My name is Dee and I write about slow living, creativity and being true to yourself.
I was born in Poland and raised in the US. I’m now settled in Cairo, Egypt, with my husband and two cats. I’ve been travelling and living in foreign cultures all my life!
Vanilla Papers is about embracing slowness in a society that worships speed. It’s about creativity, no matter how good you are at art, and about being yourself in a world obsessed with appearances.
I love writing about simple living, travel off the beaten path and the messy, vulnerable process of expressing yourself.
And about going after your dreams, regardless of what society expects.
I’ve worked as a teacher, journalist, writer and magazine editor.
But at some point, I asked myself what I really wanted from this very short life. And I realized I’d strayed too far from my passions.
I don’t have all the answers. But I strive to be myself, stay creative and follow my dreams. That means writing and photography. Making videos and travelling where tourists rarely go. Carving out my own path and always staying curious.
I’m still learning as I go. And I want to inspire others towards a slower and more authentic life. Join me on the journey!
Press & Features
I write about slow living, authentic travel and my insights along the way. I send out a regular newsletter – you can subscribe here. I’ve also written stories on how to get started with slow living, and how to control your time on social media.
I occasionally collaborate with brands like InterContinental Cairo, Glow and Mapiful on sponsored content that promotes slow living and sustainability. I also do brand photography and content creation.