Expat, Nomad, Immigrant: Stories from Life Abroad - featuring Emily from My Adaptable Career

Welcome to my new guest post series which gives expats, nomads and immigrants a space to share their stories of life abroad and offers us a glimpse into their experiences.

The series launched with my own post, the story of how I ended up in Mexico all those years ago.  You can read it here:  Stories from Life Abroad - guest post series launch .

Last month's brilliant post was by Prabs of Absolutely Prabulous about the good and bad sides to living in Malta.

Each month there will be a new post by a different contributor.  They may or may not be bloggers, they could be from any country, living anywhere in the world as expats, immigrants or nomads.  The idea is to tell as wide a variety of stories and experiences of living abroad as possible, from many different viewpoints.

This series will keep running for as long as I continue to get contributions for it, so if you would like to take part, email me at mummyandthemexicans@gmail.com and I will be happy to send you the details.

Expat Nomad Immigrant: Stories From Life Abroad A Guest Post Series Featuring Emily McGee of My Adaptable Career

This month’s guest post is by the inspirational Emily of My Adaptable Career .  She is from the U.S. and currently lives in India.  Her website and digital products help small bloggers get big results through better planning and productivity.  Here she explains why she decided to start her business and how she has adapted her work to fit in with her life as an expat.

My Adaptable Career

Many bloggers I know started their blog because of a life-long dream to have their own business. I am not one of those bloggers.

In 2015, our family moved from the U.S. to Mozambique, a country in Africa. I left my full-time job, got pregnant, and felt like there was no way I would find a “normal” job that was flexible enough for my unique circumstances. My site, MyAdaptableCareer.com was born. I needed a career that would adapt to my life, and not vice versa. When I couldn’t find something, I decided to create it.

One of the only certainties in my life as an expat has been uncertainty. On a grand scale, we move every two years, so I live with the uncertainty of not knowing where we’re moving to next. In daily life, uncertainty is not knowing how to say “Where’s the bathroom?” in the local language. It’s not knowing how to drive on the left side of the road. (Is a right turn on red still legal if you’re driving on the left side of the road?). It’s the irregular power supply that means you can’t rely on your Internet or even your lightbulbs to work.

Having the continuity of my business makes it easier for me to face the uncertainty in the rest of my life. I may not know where my child’s going to school next year or how much a half kilo of shrimp should cost, but at least I know where I’m working tomorrow, next month, and next year.

For me, having an “adaptable career” means I can take advantage of the wonderful aspects of expat life, too. We get to travel often, and I can take my office with me. In between moves, our family goes back to the U.S. for a month or two to visit family and relax. Most other jobs wouldn’t allow me to take such a long vacation. Time zones and sick days don’t really matter when you work from home and you’re your own boss.

This Picture Shows Emily McGee Of My Adaptable Career With Her Daughter On A Hiking Holiday In South Africa

When we first arrive in a new country, I work less so I can help my family adjust. After everyone settles in, I can easily put in more hours. Running an online business is truly the most flexible career I can imagine, and it’s what makes expat life feel manageable to me. I can still have a work identity beyond my role as a wife and mama. I can earn an income, socialize with my community online, and I can do it from anywhere.

Is starting a blog or running your own business right for everyone? Nope! But having a flexible, fulfilling outlet is important for expats, especially those of us who moved overseas to follow a spouse’s job.

More and more companies are offering remote positions. If you’re someone who likes to work and feels limited by the options in your host country, this is a great option. Freelancing and starting a business offer even more flexibility. If you don’t have to work or don’t want to work, volunteering can be incredibly fulfilling and flexible. Learning the local language or getting started with a hobby that’s popular locally can be a great way to escape stress, meet people, and add to your identity as an expat.

For me, the flexibility and continuity of running my own small business has made the expat life even more enjoyable. When we moved overseas, I expected to face challenges and uncertainties. I didn’t expect that starting my own small business would give me the stable identity and flexible schedule I’d need to face those challenges with ease.

About Emily:

 Expat, Nomad, Immigrant: Stories From Life Abroad A Guest Post Series Featuring Emily McGee of My Adaptable Career

Emily McGee recently moved from Mozambique to India with her husband and two kids. She’s the founder of My Adaptable Career, where she helps small bloggers get big results through better planning and productivity. 

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Find Emily McGee at: My Adaptable Career  | Pinterest  | Facebook  | Instagram

Expat, Nomad, Immigrant: Stories From Life Abroad A Guest Post Series Featuring Emily McGee of My Adaptable Career

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  1. This is such a cool series - it's awesome to read about how people make these big moves work! I don't think I could do it myself, but I admire those who do.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time. :)

    1. Thanks! I can´t imagine having to move to a different country every two years - that would be a huge upheaval!

  2. I’m loving this series so far and have been following Prab since reading your last post in the series. Totally intrigued by Emily and have followed her accounts and will be checking her out.

    Thanks for linking this up to #KCACOLS

  3. Wow what an amazing opportunity to travel to so many different countries! Very brave with 2 little ones! #KCACOLS

  4. This post is so relatable! Thanks for this. I am a Filipina expat living in Italy. :)

  5. This is such a great insight . What great experiences for the family #blogcrush

  6. As a true home-body, I always find it incredibly awe-inspiring when I read about expats moving around. It was hard enough to move 3 years ago and I wouldn't do it again in a hurry. So cool that your business can move around with you. #kcacols

  7. This is kind of my dream. I'd love to set up in Cyprus or NZ but I came back after my visa expired and reading these posts of yours gives me wanderlust again! #KCACOLS