Who I am & Why I’m Here

September 15, 2014

I’m sure most people take a “Blogging 101” challenge within their first year of actually blogging, but here I am some 17 months later…

I guess the timing is right since I seem to be having difficulty sitting down and actually writing.  The truth is that despite thinking about blogging daily, when it comes down to it I have no idea which way I am heading, or even if I want to continue.

When I started this blog it was easy to identify who I was and what my little creative outlet was all about.  I was an expat mom trying to share my Irish experiences with whoever wanted to listen.  My original intent was to impart any ‘wisdom’ I had gained in my 10 years as an expat and in doing so perhaps provide that ‘gentle nudge’ for anyone who maybe was daydreaming of throwing caution to the wind and following their own expat dreams…

but then life took several turns and I somehow lost my way.

First I became a mom again….and it turns out being a mom of two is a game changer.  It was the best turn life could take for me in 2013 but it was a massive learving curve.

Then there was one and then another major losses and well my life and this blog couldn’t possibly be the same.

And then there was a return to work, a new job and a seemingly uphill battle to balance life as a working mom.

All of this while still being an expat who loves living in Ireland and is homesick each and every day.

So it remains to be seen what Both Sides of the Atlantic becomes.  But then again every expat knows it’s the journey that matters.

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  • Reply christineplouvier September 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Life happens. We live it. Although I did wonder what had happened to you, and I almost dropped following your blog, due to inactivity.

  • Reply Amanda S. September 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    So glad to see you back. I’ve missed you!

  • Reply rgemom September 15, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Life does happen. For me, that’s what blogging is about. Helps me maintain what little sanity I have. Keep writing. It’ll work itself out.

  • Reply janegundogan September 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I did the last 101 and not only did it help me manage my blog better I met some of the nicest bloggers that are out there! Good blogging friends, you can never have too many of them, in the cyber world or real life!

    Good luck from me janey … in mersin 🙂

  • Reply Bernie September 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I found your blog while my wife and I were preparing to move to Cork with our twin (and now) 21-month old boys. Reading of your experiences helped inform me greatly of the challenges that were coming for me, and there have been more since. I hope you continue to write. Your insight is actually very valuable for anybody looking to make the jump.

    • Reply bothsidesoftheatlantic September 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks Bernie for the feedback I am glad you found me helpful! I hope you’re settled & enjoying cork! Get in touch if you need anything!

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