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My husband and I relocated to the United Arab Emirates in the spring. There are a ton of great things about living here, but a key perk of living in the Middle East is that it’s a central hub for travel to Europe, Africa, and Asia. In August, there is a three-day holiday, and Sri Lanka seemed an optimal choice as it’s only a four-hour flight. Our original itinerary included an elephant safari as well as some beach time on Sri Lanka’s East coast; however, through a series of unfortunate events, the airport we needed to transfer to suddenly closed which meant we needed a new itinerary.  My husband decided to cancel, and I opted to fly solo and find alternative accommodations near Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. I found this great retreat online called, Earthlinks, surrounded by jungle but close to the west coast beaches which are famous for surfing…

This piece is by Kate Rose. It was published by Elephant Journal on August 12th, 2015. We thought it was well worth a share. You can see the original article here. To my sweet wild woman, I know why it hasn’t worked out with anyone else—you don’t need a man, but a goddamn warrior. You are the strength of Turkish coffee at sunrise darlin’ and don’t try to pretend that you’re not. You are one of the wild ones, and no matter how you tried to hide that fact, you can’t be anything other than what you are—and that’s okay. You are just as you are supposed to be, magnificently wild in all of your chaotic beauty. I know you’ve had your heart broken and I know that you don’t understand why it always seems to never work out, but I’ve finally figured it out: You don’t need a man,…

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…

The Sunday afternoons of my childhood were spent puking into plastic bags in backseat of a station wagon. Picture something quite similar to a scene right out one of the Family Vacation movies. But with puking. Lots and lots of puke. So. Much. … Okay, I think you get the picture. Did I mention how much fun it was? Sing-a-longs, bags of cheese curds, pulling over every 30 kilometres to take in the sights, sounds and smells. Hiking up Whiteface Mountain, crossing the border to watch large ocean liners trudge through the nearby locks at sunset or searching for frogs and snakes at good old Loch Garry. No adventure was ever too big or small for my parents. For they knew (or it just struck me that perhaps they absolutely never even considered it) they were igniting this insatiable desire for adventure in all of their three children. The same…

As a kid, I was always super excited when there was a treasure hunt. When Easter rolled around it was always the egg hunt I looked forward to most. I haven’t outgrown treasure hunting as an adult. I love Winners for that reason. I do enough errand shopping where I go in and purchase something specific. I like the idea of going in to find something unique without an agenda. Some of my favourite things have come from the most unlikely places. That’s part of what draws me to them in the first place. My Mom has the same outlook on shopping, so we often have ‘Winners Dates’ together. Winners can definitely deplete my funds though so we can’t do that all the time. My focus in photography is portraits with a vintage element, so I’ve been searching for awhile for different vintage pieces that I can incorporate. I’ve been…

What seems like forever ago, I used to own a collaborative studio for entrepreneurs and creatives. On a regular basis, I would host workshops and social events to connect people who were in the same headspace. You know the kind of people I’m talking about. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world by following their hearts and living their passion out loud. Welp, at one particular workshop there was a lovely young lady called Anick. If I’m not mistaken, she attended a social media for small business workshop. Quiet in nature, but loud in creative spirit, Anick was participating to build her business and did, she ever! Today, I ventured again to The Quirky Carrot to get some work done for the blog launch, and before I left the lovely little town of Alexandria, I made my way to Left & Write Paperie. The moment I…