Ever since I left the city

It’s been awhile since my last post – I’ve been a little off the grid. There’s so much to do and see and discover. And in the few moments where I actually do have time to myself to sit down and write, there’s this overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start because there’s so much…

Birds of a feather

When I made the decision to come to Dubai there was one specific friend I knew I had to talk to before discussing it without anyone else. Not only is he quite possibly the most likeminded/adventurous friend of mine; but he’s also the person who always seems to have the right answers when I need…

Get out of your own way

So an astounding number of people have been reading these posts and sending me messages. These messages fall into three categories: the “wow you’re so brave, I wish I could do that” messages. the “why on earth would you move to the Middle East” messages. the “how on earth are you affording this” messages. Firstly, you…

You’ve already won me over, Dubai

It’s officially been 5 days, and I finally feel like I’m somewhat settling in. I’ve lived in many, many places but Dubai is obviously quite different. It reminds me a lot of the wealthy areas of Miami or LA – sprawling, tropical, lots of money, even more traffic. Dubai is a really young city and as a…

Helsinki, I’m into you

Of all the travel advice I’ve been given, the best thing I’ve been told is to be strategic about layovers. For years and years I avoided them (I mean, airlines give you that “direct flights only” box for a reason right?); however, being open to layovers and extending them to allow enough time to actually…

New year, new city, same me

I was extremely fortunate to be born into a family of travellers. I took my first passport photo at the ripe age of two weeks old; lived in six cities across North America and Europe before my 12th birthday; and attended thirteen schools before I turned 18. This has undoubtedly contributed to my innate inability to…

Closing Chapter 2015

It has always been extremely important to me to gain as much knowledge as possible from experiences in my life. A few months ago, however, I realized that many of the life experiences I identified as positive and true were almost inauthentic as a result of me pre-determining (I’m a planner by nature) them to…

Things I’ve learned

We live in a time where social media accounts (of people we don’t even know) make the rest of us feel inadequate more often than not. With that being said, I decided to share some of the “Things I’ve Learned” over the past few months – because in the chaos of our day to day lives I…

Leap of faith

I came across a quote recently that said “the destination is not what’s important; what’s important is the journey.” We are urged throughout our life to be cautious and aware of our actions. But sometimes, we need to let loose, we need to take chances and risks. Trial and error is an important part of our social development…

The space around me

Finding the perfect time and perfect place to write is not as easy as it seems. The hardest part is not the choice of space or moment, but rather a combination of the two. Your surroundings must stimulate a desire for creativity and simultaneously provide an outlet for your expression. I find being around other…

Solitude

Many people believe that choosing to be alone is cause for concern; and without a doubt, companionship and the process of giving and receiving love is one of the most necessary things in life. However, over the last few years I have firmly believed that I would rather be alone than be in a relationship that…

Why I write

From an early age I made it a habit to jot down my thoughts and feelings. Sadly, I stopped writing during my university years (when I was told I had to write). I feel as if I lost the only outlet that helped keep me sane. I’m hoping that this new journey will allow me the opportunity to…