Recovering corporate attorney, native West Virginian, diplomatic (undiplomatic upon occasion) spouse, and full-time mommy to two DiploKids.
I married a 2d LT right out of university. Followed him around. Applied to law school. Prepared for life in the Big Apple at a Big Firm. Then one day, my husband announced that he was running away to join the Foreign Service. For seven years, we juggled both careers, and even that Big Firm thing worked out pretty well, and I practiced securities and corporate law in Frankfurt and Hong Kong. Then we got assigned to Accra, Ghana. Ghana has 31 listed companies on a good day, so you know what happened next, right?
I get a little frustrated sometimes, but I try to keep in mind some advice that one of my law school professors gave on the last day of school:
“I’ve always lived my life thinking that if something really interesting came up and it was possible for me to do that I should just do it.”
The past several years I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, a school board member, a yoga teacher, an Assistant Refugee Coordinator, and worked on intellectual property issues for the Foreign Commercial Service. I’ve traveled, run three half-marathons, baked approximately 3,245 batches of cookies, and met two Presidents and Rita Marley.
I currently live in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. I’ve discovered Bollywood and Pav Baji, visited the Gateway of India at least 15 times, worn a sari, and saved my younger son from at least six cow attacks.
I don’t really miss practicing law, but sometimes, late at night, I wake up thinking I forgot to send the most recent draft of the prospectus to the working group.