The Why

To store thoughts for safe-keeping; to entertain; in good humor; in difficult moments; in earnest; in gratitude; for you.


I’m Erin, a writer and humanitarian working from Dubai, UAE for the time being. Previously I worked in Somaliland, in Mali, and before that in Washington, DC. outerNotes features my penchants for: breaking bread, taking pictures, learning the hardest-won lessons (and usually taking the longest path to reach them), and writing. Living nearly 10 years overseas, I write from a fortunate vantage point: plenty of mistakes lessons to learn, new eats on the regular, and travel as modus operandus for living out the days.

Unless otherwise noted, all photos are my own and not for use elsewhere without permission. Same goes for writings.

Where to begin? Try Best of outerNotes, a hand-picked selection for you.

Feel free to contact me with inquiries at the email below. Thanks for reading, looking forward to hearing from you!

 I’m here: erin @


  1. What an adventure! Thank you for sharing it! I love the cultural learning and daily consciousness that comes with such ease during travel but I also love the better ease of sustaining learning singular skills such as piano or gardening when not traveling. Your talents for writing and photography is versatile enough for both the terrains of the home front as well of vastly foreign lands!!!!

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    • This is really kind of you to say, thanks so much. As I get older, I definitely come to enjoy both (travel and home) equally, for different reasons. Thanks for your message!


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