I wasn’t thinking like a mother when I went back overseas for the first time after my son's birth.
I was so accustomed to development work without a child that when I did have my son, I was the one who couldn’t adapt to my career.
I had my son when I was 36. Until then, I had lived and travelled to many countries working on U.S. Agency for International Development-funded projects. Opportunities came quick and unexpectedly, and I was used to taking them at the drop of a hat.
I learned three days before moving to Bolivia in 2003 that I would be travelling there for three months, but I ended up staying for nearly two years. I was based in Cochabamba, but the project implementation took place in the Chapare region, where I traveled quite often. Similarly, in 2009, I was out the door in three weeks to be based in Pakistan for nearly a year and a half. The project focused specifically in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas region so, although I was based in Islamabad, I would travel to the other office in Peshawar from time to time.