Girls who inspire: From India. With Love.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I am starting a new little series on my blog called girls who inspire. Every so often {or maybe every week?} I will feature a girl who inspires me, and will hopefully inspire you. First up is Kay from From India. With Love.

name & age:
I blog under Kay* and I'm 29. Though if you've ever gotten a personal email from me or know me in 'real life' you know my real name.

Toronto, ON

current home:
Toronto, ON

meaning behind my blog name:
My new/current blog is called From India. With Love. This past summer I accepted a work/volunteer placement in India and will be moving there in March 2011 for 1 year. My blog is a travelogue where I've been documenting all the pre-departure stuff and will blog all of my adventures/observations/thoughts/and lots of pictures once I arrive in India. I write each post as if I'm writing to family + friends...sent From India. With Love.

current job:
Since I'm moving to India in the new year I've been doing a bunch of odd jobs. But my professional background is in Communications/PR. Entertainment Publicity to be specific.

dream job:
My absolute dream job is to own my own (affordable) small boutique hotel (that I would build and decorate from the ground up) in Luxor, Egypt. Think of an upscale hostel with common areas and both shared and private rooms - all impeccably styled with things from all over the world. I'd employ locals and do shopping excursions with guests. There'd be cooking classes and things of that nature - taught by locals of course.

Until that happens, I think I would be really happy doing something that allows me to combine my love of travel and photography with my desire to work in the International Development field and be my own boss.....right now, I think I'm on track with this one.......

if i could travel anywhere...:
Tanzania + Zanzibar;  Fiji; Santorini, Greece; Turkey; I'd love to travel through the Middle East (Israel, Syria, Afghanistan) as soon as it's safe, Cambodia, Morocco, The Galapagos Islands, Ethiopia, Egypt again.....I could go all night.....

something unique about me:
Yikes! Ummm........

i like to:
Photography is a huge hobby/passion of mine; this year I shot my first wedding! I also love reading, playing with my dog Howard, blogging, and watching movies.


One of Kay's favorite photographs {that she took!}

i watch:
Modern Family, old episodes of CSI, Cold Case, Departures (an AMAZING travel show), the Food Network & lots of reality TV.

My favourite movies are all pretty old. My list includes: Shawshank Redemption, Ghost, Lean On Me, Home Alone 1+2, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Primal Fear, The X-Men Series .......and if I had to include something more recent it'd be Inglorious Basterds &  even more recently The Town - those movies were fantastic!

listening to:
Oh gosh. This seriously changes week by week. I listen to a wide variety of music so it's really hard to narrow it down....

crushing on:
Hands down Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. I've had celeb crushes on them FOREVER! (Depp since 21 Jump Street and Jolie since Gia). It goes without saying I'm thrilled they've finally done a movie together - though it looks like it sucks. So disappointed....I'm also a big fan of Nia Long. She's gorgeous (and talented!)

5 things that inspire me:
1. Good books and movies (non-fiction or fiction)
2. My family and friends
3. People living passionately (particularly creative people)
4. People making a difference
5. This might sound weird but the fact that I won't be around one day inspires me to try and live life to the fullest and to do something of substance so I can leave behind a.....legacy or something for future generations of my family (and family-to-be).

And I have to add a 6th - I'm extremely inspired by traveling. I love going to new places, learning about new cultures, trying new foods, meeting new people...I love seeing how people outside of where I'm from live.

how do you feel about your upcoming move to india?
Oh my gosh. Right now I'm pretty excited. I know it's happening but it doesn't feel like it's really happening to me it's easy for me to get lost in thoughts of visiting the Taj Mahal and buying beautiful fabrics and going to amazing beaches and stuff....but ask me again in a month and I'm certain I'll be scared shitless thinking about Delhi belly and living in a city with 18.6 million people.....

what inspired you to make this move?
Working in International Development is something I've wanted to pursue for a few years and I've always wanted to live abroad. When I was laid off from my entertainment job and thinking about what I wanted to do next this seemed like the perfect time to explore this new path. But the decision didn't come easy. A year might not be a long time but it was still a big decision. I've given up my apartment, donated lots of stuff I owned and put the rest in storage. I'll be leaving my friends and family including my big sister who is preganant with her first child (my first niece or nephew!) who is actually due the week AFTER I'm scheduled to arrive in India. I'll also be leaving my dog (with family). I adore my dog and will miss him tremendously.

But shortly before making this decision I read the book "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller & "Who Will Cry When You Die" by Robin Sharma. These books both inspired me to go ahead with this decision.

A very special thank you to Kay for being the first girl who inspires!


  1. I love this series! I can't wait to visit her blog!

  2. So love this series already- a great start with From India with Love- most certainly inspiring. Off to check out more from her blog:) xo

  3. This was a wonderful post- and what a GREAT idea to spotlight people who are inspiring you. This first one was amazing! I bet her adventures in India will be awesome to follow!

  4. oh my gosh Danielle thank you so much for asking me to participate and kick off your new series!

    i have to say that when i first discovered your blog a few months ago we had so much in common that your blog quickly became one of my every day reads---we had both just, on a whim, cut our hair short and were both on the verge of making big to a new city - me to a new country. we both had dogs we adored and a passion for photography.... no wonder i fell for your blog!

    i look forward to seeing who else you feature and who else is inspiring you! thank you again for having me :)

    & thank you to all who've commented above :) please come say hi!

  5. Cute series, love this! :)

    Happy holidays!
    xo Laura Marie

  6. fabulous girl,she is a real life inspiration...great choice!
    India is a fabulous place to spread your wings and soar...she will love it there!
    fabulous post today!
    Merry Christmas!

  7. What a great first entry in this series. I can't wait to read more!

  8. •How fun... What a creative, cool series!
    •Kay... really enjoyed reading about you and can't wait to check out your blog :-) You did a great job kicking off Danielle's series!
    •Looking forward to following along and also being inspired by fabulous people... I need more inspiration in my life!!!

  9. i love this idea--and it was so fun to read! have a merry christmas chick!

  10. I love this feature! Kay was definitely inspiring. Can't wait to see more of it!

  11. i love your blog!! you are so interesting! can't wait to follow!

  12. i love your blog!! you are so interesting! can't wait to follow!

  13. thank you to everyone who commented and had such nice things to say about me and my blog. it's always....weird for me to be called 'inspiring' since that's totally not how i see myself. i'm just a regular girl doing something that kinda scares me in spite of being slightly nervous. i know it will all be for the best though!

    merry christmas!