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Giving up the Game Face: The importance of showing your true feelings

Giving up the Game Face: The importance of showing your true feelings

One of the most difficult things to do is to make ourselves appear happy when we feel stressed on the inside. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to put on a show of happiness, especially when we are already working on trying to solve what is making us feel stressed. The effort to appear happy taxes our system even more.

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Is everybody crazy? How to manage groupthink in your new environment.

Is everybody crazy? How to manage groupthink in your new environment.

Expats can find themselves in groups that have been well established before they arrived and that will continue when they leave. These groups have a history and normally have a few embedded permanent members. Examples might include the school where all the expat children attend, a newcomer’s club, or the employing company itself. The new arrival to a group may be surprised at the types of conversations that take place, the type of thinking that occurs, and the decisions that are made by the group. The newcomer may think, “Why is no one raising this obvious point?” or “They must know that isn’t correct!” Yet, no one speaks up.

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Where should I be looking? Balancing demands on your attention

Where should I be looking? Balancing demands on your attention

Multi-tasking can cause burn out. This post will help you understand the importance of slowing down and focusing on one task at a time while learning new techniques to successfully achieve it.

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Are you using traditions to keep your family strong while living abroad?

Are you using traditions to keep your family strong while living abroad?

When families are transferred to live outside their native country, or have a lifestyle that means moving countries every 3-5 years, it can be difficult to construct and/or maintain what it means to be part of that family. Let me explain....

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Three simple steps to take charge when your children’s friends are driving you nuts

Three simple steps to take charge when your children’s friends are driving you nuts

Same Passport, Different Culture

A great thing about living abroad is our children become exposed to many different cultures. This makes them tolerant, accepting, and more global which will be fabulous traits for their futures. Yet, many times our children seek out friends who are the same nationality, speak the same language, or look similar to them. When these are the defining traits to start friendships, sometimes more important characteristics such as honesty, compassion, or fairness may be forgotten.

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