Who are we?
I’m a Buckeye-turned-Southerner who lived and worked in public relations/corporate communications for nine years in Atlanta. Matt is the love of my life and my amazing husband who I married in December 2014. Today, we’re traveling the world together thanks to an opportunity he got through his company. And, guess what? Our family is about to grow with the addition of our first child, expected in July 2016!
Are we a military family?
Nope! Though we get asked that question a lot. Matt is helping his company rollout a new product to customers around the globe. That means we’re spending the next three years on the road–traveling for two to four months at a time to each customer.
Do we know where we’re going ahead of time?
Not really. The schedule is constantly evolving. When we moved to Germany, we had less than a week notice to pack up and go.
Isn’t that stressful?
Of course! Especially with a baby on the way. But I guess that’s all part of the adventure we signed up for.
Are you just traveling to customers in Europe?
Nope. We were fortunate to start out in France and will have lived there for a year by the time it’s all said and done. Our future locations, however, could be anywhere in the world.
What do you do while Matt works?
I’m a writer, so I can fortunately do my work anywhere in the world. I’m currently blogging about our experiences and working on a couple of books. I also do some freelance writing and, of course, I’m growing a baby!
What’s the hardest part about expat life?
Well, even though we’re expats, we probably aren’t having the typical expat experience. Moving around so much, we pretty much live out of suitcases (three suitcases per person to be exact) and we’re constantly challenged to adjust to new cultures (and time zones) and try to learn new languages. We also have no idea where we’re going to be from a month-to-month (sometimes even week-to-week) basis.
It can also be hard living so far away from family and friends, especially when you have a baby on the way. Add to that the fact that we had to adopt out our two amazing pets (a dog named Lucky and a cat named Truth)–well, I’m sure you get the picture.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely. In just one year, we’ve been fortunate to see more of the world than many people do in a lifetime (10 countries and countless cities!)–and we’re just getting started. We’re excited that our daughter will get to travel with us and be exposed to so many new countries and cultures from such a young age.
Do you work with companies, PR agencies or travel and tourism organizations?
Sure! I used to work in the industry, so I’m always happy to learn more about relevant products, companies or places to visit. The key word here, though, is relevant! Also, I don’t guarantee I’ll write about something just because you contacted me, but I’ll do my best for any company or product that I genuinely find helpful or just plain awesome.
Contact me here. Sorry about the form, but I hate spam. I’ll try to respond to all relevant inquiries as soon as I can.