I live a long way from my old home in the UK and am trying a new life in Israel with my husband and three young children.  I’ve been trying for 8 years already and it’s still a work in practice.  I teeter on the edge of extreme homesickness and extreme gratitude for the 9 months of sunshine.  Two years ago I had a full-time job, new-born twins and a 2 year old and was feeling a little overwhelmed (to put it mildly) so I started a moan diary which when I read it back now is just hilarious (or heartbreaking).  So as I settled into extreme parenting I also started writing about the myriad of thoughts and emotions I, like many others, experience on the precipice of turning 40.  My aim is to make myself smile and contemplate and  hopefully make my readers smile and nod in agreement.  There are so many things to get depressed or worried or uptight about in life  (especially where I live!), sometimes the lighter side is the best form of therapy. We’ll see!

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  1. Katie – you’ve started a blog!!!! HOW COOL!!! I also did this before kids. You wont believe this but at one point i had 600,000 readers !!!!!! Keep at it its excellent and you write soooo well! 🙂

  2. Katie, my darling, I love your writing. Now I feel so lazy that I haven’t started my promised writing projects especially since you have three! How is it that one seems to leave me no time? Keep it up and enjoy yourself. You have spurred me on….. xx Janice

    • thanks so much. this keeps me sane and makes me think about more than who kept me awake at night and whether we have enough milk in the fridge!! Keep reading and start writing.
      PS I may be back for a bit in Jan and am thinking a mini GSB reunion xx

  3. Fascinating trajectory. Belated best wishes for your birthday: hope your personal New Year’s a good’un.
    And keep on writing …

  4. Dear Katie, I have just read your blog and I have a huge smile on my face. I will be moving to Israel in the next 3 weeks and I was looking for information on the country when I came across your blog. Truly entertaining and some wonderful notes on Israeli life in general. I am looking forward to it. I hope your blogs will be my solace on those days when I am homesick.

    • Hi and welcome (almost) to Israel!!! I’m so pleased you like the blog and hope you keep reading after you move here. Very best of luck here and get ready to toughen up – they’re an aggressive lot these Israelis!! x

  5. Love your blog and so glad to have found it! We are likely to be moving to tel aviv, and I will likely be turning 40 while there! Ack! We also have little kids. Anyway, I’ve been obsessed with reading it and loving your insights. Thanks!

    • Keep reading!! – I’ve been quiet recently due to ridiculous workloads but I love that you enjoy it. Keep in touch for when you move here. x

  6. I’m delighted I came across your site and was wondering if you or any of your readers can give me some advice about recruitment in Israel. I’m working for a company that is looking to expand into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to advertise locally. We are looking for English speaking businessmanagers so any advice would be greatly appreciated. We’ve advertised on Linkedin and Monster.com but haven’t had much luck attracting the right applicants.

  7. Hi Katie,

    I am so glad I found your blog. I am hoping to move to Tel Aviv in the next 6 – 9 months and I would greatly appreciate some advice from you as I am finding getting clear advice difficult. I too currently work in TV / advertising in London (I am English) and am moving to live with my boyfriend (Armenian) who will be working as a Doctor in Tel Aviv from May.

    I would love to ask you some more specific questions and have the benefit of your experience. If you are happy to help me please drop me an email or reply.

    Many thanks

    Rachael

      • Thats great. Thanks Katie.

        My main questions are –

        – How much is language a barrier when trying to find work in the industry
        – How did you find the visa process
        – Do you have any tips for employment seeking the industry

        My email is – rachaelevans580@gmail.com.

        Any advice would be muchly appreciated as the shift at this point seems so daunting and finding people to contact with real life advice (not just govement style advice!) is tricky.

        Rachael

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