many along the way. Namaste, Oliana

  3. Amazing!!! Absolutely fantastic!!!! Sending positive vibes to you!!!! People like you make this world a better place 🙂

  4. penpowersong says:

    Great, Carl…keep it up. The world needs people like you!

  5. Steven says:

    Hey, Carl. Your story is inspirational, and thanks for sharing. Many people suffer adversity in life, and many more need help to get through it. You got through yours with the help of giving people and your own courage, and now dedicate your time to do, as you say, pay it forward. Respect, brother.

  6. wonderfully inspiring I am so glad you found calling in life

  7. Carl you are an inspiration. Good for you for pulling yourself up and for making amazing choices in your life now, trying to pay it forward.
    Christine, what a great idea. Thank you for connecting special people with your readers and allowing them to tell their stories.

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  9. Reblogged this on Traces of the Soul and commented:
    An inspiring article about an amazing young man!! Oliana

  10. michd74 says:

    Thank you for sharing this uplifting story. Carl thank you for making the hard but necessary choices needed to turn your life around and help others.

  11. so good to see someone turn their life around, what a story of hope and inspiration for others.

  12. What an incredible person and an amazing story. Thank you so much fir sharing Carl, and Christine for this tremendous idea. I’m so glad you visited my blog – now I have a fabulous one to follow – and learn from. Cheers Susan

  13. Thankyou so much Christine for sharing this story. I look forward to working with you in the future! I think together we can do some pretty awesome things! Thankyou to everyone for taking the time to read my story and keep following 🙂 Cheers!

  14. A reason for everything so beautifully portrayed. X

  15. Reblogged this on VOLUNTEERING ABROAD and commented:
    My short life story and how I became a volunteer as featured on Christines website. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy.

  16. Hey Christine, what a great idea and you certainly found an inspiring reader to spotlight. Wonderful way to spread the word.

  17. terriaw says:

    Wow, what a phenomenal story. Such a treat to get to know more about someone like Carl. Very inspiring post!

  18. klrs09 says:

    What a fantastic story. Thank you for profiling it. Will definitely check out his site.

  19. This is so great! Thank you both so much for sharing this inspiring story, and for reminding the rest of us what it means to be truly human.

  20. partonsvite says:

    Thank you for posting this! It’s amazing to hear stories such as these, which restore our faith in humanity!

  21. tcap36 says:

    Reblogged this on Depression Sucks!.

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  23. writerlauren says:

    Carl’s story is very inspiring- thanks for featuring him on your blog. To do what he’s done and draw a positive lesson from hardship is, in my mind, one of the most spiritual things that can be done.

  24. kristilynk says:

    Such a great idea and thank you so much for sharing!

  25. potretbikers says:

    Nice & Beautifuel Landscape… 😀

  26. Wow I love Carl’s story! Great blog by the way. Very inspiring and positive, which is what I like! Much love. ♥

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  28. bhavanarakho says:

    Thanks for featuring Carl’s inspiring story. I totally agree that we are more blessed when we give to others. Generosity of spirit is sharing and showing how much we care. Life is such a wonderful journey.

  29. veraoleks says:

    Great turn around, what an inspiring story! Way to go!!

  30. Lotus Mama says:

    What a lovely idea to feature a Reader of the Month…and a fantastic one to start with!! Carl, you have a very inspirational story. You are helping others not only with your volunteering and mentoring but by sharing your experiences. Just wonderful all around 🙂

  31. ConfusedTeen says:

    Carl, it’s like you’re a reminder, to all those struggling out there that life gets better. You seized control and now you’re doing wonderfully awesome things. Your story is a allegory of hope and love; I hope I’ll be at least half the person you are! Good luck and if you ever need a hand in France, contact me 😀

  32. Beautiful, beautiful piece to share. I enjoyed reading through your Light-loving blog a great deal. Thanks for following my Tales for Life blog-I am returning the favor! Regards and blessings.

  33. Keith Maginn says:

    What a great story. Carl is an inspiration! Very glad I read this!!

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    I blog often and I genuinely appreciate your content.
    This great article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to
    book mark your site and keep checking for new information about once per week.
    I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

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