Archive for August, 2009
You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.
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Since youâ€™ve arrived in your host country, youâ€™ve been running around like a recently relocated, headless chicken. Now that youâ€™re mostly settled, itâ€™s time to take a well-deserved break.
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You may remember that last month was Language Learning month here at Winning Away.
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Have you begun making friends in your host country? How are your new friendships coming along?
Friendships are such a personal thing, the only rule about them… is that there are no rules.
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So youâ€™ve relocated to a new country, and you have settled in your new home. Youâ€™re finally seeing the end of all the paperwork you had to deal with, and youâ€™ve started your new job.
The post-relocation slump1 comment | Leave a comment
Now that you are all moved in, I am sure that you would love to put your feet up and relax.
But there is one more chore on your To-do list (there is always one more chore, isnâ€™t there?), and it can be a big one: updating people with your new contact details, and making sure they can easily communicate with you.
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When you relocate to a place where you don’t know a soul, move-in day can be a pretty anticlimactic affair. After all, you don’t (yet) have friends and colleagues who you can invite to a housewarming party, so how do you celebrate this new chapter in your life?
From solitary ritual to big move-in celebration, here are some suggestions to suit introverts, extroverts and everyone in between!
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Over the years, and because Iâ€™ve always led a fairly nomadic lifestyle, I have assembled a collection of items that help me feel at home pretty much anywhere â€“ they are my anchors, and together they form what I call my â€śself-care packageâ€ť. (more…)4 comments | Leave a comment
One of my favourite subjects!
I love using decorating and interior design to create an environment that inspiress, supports and replenishes you emotionally. I used to work in this field and my greatest joy was helping architects, designers and clients create precisely the mood they wanted in their homes.
It’s fun, creative and most of all it can boost your morale like nothing else, especially when you’ve just landed in an unfamiliar place!
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What do you do to get your bearings in an unfamiliar city? Having moved 13 times in 15 years, Iâ€™ve had to find ways to get acquainted with a new place â€“ fast.
Sure, leisurely strolls and chance discoveries are part of the fun of relocating somewhere new, but when you move around a lot, you may want to be a little strategic about getting oriented – your mental sanity will thank you later!
Hereâ€™s what I set out to learn about a place right after relocating there:
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