As my 40th birthday approaches at lightening speed, I’ve found myself questioning – is 40 really the new 30? I’ve thought plenty about the time I turned 20 and 30. At 20, I was full of energy, nervous as fuck, unsure of myself, and just in my second year of university, excited about the future but knew absolutely nothing about anything. At 30, I was a corporate climber and living a very suburban life with my now ex-husband. Now, here I am at 40, and I can honestly say my life is yet again completely different!
When I think about vacationing, the first place that comes to my mind is Cabo San Lucas – yes Mexico. Mexico brings me found memories 1) the place I met my gangsta soulmate 2) palm trees, white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and gorgeous sunsets 3) electronic music 4) tequila, lots and lots of ice cold tequila 5) a bad ass place to lose your mind, get crazy AF and of course – killer hangovers!
What’s in my fridge? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not an assortment of ready-made meals geared up for training and focused on fitness competition. Chicken, broccoli, white fish, broccoli, boring. In a past life – this is all you would have found. These days, you will still find chicken, white fish and broccoli, but you’ll also find an assortment of much more fun foods.
Living abroad, far from your home base, can teach you a thing or two about your self! You become stronger, learn how to manage on your own through trial, error, ups and downs. In my first few years living abroad in the adult sandbox known as Dubai, I certainly learned a thing or two about myself, in fact, I learned 10! Here are 10 life lessons I’ve learned as an expat!