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When summertime beckons, many of us find ourselves pondering the annual question: home or away? Whether it’s a long-planned holiday far afield, camping in a field (aka caravaning), day trips in the general vicinity, a picnic in a bucolic setting, or simply a barbeque in the backyard, it’s the season we want to be doing something different. So […]

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Welcome back to what I hope you’ll agree is a fascinating story of professional transition amid cross-cultural life. This is the second part in a three-part series of how two expat business women —  Evelyn Simpson (previously The Smart Expat) and Louise Wiles (previously Success Abroad Coaching) —  living in different countries met, collaborated on a joint survey project, […]

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It’s hard to believe that a little over a year ago I was in the final stages of completing The Emotionally Resilient Expat. This meant writing the last bits and pieces, tidying up the table of contents, drafting the acknowledgements, finalizing the references and resources section, creating an index, and responding to the edits, questions […]

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As mentioned in Under Construction, I hope you’ll join me as I navigate the re-entry stage in our repatriation journey. Every three months I’ll share a series of ‘snapshot’ blog posts about the particulars of building a new life from scratch, filed under the post category Re-entry Reality. I’ll look at everything from making a home, engaging socially, staying healthy, […]

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As mentioned in Under Construction, I hope you’ll join me as I navigate the re-entry stage in our repatriation journey. Every three months I’ll share a series of ‘snapshot’ blog posts about the particulars of building a new life from scratch, filed under the post category Re-entry Reality. I’ll look at everything from making a home, engaging socially, staying […]

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Lately something’s been stuck in my head, like a snippet of a song’s refrain playing over and over again. It’s as if I have my own chorus – although it’s actually more like a soloist, with a deep, resonant voice – repeating the phrase in an ongoing loop. It’s to the point where it has taken […]

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Time again for another Riveting Expat Read in which I shine the spotlight on a new (or new to me) book in this varied and rapidly growing niche. There has been a slow but steadily expanding upsurge in books written by and for expats/global nomads/TCKs which examine life lived cross-culturally, and we are all the richer […]

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You know the old adage ‘two heads are better than one’? Well, during the summer when I learned that Evelyn Simpson (aka The Smart Expat) and Louise Wiles (aka Success Abroad Coaching) were joining forces to conduct the Career Choice & Accompanying Partner Survey, I knew this dynamic duo would be a formidable combination. I’m a fan of […]

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I had not planned to write today. As the day approached, I felt a gentle shroud of melancholy descend and wrap around my shoulders like a soft caress. I had a productive day yesterday, one in which I not only made good progress on a project, but also laid the groundwork for two new ones. One […]

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I must confess that it still astounds me how, in this day and age and in the comfort of my own home here in the Netherlands, internet connectivity and the various social media venues it has spawned allow me to maintain contact with friends and family and build associations with others. Like the old Bell […]

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Today is the first Monday in September. For many, it’s merely the start of yet another work week. Whatever ‘work’ means for you. Getting the children off to school before running a long list of errands and volunteering in the classroom. Pulling into the factory parking lot with a double shift ahead. Trading stories at […]

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The other day while working on my book, it dawned on me that I ought to write a post on mind-mapping. Have you ever done mind-mapping? In simple terms, it’s the creation of a diagram to visually display information. You start in the middle of a page with whatever you wish to map: a topic, issue, problem, question, […]

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Okay, today’s post is both global and deeply personal in nature. August 19th is officially designated World Humanitarian Day 2012, marking the 9th anniversary of the bombing in Baghdad that took the life of Sergio Vieira De Mello, then serving as both the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Secretary General’s Special […]

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I was saddened to hear the news that Stephen Covey, author of the groundbreaking bestseller of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, had passed away. Covey, a university business/leadership professor and founder of an entire empire of subsequent books, high profile speaking engagements, widely acclaimed seminars and associated business tools (Franklin-Covey), was 79 when he died of […]

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Here in the northern hemisphere, when it gets to be February, March and April, the season begins. You would be forgiven for thinking that I’m referring to the blossoming springtime. Emerging from winter is certainly important, but there is another season beginning to bud: it’s what I referred to last year as a matter of The Clash […]

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Ever have one of those days, weeks or even months where you are so busy you can barely see straight? Where you absolutely, positively must keep a note pad near you at all times to capture the overflow of thoughts and reminders sloshing around in your brain? Well, I’ve been having an entire season like that. […]

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Hey there. Today I’m over at expat publisher Jo Parfitt’s site in a new feature we’re calling Writing Business Bits. Based on the positive response to my recent three-part guest post about Jack Canfield’s insights on book marketing and promotion, Jo has asked me to contribute a series of monthly posts. Topics will focus on how […]

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  Once again, Maria over at I Was an Expat Wife has hit the proverbial nail on the head. She wrote a great piece recently Can Previous Expat Experience Help With Adjustment? that I hope you’ll take the chance to read. In it, she examines whether having prior expat experience can affect one’s ability to adjust […]

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Recently I was guest posting over at Jo Parfitt’s website again, finishing the last in a three-part series on Steve Harrison’s (of Radio/Television Interview Report) interview with mega-selling author and co-founder of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise, Jack Canfield. I enjoy listening to such ‘webinars’ (web seminars) to glean the nuggets of wisdom, experience, […]

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The other day Jo Parfitt ran the second of my guest posts in a three-part series about ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ co-founder/business mogul Jack Canfield. The series is based on a recent webinar interview of Canfield by Steve Harrison of the Radio & TV Interview Report. In addition to co-authoring more than 200 titles […]

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