I kept my children a secret

I was 31 when I had my first child. We'd been living in Jakarta for 5 months when she was born. I was a long way from family but I had an amazing support network of friends and fellow new mothers to talk to. When I think about how we got together for coffee while talking about nappy rash, boobs and bottles - I also remember a lot of conversations … [Read more...]

In my next life, I’m coming back as an……

"In my next life, I'm coming back as....."Do you know what comes next?It's hysterical.I've heard it at parties, I've heard it at work functions and I've heard it from the big, fat, sweaty, hairy guy whose wife is standing next to him with a fixed smile on her face."In my next life, I'm coming back as an Expat Wife"Do you get it?Can you see how … [Read more...]

Did you sacrifice your career for love?

Have you ever sacrificed your career for love?Last week, when Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced their separation after 25 years of marriage, there was the usual speculation. What happened? Did he cheat? Was there a fight over the last bottle of fake tan? Did she finally watch Kindergarten Cop? As it turns out, it was a little more … [Read more...]

Which Mum are you?

Arrive at any school concert and you can start making assumptions, a quick scan of the room will have you picking the stereotypical Mums from the crowd. There's the heavily involved school Mum, showing people where to sit or helping out behind the scenes. There's Gym Mum, dressed in lycra, ready to recite her latest half marathon stats. Working Mum … [Read more...]

Hi, my name’s Kirsty and I’m a……………….

The Qatar Professional Women's Network became desperate, they needed a speaker, and after scraping the bottom of the barrel, up I popped, in a sparkly top with jazz hands, okay so I had a sparkly top, but my jazz hands didn't make an appearance (it was a dry event).It was one of those great Doha nights, a sea of headscarfs, suits, saris and abayas. … [Read more...]