Archive for September, 2008

The Inner Critic Knows No Borders

Posted on 30. Sep, 2008 by in Blog, Tools & Resources
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How have you been talking to yourself lately?

Have you been gentle, patient and compassionate with yourself? Or have you been your harshest critic, dwelling on the negative and beating yourself up?

For the next few days, become aware of your self-talk.
Is your inner dialogue filled with “Shoulds” and “Should nots”?
Do you catch yourself thinking that you are not talented enough to learn the local language, or outgoing enough to make many friends in your new location?
Do you sometimes question whether you are even cut out for the expat life?

Make a note of what triggers your Inner Critic. When does it become most active?

For now, just notice and observe. On Wednesday, I will start a series of posts on how to deal with an over-active Inner Critic.

Emmanuelle

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Friday Musings: Home Is…

Posted on 27. Sep, 2008 by in Blog, Home, Musings & Inspiration
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One of the many concepts that expatriation forces us to redefine is that of Home.

What makes a house a home? I had the opportunity to ask myself this question- a perennial favourite of shelter magazines- as I settled into my new home today.

No, I have not moved into a new place. But I recently joined my local University Women’s Club and after spending my first afternoon there, I already feel very much at home in the meeting room.

I believe it has little to do with the decor or the many activities being offered, although that certainly helps too. The three main reasons why I feel so comfortable there are much more basic than that:
– The gorgeous light pouring in through the large windows;
– A selection of delicious, fragrant teas for self-service;
– The laughter, the lively debates and the sense of fellowship that fill every corner of the building.

There you have it, my recipe for feeling at home: beauty, enjoyment of the senses and companionship. With these anchors in place, I am good to go pretty much anywhere in the world.

What about you? What are your anchors?

Emmanuelle

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Expat Resources, Tools and Inspiration

Posted on 24. Sep, 2008 by in Announcements, Blog, Expat Life
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This expatriation blog was born out of passion and conviction.

A passion for living abroad, experiencing foreign cultures and living a rich, colourful, multifaceted life.
A conviction that expatriation should be about personal growth, discovery and adventure, not just stress, isolation and heartache.

As a relocation coach and an expat myself, I get to experience on a daily basis the ups and downs of living and working abroad, both firsthand and through my clients. Over time, I have collected tips, tools and sources of inspiration to help expats deal with their specific set of challenges and unique opportunities.
It is those resources that I would like to share with you.

My goal for this blog is to build a place you can turn to whenever you need to find:
– Clarity
– Inspiration
– Practical, directly applicable advice

Your comments and questions are welcome at any time. Let me know what you would like to see here, contribute your own resources, tell us what the expat life has taught you. Make yourselves at home and let’s get the dialogue started!

Emmanuelle

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