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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.

Living Abroad

An unconscious decision

April 29, 2013

What some people don’t realize is that living abroad, and more so starting a family abroad is a decision that I make nearly every day.

It’s not like there is a huge internal discussion that goes on, but every day my actions demonstrate a decision to stay abroad.

In the early days I remember it was things like finding a ‘regular’ hair stylist, or finally committing to going to the dentist in Cork rather than waiting until the next time I was home.

Now it’s simpler things, like just making sure there is always enough savings in the bank for the inevitable emergency trip home, or searching the internet for children’s books on US history because it’s important to me that my children know their US history (even if they are only 2 and not even born yet).

But certainly doing those things today is me making an unconscious decision that we will very likely be here for many more tomorrows.

Do you find yourself making any unconscious decisions?