Meet Carmel

Carmel L Mooney

Carmel L. Mooney has been a life coach since 1989 where she first began coaching in the areas of her deepest passions which included: writing, publishing, travel, functional nutrition, wellness, and special needs.

A former Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Massage Therapist since 1989, Carmel also served, in the 90’s, on the Nutritional Advisory Board for Beale Air Force Base, and helped to open and manage the Fitness Center at McClellan Air Force Base.

Carmel L Mooney on a comped travel writing trip to Lake Powell.
Carmel on a comped travel writing trip to Lake Powell.

Carmel has published many books and over 5000 articles in national magazines and newspapers pertaining to travel, comped travel, nutrition, publishing, parenting, service animals, and Christian issues, just to name a few.

She has coached thousands through her seminars and private coaching practice, on how to travel the world, free of cost, through travel writing and by teaching overseas. In 2002 she founded Money the Write Way, just for this purpose.

Carmel’s youngest daughter was severely and profoundly vaccine injured and as a result, Carmel’s passion for and commitment to the special needs community has grown and Carmel has coached hundreds of families in special needs advocacy, biomedical interventions, IEPs, IPPs, functional nutrition, essential oils, Gluten Free and Casein Free diet implementation, and in the acquisition, training, and maintenance of ADA compliant service animals.

She has also personally trained over 50 service animals (mobility, diabetic alert, seizure alert, and autism) as well as led 4H service animal chapters, and has trained veterinary students in service animal protocol at UC Davis, since 2011.

One of over 50 service animals Carmel Mooney has trained for a special needs family.
One of over 50 service animals Carmel has trained for a special needs family.

In 2007, Carmel also became trained and certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention and through the state of California she was also Certified as a level 4i Administrator for Care Homes for the Developmentally Disabled. She has coached families on these and countless other resources and options including residential care. In 2007 she founded Carmel’s Homes of Hope for Special Children, Inc.

Carmel L Mooney and one of her children touring Jasper National Park, Canada.
Carmel and one of her children touring Jasper National Park, Canada.

Carmel is also a volunteer for Crisis Response International, a non-profit that serves disaster victims all over the world. Carmel has trained and ministered in deliverance and disaster relief through CRI.

She has also formed non-profit organizations and for-profit corporations, and coached others in the process of forming non-profits and charities. Carmel has also sat on the Board of Directors for several Special Needs 501c3 charities, assisting and coaching special needs families in procuring grants for their Special Needs children, totaling over 3 million dollars, for biomedical interventions, respite, and cutting edge therapies, since 2004.

Carmel L Mooney co-hosting a radio show on travel, dining, and entertainment.
Carmel co-hosting a radio show on travel, dining, and entertainment.

Carmel has hosted and co-hosted three radio shows since 1995 where she has entertained and informed her audiences with regard to travel, entertainment, dining, nutrition, wellness, special needs, autism, and lifestyle. She is often an expert guest on various television outlets.

Carmel taught cooking classes for nearly a decade. She also produced 33 cooking videos for Paul Deen, judged the World Canning Championship in 2001, coauthored a cookbook, and her culinary, home, garden, and lifestyle talents have been featured in Taste of Home Cookbook, Grit Magazine, County Magazine, Taste of Home Magazine, and Mother Earth News.

Carmel L. Mooney on a Comped press trip to the Ice Hotel in Quebec.
Comped press trip to the Ice Hotel in Quebec.

Carmel has written a dozen columns over the past two decades covering family travel, couples travel, luxury travel, parenting, dining, golfing, dogs, and more in national magazines and newspapers, with over 5000 articles published.

Carmel L Mooney and one of her friends on a comped travel writing cruise to the West Indies.
Carmel and one of her friends on a comped travel writing cruise to the West Indies.

She is also a past member and attendee of the North America Travel Journalist Association, and Travel Media Showcase. She has been a speaker, teacher, and presenter for the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association, Outdoor Writers Association of California, Society of American Travel Writers, the Writers League of Texas, and Sierra Writers. She has taught Travel Writing and other journalism courses, as a part time instructor at Sierra College, Butte College, Solano College, Placer School for Adults, Always Learning, The Learning Exchange, The Magnum Group, as well as many online platforms.

Carmel Mooney on a comped travel writing press trip.
Carmel on a comped travel writing press trip.

Carmel began travel blogging in 2007.

Carmel served as the Co-Administrator of Faith Christian Academy from 2005-2016. She holds a California Teaching Credential and taught in the San Juan Unified School District from 1998-1999.

Carmel is available in person or via Skype, Zoom, Any Meeting, or by telephone for coaching. She coaches individually as well as groups.

Carmel Mooney enjoys acting in local theater.
Carmel enjoys acting in local theater.

Carmel enjoys traveling the world for free as a travel writer and when she isn’t traveling she enjoys local theater acting, kayaking, ballroom dancing, salsa dancing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), creating fermented foods and beverages, ice skating, boating, organic vegetable gardening, knitting, sewing, and spending time with friends and family.

Since 1993, Carmel has been hosted on over 900 comped trips (over one million dollars in FREE travel) as a member of the working media and through her books and classes and coaching, has been teaching her clients and students how to do the same, since 1999.

Carmel Mooney and her co-host broadcast a live remote travel tour for their radio show.
Carmel and her co-host broadcast a live remote travel tour for their radio show.

While attending Texas A&M University, in the Master’s of Social Work Program, with the original goal of going into private counseling practice as an LCSW, Carmel quickly realized her gifts and expertise were better served as a Certified Master Christian Life Coach where she has the flexibility to serve her clients globally and nationally with greater flexibility and without geographical restraints. Carmel loves to share, with her Life Coaching clients, how perceived closed doors, U-turns, and setbacks can actually be the greatest gifts and catalysts in recognizing and accomplishing our true purpose and calling.

Carmel is a Certified Master Christian Life Coach  who coaches holistically and has coached several thousand clients since 1989, in multiple areas including, but not limited to: abundance, publishing, wellness, fitness, parenting, homeschooling, autism & special needs, deliverance, and comped travel writing. Carmel is also a Certified Professional Organizer and enjoys offering organizational and productivity coaching and insight whenever beneficial for her clients.