On Sunday I joined in the inaugural Art is Dialogue conversation with nine other expat women. Curated by Rose Deniz and hosted by expat+HAREM, the conversation dubbed Dialogue 2010 centered around the subject of living a hybrid lifestyle.
Sezin even pushed the envelope to declare that not only was she living a hybrid life, but that as a third culture kid, she is a hybrid.
I chose to name this blog Turquoise Poppy because I am a hybrid too. I am a combination of the native California poppies where I grew up and the four turquoise seas that surrounded Turkey, my adopted home.
As a hybrid I navigate both. My heart is in both places, and I am unable to separate myself from the connections I have here and there.
After struggling to adapt, I decided it would be best to stop fighting and start incorporating.
So Turquoise Poppy is about allowing your circumstances to guide your path while staying true to your inner compass.
To never be a victim of your surroundings, but to flourish within them.
To redefine what works in the environment you find yourself in.
It’s why I love creative entrepreneurship, because it is about hoisting yourself up and marching forward with the tools you have at your disposal.
Making do with what you’ve got.
Bountifully being who you are.
Doing what you love.