Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Personal May 10, 2018 Happy Birthday, Dear Dad Hi Dad, Surprise! Today as I'm heading for a destination 11,000 kilometres away from home, at this very moment you're hopefully out in the barn, drink in hand, with your horses and your friends, cele... Canada December 7, 2017 Darkside Love: Details from a Dartmouth Backyard Party Yurt Wedding Back in August, my live-in breakfast chef of 7 years and I said yes to getting married—to each other, no less. When he popped out of the bushes at my friend’s house almost 8 years ago and offered me a... Personal January 5, 2017 2016 Review and Recap Although 2016 was all over the place politically and pop culturally, for me it was a pretty good year. Here are some of the highlights. Living in London for six weeks while interning at the CBC's ... Personal September 29, 2016 Leaving Home Is Always Scary—You Should Do It A short essay on the fear we all feel from time to time. Whether it’s the first time or the fortieth time, going away to university or leaving to climb Mt. Everest, leaving home can give us all a sen... Personal August 13, 2016 Saying Goodbye With Lanterns in Labrador There are a pantheon of dark and horrible things in life that you hope you never have to deal with. Suicide is one of them. Last week, my partner Rob and I flew to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador f... Personal December 31, 2015 Looking Back at 2015 It's been a big year. Before I headed into 2016 I wanted to take a second to look back and reflect on everything that happened in 2015. Blog MelHattie.com became MelHadTea.com, moved from Square... Personal December 15, 2015 That Time I Got Engaged on a Mountain Spoiler alert: I got engaged. On a mountain. The funny part: I didn't even know it was happening. The day started off normal. We drove from my aunt and uncle's place in Jasper where we were stay...