Welcome to creative living on the move…

I’m Catriona, aka The Frustrated Nester, writer, editor, and serial expat.

Scroll down to explore my latest articles on expatting, travelling, and creative living.

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The Certainty of Granite

This phrase, ‘The Certainty of Granite’ is one that I’ve had knocking around for years, and it was the working title of my book before I settled on the one I have now. Instead, earlier this year I crafted this poem from various notes and journal entries. The ideas here don’t resonate in the same…

The Art of Finding Home

… The friendships I’ve made with people because we connect over performance, or books, or because we’ve worked on a passion project together, those have been important in a different way. Because they connect with a deeper, stronger part of my identity, one that is a constant, regardless of circumstance. It’s connecting with that sense…

Paris Sketch: Monet at l’Orangerie

I wrote this during a moment of reflection in front of Monet’s famous Water Lilies, and it’s only lightly edited here. Scroll down for more information about the gallery. It’s hard to resist people watching instead. Just two elliptical galleries, no hurry, no trying to take in every painting and learn the significance of what’s…

On Crossing Paths and Feeding the Soul

It’s my birthday weekend, so here’s a treat! I’m sharing my fortnightly email this week with anyone who wants to read it! If you like it, get more about connection, expat insights, and creative living resources by signing up here. I had two meals in a row this week that fed my soul, as well…


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