This time last year, I was training for what should have been an epic hike - 12 miles up & into a dormant volcano on the island of Maui. Due to blinding rains that swept in from seemingly nowhere, that hike was shortened to 8 soaking wet, freezing cold miles, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything - especially with being on lockdown this year. Here I was, just before the bottom fell out, standing in a lava field in the clouds. Life today looks so different. I miss travel so much it hurts but that’s ok - it will happen again one day. Cheers to future adventures & never taking travel for granted! #pentax#pentaxk1#pentaxk1mkii#teampentax#pentaxian#hawaii#travelphotography#haleakala#imisstravel#maui#lavafields#adventure
Syrian and Lebanese cuisine is amongst the healthiest cuisine and diet in the world. Many of you know it as the Mediterranean diet.
To be honest it’s not a diet.... ITS A LIFESTYLE.
Let me explain!
I have clients that say, I have tried the mediterranean diet and it didn’t work. Well, it’s because it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle. It’s an eating way of life as well as a cultural way of life. Those who are from the Middle East or the Mediterranean will tell you that it is a complete lifestyle and cultural experience. It’s not something that you do, it’s something that you live.
Food is social, it’s friends and families gathering and coming together to enjoy a meal. It’s appreciating the food and the nutritional value it offers and NOT OVER saturated with sauces and oils. Matter of fact in the Syrian and Lebanese cooking there are NO SAUCES like BBQ or Teriyaki, therefore the food isn’t loaded with sugar and filler keeping the food in a natural and whole.
The most that you will find in our food is, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic... WAIT, garlic should be a food group on its own 😜 Because there’s lots of garlic and onions in all of our food.
One of the other fundamental differences is that the biggest meal is eating in the afternoon. For example they will have a very light breakfast, the big meal lunchtime, happens around 230 or 3 o’clock. In the summertime most will take a nap and dinner is around 7:00 ish....and it’s light like breakfast.
I am missing the village, I am missing Syria and my family. My culture is very important to me and a big part of my brand and why I do what I do.
What dishes have you tried? Have you ever eaten at a Syrian or Lebanese restaurant? If so where and what do you love?
Souvenir printemps 2014: Prague
Ce voyage est très émotif pour moi. C'est le dernier voyage que j'ai eu la chance de faire avec mon père et l'un des plus beaux souvenirs que j'ai avec lui. Mes parents étaient venu me visiter à Paris et on en a profité pour faire un 5 jours à Prague. C'est vraiment une ville magnifique! On a bien optimisé nos 5 jours et j'ai fait beaucoup marcher mes parents! Ce voyage m'a fait découvrir d'autres facettes de la personnalité de mes parents. J'avais pris le contrôle des vacances et je les sortais de leur zone de confort! Ce voyage nous a beaucoup rapproché et je suis vraiment contente d'avoir eu la chance de vivre ce moment avec mon père avant qu'il nous quitte l'année suivante...Je vous conseille fortement de voyager avec vos parents si vous avez encore cette chance...c'est tout simplement magique! D'ailleurs, ma mère va venir avec nous pour notre prochain voyage!! @max.clou
Since travel is off the table right now, I decided to go back to a trip from March of 2019.
When we went to Skogafoss, I was bummed that despite some crystal clear skies, the aurora was not present. At the very end of our trip, we had our only night where we didn't stay in the middle of nowhere. The only night where catching aurora was not a preset hope. So, on that night, we found a spot with minimal light pollution between Reykjavik and the airport any finally saw some northern lights.
This week we were going to drive to Big Sur for our 7 year wedding anniversary. We’d roll the windows down all the way and let the sea breeze dance through the car. We’d sleep in a yurt overlooking the ocean and fall asleep counting the stars, and listening to the crashing waves. It was going to be romantic and cliche and absolutely perfect. Dreaming of you this week, Big Sur. ❤️
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Currently living through all my old photos. So grateful to have done all the traveling I’ve done so far. I still have a pretty long list of places I want to go to soooo go away corona virus! 🗺✈️
FREEDOM was the personal mantra I chose for 2020. Ironic, isn't it?
If you remember my post from early January, FREEDOM was the word I chose to represent what I wanted to manifest this year.
Freedom, however, has looked a little different from what I'd originally envisioned, to say the least.
When I wrote that post, I could never have imagined that I would spend the majority of 2020 sequestered inside my home.
I wasn’t aware of how much power and importance the word FREEDOM would come to hold for the Black community at this moment in history.
I just knew that I felt drawn to manifest FREEDOM in all areas of my life.
It’s true, FREEDOM has looked much different than what I originally envisioned, but I still believe there is beauty in the word I chose to manifest for the year.
So far, 2020 has shown me that I am:
Free to speak my truth, even when it's uncomfortable.
Free to fully and unapologetically embrace the beauty and complexity of being a Black woman in America.
Free to have raw, tough and honest conversations.
Free to love myself and others, deeply.
Free to show up authentically in every space I occupy.
Free to lean on those around me for support in my moments of weakness.
And FREE to use my voice to fight for change that is long overdue.
So it’s true - 2020 may have been the year that we lost certain FREEDOMs we once took for granted. But I invite you to join me in looking at the FREEDOM we've gained. ❤️