Ella, Llangefni, Wales Death isn’t something people tend to enjoy talking about, even though every single one of us will go through it eventually. Let’s face it, we all know someone who has passed away, so why do we feel so afraid to discuss it when we know there’s no way of avoiding it? My great aunt passed away recently, and although it wasn’t a surprise, … Continue reading Death Becomes Her
Today I was taking my dog on a tour of the neighborhood when we passed a lifted truck that had a bumper sticker reading “Lift it – Fat girls can’t jump.” And I’m furious. My mama raised me to be furious at this kind of stupidity and that person’s mama should have taught him/her better. In honor of the female, life-giving role models in our … Continue reading Thanks for birthing us.
Kirsten, Hawzein, Tigray, Ethiopia I’m sitting in the dark with a lantern as I write this blog post by hand. It’s already 7:30pm and I probably will get ready for bed soon. The power is out but I can still hear the rhythm of drums and chants for a traditional marriage celebration. My neighbors cook their dinners on their charcoal stoves in the candlelight as … Continue reading Jobs, Dreams and Disney
Ella, Llangefni, Wales As you’ve probably guessed, on Her Day Out Loud, we all love travel. It’s how I met Hannah, Clare and Caroline (though some people wouldn’t define staying in one place for a year as travelling) and so, so many other amazing people without whom my life would undoubtedly be far worse. I’ve never done the backpacking thing myself, but I don’t know a … Continue reading She moves in all directions
Caroline, Hamburg, Germany Good morning lovely people. Breakfast. Some keep it simple… muesli with milk (hello fellow Germans), some consider coffee a substitute for food and some go all out: Hash browns, baked beans, scrambled eggs, toast… A full English break-feast. Way to kick-start the day! In Germany we have this great expression “Morgenmuffel” which does translate as morning grouch but a) I have never … Continue reading Making a Meal of it
Happy International Women’s day to all, regardless of gender! To mark the occasion, here’s a little playlist: Also, while the lovely Hannah takes a well deserved break from editing this blog, she has handed the reins over to me (Ella) for a couple of weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this blog running as well as she has, or at the very least do … Continue reading We are Women, Hear us Roar!
Kirsten, Hawzein, Tigray, Ethiopia Facebook: A constant carrousel of happy moments, togetherness, and joy. It would be great if life could be only what I put on Facebook. Yet here I am rushing to school, late yet again (not because I got caught up doing productive things, but because I was dilly-dallying around wasting time), sweating like a pig and unprepared to teach English to … Continue reading I Facebook, therefore I am.
Clare, London, England As a child I used to spend hours watching Liza Minelli in Cabaret, learning all her songs off by heart. Looking back this is somewhat awkward – my sister and I clearly did not get the sous-entrendre of the film. But there was one song that used to always strike me, ‘Money Makes the World Go Round.’ I didn’t really understand this … Continue reading I need them bags, all that money
Happiest of birthdays to our lovely Caro – Joyeux anniversaire ma belle! I don’t know how to say in German, but from all of us to you, I wish you an excellent year and I’m grateful to be a part of your luminous presence. Love, Hannah and all the Her Day Out Loud ladies (Kirsten, Mika, Lindsay, Clare, and Ella) Continue reading Birthday blogette!
Ella, Llangefni, Wales 9 o clock on a cold rainy Friday morning. Still half asleep I drag myself up the stairs to my office and put on my best smile, hoping that none of my colleagues can tell just how much I would rather be in bed right now. My first sip of tea helps me feel a bit more human, I was not made … Continue reading If you just smile