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Culture Change, Identity Shift

Two weeks ago I got my hair cut. Not trimmed, but cut. Probably eight inches or so, into a totally new style. I warned the stylist ahead of time that I might get emotional. “I have all these pregnancy hormones, and you can never tell what will make me cry,” I told her.  She saw right through […]

A Giveaway and A Free Resource: Looming Transitions

This Giveaway is Closed.  Thanks for Participating! Something us expats are always doing, transitioning.  Whether to our “host” country, “home” country or somewhere in between, transition is inevitable.  Check out this awesome resource and enter to receive one of the three free ones we are offering!  Also, don’t forget to get your free guide to […]

When Fear Almost Killed Me

“Alina? Are you ok?” Over the sound of the wind, my consciousness drained.   I heard my husband calling, “Alina? Are you ok? Do I need to pull over?” I never answered back.  He decelerated his motorbike and parked in a safe place.   I stumbled off of the bike and put my head between my […]

The “Suffering” Expat

We all know the One-Upper, right? The person who always owns something a little better, did something a little more interesting, knows about something a little more in-depth than you do. Those one-uppers know how to bring a good conversation to a screeching halt. You just can’t compete. They win, they always do…  How about […]

Thriving Abroad: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

It’s all too easy to fall into the Complaining Foreigner trap. Living in another culture pits you straight against stuff that is going to rub you the wrong way. After a while, the irritations can become all you think and talk about. (Actually, you’re probably also thinking and talking about everything that suddenly seems so […]

Going “All In” (Again and Again)

The decision had to be made this last trip back home, “sell or rent?”  It had been almost eight years since we left our suburban home in the States. When the long-term renters moved out, something had to be done.  Why was this decision so hard for us?  I liked the house but I didn’t have […]

The Grace to be a Good Idiot

If you’re going to live in another country, it’s guaranteed that you are going to feel like an idiot at some point. We have all been there. (Some of us are there so often that we have annual passes.) Often, it’s what we say that makes us sound like idiots. We tell the clerk at […]

An Expat’s Blended Expectations

I have been dreaming of a high powered blender for years.  Grinding meats, perfecting green smoothies, and making instant ice cream are just a few of this beautiful appliance’s promises.  While on home assignment I knew I wanted a high powered professional blender to be my “big” purchase.  My Christmas present.  I did my research […]