Knocked Up Abroad Black Friday Deals

Knocked Up Abroad Black Friday Deals

As you all know, I've been quite busy launching the book so readers can enjoy these stories before the December holidays and so readers could purchase the books as gifts for their friends and family. What better gift than one of experience and multicultural perspectives without the cost of a plane ticket or updating your passport (although, I highly recommend doing both of those things)? Share the love! Both books in the Knocked Up Abroad series are available on Amazon which is running a killer book deal—$10 off all book purchases over $25. Use the promo code HOLIDAYBOOK and see their website for details. Click on the book icons to head over to Amazon. Note: Purchasing the books using these links results in a small commission which enables me to continue to publish these stories. "But Lisa, books are great and all but what if I want to display how awesome I am out in the real world? I can't carry your books with me everywhere I...
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There Are Good People Everywhere

There Are Good People Everywhere

A few weeks ago, I packed my suitcase and headed out of town for a week in Amsterdam to facilitate a data analysis and management workshop—switching my crisp and clean editor/publisher hat for my worn-in public health hat. It was refreshing to step back into comfortable shoes and play a role that was familiar and speak a language that was native. I met public health professionals from all over the world—Georgia (the country, not the state), Russia, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, and Croatia. In 2013, I was five months pregnant and flew to Cote d'Ivoire to facilitate another global public health consultation of this nature. Luck would have it that I was paired with the only female participant in the room—a laboratorian from Sierra Leone. We sat together and analyzed her influenza surveillance data, and I noted that she didn't have any cases—I mean zero cases, which would be extremely rare—for males aged 30-45...
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How To Deal With The Loss Of Loved Ones Abroad

How To Deal With The Loss Of Loved Ones Abroad

This article about loss is the third in the Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad series between the women of the Expat Coffee Club and Knocked Up Abroad Again. Be sure to read the first and second articles between these two groups of women. Meet Angelique, who has dealt with the loss of a loved one while living abroad.   Angelique: This year I’ve been hit by a lot of loss. Too often, when a loved one dies, I find myself on the other end of a phone sinking slowly to the floor of a room thousands of miles away from where I feel I should be. Saying goodbye is never easy, whether you’re in the same room or another hemisphere. Modern technology makes it much easier to deal with the latter, certainly. Sea voyagers did not have the option to call home to a sickbed, and often would only find out someone they loved had passed weeks later, upon reaching their destination port. But...
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The Missing Chapter

The Missing Chapter

It was always my intention to include my voice in the anthologies I publish. However, my voice is missing from Knocked Up Abroad Again. Tapping into raw emotion wasn't a possibility this time around as I was under an incredible amount of stress, juggling too many logistics, and tackling too many other activities crowdfunding and publishing the book. I leveraged every creative nerve in my body during the Kickstarter campaign to help make the book a reality and the publication schedule marched on without my chapter. My creativity suffers under stress. In order to write from an inspired place, I wait for the voices in my head (we all have at least one 'inner voice') to wake up, and as long as I am preoccupied with other things, those voices are quiet. I need an empty house, an empty head, and steady breath to bring forth my words. Much to my disappointment, that magical recipe didn't come together between the months...
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Balancing Careers And Family Life As An Expat

Balancing Careers And Family Life As An Expat

This post is the second in the Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad series between the women of the Expat Coffee Club and Knocked Up Abroad Again. Click here to read the first set of questions and answers between the two groups of women.   Amanda: For the past three years, I have been working in the world of International Development. Since most of the work is contractual, I’ve also been doing the “long-distance thing” with my boyfriend in Canada during my last two contracts (five months in Ghana, and seven months in Bangladesh/Nepal). This time, my contract is for an entire year in Bolivia, so my boyfriend agreed to take a year off work (he’s a Chiropodist—a foot and ankle specialist) to come travel with me. We both agreed that it’s a good chance to explore the world, work on our Spanish, and live outside of Canada to learn about a new culture. I know it’s really difficult to find someone...
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I Know Who I Am As A Parent Regardless Of Politics

I Know Who I Am As A Parent Regardless Of Politics

For the past few days, I've been discussing, reading, processing all that has happened and what it might mean and I have left every conversation muttering, "I don't know..." And that's just it. I don't know a lot of things. I don't know what will happen to children of immigrants. I don't know what people of color will face regarding continued racism in their communities. I don't know what economic impact this change in power will have on our country and on the world. I don't know if a wall will be built or if people will be removed from the country. I don't know if the small incremental changes in healthcare policies will be undone. I don't know if any campaign promises were made in earnest or were made to gain power. I don't know. But I do know a few things: I know that I will raise my children to be tolerant, kind, and generous with their love and understanding of others different from us. I know that...
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Getting Everyone On Board When Uprooting Your Family

Getting Everyone On Board When Uprooting Your Family

This is the first in a series of Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad articles between the two groups of women where they share their questions, fears, and possible anxieties about some of the challenges of creating a family abroad. Great things happen when women come together. Great things, therefore, happen when women collaborate to learn from each others' experiences with motherhood, love, and loss. This series brings together women from Expat Coffee Club who are near or far away from having children with the contributors to the anthology, Knocked Up Abroad Again who became mothers while living in a foreign country. Erin: There's a strange transition time in between referring to the family you grew up in as your "family" and forging a new family of your own. My new family is small, my husband and I, which makes big decisions a bit easier. Only the two of us have to be on board, which made moving away easy...
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Parenting Abroad: Freedom To Discard Unwanted Holidays

Parenting Abroad: Freedom To Discard Unwanted Holidays

Most days, I feel all alone. Geographically isolated from all that is familiar and linguistically isolated from what I know. The foreign language around me is easily tuned out and processed as white noise. It's soothing and I am alone with my thoughts. Parenting in cultural isolation can provide a new type of freedom in many ways. I have gladly discarded holidays and traditions that I never enjoyed. Without the cultural pressure to honor them, they quickly disappear. Anything that I am not willing to import myself will not get passed down to my children. It requires a lot of work to celebrate a holiday that isn't observed locally. Sorry kids, but Valentine's Day isn't going to be that important for our family. You'll survive. Some traditions, only the ones I hold near and dear to my heart, are kept. Celebrating holidays abroad is a bit like moving abroad—you discover that not so many things are important and you only take the...
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How 9 Expat Moms Celebrate (or Avoid) Halloween Abroad

How 9 Expat Moms Celebrate (or Avoid) Halloween Abroad

BY JENNIFER MALIA Though widely known as an American tradition, Halloween has been adopted by other countries around the world. In many countries, trick-or-treating, costume parties, and spooky decorations have become popular ways of celebrating Halloween. I talked to expat moms around the globe and asked them what Halloween traditions they do (or don’t do) when living abroad. Their stories take place in countries as diverse as England, Sweden, the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, and the United Arab Emirates. Whether you are an expat family that celebrates Halloween abroad, a family that travels for the holiday, or a family that celebrates Halloween in the US, their stories are sure to entertain you, and might even frighten you in a G-rated sort of way. Kristy Smith, The Midwestern Repatriate “I’m American, and my husband is British. We spent many years in the UK celebrating Halloween, which seems more like an addition to the local village harvest festivals than a separately adopted tradition. Some kids...
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Games Around The World—What’s Inside?

Games Around The World—What’s Inside?

GlobeTrottin' Kids has created a fun resource for families and teachers to introduce kids (first through third graders) to different cultures through games and play. For these age groups, play is the most effective instructional tool and I tested out some of the games with my kiddos. For the Fukuwarai game (similar to Pin The Tail On The Donkey), we used my handy eye mask and some sticky tack. The kids loved the wacky faces that resulted from their efforts.   With 35 games from 23 different countries, there are plenty of activities to keep us busy during the cold, dark winter in Sweden. I love the handy chart that clearly lists all of the items you'll need for each game. What's Inside? The PDF file comes complete with any playing cards or game sheets that are easy to print from your computer at home. Connect children to their peers around the world through traditional games like tag, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, and dominoes. Each game card includes clear...
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