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Ringing in the New Year Turkish Style


What a year it was!

I am sitting at a coffee shop in Istanbul reflecting on last year’s decision to move from Marrakech to Fez and the choice I made to start over. Sometimes all you have to do is trust that what is ahead is what is best for you.

Fear is our biggest obstacle in life, once I became conscious that I’ve been through a lot, nothing could be as bad as my previous life, I realized that…heck….I can get through anything!

When I made the decision to move to Morocco – you could only imagine the fear I was going through – one of my brothers gifted me a poem by the scholar Imam Al Shafii that translates to:

{ travel and leave the comfort of home, travel to find a replacement to the ones and things you left behind, I have witnessed the stagnation of water spoil it, water is sweet when it’s not standing still, lions if not parting with the jungle don’t deviate, the arrow will not harm without the separation of the bow, the sun if stood still in the sky people will get tired of it, gold in the ground is just dirt and so as the Oud is just a piece of wood, he who travel will rise above the rest and he who travel will shine like gold}

الإمام الشافعي

ما في المقام لذي عـقـل وذي أدب … من راحة فدع الأوطان واغتـرب

سافر تجد عوضـا عمن تفارقــه … وانْصَبْ فإن لذيذ العيش في النَّصب

إني رأيت ركـود الـماء يفســده … إن ساح طاب وإن لم يجر لم يطب

والأسد لولا فراق الغاب ما افترست … والسهم لولا فراق القوس لم يصب

والشمس لو وقفت في الفلك دائمة … لملَّها الناس من عجم ومن عـرب

والتِّبرُ كالتُّـرب مُلقى في أماكنـه … والعود في أرضه نوع من الحطب

فإن تغرّب هـذا عـَزّ مطلبـــه … وإن تغرب ذاك عـزّ كالذهــب

I never thought I would make it this far in Morocco, I never thought I would make it this far on my own. Last year challenged me and tossed me around few times but like always I kept reminding myself “I will be fine, what’s the worst that could happen?”

I gained a handful of great friends in Fez and lost contact with few from Marrakech. I learned to say “NO” in 2018, this something that I could’ve not say before. I learned if people misunderstood me or mistreated me, not to take it personally, but rather to keep going…forgive and forget is the best remedy when you are moving on earth dealing with other humans that they too have their shit to deal with.

I cooked and shared many meals in 2018 and we also gained a new kitten to total our furry babies count to three!

2018 taught me to focus on the present, forget the past, the future is yet to come so why worry about it….I know, easier said than done! Right?! But last year forced me to live in the moment because that’s all I had at a time, the moment was all I had and I had to make the best of it!

I have great trust that the next twelve months are going to be full of adventure and excitement.

I wish for all my friends, family members, and my amazing followers a year full of kindness, prosperity, and abundance. May success, brave dreams, wise decisions, and health be with you for the entire 2019. Let the new year be deprived of pain, and consists of only happy moments.

Shine like the whole universe is yours!

2019 I am ready for you! Yalla...let's start a new journey!

From this cold, rainy day in Istanbul, I wish you all a Happy New Year!


At Home In Morocco

Fez, Morocco

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