hotel livin’

A sometimes inevitable part of the expat experience is a prolonged hotel stay. We’re now going on almost a month (minus the 3 nights we spent in our flat before we moved out) with another three weeks to go in our current place. The previous month was spent in hotels in Belgium, a little extended … More hotel livin’

those nonnegotiable parts of yourself – vision boarding

Six months ago, my husband was out of the country for a wedding and on a Saturday afternoon I invited a group of ladyfriends over to do some vision boarding. The email started with a disclaimer – “I know this may not be your thing, but hear me out…” and I was surprised when nearly … More those nonnegotiable parts of yourself – vision boarding

a new story, not a continuation of where we were before

  Over the last two years of living overseas, it has not been uncommon to wake up in the morning and feel a bit confused about where and who I am. “I’m in Abu Dhabi. In the Middle East. With my husband. Oh yeah, I’m married now. That happened too.” This regular recalibration sometimes happens throughout the … More a new story, not a continuation of where we were before

something completely amazing and mildly traumatic

I recently wrote a piece for Sass magazine’s online content (“Living an Expat Life“); a short-and-sweet 500 word listicle that I agonized over for three weeks before sending in. As far as freelancing goes, it was one of the more difficult pieces I’ve ever written. Because – -it seems cosmically appropriate that during this time I not … More something completely amazing and mildly traumatic

it’s temporary and will soon slip into something else

We are in the throes of a very strange Abu Dhabi winter here in the desert. Temperatures have barely climbed out of the 60’s, dipping down into the 50’s at night, with clouds building across the sky. CLOUDS! It’s insanity. And it makes me so happy. Everyone here is terribly disappointed, because the Abu Dhabi … More it’s temporary and will soon slip into something else

travel break – Vietnam

Still adjusting back to life after holidays, guests, and a spectacular trip to Vietnam with good friends. This means work and laundry and grocery shopping and all of those mundane things that seem so impossibly tiring after a vacation. In the meantime, please enjoy some snaps of the incredible country that is Vietnam. For reference, … More travel break – Vietnam