The four years I have been in Dubai, I have always wanted to know two people.

Someone who owned a sail boat.

And someone who lives in the Burj Khalifa.

I can check one of those things off the to do list ! Only took me a few years.


Always Prefer Living

❝ I am happy when I eat fresh fruit, when I burst out laughing, when I discover a new song, when I finish a good book, when I wake up and feel relaxed. I’m glad to have friends, family, a home, food when I’m hungry, hot water when I shower. I love being able to live and see the seasons change, to have gifts at Christmas and at my birthday, to travel sometimes, to have a good education and a great access to culture. I’m flattered when people compliment me, when people smile at me, when people are polite to me. There are so many things that make life so simple and easy and I will always think about them more than all the bad things that will happen to me. I do not have time to be sad every day and ungrateful ; I have every reason in the world to be happy. ❞

Instructions for Life

These are from a book called “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, by Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  2. Memorize your favorite poem.
  3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
  4. When you say, I love you, mean it.
  5. When you say, I’m sorry, look the person in the eye.
  6. Be engaged for at least six months before you get married.
  7. Believe in love at first sight.
  8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
  9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live completely.
  10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
  11. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
  12. Talk slow but think quick.
  13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, Why do you want to know?
  14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  15. Call your family.
  16. Say, Bless you, when someone sneezes.
  17. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  18. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.
  19. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  20. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  21. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  22. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, his/her conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  23. Spend some time alone.
  24. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  25. Remeber that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  26. Read more books and watch less TV.
  27. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  28. A loving atmosphere in your home is important. Do all you can to creat a tranquil harmonious home.
  29. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  30. Read between the lines.
  31. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  32. Be gentle with the earth.
  33. Never interrupt when you’re being flattered.
  34. Mind your own business.
  35. Don’t trust a lover who doesn’t close their eyes when you kiss them.
  36. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  37. If you make a lot of money, put it to use while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
  38. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
  39. Learn the rules, then break some.
  40. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
  41. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  42. Remember that your character is your destiny.
  43. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

“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:




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.


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


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

I survived ditching.


You heard me.

I survived ditching!!

{ ditching = when a plane has to make an emergency landing. And all they have around them is water. So they have to ditch on water.}

Ditching at training school means..sliding down the emergency slide from the plane, wearing a life jacket, getting in a pool, understanding how to do the HELP position, and how to set up a canopy when on a raft.

It was so much fun.

It was definitely the best “Friday” we had at school in a looong time!

I was the lucky one and got to inflate a LIVE life jacket! (meaning, I got to pull the inflate tabs, and it inflated in .5 seconds)

It was amazing.

And surprisingly freezing! The air inside the life jacket was sooo cold!

Anyways, that is why if you notice that one person has a briiiight orange life jacket, whereas everyone else has yellow…its me.


My Group! #2150!

Im still in the yellow life jacket. Shortly after I was switched out with the live life jacket!


Learning how to prepare a canopy (that goes over the raft – to protect you from the elements)


Doing the HELP position!



I stole this from Iamblessed, who stole it from La Joie de Vivre.


I had a thought tonight. I was thinking about love and how foolish it is to allow most of your happiness to depend on its presence or lack. I’m sure it’s wonderful. I understand the ache for it, I do. But how can you let your personal happiness depend so much on someone else’s actions? This is your journey and no one else’s and if they happen to converge for a bit, well then that’s beautiful. But what if they depart? If you spend your days waiting for the person, the love, to make you happy, are you prepared to give up that happiness if it doesn’t work out?

I believe in love. I hope for love. But tonight I had a thought that I want to be happy whether I’m alone or there’s someone next to me. I want my personal happiness to run so deep that nothing can disturb it. I want my happiness to be an undeniable part of me. Love comes and goes but I’m not willing to have my happiness be so fleeting; the world is just too beautiful and life too short to waste any of it being made miserable by circumstance.


Good riddance, 2010. Never come back!

2011 already seems like a better year. And its January 4th! Here are some reasons WHY its a better year already.

1) My New Years was way better than the year before! (and thats saying alot, considering I had to work @ E.Restaurant until 1 am this year..) Thank goodness I know people who like to party-hardy until the wee hours.

2) My room is painted and has a promising future. Cant wait to decorate it!

3)  I didn’t make a New Years Resolution, and that feels great.

4) Found a mascara I love.

5) I eat whatever I want.

6) Im not obsessing over a certain boy anymore (at least, its rare now.)

7) E.Restaurant isn’t as horrible as it was.

8) I found this awesome song (which makes me love Gwyneth Paltrow even more):

Yesterday I DID accidentally throw my own personal chef jacket into the public jacket bin. I normally bring it home and wash it myself, because I dont want someone taking my own jacket. But I wasnt thinking..and I threw out $20. Hopefully I can get it back.

Today I am meeting with a friend to catch up. She recently has gone through some hard (boy-trouble) times. I really related, since I went through the same thing she is going through right now. I am sure this lunch will be great girl-time! Im excited.

PS I want this for my room. But in tan.