It’s always good to have a plan. That’s the responsible thing to do, after all. Unfortunately, there’s never any guarantee things will go according to plan — and this is when our flexibility as expats is tested. Whether it’s a sudden change of documents needed at the immigration office or political unrest that necessitates immediate evacuation, you can be certain your well-organized plans are no longer applicable for the current circumstances. How do you handle it? Do you let the change break you, or do you bend and then bounce back? The answer usually depends on how tightly you were holding onto the plans to begin with. In this episode, Allie shares about the emotional, spiritual, and family transformation that happened once she loosened the grip of her plans.

Want to keep following along with Allie’s expat life? You can find her on Instagram: @allielynnriddle

Allie also shared a day in her life during our “This Global Life” series. You can read it by clicking here. (Included is a photo of her spice collection she mentioned being deemed worthy of getting packed up during their evacuation 😉)

During our “Favorite Things” segment, we mentioned how one of our IG followers, @maggiemums, substitutes blended-up butternut squash into her “pumpkin” bread. She uses THIS recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Thanks for sharing, Maggie!

We have a couple posts on the blog that might give you some additional ideas when you’re trying to create that “Autumn atmosphere” around your home away from home:

Enjoying Fall When You’re Far From Home — Part 1 and Part 2
Oversized Turkey Troubles and a New Thanksgiving Day Tradition (with a free printable!)

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