Rachel Rowland

A blog about life, leadership and whatever else lands in my lap.


May 28, 2015

It’s starting to feel real. And very official. We have now submitted a “non-immigrant visa application DS-160”. So that means there’s officially no doubt that we want to go. The thing I’m most excited about is that I really do now have no doubt that I want to go.


May 22, 2015

Going away for a week, with your life partner, thinking about the life you want to live as a family and making choices about how to achieve that vision as a couple, whilst drinking wine and driving a convertible, is pretty much the most privileged life a human could ex...

May 15, 2015

Today I have butterflies in my tummy and an empty space where my brain used to be.

Sometimes it flips over. Thoughts flutter through my mind like butterflies and a hollow feeling rests in my tummy. 

We’re about to get on the plane to visit Seattle. 

It’s like a drea...

May 15, 2015

It’s an incredible unforeseen upside to this whole relocation malarky that Mark and I get to go away without the tiny ones for a week. We would never have dreamed of leaving them to go on holiday before.

Of course it’s not a real holiday – there’ll be lots of school vis...

May 5, 2015

It’s time to say something about not being able to say anything about how I feel when I think of leaving the UK.

About how I feel when I imagine myself alone and isolated in a foreign country trying to care for my family. About how I feel when it occurs to me...

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