About Michelle Garrett

Michelle Garrett is the author of The American Resident, where she blogs about making a life overseas, raising a blended family, herding cats, chasing chickens and attempting the Good Life in Essex. Michelle is a freelance writer and BritMums editor.

Author Michelle Garrett

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Expat Round-up: Promoting expat businesses

One of the reasons I love doing the expat roundup is the opportunity to support fellow expats. I do this to help them but also because I think what they have to offer is of genuine interest for the rest of the expat community and beyond. Today I’m supporting a travel writer, a network developer, […]

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Expat Round-up: Picking up something from everywhere

As many of you know, over on The American Resident I write about the long term expat lifestyle, making an almost permanent home in another country (the ‘almost’ is probably more in my head than reality as it would be difficult to accept I have moved permanently). This means I’m one of those expats who […]

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Expat Round-up: Love where you live!

The path that led to my expat life was not dependant on one moment. Instead it was a slow layering of influences that built up like a canyon wall around me, channelling me in the direction that eventually led me to a life in the UK. I don’t call it destiny because I believe in […]

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Expat round-up: home comforts, discoveries and memories

It’s the same around the world; everyone seems to be getting ill this year. It seems everywhere I look on blogs, FB and Twitter people are suffering from colds and flu. I had to cancel two meetings in London–I hate cancelling meetings, but I was so rough I just couldn’t cope with the three hour […]

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Expat Round-up: Connect with others like you

There is a solitude to expat life, even if you move with your family, that helps define the experience of living overseas. Solitude is not loneliness (and what a welcome calm in the crazy chaos of overseas living it can be), but when we feel loneliness, even in a group of people, what to do? […]

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Expat Round-up: Think about it

I like blog posts that make me laugh, or make me nod along with empathy, or just make me think. I like writing posts that make others do all of that as well. But sometimes I just have an overload of blogging. That happens to everyone, right? I had to close the blog door for […]

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Expat Round-up: 20 expat parents around the world

Over on my blog, The American Resident, I recently asked readers what’s the the most difficult thing about living overseas? The most difficult thing will vary from person to person but certain groups may share similar difficulties. One of the most difficult things for me has been raising my daughter thousands of miles away from […]

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Expat Round-up: Transitions

October is a time of transitions for me. The seasons are changing no matter which side of the planet you’re on–unless you’re at the equator, I guess. We feel it here in the UK as a gusty wind on a sunny day, or a dark moody sky above coloured trees, swirling leaves trailing across paths. […]

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Making a difference is so easy!

Back to shool, back to routines, and for some of us it’s the time to start a bit of Christmas shopping. Whatever online shopping you’re doing this autumn, did you realise you can click a donation (and it’s not even your money!) to a charity of your choice every time you shop online? Here’s how […]

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Expat Round-up: The back to school edition

Is back to school the same in every country? Our Back to School this year means GCSEs, something totally foreign to me (yes, I intentionally used that phrase!). Because I’m an expat I am aware that I don’t always key into the same concerns the other parents do at my daughter’s school–sometimes at risk of […]

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Why support Paralympics GB?

This past Sunday I was fortunate enough to go to the Paralympics at the Olympic Park–it was amazing! The crowds were buzzing, the events were packed, and supporters were there from all over the world in their country’s colours, sometimes wearing silly costumes but always totally excited and completely pumped! Why do I support ParalympicsGB? […]

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Expat Round-up: About the Expats

I love About Me pages. Many of my readers know this already. The About Me page is the most clicked-on page in most blogs so it’s got to be good. If someone lands on an interesting post on your blog they may want to know more so they look for an About Me page. If […]

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Shop online for summer fun AND help charity…

…with no extra cost to you!! How can you say no to that?! When you shop online this summer for everything from swimming costumes to garden equipment you can shop through a portal that will allow you to direct a portion of your money towards a charity of your choice–without spending any extra money. The […]

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Don’t Miss: Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions!

Next Monday 10pm on Channel 4 is a TV show you won’t want to miss: Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions. Attitudes will change Why? Because it’s the dawn of a revolution, a new era for people who suffer from mental illness and for those who support them—and for all of us, because mental illness can potentially […]

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Expat Round-up: The BritMums Live Edition

One of the main reasons a lot of bloggers buy tickets and attend blog conferences is to meet up with the bloggers with whom they have been sharing, supporting, and gaining inspiration from throughout the year. This network is valuable to bloggers, it is the essence of what drives many of us to sit down […]

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Announcing the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Award Winners!

Congratulations to all the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Winners! For a list of the winners along with links to their winning blogs, a description of the category and a comment from the judge, see below. If you have won your category and would like to add a BiBs winners’ badge to your site, you can […]

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Final important tips for BritMumsLive!

I woke this morning thinking, “Wow, BritMums Live is tomorrow. TOMORROW!” And I have a long list of jobs to get through, but I am so pumped and excited to meet the loads of bloggers I’ve been working with through this past year, so thrilled to be working with BritMums on the biggest blog event […]

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ONE MORE SLEEP!

One more sleep until BritMums Live! the UK’s biggest blogging event of the year! With nearly 500 attendees and loads of sponsors (and freebies and cool experiences!), celebrity speakers, informative workshops, and of course the Brilliance in Blogging Awards Party and Ceremony on Friday night we’ve got an amazing weekend planned. And I have been […]

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