The editors of Expat Women, a blog network I belong to, contacted me recently and asked me to take a look at their new book, Expat Women: Confessions. I can't tell you how useful this book would have been to me had it been published two years ago, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is living overseas or thinking about making the big move.
The book tackles all the big issues that come up over the course of deciding a big move, such as what the "trailing" spouse will do to occupy themselves while living away from friends and family. As you devoted Gravy-ites know, I became a self-titled International Lady of Leisure, but it still wasn't easy to quell my anxieties that came with leaving behind my career, friends and family. Moving overseas also means having frank, and sometimes difficult, conversations with your partner (if you're moving overseas with one) about how you'll divide your responsibilities, your time, and your money.
It's also hard not to find a move overseas overwhelming, and with that there are a lot of emotions that can range from elation to depression. At some point during my two years overseas I experienced everything in that range, and this book addresses those emotions and how to deal with them. The whole time I read Expat Women: Confessions, I kept thinking how much in common women living overseas have with each other -- and I didn't even fully appreciate that until I realized that this book addresses a lot of the logistics and emotions I experienced in living overseas.
You, too, can share in my happy claps over the publication of Expat Women: Confessions, because today I'm giving away a FREE copy to a lucky reader! After the jump, read on for how to enter.
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FOR A COPY OF EXPAT WOMEN: CONFESSIONS -
- PRIZE: A copy of Expat Women: Confessions valued at $24.95
- TO ENTER: Comment on this post by the deadline
- GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Monday, August 8 2012 at 8pm EST
- NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
- PRIZE SHIPS: Anywhere in the world!
- RULES: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using Random and announced on Tuesday as an update to this post, so check back to see if you've won!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to LJ, who won!