I’m a 20-something magazine editor and freelance writer hailing from Ontario, Canada.
Last fall, I left my full-time job, packed up my teeny tiny apartment in the hipsteriest of Toronto’s hipster neighbourhoods, and sent my cat Henry to live with a friend for a few months.
I got an airplane to London, England where I bounced from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, hostel to hostel. I made frequent trips to the continent, digging into the hidden corners of post-industrial cities, documenting their beauty, and collecting the stories they whispered to fill the pages of my (now defunct) magazine.
For two months I ate pastries everyday, walked through winding cobblestone streets, and stood in front of breathtaking testaments to man’s creative genius. I explored an abandoned-factory-cum-urban-gallery in Berlin and got a private tour of Portugal’s finest contemporary art collection from an eccentric Azorean sculptor. I was bucked off a horse in a marsh in the south of France and ate perogies the size of my fist in Poland. In a word, it was amazeballs.
Eventually, I fell in love with London, so I spent a year hiding out in my hometown, freelancing full-time, and tucking my pennies away. Now I’ve flown back to the motherland & am living my life as an expat (lifelong dream!)
I think life is the cumulative story of the choices you make. So, I’m dedicating myself to making brave, bold, sparkly choices.
I’m a long-time vegetarian, a sometimes-vegan, and a sucker for all of the cute, fuzzy animals.
I’m inspired by people who want to make the world a better place, and the cities I find myself in.
I’m attracted to vintage style mixed with edgy, modern elements. I like exploring new places and marking my stories on my skin.
I’m a bit of a political nerd and I’ll always stand up for what I believe in.
The Laughing Medusa is a lifestyle blog. It’s name is inspired by a quote from French philosopher Hélène Cixous, who believes writing, and communicating more generally, are essential tools through which we shape the world around us. While I might not “write in white ink,” in quite the way Cixous describes, I think it’s important to find your voice and then shout it into the world for all to hear. This is my place to express and explore. I think of it as a curated exhibit of my life.
If you have any questions, please ask!
Photos by Xandra Burns, Elyse Moland, & Katherine Rothman.