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Time stands still for nobody: how visiting home can teach us about change

Time stands still for nobody: how visiting home can teach us about change

 

Living abroad can transform us in ways that are only noticeable when we visit home. Residing in a different culture as an expat can change us.  “Going home” can feel different or as if we no longer fit in like we used to.  Why does this happen?

Visiting home while living abroad is always exciting. Seeing special people is always a top item on the to-do list. Going to favorite restaurants, visiting certain shops or neighborhoods, eating iconic foods, and enjoying a shared culture and language are also anticipated pleasure points on our visits home. We arrive, we take in, we enjoy and we feel like we belong again. And then....

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Are you prepared to launch (Mommy version)? ‘Letting go’ before moving on

Are you prepared to launch (Mommy version)? ‘Letting go’ before moving on

Do you know how to let go before moving to a new location? Are you ready to launch? Are you aware of the process of letting go?

For some, the launch site has been your permanent home. You will temporarily be leaving home, but will return after a fixed amount of time. For others, the launch site changes every 1-5 years and may never be a landing site again.

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Are You Living a Sustainable Life? 3 Easy Steps to Prevent Taking a Fall

Are You Living a Sustainable Life? 3 Easy Steps to Prevent Taking a Fall

Feeling swept away with all the “extras” of the expat lifestyle? These 3 steps will help maximize the experience and create sustainable lifestyle habits while living abroad, or heading back home.

Living abroad brings lots of challenges, but it can also bring great rewards. Relocation may trigger larger wages, a bigger house, free private schooling, upscale neighborhoods, and perhaps more disposable income. Additionally, relocation may also provide in-home services such as a housekeeper and chauffer.

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Feeling Overwhelmed? 3 Steps to Take Control

Feeling Overwhelmed? 3 Steps to Take Control

If you are feeling overwhelmed while living abroad, know that there are 3 easy steps that you can do to take control and feel better.

Living abroad can cause you to question just about everything at some point. The honeymoon period, if you are lucky enough to get one, eventually wears off and you are left wondering which way is up. Facing constant friction (i.e. stressful traffic, language barriers, inability to locate necessities) on a constant basis lowers our ability to think clearly and causes distrust in ourselves and those around us.

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