The One Where I Write About My Life

I know it’s such a cliché, but I honestly feel like October just started and now it’s almost over. Where does the time go. I’ve been working on pieces about mental health and saving the planet and all that hefty stuff, but it occurred to me recently that some of you lovely readers might just…

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What I Love About Living In London

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post detailing all the things I miss most about America. It was a rough first year, getting used to a life without millions of fast food options or washing machines that actually work and don’t take 2 hours. Like any loving relationship, England and I have had…

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Life in England: Celebrating Two Years


As of today I’ve officially been living in England for two years! In some ways it feels like I’ve lived a lifetime since then (is that dramatic or what). But it also feels like just yesterday I was tearfully telling my friends and family goodbye before heading through security and off to a new life.…

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What You Should Know About Depression

With the recent tragic suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, social media has been full of posts and articles about suicide and depression. It’s natural that these topics receive more coverage in the wake of tragedy, and I’m glad they’re being discussed. I’m also reminded that we need to keep talking about it, in…

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When You Try Your Best But You Don’t Succeed

Skellig Ireland

Hey babes. It’s been a cool minute. (Ok a few months.) I have multiple drafts of would-be posts, saying it’s the first month of the year, the second… on to the fourth. (There was also this joke about having big news but not about being pregnant and then I briefly thought I was and nearly…

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Kayla’s Guide to UK Expressions

Last week I wrote a post about how the way I speak has changed since moving to England. While writing the post I came across so many more words or phrases that I use since Joe’s come into my life. A few people seemed interested in hearing the rest, so I put them all together…

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Do I Sound British Yet?


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me talking about practicing my “British accent.” (If you don’t follow me, don’t worry, you can find me here.) It started because I’d been thinking about how my speech habits have changed since moving to England.  Disclaimer: I’m obviously not some kind of linguistics expert.…

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On Weight Issues and Body Image

Healthy groceries for weight loss from Waitrose

Hey there! A number of issues (ok excuses) have kept me from posting for a bit but I’m getting back into the swing of things. My biggest hope for this blog is to help other people, whether through practical advice or letting them know they’re not alone. That may sound a bit cliche, but I…

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What I Miss About America

Fuzzy's Taco Shop Mexican Food

As of a couple of weeks ago, I have been living in London for a year! Sometimes it feels like it’s flown by; other moments seemed to drag on. There are things I really love about London and England, that make me feel like I was always meant to be here. But there are also…

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Hello there!

Kayla Marie Saw view from balcony

If you read that title in the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, we’re gonna get along just fine. If you didn’t, don’t be put off by the Star Wars reference – we’ll probably still get along. So here it is: a new blog from yours truly. I’ve had one before, under my maiden name, but I’ve scrapped…

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