Forget About Sisterhood

Before going any further with this post, I want to say that I have been extremely fortunate to be surrounded by some very incredible women whom I am lucky to call my best friends. They are the people that have stood by me through thick and thin- and we have shared so many valuable memories…

A Year of Beyond Beirut

It’s February the second. Which means that I’ve completed the blogging challenge I set out to do myself. If you asked me when I first started out, I wouldn’t have been so sure that I was going to make it to today, having achieved my goal. But almost 400 posts and a fourth place ranking…

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While I’ve never been big on birthdays, today marks the start of the second half of my twenties. It shouldn’t be that momentous but somehow it feels like it.  The celebrations this weekend have made it feel as so- and I’m not complaining. Maybe because I’m hoping that the next five years are full of…

Caught Up With Family

I’ve spent the past hour trying to write about how I haven’t been able to catch up on my family duties, barely getting past the first two sentences. It seems like tonight is one of those nights where I have a great idea but my brain refuses to string the words together. Ever since we…

Dabke and The Lebanese Wedding

If you had asked me almost a year ago, how I felt about the dabke being featured at my wedding, I would’ve probably given you a huge look of disapproval. At the time, I was trying really hard to shun all aspects of a traditional Lebanese wedding, particularly because it’s just not my thing. I…

Lebanese Mothers’ Logic

I don’t think there’s anything quite like Lebanese mothers. In almost all the other parts of the world, if you’re not out of the house by 18, living your life on your own with very little assistance from your parents, then the cut-off point is definitely when you get married. That’s when you’re supposed to…

The Ugly Thoughts In My Head: Making Friends

When they told me making friends in adulthood would be hard, I laughed that off. It couldn’t possibly be that hard. But maybe I laughed too soon. Because ever since I graduated from college, the number of friends in my life has steadily decreased and there have no been many opportunities to make new ones….

Marrying a Non-Lebanese: Official Documents

Many tried to discourage me from marrying Ahmad when they found out he was not Lebanese, but in fact Palestinian. They especially loved using the argument that I would be much better off with ibn baladi, a man from my country. Why should I waste my time with someone who doesn’t even have a country? But as you…

Meals and the New Year

It was a week full of sharing meals with loved ones. Looking back at the menu that came to be, we only ate alone twice in the whole week. I feel that this is the holidays done right. No one should be alone over the holidays. It was also a week where I challenged myself…

Married Without Children

I understand that I cannot change society single-handedly and I understand that there are so many things that are deeply ingrained in our thoughts that it is just really difficult to stand up and say “No, this is not the way I want to go.” For the past year, especially at work, I have struggled…