The only thing that I am not ready for are the posts and articles that continue to pop up everywhere that are talking about how to have a “healthier” holiday this year. What does that even mean? It always seems to be about how to cut back, control, label and define your consumption.Read More
As this extroverted introvert, I have found that hosting is quite similar to performing. I didn’t grow up in a family that hosted a lot of big gatherings, dinner parties or events save from birthdays and the major holidays (and even those were pretty intimate groups, more often than not). However, moving to Morocco and finding myself landed in the middle of a boisterous Moroccan family who are now my own kin, I quickly learned that graceful hosting and true hospitality were mandatory skills to acquire.Read More
This week it is all about the recipe, because how it came to be is a sort-of metaphor for the way I live my daily life. Attempting to bring two separate things together. Merging worlds, blending cultures, greeting my present with my past.Read More
Our lives are often marked by ritual. When we look back on our most memorable events, they are usually centered around holidays, large shifts, and general points of transition. For years, I grew up with that regular annual ritual of The End of Summer.Read More
There is a time for writing and analyzing and a time for moving and feeling. Heat tends to make me mentally more sluggish and lethargic, so it only makes sense that my physical self is picking up the slack.Read More
Yesterday marked this blog’s two year anniversary, counting from the very first post I wrote back in 2016. While two years is not that long in the grand scheme of things, I have to say I am quite proud of myself for sticking with this. It is pretty wonderful to be able to see the amount of change and growth that has happened in a relatively short time period.Read More
I am grateful for my own ability to adapt to situations and groups because in many ways it has served me well in traveling and living in a different culture. However, that surface level of only revealing certain acceptable parts of ourselves gets quite draining after a while, especially if you’ve been doing it sporadically since 6th grade. I believe that those random interests that delight us have value- it’s about time to own it all and eliminate the term “guilty pleasure” from our everyday vocabulary.
There is a conversation that I feel like I have been having a lot lately, resonating even more in light of turning a year older this past week. It is on the subject of finding that fine balance between hard work and surrender.Read More