Thoughts on Being a Trailing Spouse

My blog friend Jessie (whom I have actually met in real life) recently wrote a wonderful article for the American Foreign Service Journal about being a trailing spouse (or, in today’s more politically correct lingo, an adult eligible family member, AEFM). Her take, in brief: It’s hard.Oh you know, just sitting around baking all day.

2013 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself

I shared my 2014 Future Letter to Myself last week, and now that 2013 is fully over, I wanted to share the “results” of my 2013 annual letter. I was a little nervous about opening my letter — which I had handwritten on five pages of our nice Fernando Llort stationary, sealed in an envelopeContinue reading “2013 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself”

The Pros and Cons of Being a Working EFM

I wrote about the pros and cons of being a non-working EFM last fall, and now that I’ve been working full time for a month, I thought it was high time to dispense additional wisdom to the internets — this time, from my perspective as a working EFM.All that shopping? On our vacation to Antigua?Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Being a Working EFM”

Future Letter to Myself: 2013

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve made and kept them in the past, but more often than not, I’ve made and forgotten about them. It’s not that I dislike setting and achieving goals — quite the opposite. In fact, I’m very goal-oriented, whether it’s training for a marathon or learning Spanish or somethingContinue reading “Future Letter to Myself: 2013”

The Pros and Cons of Being a Non-Working EFM

Pro: Time to run.Now that we’ve been at post a whole month and a half, I thought I would begin dispensing pearls of wisdom about the Foreign Service lifestyle.* Specifically, from my perspective as an EFM (eligible family member, aka spouse in my case, although this lovely acronym also applies to dependents and domestic partners).Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Being a Non-Working EFM”