It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. — Ernest Hemingway

1 year in

Yesterday was our one-year anniversary of living in Shanghai. I thought it would feel more momentous somehow, and it ended up being just another day. But I think that's good. I think it means I have finally stopped thinking of myself as someone who just moved here, and instead look at my life here as... Continue Reading →

Back to school

Our son started his preschool class last week. It was a week of great highs and lows as he adjusted to this new place, and more importantly, adjusted to being there without me. Every new situation he faces causes me to feel of two minds: I want him to feel safe and happy but I... Continue Reading →

Is ex-pat life itself enough?

What is it like to be an accidental ex-pat? So much of what we think of when we imagine the ex-pat lifestyle is a conscious choice to branch out and explore new countries, either solo or with your family. But what if the path to ex-pat life is only a path in retrospect? Today we’re... Continue Reading →

Not good enough?

A common thread when meeting ex-pats on their journey through Shanghai is that most of them have much more experience being “away from home” than you do. As a first-time ex-pat, the events, activities, adventures, and feelings are all new for me. But for many of the women I meet, this is just the latest... Continue Reading →

The not-so-long goodbye

In almost a year of living in Shanghai, only recently did I experience my first true initiation into ex-pat life: a good friend moved back home. I knew it was coming, as she and her husband had alluded to the potential for months. But their final exit came fast, something I know now to be... Continue Reading →

Saving mianzi

When I first moved to Shanghai, I was so excited to be connected with a woman around my age and in my neighborhood who could introduce me to Shanghai. We’ll call her Alexa. Alexa was bubbly, always ready to offer tips on places to buy food, take the kids to play, and where to go... Continue Reading →

Does she really have it all?

The other day I was reading a very reputable Shanghai magazine and came across an article that really frustrated me. The story profiled a working mother who seemed to easily and effortlessly balance being a full-time mother to a young child and full-time employee for her company here in Shanghai. I am sure this woman... Continue Reading →

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – Mark Twain

The world is round, and the place that may seem like the end may also be the beginning. --Ivy Baker Priest, Treasurer of the US under Dwight D. Eisenhower

Spotlight on: Liz A, USA

In our first interview, we sit down with Liz A., a recent transplant to Shanghai. Hailing from the East Coast of the US, Liz and her young family moved here in September 2016 so her husband could take a new job within his company. This is her family’s first ex-pat experience. Believing their time here... Continue Reading →

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