The shark

Two years ago around this time, I wrote about my desire to keep moving, and the beginning of my detachment from the London I had once considered home…

Maame Blue Writes

“Home is where the heart is.”

I have always struggled with this phrase. It sounds simple enough but actually, I’m not sure it means anything more than “Home is where you like to sleep”, or “Home is where the person you like, likes to sleep”; but that sounds a bit like the mantra of a stalker, so maybe it’s not quite as simple as that.

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Episode 19: Headscarves and Questions

Welcome to our #Askusanything episode!

This week we answer your burning questions – Abi AK describes her experience of being a Christian in a Muslim country, and Maame B explains how she became a therapist and why she didn’t need a medical degree for it! We loved your questions so keep sending them to headscarves.carryons@gmail.com and we might answer them in another episode!

We also do our last spoiler (sorry?) recap of the final episode of season 3 of Insecure!

Have you got a question about life, love and everything in between? Sign up to Maame B’s Tiny Letter (tinyletter.com/maameblue), send her your questions (maameblue@outlook.com) and she’ll answer them anonymously in the next newsletter!

Rate, review and subscribe, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #headscarvesandcarryons to let us know what you thought of the episode!

 

Image credit: Question by parkjisun from the Noun Project

The moment of leaving

You left.

Don’t all the best stories start this way: at the beginning of the end. Just after things get difficult. This story is about leaving therapy, about being the therapist and walking out. It is about stepping away from a belief system you had given your life to for ten years.

Exiting the work was a process. You move away from the constant simmer of emotions, forget the polyester smell of the couch cushions, and return to the memories of borrowed time and fifty minutes filled with silence, anguish, and trauma. These were the hardest things to do. Can you talk about these things? Or at least try?

Read the full piece over at Watermelanin Magazine

 

Image credit: Photo by Artsy Solomon c/o nappy.co

#AskMaame

In a previous life I was a psychotherapist. Now I’m a struggling writer with a residual desire to continue giving unsolicited advice on mental health and the human experience, in the hopes that something good will come out of my currently wasted therapy training.

Send in your questions using the form below and I’ll attempt to answer them. No promises though.

Episode 18: Headscarves and Going Home

 

There’s no place like home, truly; but is that where you want to be?

This week we explore the subject of going home after living abroad. Abi AK talks about her future plans for Dubai and the UK, and Maame B talks through reverse culture shock and feeling like an outsider at home.

We also drag Trump (never gets old), recap on Insecure’s penultimate episode, and give a quick review of Nappily Ever After!

Episode 17: Headscarves and Women

I am woman, hear me roar! Hint: This week’s episode is all about being a woman travelling and living abroad!

Abi AK debunks some myths about being a woman in an Arab country, and Maame B has her Western expectations dashed when it comes to being a woman in Australia.

There’s also an Insecure episode recap, and some news on UAE visas and crazy Australian politicians – oooh!