“To hold your world together”

Since I moved away from home about 6 years ago, I've found that I rarely miss my family. We stay well connected through social media and phone calls, and I am usually busy enough that I don't miss them between those interactions. But when I'm sick, or having a hard day, that's when I miss... Continue Reading →

The Last Time

I can't help it. Every time I leave a place, I start thinking about how "this is the last time I'll be doing this". The last time walking to the office. The last time buying groceries at that particular grocery store. The last time meeting a friend in a particular place. About a month ago,... Continue Reading →

Nothing to See Here

"and one day you come back/and everything you drive past/makes you wonder why you swore for all those years/that there was nothing to see here"   I think almost anyone from a small town will tell you that there is nothing there. Nothing to do. Nothing to see. Just... nothing. And for the longest time... Continue Reading →

Christmas from Halfway Around the World

December has always been magic to me, and is one of my favorite times of the year. But being overseas, it's different. Yes, it's getting cold. A different cold than back home, but still. Yes, many coffee shops and restaurants have Christmas trees set up, especially those located in expat or tourist areas of Kathmandu.... Continue Reading →

Homesick

“You will find yourself wanting to leave and go home at the same time, and there is nothing you can do about this.” ― Charlotte Eriksson I pride myself on my ability to be strong. I’ve proven to myself again and again that I have the strength to get through things and be okay. And... Continue Reading →

Canada Day

Today, Canada is celebrating it's 152nd birthday. And this year is the first time in my life I haven't been in Canada for this celebration. This year, I am in a village in rural Nepal, the only Canadian (that I know of) for miles. Most people don't know anything about Canada besides that a family... Continue Reading →

Defining Home

Since I left Manitoba in 2014, I have been struggling to pin down what home means to me. Home. Where I was born and raised? Where I currently live? Where I've spent most of my adult life? Each of these questions has a different answer. A drastically different answer for that matter. Because in some... Continue Reading →

Living Abroad: What No One Talks About

There is no doubt that traveling and living in another country, for any amount of time is incredibly special, but I think many people have glamorized it. Everyone talks about the wonderful things that we see, the people we meet, the fantastic food we get to eat. We post photos on social media of beautiful... Continue Reading →

Just Like Coming Home

As we descended through the clouds, I saw that hill that was visible from my old apartment. The one my friend and I had climbed. The highest point in the Kathmandu Valley. That familiar sight caused me to tear up, my eyes still welling with tears as the plane touched down, minutes later. I was... Continue Reading →

I’d Rather Go

Many people my age are starting to settle down. Getting real adult jobs, getting married, and having children. And if I'm being honest, the thought of that is terrifying. But that is the norm, or to me it seems like it is. When I was in Nepal I was often asked if I was married,... Continue Reading →

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