So, I Haven’t Been Writing Lately

I have to be honest with you: throughout 2015, I would internalize every conversation, every incident, every meeting with a vendor in hopes that I would later use it as material for the blog. Challenging myself to write every single day also made me more attentive to my surroundings and even a better listener. It…

How To Turn A Bad Day Around

Tuesdays are cursed-at least for me. Tuesdays always mean missed deadlines, unexpected problems, endless meetings, hastily consumed lunches at the desk while scrambling to finish a task, and most importantly, getting stuck in traffic. I no longer hate Mondays, like everyone else, because it always pales in comparison to the day that follows it. Naturally, I’m…

Stressed Out

My sister calls it the “Monday song,” so it’s become an integral part of my Monday mornings to listen to 21 Pilot’s hit Stressed Out. She’s totally right: it’s catchy, unsophisticated, and I bet that anyone in a certain age group can very much relate to it- especially when they’re preparing for the week ahead. In…

For The Week Ahead

You know, I’m really proud of myself right now. Because after a long day of attending to the house and social obligations, I made myself get into the kitchen and prepare at least two day’s worth of a salad to take with me to work for lunch. All in the pursuit of health and weight…

My Kind of Saturday Night

  It’s late on a Saturday night and I’m sitting in the comfort of our home, playing a really cool board game  with our friends called Takenoko, where we’re trying to cultivate bamboo to get a panda to survive. This is all set to 80s music that we’re live-streaming from some radio station in the…

Back To The Habit

As anyone will tell you, finding time for your hobbies gets increasingly more difficult as the responsibilities increase. And I’m finding it especially true when it comes to picking up a book and finishing it. I’ve gone from being someone who reads one book per week to someone who only gets reading done while waiting…

At My Worst (Again)

About twenty days ago, when I was feeling at my worst yet again, I wrote the below in an attempt to help myself understand why I wasn’t okay yet again, and what are the issues that I need to work on.  Writing always helps me feel better- and when I come back to the posts…

Behind The Wheel

I don’t drive. And in a city like Beirut, where public transport is abysmal and cars abound, this means that I have to be dependent on other people to get from one point to another.  Which quite frankly is a horrible feeling when you’re trying to assert your independence. It’s even worse when you want…

Catching Up

I think the best way to describe penning this post is to compare it to writing a letter (or rather an email to keep with modern times) to a friend after we haven’t been in touch for a while. And it’s been quite some time since I last wrote any new material for Beyond Beirut, as I just…

Adventures in Turkish Coffee Making

In our household we could run out of oil, rice, or meat, but we will never run out of coffee. It is such a staple that we have bought it in several different forms and have at least three devices to producing the drink in varieties that would rival your local coffee shop.It would be hard…