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by Rita H. Azar on April 22, 2016


How have you been?  I’ve been slowly getting back into writing and running after Florence!  I can’t believe she will be one year old in two weeks!

This must be the most difficult post I have written so far…  In fact, I have been postponing writing it week after week since the start of the year.  I have decided to close down The Crafty Expat.

The Crafty Expat started four years ago.  I had followed my love to Australia, just completed a Post-graduate Diploma in journalism and I was trying to find my feet in my new country.  I needed to practice my English writing, I wanted to share my craft ideas and connect with other people.  I had so much fun writing this blog and interacting with all of you.  I met both virtually and in person so many amazing people.

But, more than anything else, this blog has helped me to build self-confidence in my writing and acknowledge my dream of becoming an author.  Even though I still battle with self-doubt, this blog has given me the courage to get out of my shell and connect with other writers and authors on social media and in person.  I got involved with my wonderful writing group, the MRWG,  and even got a short story published in our anthology Sweet and Spicy: A Celebration of Romance.  I know now that with perseverance and hard work, I have the capacity of achieving my dream.

Lately, I gave a lot of thoughts to blogging, thinking about the reasons why I’m maintaining this blog, its direction and, I came to the conclusion that I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of having a blog that does not represent who I am anymore.  I grew out of The Crafty Expat and I need a change, a new start.

But, I still want to share my thoughts, my road to publication and connect with people.  So, I will be back in the blogging world but I need time to think about the way I want to do it.  I haven’t figured out that part yet, it may be just changing the URL, the design and the name of this blog or start fresh with a whole new platform.

Having a baby has taught me many things.  One of them is that I have to make the most of the limited time I have and prioritise.  I have to accept that I can’t do everything.  For the moment, focusing on my novel comes first.

Closing down The Crafty Expat was a difficult decision to make.  This blog was such an important part of my life and it’s hard to let it go.  As I’m writing these lines, a part of me is sad.  But, I know it’s the right decision.

So, it’s time to say goodbye and thank you for your support!  Continue to follow me on Facebook where I will keep you updated and eventually let you know where you will find me again on the internet.

The Crafty Expat will be live until the 29 of April.

Au revoir! 



Merry Christmas and a very happy new year 2016!

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by Rita H. Azar on December 24, 2015



Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2016 filled with much love, happiness, good health and success in all you projects! 


This is always the perfect occasion to say thank you for your support and the private messages you have sent me.  I truly appreciate it and feel terrible because of my lack of communication with you all.  I’m just starting to get into more of a routine with my little one and hope to be back to more regular blogging in the new year.

The least that I can say is that it has been a very busy year in our household. We moved to a new home and had a baby.  We also had a wonderful three months visit from my parents and I travelled with our little one for a five weeks trip to Canada.  Finally, my short story, The Artist, was published in the anthology Sweet and Spicy – A celebration of romance.  With these circumstances, blogging took the back burner.  But, I have collected many stories and look forward to share them with you. 

Enjoy this special time with your loved ones and see you soon!

Au revoir! 


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