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  • Let Me Tell You A Story November 7, 2018
    It was here that the stories began, both on this page and in a hotel room surrounded by suitcases and small bodies. Their four faces held a pattern, a template from G and myself: his eyes, my chin, his long arms, my hair. While they were all different, you could tell they were the same, […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • Home is a language of the heart March 6, 2018
    Home is a language of the heart. Do you know what your heart language is? While being told the story of an expat woman who’d adopted a child I learnt a beautiful expression. She was taking her new son home for the first time to his new billungual home – he was four. Both she […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • Before you put your pink bow on October 8, 2017
    October is a big month for our family, it begins with my son’s birthday and ends with my husband’s (which is usually completely overthrown by Halloween). Over the years it’s meant four kids with four costume requirements and some crazy class party baking requests. A couple of years ago a breast cancer diagnosis meant I […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • The Expat Mongrel May 13, 2017
    *Spoken at The Big Fat Expat Meet-up at the Shangri-La Shanghai* Before the pedigree plague of poodles of varying degrees, before the oodles, the spoodles, the cavoodles and groodles, or Golden Doodles depending on which part of the world you’re from (Australians stop giggling now) before the oodles – there was your basic mongrel. The […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • Why You Need To Stop Sharing Those Useless Red Love Hearts May 4, 2017
    My left boob is sore. It hurts when you apply any pressure to it and it feels a little angry to touch. The scar that was left after my lumpectomy has well and truly healed but it’s what lies underneath that’s the worry. And when I say worry, I mean it’s a pain, a complete […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • Just Me and Steve April 11, 2017
    If you’ve ever moved country as a family, you know to expect the unexpected. For us, it has been a different experience for each move. But if I had to put seven moves together, it would look something like this: You arrive in your new location in a state of exhaustion from packing and saying […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • Expats Are Travellers Who Stay Still March 15, 2017
    I read somewhere that expats are travellers who stay still. In my early expat years I used to get a bit miffed when people likened my expat life to their backpacking years. Yes, just like it. Except you possibly didn’t struggle to get the home phone connected or the electricity back on. You didn’t worry […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • The World Needs More Erikas March 10, 2017
    It was a lunch with new friends, an outing I’d pushed myself to attend. Fourteen women of which I had met one. If you’re a perpetual expat it’s something you know you have to do. Put yourself out there, continue to recruit, take a deep breath and walk into a venue, a meeting, a lunch or a […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • There were 65 expat women in a room March 8, 2017
    There were 65 women in the room. Women of all different nationalities, skin colour and religion. It was an after-hours event, organized specifically for the networking purposes of international professional women. Before it was my turn to speak to the group I asked two questions of the crowd. “How many of you initially moved to Qatar […]
    Kirsty Rice
  • How Do You Re-Invent Your Career? This Is What I Did. February 28, 2017
    The invitation to speak came in the form of a message, a night with the Qatar Professional Women’s Network, would I be interested in speaking? I checked out the evite “Hear our speakers talk about how they reinvented their careers since moving to Doha”. So how do you re-invent your career? How did I re-invent mine? […]
    Kirsty Rice