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Bastille Day party in Vancouver

Posted on 03. Jul, 2010 by in Announcements, Blog

Voulez-vous danser avec moi ce soir?

The ADFE (Association of French Expats in Vancouver) is throwing a big Bastille Day party at the Rowing Club in Stanley Park.

Everyone is welcome, so come celebrate with us on July 14 – even if you didn’t support the French team during the World Cup ! (Truth be told, I didn’t either..)

Bastille Day Party in Vancouver

Admission is $10 for members of the Association, and $15 for non-members.

For more details, please contact
ADFE Facebook page: “francais du monde a vancouver”

See you on the 14th!

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… The Olympics?

Posted on 15. Jan, 2010 by in Announcements, Blog, Musings & Inspiration

It’s now official – I have received my accreditation form, so it’s really happening.
For all of February, I will be acting as bilingual liaison for the French Olympic delegation during their stay here in Vancouver for the Winter Games.

Olympic rings - Vancouver 2010

This is going to be a lot of fun. It also means that I expect to be spending most of my waking time at the Olympic venue, and I will only a have a few hours a day to look after my business.

What does this mean for you?

I’ll try to make sure that there is little to no disruption to the usual blogging schedule, so that you get the expat tips and support you need, three times a week.
Ideally, I’ll have all my upcoming posts lined up by the end of next week – needless to say, there’s a lot of writing happening at the moment!
There will be a few guest posts too
, so stay tuned for more details.

What if you have an expat support call in February?

If you already have scheduled calls with me in February, you don’t need to do anything – your calls will go ahead as scheduled.

If you haven’t booked your calls yet and were thinking of starting expat support in February, I cannot guarantee that I will be available at a day and time that’s convenient for you, but I’ll try my best to make it work. So if you really need support ASAP, drop me a line and we’ll see what we can do – and if you hear a lot of French spoken in the background during our call, you’ll know why ;)

Is this how TCKs feel?

You know what’s funny? I just had my first informal meeting today with both the French and the Canadian coordinators, and never in all my years in Vancouver have I felt so strongly like a cultural hybrid.

During our meeting, I observed how the Canadian “can do attitude” and culture of consensus was interacting with the French respect for hierarchy and more direct style of communication. It was a fascinating dance.

The most interesting part is that, although I could clearly see these cultural traits at play, I wasn’t interested in judging them – I wasn’t tempted to side with the Canadian way of doing things, or the French way of doing things. I could see both sides of the issue, and the pros and cons of each approach.

It felt like being a neutral observer, and it also felt a little schizophrenic
, as if my own cultural traits fell somewhere in between French and Canadian, but didn’t truly belong to either sphere.

Today, I think I experienced firsthand the way TCKs see the world.

I can tell February is going to be an interesting month…


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Images by Miss Barbaranov (top) and Ryan Chen (bottom), both via Flickr Creative Commons

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Post #169: The Expat Blogger Edition

Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog, Tools & Resources

WBSD update

If you are an expat blogger who’d like to take part in a fun online event, meet new bloggers, and get a bit of extra traffic in the process… then don’t delay – sign up for World Blog Surf Day!

3rd WBSD

You only have a week left – the deadline for signups is Oct. 24, and World Blog Surf Day itself is on Oct. 31.

The theme this time around is Holidays & Celebrations – a topic that I feel well prepared for, what with having spent all day today putting together my Halloween costume. (Yes, there will be pictures. No, I am not telling you what my costume is just yet – stay tuned!)

Shopping usually isn’t my cup of tea, but when it comes to outrageously silly costumes cultural integration and participation in the local celebrations, I do what I have to do. It’s all in the name of field research, you see ;)

Did you say expat bloggers?

You may have noticed that I recently added a blogroll to the site. There, you will find the expat resources/general advice sites that I recommend, plus a handful of personal favourites that have little to do with life abroad, but are just too good to pass up.

While we’re on the subject, BootsnAll Travel just published a list of 15 of the best expat blogs out there. I regularly follow several of them, and if all 15 are the same high quality, we have some great writing and beautiful pictures to look forward to!


What are your must-read expat blogs, and what do you like best about them? I love discovering new-to-me blogs, so please share your favourites in the comments!

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WBSD art by Beka (top) and picture by Kristina B (bottom), both via Flickr Creative Commons

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The Grrreat Goal Review, Autumn 2009 Edition

Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog, Tools & Resources

If you’ve ever hired me for coaching sessions, you know that every few months, I’ll ask you to review your goals and make sure that they are still in line with what you really want.

Every now and then, I even take my own advice (you know what they say about the cobbler’s children!) and have a good, hard look at my plans for the future.

Major goal review

The results of the Grrreat Goal Review, Autumn 2009 edition?

A new look for the blog and the main site

In fact, the overhaul goes way beyond looks, but I am a little bit in love with the great design and sleek interface that the wonderful Men With Pens created for me. If you ever need help with your blog, ebook design or any kind of copywriting, I highly recommend the Men – they are super professional, reasonably priced, and funny to boot!

If you are reading the blog entries via RSS or email subscription, 1) thanks for subscribing, you rock! and 2) click here to have a look at the new design.

New services and products in the works

As of next month, I will be devoting less time to one-on-one sessions, in order to focus on creating a bunch of new stuff that I hope will make a difference in your life abroad.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE one-on-one sessions. I love talking to you individually, finding out what makes you tick, what is holding you back, and putting our heads together to find ways to make your expat life better. It’s fun, it’s powerful, and we’re getting great results.

But there’s no denying that these sessions are a significant investment in time, energy and money. I know lots of expats who need support, but cannot see themselves investing in ongoing individual coaching. So it is my hope that through small-group sessions, 1-hour targeted consultations, and ebooks/workbooks, they will be able to get the help they need.

Next steps?

All right, now that I have publicly announced all of this… I’d better get writing! (<– in pompous management jargon, this is what is called building accountability and commitment. In other words, I told you I’d do all this just to ensure that I stop procrastinating and actually do it. Because if I don’t, you guys will laugh me off the internet, or something. Note that I – craftily – avoided committing to a timeline or a launch date. That’s the kind of trick you’re not allowed to use when I am coaching you, but hey, this is my blog so I’ll cheat if I want to! I wonder how much longer this parenthetical aside can go on. This is getting silly. OK, I’ll end it here.)

Thanksgiving centrepiece

And on that note, I’m off to start cooking for our Canadian Thanksgiving, which is this weekend. In true expat fashion, we’re going to a potluck where none of the guests are originally from Canada, and we’re all bringing a dish from our birth country.

Our East Indian hosts are making lamb masala, my significant other is bringing his favourite South African wine and boerewors sausages, and I am putting together a spread of Provencal-style appetizers: cold cuts, grilled vegetables, tapenade, pissaladière and ratatouille.

Have a great weekend!


Images by jazzmasterson (top) and alasam (bottom), both via Flickr Creative Commons.

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Yay! World Blog Surf Day!

Posted on 30. Sep, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog, Expat Life

Do you have an expat blog? Then you may want to join in on the World Blog Surf Day fun!

The 3rd edition is now underway – signups are open until October 24.

The theme this time around is Holidays & Celebrations. I cannot wait to see what fascinating celebrations our prolific group of bloggers will introduce us to on October 31!

3rd WBSD

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may remember that the theme last time was food – an inspiring subject if there ever was one! I don’t know what was most enjoyable: reading all those great posts (and getting hungry in the process!), or getting to know new-to-me blogs and fellow expat bloggers.

Sounds fun? See this post for more details or visit the official WBSD site.You can sign up here.

See you here on October 31!


Credit: WBSD art by Beka

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Expat Bloggers: World Blog Surf Day Update

Posted on 31. May, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog

Less than a week left to sign up for World Blog Surf Day!

If you are an expat blogger, you definitely want to join in the WBSD fun.

2nd World Blog Surf Day logo
Image: NASA, Public Domain


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Expat Support: A Bit Of Background

Posted on 27. Apr, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog, Tools & Resources

After finishing the previous series of posts about expat support, what it is and how it works, I realised that I had left out an important piece of information: what makes me qualified to help you. Credentials. Life experience. Why I am good at what I do. That kind of things.

So I suppose this is going to be the blogging equivalent of an “About Me” page. I’ll try to keep this short not make it too long. But mostly this is me thinking out loud about why I got into expat support to begin with.

In other words: Why should anyone listen to me?


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Expat Support: How It Works

Posted on 24. Apr, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog, Tools & Resources

Now you know what expat support is all about and how it can benefit you. While that gives you an understanding of how it works in theory, you may still have some questions about the process itself.

I don’t know about you, but when I am about to hire someone for the first time, be it a financial advisor or a graphic designer, I like to know what the next steps are going to be. Clarity is important to me, so I like to know ahead of time what our working relationship is going to look like.

With this in mind, today’s post is:

Part III: What Happens When You Hire Me

Here is a step-by-step outline of what the expat support process looks like:


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Expat Support: Benefits And Results

Posted on 22. Apr, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog, Tools & Resources

In the last post, we talked about what expat support is and who it is meant for. Now let’s take a look at what it can do for you. After all, if you are going to hire someone to do this kind of work, you want to make sure that you are going to get results, right?

Part II: The benefits of expat support

1. Connection and Understanding
2. Support, Feedback, Brainstorming and More…
3. Accountability
4. Quality Listening
5. A Custom-Tailored Approach


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Expat Support, Or: What It Is That I Do

Posted on 20. Apr, 2009 by in Announcements, Blog

A number of readers who found this blog through Google or via Twitter have emailed me with questions about the type of work I do with expats.

You can find out more about my services on my Winning Away website. For those of you who are interested in the idea-behind-the-company, I thought I would also post a bit of information here on the blog.

My work is one of my passions and I could talk about it all day. Likewise, this post could easily turn into a novel, so I will break it up into three parts:

I. What I do and who it is meant for
II. What kind of results my clients get
III. What happens when you hire me, a.k.a. the process


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