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Finding Forever: Chronicles of an Expat Teenager

Gabi Bellairs-Lombard

From heavy metal music bands to monobrows and mood swings, this story is about navigating adolescence in a foreign country, surrounded by other teenagers from varying backgrounds and cultures.

Gabi writes about her life - her experiences and the emotional fallout - after her family moved to Saudi Arabia from Johannesburg when she was twelve-years-old. Her story reflects the difficulties of growing up in culturally foreign environments and the long term mental health consequences of bullying as she fought to find her sense of self.

You don't have to live in Saudi to be able to relate to some of these stories. The issues are universal, and this story is just one contribution to the conversation.

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Gabriella Bellairs-Lombard (Gabi) has been writing a collection of short stories and letters since she was young, about events she imagined or experienced. At the age of twelve, she left Johannesburg with her family for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and lived there for four years, attending the British International School in Riyadh. At the age of sixteen, she completed her schooling at Malvern College in the United Kingdom and returned home to South Africa to study a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University. Upon graduating she entered the working world, specialising in various forms of marketing, but predominantly in copywriting.

Gabi has been a passionate writer for as long as she can remember, transferring her love for words to her career as she started her own freelance business and working remotely for companies overseas. She conducts all her work from her home office in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. She is often distracted by her family members, dogs and a sixteen-year-old Maine Coon cat, and is a huge advocate for mental health, animal rights and gender equality.