Making Sense of Your Messy Mobile Life

“The book is a very personal account, with complete transparency on her own multicultural childhood, how she came to meet her husband, then subsequently start a family of their own over three continents in four languages.

Mariam draws heavily on expert opinions as well as a Global Mobility Survey conducted in 2018 in this well researched and eloquently written piece. Many relatable, real-life family examples are used to explain the MOLA approach giving it a personal touch.

At the end of each chapter, you are encouraged to reflect on how to apply the toolkit to your own situation. You are also provided with some handy conversation starters to explore the topics together with your MOLA family.

This Messy Mobile Life also contains a wealth of resources for further reading and support from books to websites and blogs that support the global family.”

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Author: Mariam Ottimofiore

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore is a Pakistani expat author, writer, researcher and economist. When she was 19 years old, she left her home in Karachi with a blue suitcase and a one-way ticket to Boston. She has lived in nine countries as an expat child and an expat adult: The Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Ghana. 17 years and four continents later, her life on the move is messy. A 40-foot container, an expat husband from another corner of the world and two children born 3,000 miles apart have added complexity, challenges and many joys to living a multicultural, multilingual and multi-mobile life. She currently lives in Accra, Ghana, with her German/Italian husband and her German-Pakistani-Italian kids, born in Singapore and Dubai. Passionate about languages and cultures, Mariam speaks fluent Urdu, English, Hindi and German with some Italian, Danish and Arabic on the side. She is an expert at making embarrassing mistakes in every new language she picks up, is perpetually lost in every new city she calls home and can never remember her new address or where she packed those suede boots!

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