Category: Personal

The Expat Life…Moving On Again

Serial expat moving again

Another year, another adventure! We’re heading to a new destination this month because of a fantastic opportunity. As is common in the expat life, we’re moving somewhere new because we have itchy feet and we also see a new location as a fun new challenge.

Another year, another adventure! We're heading to a new destination this month because of a fantastic opportunity. As is...

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Ever Onward, My Friends

ever onward my friends

I’ve not written much on the blog this year. It’s safe to say that 2016 was not my favorite and left me less than enthusiastic in many respects. While we had wonderful moments this year, we also had absolutely terrible ones. But, instead of going through each memory like I normally love to do, this year I prefer to look forward to what I hope will be better.

I've not written much on the blog this year. It's safe to say that 2016 was not my favorite and left me less than enthus...

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Be a Global Neighbor

what is a global neighbor

In the wake of an election season that has rocked the entire world, unity has never been more important. We need to find ways to support each other – not rip each other apart. We need to offer solidarity – not division. We need to celebrate our wonderful differences and recognize the similarities we share with each other.

In the wake of an election season that has rocked the entire world, unity has never been more important. We need to find...

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An American Expat Perspective on the Election

American expat 2016 election

If you are American, becoming an expat doesn’t cut you off from your home country. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two countries that taxes all its citizens, regardless of residency. So, despite the fact that I’ve been chastised on social media for speaking about the election results because I ‘left my country’, I’m going to give my perspective. Because my voice matters. And because there are millions of American expats around the world whose voices also matter. I just happen to have a blog.

If you are American, becoming an expat doesn't cut you off from your home country. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two...

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International Charity Day for Expats

International Charity Day for Expats

Today is International Charity Day, as established by the United Nations in 2013 in honor of Mother Teresa. I’ve already discussed how expats tend to get involved in their local communities around the world, but perhaps it’s time to revisit the topic. Charity is important everywhere, but getting involved has several specific benefits for expats in particular.

Today is International Charity Day, as established by the United Nations in 2013 in honor of Mother Teresa. I've already...

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New Expat Home in Edinburgh

expat in Edinburgh

We’ve been living in Scotland since last October, but we’ve finally made the move into Edinburgh! Our new flat (see how Scottish I am now?) offers me the chance to more easily explore my new expat home. From here, I can wander this gorgeous city by foot or public transport, and I can easily head out for a day trip with the convenience of a train station only a few minutes’ walk away.

We've been living in Scotland since last October, but we've finally made the move into Edinburgh! Our new flat (see how...

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She Was Not Just a Dog

She was not just a dog

If you think that she was just a dog, then I wonder what you think of us. The sobs still wrack our bodies and endless tears still sear our cheeks each day.

It’s the moment we open our eyes to suddenly remember that – No, we don’t need to get out of bed and bring her outside. It’s the moment we come home to be greeted by scathing silence. It’s the moment that we realize our patterns, our routines, our favorite things to do each day no longer exist.

If you think that she was just a dog, then I wonder what you think of us. The sobs still wrack our bodies and endless te...

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All Quiet on the Scotland Front

From Roatan to Scotland

I know, I know…I always say “Sorry, I’ve been busy, but I’ll post more soon!” And then it’s more radio silence. Unfortunately, that’s a good thing for right now.

I constantly advocate for being happy wherever you are – and I believe a work/life balance is critical in feeling that happiness. For me, my freelance writing is what pays the bills. This blog started as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, and then it evolved into a living portfolio of my writing while seeking out new clients.

I know, I know...I always say "Sorry, I've been busy, but I'll post more soon!" And then it's more radio silence. Unfort...

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Why does a week end?

Amanda Walkins work from home

Today is Sunday, or so I’ve been told. I also found out it was Daylight Savings Time in the U.S., so you guys are an hour closer to me now. Congratulations?

Today is Sunday, or so I've been told. I also found out it was Daylight Savings Time in the U.S., so you guys are an hou...

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