Archive for August, 2009

Feeling At Home: Closing Thoughts

Posted on 31. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Musings & Inspiration
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You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.

-Maya Angelou

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Feeling At Home: Take A Break

Posted on 28. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Relocation
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Since you’ve arrived in your host country, you’ve been running around like a recently relocated, headless chicken. Now that you’re mostly settled, it’s time to take a well-deserved break.

Doorknob

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Feeling At Home: How Are Your Language Skills Coming Along?

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Relocation
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You may remember that last month was Language Learning month here at Winning Away.

We learned how to overcome blocks, and I shared tips to help you boost your language skills, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student.

Bilingual Welcome sign (Native American language/English) in Oregon


So, how is it going?

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Feeling At Home: Friends And Acquaintances

Posted on 24. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Relocation
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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.

Group of friends on top of mountain

Expats or locals?

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Feeling At Home: Plan For (Personal) Growth

Posted on 21. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Relocation
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So you’ve relocated to a new country, and you have settled in your new home. You’re finally seeing the end of all the paperwork you had to deal with, and you’ve started your new job.

Now what?

Personal growth

The post-relocation slump

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Feeling At Home: Dispatches From Home

Posted on 19. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Relocation
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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, isn’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.

Street number tiles

Make a list

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Feeling At Home: Celebrate Your New Space

Posted on 17. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Home, Relocation
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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!

Incense and candles

Design a ritual

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Feeling At Home: What Are Your Anchors?

Posted on 14. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Home, Relocation
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Over the years, and because I’ve always led a fairly nomadic lifestyle, I have assembled a collection of items that help me feel at home pretty much anywhere – they are my anchors, and together they form what I call my “self-care package”. Pictures, cat, colour (more…)

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Create The Mood You Want In Your New Overseas Home

Posted on 12. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Home, Relocation
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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!

Pillow covers - home

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Feeling At Home: Get Your Bearings

Posted on 10. Aug, 2009 by in Blog, Expat Life, Relocation
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What do you do to get your bearings in an unfamiliar city? Having moved 13 times in 15 years, I’ve had to find ways to get acquainted with a new place – 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!

Here’s what I set out to learn about a place right after relocating there:

Toronto street and landmarks

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