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expat life

Something to consider before becoming a long-term expat

22 Comments 19 May 2014

Curled up on your bathroom floor, towel pulled off the rail and scrunched into your face to muffle the sobs as you exhale in great lumps the weight held in for too long, stoically. What small triggers set off such large reactions? How can anyone live a normal life with all of this just under the surface? […]

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Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite – an expat memoir

35 Comments 17 May 2013

Even if you had never heard of the Keep Calm poster and various spinoff memes, the title of Allison Rushby’s travel memoir would make you smile with understanding. It’s an excellent hint at what’s inside, the adventures of this Aussie family expatriating to the UK for a year, beginning with the decision to just do […]

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Love where you live? Or…not?

7 Comments 23 April 2013

What do you love about where you live? I have my favourite things, what are yours? Is it the way the light hits the trees in the mornings, melting the frost on the leaves, or the way spring overflows the roadsides in foamy whites and lush, pale greens, or the friendliness of the people even […]

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Plenty of peppermint candy (or, why I love visitors)

19 Comments 01 March 2013

I’ve been fortunate this past year that a lot of my family have visited me in the UK. Their visits make a big difference to my happiness–more so than I expected. Connection through Facebook and visits home are great, but the opportunity to show my family my life in the UK is fantastic on a […]

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Solitude is not loneliness

29 Comments 06 February 2013

But what’s the difference? What makes one person feel lonely and the other not? While working on my expat book I’ve have been ‘talking’ to a lot of expats online in forums, on Twitter and on blogs about the loneliness of expat life. Loneliness isn’t a problem for many expats. They either cherish the time […]

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Family Overseas? You’ll love these!

12 Comments 30 January 2013

I saw this and thought of you… Little light boxes to share with people across the globe, connecting you all, saying ‘hello, I’m home, my lights are on’. They’re called “Goodnight Lamps” (ever read the book “Goodnight Moon”?). I don’t know the owners, they don’t know me, this is in no way sponsored I just […]

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Life abroad infographic

2 Comments 17 January 2013

   

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What’s the most difficult thing about living overseas?

51 Comments 26 November 2012

I guess what I really mean in the title is what is the most difficult thing for you? For some people, the most difficult thing about living overseas is missing their family and all the big family events. But others have moved overseas hoping to escape their family and the big events. For some people […]

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blogging

A tour of The American Resident blog

5 Comments 06 November 2012

I have seen a lot of new people stop by here lately so I thought I would give you a little tour of the place! Firstly, hello! Welcome to The American Resident. If you would like to know more about the blog, you can read my page About The American Resident. If that’s not enough […]

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Creating moments with grandparents

5 Comments 23 October 2012

How does your child build a bond with grandparents who live thousands of miles away? Grandparent time for children of expats isn’t Saturday afternoon at the allotment with grandad or helping grandma make cakes for a couple of hours while mum does the shopping. There isn’t much of staying in dad’s old room or rebuilding […]

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living well

So how did you do?

4 Comments 17 October 2012

With practicing Mindfulness, I mean. Remember a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on why Multitasking is Bad Stuff and encouraged people to try Mindfulness for a week with me? I know some of you did it, how did it work for you? It was completely fantastic for me! When I did it. […]

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Silly things expats do

21 Comments 10 October 2012

Sometimes I do this thing, I guess it could be called a game, where I pretend I’m a stranger here in the UK. Or maybe I’m reminding myself I’m not from here. Less of a game and more of a reality check? I step back, I put myself in that awkward foreign position, behind the […]

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GCSE’s and mountains out of molehills

4 Comments 08 September 2012

It occurred to me this summer that I only have four more years left with my daughter at home. I watched the pages of calendars flip ‘flt-t-t-t-t-t’ past in a cartoon blur of motion as I saw my time with her escape me. In  a subconscious effort to slow that page-flipping calendar I didn’t do […]

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6 Things I wish I knew before getting cats

3 Comments 03 September 2012

It was My Cat Paddy’s 19th birthday last week (Happy Birthday Pad Man!) and PetPlanUK have asked me to write a post about my cats so I thought it was perfect timing. I’ve been thinking a lot about Paddy’s 19 years lately. I got Paddy in a tiny little petshop in Norf London (that’s not […]

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What makes perfect partner for an expat?

7 Comments 27 August 2012

You fall in love with someone from another country and decide to move to that person’s country. It will be an adventure! Your love will conquer all! You will visit home and your family and friends will visit you! You’ll get homesick, sure, but it will pass and you will make a wonderful life with […]

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Renting a home in the UK

8 Comments 17 August 2012

Interested in renting a home in the UK? If you’re an expat moving here you are so check out these top tips in this guest post…! *** The rental market in the UK is good at the moment, meaning there are plenty of houses and flats up for rent. But then, you hear so many […]

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