I’m Rachel…

I’m the creator of The Expat LifeLine, and it’s my mission to help expat women live smarter, stronger and more secure international lives.

Not in a fitness /diet / grooming kind of way, but in ‘your partner is not a plan’ kind of way.

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. I’m passionate about tackling the reality of expat life for women – the worryingly common ‘all your eggs in one basket’ lifestyle, helping you put practical, powerful and independent resources in place to make your life simpler, safer and saner.

It’s all here: the information to make great decisions, the tools to get stuff done and the support you need while you’re making it happen.

Why I’m here…

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.

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’ll find something useful here. Whether that be with…

… the answers are here, waiting for you. (And if they’re not, drop me a line and I’ll get to work.)

What we do…

The Good Stuff…

  • I’ve spent the last 14 years mastering the art of successful relocation, complete with 2 kids, 3 cats, 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 knack 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 on the Board of 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 2016 in De Basel, Amsterdam. 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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