Holidays can be really strange when you’re an expat. On the one hand, my Facebook and Instagram feeds are jammed with photos from traditional celebrations back home. On the other hand, I’m faced with the reality of celebrating abroad.The contrast in my brain is just ... weird. Before I go further, let me say—I’m blessed … Continue reading Finding Joy When the Holidays Aren’t So Merry
“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.” - Hildegard of Bingen Lately I've … Continue reading Embrace the Terror, Turn the Key: Conquering Fear to Find Your Voice
As women in a success-oriented culture, we’re expected to have results to show for everything we do. But sometimes the most powerful practices are the ones that don’t bring a tangible result... except for our own joy and happiness. What if those results are enough?
I love sitting in silence inside old churches in Europe. Though my home church's meeting place in Dubai looks nothing these cavernous galleries of marble and gold, I find so much value in this ancient style of church design. Old European churches may not do much to inspire you toward an intimate personal experience with … Continue reading What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)
I was one of those weird children who was obsessed things no one else bothers to know ever even existed. By the time I was in high school, I knew more about dead medieval scholars than most adults twice my age. And I had a bit of a literary crush who was, shall we say, … Continue reading My Overpriced Coffee Date with a Dead Renaissance Scholar (AKA: Just Another Day in Basel, Switzerland)
I didn’t plan on spending five or six weeks of my spring 2018 in the mountains of Colorado. Not that I’m complaining, mind you: spring in Colorado is gorgeous. Witnessings the transformation into spring is even more of a marvel. But it wasn’t on my plan. (Hello, that’s why I call myself a “recovering control … Continue reading That Time Spring Hit the Colorado Rockies (And My Life)
I was 30 years old when I walked out of the highest-paying job I ever hoped to hold. In the preceding months, I had done everything I could to ensure my success. I hired a business coach. Got a business plan together. And even started getting beta clients for my new business's first service package, so … Continue reading Are You as a Woman Really Ready to Start Your Own Business?
NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Anyone who knows me well knows how much I hate the process of … Continue reading Little Paper Pieces: On the Tearing Up and Rewriting of Your Life
NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Every year I have great plans for February. And every year, they get … Continue reading Get Your Story Straight, and the Rest Will Follow
When I arrived in the United Arab Emirates, people back in the U.S. were asking me quite frequently, “What are you eating?” For the most part, my answers were pretty routine. Rice. Curry. Fruit and Yogurt. Samosa. Rice. Curry. Fruit and Yogurt. Samosa. Rice. Curry ... Okay, you get the idea. But there were … Continue reading Guacamole With a Side of Masala: Adventures in Fusion Cuisine