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After years of remaining tightly wound, yet perfectly safe on the clearest path towards the future (or at least, A future), I knew I had to do it. I had to pull the pin and toss the grenade into the centre of my life; the safety, the security, the knowing. Oh gosh, that knowing. However, want to know what lives outside of that knowing? Outside of your comfort zone? Absolutely everything. All of your hopes, your dreams and all of the amazing things you once believed were beyond your reach, “are meant for someone else/someone braver/someone more deserving” or the things that you have always been told, “that isn’t real life.” I am living proof that it is. It can be real life. But, sometimes you have to pull the damn pin. Now, please don’t get me wrong: I don’t mean that if you are in a wonderful career/relationship/[fill in…

All my life, I waited to plan the trip. All my life, I waited for the perfect time to go.  For the perfect season.  For the perfect conditions.  For the perfect amount of money. All my life, I waited for permission. Where would he like to go? Oh no, he won’t like that. What about this place? No? Okay…this one? No.  Well, maybe some other time.  Maybe next year.  Maybe when the stars align, and he actually wants to do something.  Anything.  Yes, then for sure. And so the cycle continued.  Me, pushing my soul’s deepest desires away.  Down.  So far down.

On March 15, 2018, I said goodbye to Canada and moved to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is nestled between Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Gulf which sounds super scary, but is paradoxically, incredibly safe.  Abu Dhabi is also extravagantly wealthy, a glittering jewel in the heat of the desert. Even with oil prices down, there is still no income tax which means you can save loads of cash (assuming you don’t get sucked into the spending vortex that so many do). For those of us with the travel itch, Africa, Europe, India, and South East Asia are all a few hours away, so it’s also an ideal home base. As for the weather, while the summers are oppressively hot and muggy (high 40s with high humidity), the rest of the year is warm and sunny.  By warm and sunny, I…

My name is Karine, and I’ve been a closet hopeless romantic my entire life. I’m sure you’re wondering why someone would need to conceal such a thing, but I always have. I secretly like sappy movies and poems about love, but have always preferred to share my interest in Rocky Balboa or books on how to give less fucks. Now, that doesn’t mean that I romanticize everything. Quite the contrary. I’m a realist most of the time, and it’s no different when it comes to love and relationships. My pals are great, but sometimes the ideas and expectations they set for themselves and their partners are entirely unrealistic. I think that’s why I enjoyed the book Things I Would Like to Do with You, by Waylon Lewis so much. We all love to love, but what does love really look like? It’s certainly not perfect. It isn’t always kind or…