Little Nuggets

Look when I tell you I am happy for the little nuggets that make living in Kuwait just a little more tolerable I am overjoyed.

The most recent was an African Day Celebration….

I was able to purchase some fabric and have an African skirt made. When I tell you it was an amazing experience that night.

 

There was a Mother’s Day Celebration brunch

 

 

 

In April I went to a Cuban Jazz Concert

 
 

 

I was able to see The Chelesa Green Project live in concert

 

 
 

I’ve attended a South African concert

 

 
 

Best part it was all free. I just had to pay a taxi to get there. I’ve been able to dress up and go out.

I’ve attended game night with other African Americans located here in Kuwait.

Elise is a girl scout. She’s in drama. She’s been to the park located beach side. She’s gone to a farm and picked eggs and fed a goat. She’s got friends her age and slightly older. We are in process of creating a brand for her to explain this expat life from a child’s point of view. Too often we forget they have feelings about this expat life as well.

I am excited for next school year. She will continue to home school. I am ready to be more involved and to experience Kuwait for all it has to offer. I want to find more little nuggets.

The Dark Side

lonely

Let’s take a moment to talk about being lonely.

You decide to pack your life up and move. You have talked to others who have done the same thing. You are excited. You get settled into your new life. You begin to travel. You like your job once again. Life is starting to make sense. But there’s a dark side no one talks about…LONELINESS

You sit at home or in a room of people who have become your family away from home and you feel so alone. You drop tears. You blog. You Facebook. You pray. You travel. You talk to friends and family back home. Bottom-line no one truly understands unless they have been an expat. Don’t get me wrong it’s wonderful life but you have to trade your familiarity of your regular life for this new life. You have to navigate a new country. You have to learn new people and open up to them. You miss birthday celebrations. You miss holiday celebrations. You miss funerals of loved ones.

depression

In my case I have to make sure my child is okay as well as myself.

I remember falling completely apart in front of her. I was so frustrated. I just sat on the floor and I cried. I dropped tears of fear, loneliness, frustration….in front of my 8 year old daughter. We had a heart to heart that night. I told her how I felt. She ended up comforting me. I picked myself up and put her to bed.

I still have my moments of loneliness but I have learned and quickly I have to let others in and create my village. I have to trust my village to be there for me and my daughter.

I am an introvert and I use to staying to myself for extended periods of time but being away from family and friends in a different country being an introvert is suffocating and exhausting.

I have friends. I have my village. I am learning to lean on them.

When you see us posting on social the happy side, the travel, the glitz and glam, and all the other positive things please remember there is a negative side to all this. We smile in public because we know you worry about us and we don’t to over worry loved ones.

Spring Break 

I made it. This means the school year is almost over. When I return to school in a week there will be 36 days left with students.

Insert Praise Dance. 

We left Friday morning for Dubai to finally see Legoland. 

We arrived to our wonderful hotel. We were greeted with bright smiles and “Aloha” the hotel has a Polynesian theme. It is a nice family resort. I suggest anyone to stay at Lapita Hotel at Dubai parks and resorts. It was well worth the money. Everything you need is located right there. You don’t have to leave unless you want to explore Dubai. 

Legoland…what can I say. It’s geared for children 6 and under. It wasn’t one of those parks that made you go oooohhhhh and aaaaahhhhh. I was more impressed with mini land and how the built landmarks from Legos.