If you’re the type of person who likes to put every piece of your jigsaw puzzle together before you relocate abroad or launch a new business idea, I can totally relate. A perfectionist by nature, my brain is at its happiest when a relocation has been planned from every angle and/or a new business website is ready for [...]

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It’s the summer, bringing along sunshine (sometimes), barbecues(weather permitting) bored children (by day 3) packing boxes (for serial expats) and/or visitors. Happily for us, there is no impending move to throw us into relocation frenzy; instead we are anticipating a steady stream of visitors, guests and adventures. Bliss.

Or at least it would [...]

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Cue drumroll…It’s almost here!

After 6 months of cross continent, late night Google hangouts, feverish scribbling and lots of red ink, Finding Home Abroad – A Guided Journal For Adapting to Life Overseas launches on May 26th. I am officially a published author.

Sadly, (but happily for you all) I am most definitely not the [...]

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Contrary to the mythical serenity of expat life, 2014 has been the year of security breaches in the Defining Moves household. And we don’t seem to be rising to the challenge.

In February, our cars were broken into while they sat in our driveway, under the carport. There are two things of note with this; [...]

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Long time readers will know how passionate I am about Families In Global Transition, an organization that provides a forum for the diverse range of people involved in international mobility – everyone from expats themselves to those who support, serve and send them – to gather, listen, share and learn. The Annual conference is always [...]

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We’ve all heard the adage “Happy Wife, Happy Life” and the more progressive “Happy Spouse, Happy House”. (Sadly, ‘partner ‘has too many syllables to make a catchy soundbite, which sums up the complexity of being a partner more succinctly than many a lengthy diatribe.)

But I digress.

As I started getting my act together [...]

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I had big plans for this post. Firstly, it was going to happen about two weeks earlier, and it was going to be an insightful, witty and carefully crafted overview of how complicated life can be, and why it is helpful to have someone skilled alongside you who can keep you on track [...]

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When my mother came to visit us in Los Angeles, she neglected to bring her swimsuit, and was faced with the challenge of what to wear in our pool. My generous offer of a string bikini was rudely rejected with the words “Over my dead body”. I am taking her at her word, and [...]

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Open Letter to A Teenage Boy.

On September 20, 2013 By

In a rare moment of family harmony last month, the Wiggy One and I went to our local hardware store. We made it round without becoming irritated with the other, managing to laugh and talk. As we walked to the car, a grandfather and small grandson were on their way in; the grandson skipping [...]

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I knew it. Finally, the insanity that is my expat life – and most of the website – has been vindicated, and it’s all thanks to Ellen Mahoney over at Sea Change Mentoring. She introduced me to the groundbreaking advice given by a tech start-up Continue Reading

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