Tag Archives : Life lessons

Expat Struggles

Expat Struggles: 7 Things Every Expat Has Heard At Least 98 Times


Living the expat life is pretty bloody awesome. There’s a great adventure to be had when you jump outside the ‘comfy known’ to experience new cultures, lifestyles, foods and languages firsthand. I was so excited when I first left Australia – I knew the good old land down under would always be there to go back to but ahead of…

Work in the travel industry

An Open Letter To Those Who Work In The Travel Industry


Hours of travel can be a great time for reflection. Without fail, every time I go on a plane, I look out the window and think about how incredible it is to be able to travel. I mean, we live in a time where you can book a ticket online, get on a flight and travel all the way across the…

Facing Challenges

Facing Challenges In A Comfortable World And Why It’s So Important


Facing challenges, big and small, is an important part of life and our personal growth. Today I want to share some of my thoughts about it because recently I have been thinking quite a lot about how challenges or scary things have a powerful ability to shape us. Well, I suppose it’s our response to the challenges or scary things actually that…

survive deployment

How To Survive Deployment – The Brutal First 48 Hours


If you follow me on social media, I’m sure you’re aware that last week was rough on me. My husband left for deployment just 3 months after we moved here to Italy. We had been apart for 10 months prior and it felt like we had just settled in to our new home together then *poof* he was gone, and there I…

5 Friends You Need in Your Life

5 Friends You Need In Your Life (And 5 You Don’t)


Good friends can make such a huge difference in life. They can encourage you, teach you, support you and provide great company on the ride of life. When I left Australia, I was faced with the challenge of making new friends and to be honest it took a long time to find a group of people that I clicked with.…

Thriving in a Long Distance Relationship

The Secret To Thriving In A Long Distance Relationship


I have a little bit of Katie trivia for you today. My husband and I have been together for almost 4 years and you know what, we have only been able to spend a little over 1 year of that time actually together. Between an international relationship, deployment and training exercises, most of our relationship has occurred over a long…

Thoughts on Publishing

My Health And Fitness Ebook Is Here


It’s time! It’s here! My health and fitness ebook, Tips From a Former Fat Girl is live and available for you to read! There’s so much going on that I just wanted to share my thoughts, which may turn out to be a ramble but I feel the need to get it all out.

long distance relationship

How To Celebrate Special Occasions In A Long Distance Relationship


The Valentines Day promotion has begun and all around me I see pretty pink hearts, cute catch phrases and images of couples candidly showing their love for one another. It got me thinking firstly of my sweetheart and that I miss him. Sigh. Secondly of what it is like to celebrate occasions like these when you are apart from your…