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Emotional Resilience in Expat Life: Part ii of Part IV

As promised, here is part ii of Part IV in our series on Emotional Resilience in Expat Life. Along with part i last week, we’re looking at ways to engender emotional resilience to help us weather the changes and transitions we face.

I can’t believe that we are getting to toward the end of this group of articles; it seems like yesterday that I conceived of, researched and wrote them.

It started as what I thought would be a two- or possibly three-part series, but as I dug deeper, it grew. Honestly, it could remain an open-ended series, but for a number of reasons I decided to end at five. (Part IV has been separated into two parts, so I guess technically that’s six.) At least for now šŸ˜‰ …

But I’m certainly not done with Emotional Resilience as a topic, not by any stretch. Because when I sent the first article in the series toĀ I Am Expat to be published, I did something a little out of character for me.

I indicated that I am writing a book on this topic. And I am. It is slow-going, but then again, I never assumed it would be easy.

It’s out of character because normally I would just go off and work on whatever the project was and not say anything unless and until it was completed. In the words of Nike, I’d ‘Just Do It’. That’s how I tend to live my life, as well as how I handle my professional goals.

But in this instance, I knew that I needed to step up and make myself publicly accountable for my goal if I’m going to commit myself – my time, energy, focus and effort – to getting it done.

I’d like to report that I feel exhilarated having shared this goal. The truth? Scared $&*#less. Like I’ve done something a little crazy. You know thatĀ feeling that you get when you wake up in the middle of the night thinking What have I done?!?

I can honestly report that I work a little bit on the book every day. If I had to give you a percentage of a first draft manuscript (and I will, because that’s how I roll), I’d say about 15%.

Yikes. Well, I guessĀ there’s no way out except up.

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