THE EXPAT MAMA.com was borne out of the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I had recently given up my job, home and life in the UK to move to Singapore to support my husband with his career progression. As a proud working mama this was a huge decision, more so because the move to Singapore would also mean becoming a stay at home mother to our two young children.
The transition was tough and I found myself exasperated by the stereotype of the expat wife. I wasn’t that woman, and neither were any of the women I met. Determined to smash that old fashioned view I started blogging. Initially those posts were just shared among family and friends, but then they started sharing them, and so did those people. In a very short space of time I’ve created a place where expat women can come for support, be it connecting with other expats or simply reading about the up’s and down’s we’re all going through and knowing they are not alone.
THE EXPAT MAMA.com is about changing people’s preconceptions of what it means to be an expat woman in the 21st Century.
It’s about showing that we’re all a lot more than just a woman who follows their partner around. That we’re more than a housewife, more than a mother, and most definitely more than the label gives us credit for. It’s about how we’re taking the expat tag and morphing it into something completely new for the generation of millenials making the world tick right now. The blog is neither a parenting blog nor a travel blog. It’s a running commentary on our journey of culture clashes, language barriers, foodie discoveries, climate adjustment, public transport mishaps and the day to day life of a young family making a new home overseas.
Being an expat is a lifestyle, but this isn’t just a lifestyle blog. It’s lifestyle, parenting, and travel all rolled into one medley of words, but always written with complete raw honesty and just of touch of humour.
I’m Emily and I’m the woman behind THE EXPAT MAMA.com
I’m a Brit abroad, but not like a tupperware at the beach kind of Brit. I grew up as the second eldest of five kids with parents who taught us that family comes first in life…and adventure a very close second. When I had my own two children I knew that this was the style of parenting I wanted to mimic. I want them to feel the same sense of the world that I did as a child, that foods are for trying and culture is for exploring. So, when my husband had the opportunity to swap offices from the UK to Singapore we both jumped at it. I’d never been to Singapore before, in fact I wasn’t even 100% sure where it was, but I knew straight away that this was our first great adventure as a family. No matter the sacrifices we’d need to make – the career, family and friends that we had to leave behind – this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all.
And yes, it has already turned out to be the most enriching experience I could possibly have dreamed it could be. My children are slotting in brilliantly to their new lives as third culture kids and I’m getting used to the expat wife life. Sort of.
It takes a certain kind of woman to take on the role of expat wife these days. It takes guts and determination to create a life and home from nothing, to form friendships and a support network where there is no one, and to do it all whilst raising a family and staying sane. Being a wife and mother is no mean feat, but to be an expat wife and mother? I’m quickly realising that being an expat wife is a badge of honour and a sign of character like no other. And as of right now I am honoured to be one of the expat wife club.
In fact, I love the expat wives so much that I’ve started a mini series “The Expat Mama meets…” because seriously, these are women who need celebrating. I’m delighted to be able to share their stories via this blog and to hear of the different experiences the expat label brings across the world. If you would like to be considered for a feature in this series please just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’m not picky about this, all I ask is that you identify as a woman and have a story to tell about your time as an expat, the good the bad and the ugly. In this community of expat women we celebrate the high’s and share the low’s.
As an active, fun and PR friendly family we are open to working with businesses on collaborative projects that fit our food, family and adventure ethos. THE EXPAT MAMA.com platform and associated social media following is a great place for campaigns, including:
- Sponsored blog posts
- Article writing
- Original content creation
- Promotional posts
- Reposting of your own promotional content
- Brand representation
- Affiliate partnership
- and much, much more…
If you would like to find out more, or to request a media pack, please drop me a line email@example.com
I’ve been incredibly lucky to have worked with some great publications and brands already, from being interviewed for features on being an expat and living in Singapore, to being invited to write my own original content on motherhood.
Some of those publications and brands include: