Moving Abroad With Children

Moving Abroad With Children

The fourth article in the Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad series between Gabrielle of the Expat Coffee Club and a few Knocked Up Abroad Again contributors tackles moving abroad and the emotional challenges associated with these large transitions. Gabrielle: When my parents told me that we were moving, I was devastated. Despite the fact that we were not leaving the country, this move seemed like the end of the world to me. I was leaving a school that I loved, great friends, and a fun neighborhood for the complete unknown. My friends and I promised to keep in touch and see each other often, but being dependent on our parents to drive us an hour one way just so that we could see each other, such a promise quickly fell through. Although it was not a new country, it sure felt like it. The people, the language, and the culture in Quebec were all so very different from what I had known. Furthermore,...
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The Secrets To Crowdfunding Success

The Secrets To Crowdfunding Success

Before I launched Knocked Up Abroad Again's Kickstarter campaign, I conducted research on crowdfunding secrets, strategies, tools, and resources for about three months. For one month, I built the virtual rewards, drafted blogs, and did preliminary outreach to bloggers and supporters who had a similar audience with Knocked Up Abroad. However, as with anything, experiencing it for yourself is the most valuable teacher of all. No blog, podcast, or webinar (and I listened to countless) could have fully prepared me for what I experienced. The difficulty with crowdfunding is that you take your precious project that you have been devoting thousands of hours, blood, sweat, and tears and you place it all into the hands of your friends, family members, and strangers on the Internet. You hope that you have created a project they want to support and that they understand that by supporting your project, they are supporting you as a person and friend. However, most people are not familiar with...
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Contributor Chats With Melissa Uchiyama

Contributor Chats With Melissa Uchiyama

  Contributor Melissa Uchiyama (and her three-month-old daughter, Lana) took time out of their busy day to have a casual chat about life in Japan and the things that she wants to accomplish in the near future. In this podcast (our first ever "podcast"!) we discuss: How language is the key to unlocking all interactions abroad The beauty of quick births Blending cultural traditions Melissa's plans to grow as a writer Her ideas for the future of Knocked Up Abroad How readers can support the Knocked Up Abroad community (hint: leave an Amazon review and then lend/give your book to a friend) Pledge today to support Melissa and the other 25 contributors of Knocked Up Abroad Again on Kickstarter (there's not much time left!) Listen here or on SoundCloud: ...
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Why do I do what I do? (Publish anthologies)

Why do I do what I do? (Publish anthologies)

I've been asked numerous times, "Why do you do what you do?" and the question they are really asking is, "Why do you publish anthologies for free?" This video has the deeper answer to my usual three-second answer, "Personal and professional fulfillment." I sat down and really thought about the why. Of course, the high-level answer is, "Personal and professional fulfillment" but there's more to it than that. We all need to push ourselves to grow, make connections with other people, variety in our daily lives and create and contribute to something that is bigger than ourselves. Contribute today to support this amazing community of mothers around the world. ...
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10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome Being Knocked Up Abroad

10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome Being Knocked Up Abroad

This article can also be found on The Huffington Post. You’re living in a foreign country, you don’t speak the language, and you’re faced with new cultural customs and traditions that make your head spin. Your period is late, and you realize, “Oh my goodness. I’m totally knocked up abroad!” Don’t fret, my pet, for this is great news! You’re officially part of the most badass club of women to ever exist and I’ll tell you why. Here are the top 10 reasons why it’s awesome being knocked up abroad: 1. Living in a language bubble is super relaxing So many things get lost (easily ignored) when you don’t speak the local language. Is someone asking when you are due? You don’t know. And frankly, you don’t care. Being pregnant in the language bubble is blissful—nothing but you and your thoughts in your head all day long. 2. You’re a rebel almost every day In Turkey, it is superstitious not to allow a pregnant woman’s feet...
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**Big Announcement** We are Knocked Up Abroad Again!

**Big Announcement** We are Knocked Up Abroad Again!

Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby Bumps, Twists, And Turns Around The Globe is the title of our new book baby. After months of collecting new stories for the book, we have over 20 mothers who have shared their stories for us to learn about the infinite ways in which women birth babies worldwide. As the second book in the Knocked Up Abroad series, the stories within will take you on a new journey to new countries—one with laughter, some heartbreak, and a whole lot of love. In this book, you will discover the challenges women face while pregnant, giving birth, experiencing tremendous loss, and learning the ropes of parenting in foreign cultures. Stories take place (in no particular order) in Turkey, South Africa, Australia, The Netherlands, Bolivia, Benin, China, Thailand, Brazil, Guatemala, France, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Malaysia, Macedonia, Congo, India, Sweden, and Japan. A pretty wide range, huh? We even have some returning contributors from the first book (Sarah Murdock, Clara...
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