Beyond My Borders

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  1. A line separating two countries, administrative divisions, or other areas.
  2. The edge or boundary of something, or the part near it.

Synonyms: frontier, boundary, partition, borderline, dividing line, bounding line, perimeter


  1. Form an edge along or beside (something).

Synonyms: surround, enclose, encircle, circle, edge, skirt, fringe, hem, bound, line, flank

2. (of a country or area) be adjacent to (another country or area).

Synonyms: adjoin, abut (on), bound on, butt up against, be adjacent to, lie next to, neighbour, be contiguous with, touch, join, connect, meet, reach, extend as far as.


Welcome to The Black Girl and Her Backpack’s new topical series entitled, Beyond My Borders!

Trust me guys, this has been long in the making; since mid-2018, I’ve had this internal battle regarding whether I should “open up” on here or not. Questions like: Do they really need to know that? What will they think of me? And will I be doing too much? always helped me find a way to talk myself out of it. By nature, I’m a very private person, so the concept of this alone was situated way outside my comfort zone (hence the title, of course). Nevertheless, here I am, introducing this new, deeper dimension of my blog. Although this technically isn’t the first instalment of this series, I’m sharing this post in order to make myself accountable to you all.

Listen, I’m a professional procrastinator and I knew that the longer I kept sitting on this idea without executing, the less likely it would EVER happen. So now that it’s out here – there’s no going back! This is the additional content that I have promised and this is the content that will be delivered. Periodt.

But please, don’t be fooled by this confident tone – I’m petrified. However, if I let fear cripple me to the point where I don’t do what I feel is laid on my heart, I’ll not only be doing myself a disservice, but also you guys. After all, wasn’t I the SAME woman that said, and I quote:

“…experience is not only the best teacher, but is also one of the most powerful common denominators given to humanity. Through shared experiences we can often find solace, strength and solidarity…”                       

(The Black Girl and Her Backpack, 2017)

Or nah?

Cute. It’s time for me to keep that same energy! A lot within this series will still be tightly or loosely connected to travel, but there will be some topics that are more lifestyle, experiential and opinion-oriented. So what can you expect? I’ll be writing/curating blog posts exploring topics around Physical Health, Mental Health, Finances, Relationships, Jobs – you name it, it’s probably written down in my notebook. Without a shadow of a doubt though, the best part about this series (apart from learning a bit more about me) is that I’ll be getting some of my dear blogger friends to weigh in on certain topics, so you get a variation of perspective.

I’m excited, are you excited?

Well, you should be – it’s going to be amazing!

Navigation: Aside from the home page, this category of blogs can be found on my site using #BeyondMyBorders in the search bar.

How to get involved: I’ll be posting all topical contribution/collaboration requests on IG & Twitter, so if you’re interested email me at or slide in my DMs – they’re open 24/7/365… just holla at your girl.

Other than that, watch this space – Beyond My Borders is coming soon to a phone, tablet or computer screen near you!

Lots of love, Mo