My name is Emma Rainey, I was born and raised in West-Belfast, Northern Ireland and my star sign is Scorpio. I’m also an Irish expat who lives in Brussels and have spent most of my 20-somethings as a young professional attempting to climb the career ladder in the EU job market. My French is terrible and much to my Flemish boyfriend’s dismay, my Dutch is equally as bad – languages are not my forte. I enjoy watching period dramas, being creative in my spare time and having interesting conversations with friends.
I am a proud self confessed political geek, Feminist and Idealist. I’m always on the side of the underdog. That’s why much of the content I write about surround the themes of social justice, human rights, politics and current affairs, as well as the challenges that the average Jane/Joe like me and you face everyday. I’ve been told I can be quite annoying at times but I like to think of this as passion. If we were all indifferent to what was going on in the world us then nothing would ever get done.
I’m a big advocate for social change and through my writing, I try to make an impact by providing reflective and at times critical insights by examining political and social contexts. I also aim to increase civil engagement and awareness among my readers – to get them thinking about topics and issues that impact them and to reinvigorate their sense of empowerment as active agents in society.
The idea behind ‘A Foot in Two Places’ is the dynamic relationship that we have with ourselves and our perspectives in a constantly changing globalized world. It’s how we choose to navigate ourselves with this change that will either make or break you, and I choose the former.
Much of the content of A Foot in Two Places will be focused on the regions of Ireland, UK, Brussels and the rest of Europe. The occasional article will have a much more international focus. I believe the themes and sentiment behind this blog can appeal to others who may share a similar experience or interests to myself.