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In 2012 when I was joining Emirates and moving halfway across the world , I received lots of advice.

“What are you thinking?! You can’t be serious. You don’t love your family?! And don’t want to be near them?”

“That’s a Muslim country. Aren’t you Christian? Won’t they throw you in jail?”

And I went for it.

At the end of 2016 when I said I was quitting Emirates and moving home, everyone had lots of advice:

“What are you thinking!! You can’t quit without having anything lined up. Are you crazy?!”

“You are going to be so depressed. You will regret this.”

And I went for it .

Both times , when I was joining Emirates and then quitting , people thought I was crazy.

Guess what.

I never regretted moving to Dubai. And I still have had not one bit of regret leaving.

I enjoyed my 4 years there.

It’s been 6 months since I moved back.

I am enjoying being home. I don’t have to fight jet lag or count down my days of when I have to leave.

And I get to spend my time with these three (and their moms!).

 

 

“Wear Sunscreen”

Feeling guilty about that sunscreen I didnt put on today at the beach..

But seriously.

Read this article.

There’s some good advice.

My favorite part is the beginning:

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Wear Sunscreen.

  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

–Mary Schmich