Freedom

The Cult of Breastfeeding

There’s a dirty, shameful word in the parenting community that, once uttered, condemns you into the annals of bad motherhood forever. The F word. That word is… Formula. If you choose to feed your child formula instead of breastmilk, be prepared to be shamed within an inch of your life. Ever since the World Health Organization declared breastmilk to be the gold standard, feeding your kid formula became seen as lazy or not caring enough about your progeny. Because apparently, only breastmilk can give them immunity. Formula just makes them fat. Before becoming a mom, I had naively thought breastfeeding […]

Having a Baby After FIRE

“Pitocin is basically a torture device. There’s a dial for them to turn it up to induce labour and it just keeps getting worse.” “Oh don’t worry about vaginal tearing. All the other stuff will be so blindingly painful, you won’t even notice the tearing.” “I was screaming so loud, the nurses down the hall thought I was being murdered.” These are just some of things other mothers have told me about labour a few days before I gave birth. To say that it scared the crap out of me, is an understatement. Little did I know, what they warned […]

Guest Post: Do You Regret Selling Your Condo?

During the pandemic, I wrote a post about Clover, my friend and fellow Chautauquan, on why she sold her condo despite immense pressure from her dad to keep it as a good investment. A lot has happened since then and I wanted to catch up with her to see if she still thinks it’s a good decision and what has happened to her and her portfolio since. 1) You sold your condo in 2018. Then got furloughed in 2020 during the pandemic. Thenyour landlord decided to sell and kick you out. Was it scary losing your home and nothaving a […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Queenstown, the Jewel of New Zealand

This post was written before I gave birth, and is one of the 6 countries my son has been to while in utero. Hopefully, in a few months we’ll be able to bundle Little Matchstick onto his first plane ride and will be ready to come travel with us! Sometimes you travel to a place so beautiful, it’s obvious even before the plane lands. Queenstown, New Zealand is one of those places. The Lord of the Ring soundtrack was already playing in my head as we flew over majestic snow-capped mountains, with winding rivers snaking through them. That’s the thing […]

Full Circle

This has been a very difficult few years. At the beginning of 2020, while we were travelling in Bali, I got a call from my mom that nobody ever wants to hear. My dad had gone to see a doctor to check out some dizziness that didn’t seem to go away, and an MRI scan had found the worst possible explanation there could be: a mass in my dad’s head. It was brain cancer. The diagnosis completely upended our lives. In an instant, our days of living nomadically and travelling the globe without a care in the world came crashing […]

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