Hello & Welcome
My name is Melanie and I am really happy that you have found your way to my little corner of the internet! When I want to seem professional I say that I’m a legal clerk by day and a photographer and writer by night, but I think I would describe myself more adequately by saying that I’m a proud Gryffindor, dream of living in Middle Earth and buy more books than I could ever hope to read. I’m a hopeless romantic and dreamer and I am always looking for my next adventure, whether that comes in the form of traveling to a new destination or getting lost in a really good story.
Born to parents hailing from two different cultures, I have never considered my home to be a particular place in this world, but instead found belonging in an almost inexplicable sense of wanderlust. I live for the rush of boarding planes, the thrill of wandering down unfamiliar streets and the excitement of digging into flavourful new dishes and nothing gives me as much pleasure as exploring the grand landscapes of our natural world. My love for travel has been the one constant in my life and I don’t think my heart will ever stop longing to see and experience as much of our planet as possible.
Next to travel, books have been the other big love of my life. I love to read and I love to write and if I could not immerse myself in stories that take me to other worlds and times whenever I wanted, life would be a sad affair indeed. Books have been my solace in times of need. They have offered me an escape when reality seemed grim. And some of them have contained stories that have been with me for a very long time.
I believe that we live our best life when we give ourselves permission to express our true and authentic selves in the world. But I also know that this is so much easier said than done. I was completely out of touch with myself and unsure of who I really was for many years and a sense of unfulfillment permeated my life almost on a daily basis. I thought that the feeling might pass as I grew older, but it never did and as I stubbornly kept on ignoring my calling, I slowly turned into a shadow of myself.
It was only when my mental health took an extreme dip that I began to realize that things could not remain as they were – and so I have been spending the past year, slowly peeling back the layers of myself so I can return to who I really am. I still struggle and I still experience plenty of self-doubt, but I now know that I feel most like myself when I make room in my routine for creative expression and travel. And so my mission is simply to invite more of both into my life and help others do the same.