Jo Parfitt’s Celebration in The Hague

June 11, 2008

Wow! Did we have fun last night as I celebrated the launch of my 25th book at Lesley Fisher’s beautiful apartment in Den Haag with 50 of the finest folk whom I have the pleasure to call my friends, colleagues and supporters. As a ‘trailing spouse’ it is not always easy to pursue a career while moving round the world as chattel and cheerleader to a bloke in the oil industry. It is even harder when you get a stamp in your passport that reads ‘wife – not permitted to take up employment’. As you know, that happened to me in 1988, and since then I have been determined to retain my professional identity despite the obstacles. To those who attended, thank you for supporting me.

Thanks too . . .
To Lesley of Metamorphosis Consulting for hosting the event – don’t forget that she has a super training room available to rent
To Annelene for her wonderful wine, and for making recipes from ‘Dates’ – invite The Wine Emporium to do a wine tasting for you and your friends and you may have as much fun as we did last night!
To Katy, for drawing the raffle, and for writing the foreword to ‘Career in Your Suitcase’ – take a look at the wonderful work done by the Permits Foundation
To Kim and Maged from Xpatriate Magazine, for providing mags for the bags and those wonderful vouchers to Ascot in Wassenaar! Watch out for my new column!
To the glorious Zelda, for dancing for us – join Lesley and me on her Dance with the Goddess workshop on Saturday!
To ABC Treehut for providing the other mags for the bags
To Mega of Portable Career, Julie of Essence Therapeutics, Rev Barbara of Authentic Matters Ministries, Robin of Dutchnews, Agnes of ABC, Annelene, Lesley, Zelda and Elske of Stichting the English Theatre for providing such wonderful raffle prizes.

I hope you enjoy your goodie bag suitcase, which reminds me to thank Ricklin-Echikson Associates for the wonderful luggage tags.

Dates by Jo Parfitt and Sue Valentine April 2008

6 Responses to “Jo Parfitt’s Celebration in The Hague”

  1. Hi Jo,
    What a joyful occasion! It was a pleasure to be there and to write the foreword for your latest book. A Career in Your Suitcase should be essential carry-on, hand luggage for every person contemplating an international portable career.

    Best wishes, Katy van der Wilk-Carlton

  2. Kim Chandler Says:

    Hi Jo,

    It was a wonderful party filled with fun and some very fascinating people… huge thanks for bringing everyone together, and congratulations on the Silver Jubilee!


  3. Deborah Says:

    Jo, what can I say! Years ago I purchased the first edition of Career in your Suitcase (still on my bookshelf) and admired this courageous woman who had achieved what she had. Who would have predicted that I would be a part of a celebration around its new publication – and I am not even a Shell or oil partner expat!! The world may be large, but with inspiration and efforts like yours there is sufficient evidence to suggest it is small indeed. I look forward to your ‘golden’ jubilee! Proficiat.

  4. Karen Coster Says:

    Congratulations on a very successful event! Thanks for including me. I am so impressed by the new generation of entrepreneurs among the expat population. Do continue to inspire! Your enthusiasm is contagious.

  5. Lois Bushong Says:

    Congratulations on following your dream, working hard, and having a wonderful celebration for a job well done on the completion of the 25th book. I will look forward to hearing about many more celebrations. It could not have happened to a nicer lady with such a huge heart! You are my inspiration.

  6. Christa Voorn Says:

    Dear Jo,
    A belated thank you for the invitation to your book launch. Congratulations on your achievements! Margaret Wabeke and I had a lovely time. The date recipe samples, wine, dancing, music and company were wonderful. I am enjoying my 1st purchase, Find your Passion. Looking forward to your presentation next month for The Pickwick Club of Rotterdam.

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