Who are you?
Hi, I am Komal, the woman behind My Quarter Life Surprise. After I graduated college, I found myself in the quintessential corporate hustle in New York City. I worked in the famous Rockefeller Center and shared a tiny apartment with two of my college friends in an uptown neighborhood.
Having an exciting job right after college was great, but it came with the pressure to learn “adulting” and navigate the “real world”–as much as I despise both those words. I did not know who to turn to for advice. My family in Pakistan had little idea about the challenges I was facing, and there was a serious dearth of relatable blogs and YouTube channels.
When you do not have strong examples around you, navigating the fears, insecurities, and uncertainties that constitute the lives of us young working women can be daunting. So, I decided to create this blog to share my experience [aka my quarter life surprise] and along the way help women in the same boat.
This blog came about after I got married and moved from New York City to Amsterdam. I use this space to write about personal development, healthy eating, exercise, meditation, travel and generally living a balanced life alongside a demanding career. Recently, I have been trying to simplify my life through minimalism and non-toxic choices, so you will notice these ideas are a theme in my posts.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Pakistan, I applied for a US high school scholarship on a whim when I was 15. A year later, I took off on my first ever international flight, not knowing what the future held beyond attending an American high school. I also ended up attending college in the US and moved across four places in my six years there.
Currently I live in Amsterdam and find it incredibly difficult to pin-point where I am from. When it comes to gastronomical experiences, I am through and through Pakistani. But come discussions about culture, religion, and politics, my values are influenced by a myriad of experiences . I identify strongly with American values of freedom of speech, efficiency, and privacy while at the same time appreciating the Dutch directness and easygoing lifestyle. There is also no one place that I feel I can call “home,” so it is fair to say that I do not have a strong sense of belonging to a physical place, and that is both a good and a bad thing.
How can I reach you?
If you would like to reach out with questions, feedback, or business inquiries, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you could follow along or message me your queries on my Instagram.