Archive for August, 2011

August 22, 2011

Timing Is Everything

For a while now I have been wanting to write about timing – and how more often than not, timing is one of the most influencial factors for things to happen the way that they’re supposed to happen. I truly believe in and use the phrase quite a bit – but recent events over the past few days have proven once again to me that timing really is, everything. From little things like a friend’s text message during a really tough week that says, “Have a great week I miss you”, to the big things in life-like jobs, careers and the housing market (unfortunately for my condo), and of course; relationships. Recently, every single one of these examples has proven true either to me or to people I care the most about in my life. My sister recently got engaged – and for a woman who has such high expectations, independence, rationality and indecisiveness – timing was definitely everything for her as she was in the perfectly right place in her life to make the decision to marry him. And the decision came easily. Meanwhile, a friend of mine recently was offered a job that certainly is well-deserved, and her new position will do wonders for her career – but she had ‘put in her time’ and held more patience than I would ever have. She waited until the perfect timing and now holds an awfully outstanding and honorable position. And sometimes I interpret coincidences to also be more about ‘timing’, that maybe the combination of separate occurrences or feelings, is more about how they’ve each matured perfectly to happen at the same exact time. That maybe your perception of coincidence is ironic and unexpected but the reality is the occurrences or feelings go hand-in-hand. Like an apricot or banana that has to mature, the things that you want to happen in your life might just need a little bit more patience and nurturing before they can become the most tasty and ripe they can be. And once you see the right colors and feel the right texture, you’ll know once its ready. Now, this all sounds a little too melodramatic for my tasting and I’m really not trying to make anything more complicated than it has to be. All I’m saying is that life’s surprises can sometimes be the most fascinating events – so whether they are good events or bad, do not take them for granted. Maybe you just need to hold on, have some patience and look for the signs. Then one day, like me, you could wake up and boom! You will see why things have changed the way they have, that it’s time to move on, and that it is okay to be excited for what’s ahead. (Now I needed a cover band and Golden Boy Pizza followed by a surprise trip and game of bocce ball to realize my moment – but hey, to each their own right!?)

Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride” – Gary Allan

So keep your head up, soak up the the good and go along with the ride. One day you’ll see why.




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August 5, 2011

Happy Shark Week – My Caged Shark Diving Experience


It’s that time again – the BEST week of the year (Sorry Santa). Shark Week!!  One whole week of nothing but grueling shows about sharks from all over the world, the interesting facts that humans are constantly learning about these dynamic creatures, and unbelievable footage of attacks and shark behavior. As I’ve said before – I know everyone does claim to “LOVE” Shark Week. I log on to Facebook and everyone has updated their status to how intrigued they are by sharks and how AWESOME Shark Week is. Now, this does make me happy and I love that people love Shark Week, but I do also think that maybe some of you are lying and you don’t really watch much of Shark Week at all. (Unlike me, who is up at odd hours of the night and day to watch it). So I thought it fitting to write a post about how awesome Shark Week REALLY is – take it from someone who has both being scuba diving and caged diving with sharks. If you don’t believe me, I have pictures to prove it (naturally).

Sharks are not only beautiful, astonishing and captivating – they are by far the most misunderstood animal on the planet and are truly a significant part to the food chain, our oceans, and our world. And you don’t have to be a tree hugging, environment loving, clean air only kind-of-a guy to enjoy sea life, either. So whether you’re up for jumping in the murky waters of Florida, scuba diving with the unknown, getting face-to-face with a shark in cage, or maybe are a regular surfer or swimmer – learning about sharks and the world’s sea life can’t hurt. And Discovery Channel does an excellent job of making it easy for you – Shark Week has to be the number one watched campaign in the world.

I’m not going to lie – I still hold true to the fact that turtles are my favorite sea creature because for me, diving with turtles is the most calming and inspiring experience I’ve ever had. But this isn’t turtle week, it’s Shark Week. And sharks are also fascinating to me. But I don’t want it to come across as if I am some shark expert or even a diving expert. I only have 16 dives under my belt, and have only been shark caged diving once (so far…). Living in landlocked Phoenix, Arizona wasn’t exactly conducive to my underwater hobby – but since my scuba certification in 2006 I have been lucky enough to go on at least one dive trip a year. So far my dive trips have taken me to Mexico, Hawaii, Barbados and the Dominican Republic. I plan to continue diving for as long as I can, traveling to new waters as often as I can, and discovering as much as I can about the underwater life.

Now, on to the caged shark dive (I’m sure most of you only read this post so you could read about it and see the pictures). In 2009, an innocent scuba diving trip with ASU Scuba to Oahu, Hawaii turned into a scuba diving, sky diving and caged shark diving trip within a matter of days. I guess that’s what happens when you get Adam Grazer, Laura Kennedy, Rebecca Lovell, Reed Festing-Smith, Mike Thomas and myself and others, together for a few days. As if our 7 dives to the ocean floor weren’t enough, we decided to jump out of a plane (my 10th jump!), and of course, get into a cage with shark infested water. Our first attempt at caged diving didn’t work due to bad stormy weather, the company wouldn’t take us out no matter how much we begged and pleaded. The second attempt on the next day, the weather was just as bad, but I guess we begged and pleaded enough because even with the rain, murky waters, and 15 foot swells – they took us out nonetheless. (Mom, I hope you’re not reading this). So into the chummed water we go, with swells pushing the cage around like a rag doll, and unfortunately bad visibility. In fact, visibility was so bad that we couldn’t even see the sharks until they were 3-4 feet in front of our faces. Yup, you didn’t know where they were coming from until they were close enough to touch, which for us adventure junkies only added to the excitement. But oh, they were beautiful. They were cautious, curious and careful. We saw Sandbar and Galapagos sharks. And they only made me love the ocean even more. While I realize that caged shark diving and even scuba diving,  is not for everyone – if you are even considering either activity, please take my word for it and DO IT. There is an entire world down there that is so different, so fascinating, and liberating that it really is a unbelieveable experience. For those of you who prefer to stay on land, I’ll just have to keep diving and then writing and photographing to give you the experience. Maybe I’ll also write about my skydiving trips too.. but its Shark Week, not Sky Diving Week.

So please, if you haven’t already seen Shark Week, check it out on Discovery Channel and take a look at the website: Otherwise, here are just a few pictures from my 2009 caged dive trip in Hawaii.

Enjoy, thanks for reading and Happy Shark Week!

Love, Chianne

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