About me.

Everything you need to know (but were too polite to ask).


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I’m Rachel, founder of The Expat LifeLine, and it’s my mission to help expat women take better care of themselves.
Not in a fitness /diet / grooming kind of way, but in ‘a partner is not a plan’ kind of way.
There, I said it. So shoot me.
I’ve spent the last 14 years as an expat, and I wish I could say it has all been blissful. It hasn’t. And yes, like many of you out there, I am still searching for the mythical life of leisure, meaning and contemplation that everyone else seems to think we are living…
I started out on a one year temporary assignment, with a half day briefing and the (as it turns out, completely false) assumption that after a year of adventure, I would be heading back to my real life, career and family.

Fourteen years, three continents and eight homes later, I have learned just how unpredictable, complicated, exhilarating, infuriating and downright overwhelming a globally mobile life can be. Boy, do I know how easy it is to drown in the details, to feel constantly out of control (or out of your depth), and to wake up one morning and realize that you have been flying by the seat of your pants for far too long.

Having to constantly figure everything out the hard way and learn from mistakes meant that:


  • I never had time for myself or my family

  • I constantly felt uncertain and overwhelmed

  • We were taking too many risks – and often, didn’t even know it.

Here’s how I can help you.


I work with savvy, funny, no-nonsense types who are done with feeling out of control, frustrated and downright irritated, and want to get this supposedly blissful overseas life back on the right track. We tackle the reality of expat life for women  – the worryingly common ‘all your eggs in one basket’ lifestyle, helping you put real, concrete, vital assets in place to keep you organised, safe, and secure.

The Expat LifeLine is all about finding real-world solutions to the realities of expat life – the tools to help you get things done, the information to make the right choices and the support you need to make it happen.

Whether you’re just starting out, a fully-fledged member of the “globally gifted” (yep, there might be just a little irony there…) club or somewhere in between, you can get help.

Whether that be with the free weekly expat tech webinars, the Setting Up for Success SOS file, the upcoming Essential Expat Modules or even with the (popular and free) 9 Essential Questions Every Expat Should Ask Guide, the answers are here, waiting for you. And if they’re not, drop me a line and I’ll get to work.





Want to know more about me?


  • I’ve spent the last 14 years mastering the art of successful relocation, complete with 2 kids, 4 dogs* and an absentminded partner. I’m currently in San Francisco, so if you happen to be passing through, get in contact!
  • I have a talent for disaster, and (luckily) a passion for problem solving. My favorite personal recommendation reads: “Rachel is excellent in a crisis – many of which are of her own making.” Which sums up expat life, really.
  • I’ve survived earthquakes, stampedes, lost passports, Kenyan police stations and the American college admissions process, and am still here and still smiling. Most of the time.
  • I serve as Executive Secretary for a fabulous non-profit called Families in Global Transition, whose Annual Conference could be better described as: all the experts, great answers, and the warmest welcome, every year. If you haven’t already been to a conference, the next one is in March 2015 near Washington D.C. Please, do come and join us.
  • I am passionate about Cadbury’s Giant Chocolate Buttons, Lemon Drop Martinis, honest answers and Ryan Gosling’s abs.
  • My daily mantra? “Nobody died, nobody got pregnant. It’s been a good day.” (I have teenage kids.)
  • My motto? I’m too old for this s**t. Most commonly muttered in government offices, at Justin Bieber concerts and during tax season.
  • I can make French Macaróns. See? Now you’re interested…

* Madness. Sheer madness.

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