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When I think about the seven plus billion people on earth, I can’t help but to wonder how they’re living, what we have in common, and what we can learn from each other.

Growing up, I dreamed of studying and living abroad, but I didn’t personally know anyone like me: a brown girl from Eastern North Carolina who was doing what I aspired to do (living abroad, learning languages, and exploring different cultures), so that dream got tucked away for years.

After I had done everything that folks expect you to do (e.g. go to college, graduate school, get a job, and if you’re lucky to have it, live for your annual one or two weeks of paid vacation etc.), I realized that life in the box wasn’t for me. I wanted to break free and pursue my own dreams.

A sociologist with a heart for traveling, it dawn on me, “What better way is there to learn about different societies than to experience life in nations that are different from the one I was socialized in?” 

In 2013, I moved to South Korea with the intention of staying for just one year, but love found me in Seoul, where I met my husband. A year later, we had a little princess and 22 months after Amira was born, we had Sabriya. In addition to becoming an expat mom of two, living overseas has made me rethink my socialization and broaden my perspective of the world.

In a nutshell, I’m forever changed by cultural immersion. “With so much variation in the world, what are the possibilities?”

I invite you to join me on my journey of cultivating a life built around my passion for people, travel, and writing and sharing stories. You can connect with me on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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  1. What a beautiful story! I can relate to this in that I grew up in Kenya and moved to Canada for university. I was only planning to be in Canada for the duration of my studies, but met my wonderful husband, got married, settled down and had kids! I think that living in another country is a priceless experience. You learn so much from other cultures and it really broadens your views. I look forward to reading more of your posts!:)

    • Hello, Malaika! I agree living abroad is a priceless experience and I am grateful for it. What I never expected was to meet my husband and to become a mother while living abroad and so, South Korea will always hold a special place in my heart. And being that Korean culture is so different from the one I grew up in, I have certainly become more flexible in my own thinking and how I view the world. Thank you for commenting and I look forward to following your journey, as well. 🙂

    • Hello, Amirah! Nice to meet you here and thank you for visiting, commenting and following. I am heading over to read your blog now. How long have you been living in Korea?

      • I’ve been here for just a little over a year now. It has its ups and downs, but overall I’m having a great time and loving the opportunities to explore Korea and travel to different parts of Asia.

        • That is good. I still can’t believe I have been here for nearly three years. Korea has a way of pulling folks in. I certainly have my moments of though of being done, but I do love the opportunities to explore Asia. There is so much I haven’t seen and still want to see.

          • Same!! I try to use every opportunity to get out and experience something new, although I’m pretty sure this will be my last year here in Korea

    • Hello, Hayley! Thank you for visiting and commenting. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay in responding. Heading over now to go and check out your blog.

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