A Thousand Cups of Coffee

They told me that when I first began university that it was inevitable; I was doomed to be a coffee-drinker. “Accept your fate, Caitlin,” they would say. “You’re going to need that brown nectar to survive the next few years.”

But I resisted it for all it was worth.

The Series – Part 3/3

Happy Monday morning! If there is ever a series of hours that can be quantifiably considered as the most-hated hours of the week, it would be the poor numbers that comprise of every Monday morning.  I’ve never been one to wholeheartedly share those sentiments, but I can understand those who do. For most, Monday morningsContinue reading “The Series – Part 3/3”

The Series – Part 2/3

Life is eventful. It pulls at you, and it pushes at you, and it perpetually reminds you to remember what is important. The events of life most often cause you to sit down and dissect your values, your goals, and your intentions. Various events in my recent life have more than once forced me toContinue reading “The Series – Part 2/3”

The Series – Part 1/3

Remember when I said that I was partnering with Humans of Ottawa to share some stories that I’ve collected?  Well, the series is officially complete, and if you’ve been following their social media, you’ll see that it was an exciting success! For the purposes of longevity and for those who haven’t yet seen, below isContinue reading “The Series – Part 1/3”

Partima and I

“I went to the doctor who confirmed that I was two months pregnant. It was so difficult to eat food, I felt sick the entire time. When the labor started, I spent all day and night in pain before they transferred me to the hospital. They had to cut me to make more room forContinue reading “Partima and I”

Sharing stories – collaboration announcement!

I absolutely love stories. I could spend all day listening to people share their tales and their adventures and their heartaches and their experiences. Stories are what makes each of us unique, they are the individual brushstrokes on the canvas of who we are. You can understand so much about someone by listening to theirContinue reading “Sharing stories – collaboration announcement!”

Happy Mothers Day, Malawi!

In a convenient turn of events that was entirely unexpected and happily accepted, I was present for the celebration of mother’s day here in Malawi. Because Malawi has sanctioned mother’s day to be a national holiday, (Can we make this a thing in Canada too?) I spent the day relaxing, writing, and collecting my thoughtsContinue reading “Happy Mothers Day, Malawi!”

Introducing Gladys

Everybody, meet Gladys. Her weathered hands have raised nine children, the youngest of which is three years old. Though she’s been a mother for nearly 30 years, Gladys told me she’s learned more about raising healthy children in the past three years than she had in the 27 prior. Why? Because of the Maternal HealthContinue reading “Introducing Gladys”

Cultural shift

Our world is incredible. In a time where all four corners of this world are as accessible as they have ever been, the glory of the earth is inescapable. There are deserts, oceans, jungles, and mountains. There are temperatures that average as low as -50°C and hover as high as +50°C. There are hundreds ofContinue reading “Cultural shift”

Day One – Success!

There’s no point to waiting, right? Considering I only have three weeks to collect as many as stories I can, I was barely off the tarmac when I began my mission here (That’s not so true. I had the longest sleep of my life to make up for the 20 hours of flights first). ButContinue reading “Day One – Success!”