An Artsy Fartsy Weekend

Having checked out a bunch of art events in town this past weekend, I really had the chance to connect with the creative side of me that used to draw, paint, set type, bind books, etc.

Immersing myself in all this creativity made me realize that though I’m not pursuing art/design professionally right now, it’s still a huge part of me and I don’t define myself solely by my current career path.

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Not just a journalist

Mountain biking in the Harz region in Germany circa 2015.


One key thing I’ve learned as a job seeker is that my identity isn’t entirely defined by my profession. Realizing this has been helpful for me in dealing with the ups and downs of carving out a career for myself (without the slightest idea how to go about doing it).

So yes, I’m a journalist, but I’m also…

  • a thrill-seeker
  • an avid reader of fictional literature
  • a mountain biker
  • a linguist
  • a nonconformist
  • a weight lifter
  • a mentor for those looking to go abroad
  • an artist / creative content creator
  • a baker
  • a vintage moped owner
  • a future motorcyclist
  • a former Corporate, Culture & English Trainer
  • a cosmopolite
  • an amateur cook
  • a trained graphic designer
  • a liberalist
  • a diary keeper
  • a chocolate enthusiast
  • a runner
  • etc.

Canada-Germany: My Youth Mobility Visa Story

Who knew that trusting my gut and risking everything would alter the course of my life? 

Berlin Wall, Germany

Seeing the Berlin Wall for the first time.

When I flew from Toronto to Berlin on a one-way ticket back in early 2012, I didn’t have a job or an internship lined up in Germany. I was 25 years old and I had just spent a year in Australia.

At the time, all I knew was that I was keen on continuing to live abroad. I was intrigued by the idea of immersing myself in German culture and society. I also wanted to be reunited with my German boyfriend, as we’d met in Australia.

The only plan I had was to figure everything out once I got to Germany.

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The future of news + mobile audiences

Among the list of topical issues having to do with journalism, of particular interest to me is how news is being consumed and the future of news.

So when I read about Yusuf Omar’s talk at the Global Media Forum (a conference I was invited to but unfortunately couldn’t attend) in Bonn last week, it really resonated with me.

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