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Feminine Energy

A new chapter has definitely started, I am not quite sure when things changed but I feel a renewed power in myself that only comes from getting back up after you have been down. I have SO much more clarity about my life, my purpose and how amazing I am that I am now look back a little bit in gratitude for those really fucking difficult moments I had over the last year. I can just feel this new chapter is…

Balance and Focus

I was on the phone with Mark earlier and along with some sage advice about life, he told me I needed to remember to write, so that is why I am here. Life has officially shifted into a new perspective for me, the turbulence, starting last summer, intensifying in November and coming to a head at the beginning of this year has now subsided and a new balance has emerged for me. I feel more content with my life and my direction…

The Valleys of Life

I am in a valley and I just need to accept that. This valley has lasted longer than I have wanted it too. At this point, I wanted to be starting my ascent for the top of another mountain but instead, I feel like I am wandering across a vista in search of that mountain. I have felt really out of place before, like a misfit, but this time it feels different. Instead of running away I am trying to stand…

Killing the Ego

I have been doing a lot of inner work recently after coming to the hard-fought conclusion that all my struggles with life are internal and have absolutely nothing to do with what is happening around me. My mission right now is to understand the inner working of the mind and find a way to silence my ego and see my true self that lies beyond. This sort of sounds like some hippy bullshit but I would beg to argue that…

Closed Heart, Open Mind

Every time I think I am ready to start dating and I take steps to make that happen, I am reminded why I am grateful to be single. There are a lot of guys out there in this world, and while I am sure there are some with whom I would probably be really happy, I think I am just more cautious than ever to actually start something. When I was in my early 20s it was sort of easy…

Why I Left Academia and Life Moving Forward

Something that has come with age for me has been acceptance of the fact that I am not a person who can settle. I am an enthusiastic liver of life and I dive into new adventures and opportunities with great enthusiasm and zeal, but when those things no longer serve to better my life I am not afraid to set it down and walk away. This is who I am. I know this can frustrate people in my life, especially those…

Turkey and Greece

Two years ago my sister, dad and I were lucky enough to accompany my stepmom on one of her trips to Greece and Turkey. For those of you that don't know Marilyn (my step-mom) owns an incentive travel company where she organises incentive trips for big business. She also has a leisure division called WOW travel where she designs similar trips but for friends and non-business related people. These trips are high-end and usually have some element of surprise and adventure. She…

What Matters

  The following was written at the beginning of December 2016 but was never posted. After starting this post I went through a complete... what do I want to call it... crisis state, where I began to re-evaluate my whole life. I want to post this because it was the spark that has started a revolution in my life (which I plan to write more on this week).  I went back and forth deactivating and reactivating my social media, half…

Self Reliance

Self-reliance is when you live alone in a foreign country where you don't have any close friends or family and you get sick.  It is taking care of yourself when you have a fever and a sore throat, playing two roles simultaneously as caregiver and receiver because you have no other option. It's getting up to make yourself tea or soup or fill the hot water bottle when you can barely function enough to get out of bed but those are things you need.…