My name is Amanda and I am British born. These days I call the Netherlands home. I have been living here since 2000, and have added Dutch nationality to my British one. I have three Dutch sons, and I am doing my best to tinge them with a good dollop of Britishness.
In a previous life I worked in the world of Human Resources (HR), helping new expats get settled in the Netherlands, or helping employees and their families prepare for a life in a far-flung remote location. It was in this role I learnt some expats are more expat than others.
I live life in a little piece of no man’s land situated somewhere between being a British immigrant and a local bona fide Dutch woman.
I left HR when I became a mother and started to dabble in the art of writing. I am now a published author, freelance writer, translator (Dutch to English) and blogger. I have contributed to a number of expat anthologies: Dutched Up! Rocking the Clogs Expat Style, Once Upon An Expat and Knocked Up Abroad Again. I have also published my own book about highly sensitive children: 101 Ways to Help Your Highly Sensitive Child Empty Their Bucket: Calming Tools During Times of Overwhelm
I scribble my thoughts and experiences about life in the Netherlands over on Turning Dutch. I also write about raising highly sensitive children on the Happy Sensitive Kids blog and I am all over social media like a rash: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.