Tip #31: Find the funny

Bill Cosby has spent a lifetime entertaining millions of people by finding the funny in ordinary situations. Whether he was describing the challenges of parenting small children, the dreadfulness of visiting the dentist or the inspiration of chocolate cake for breakfast, Bill Cosby made the world laugh by finding the humor in the mundane details … Read more…

Tip #30: Know when to DUCK

I remember a conversation we had with a colleague, Yoda, right before we moved.  His nickname comes from his bald head, large ears and shortish stature.   My husband was ragging on him for obvious reasons when Yoda made this statement, “Think of me when you are riding on Asian public transportation.”  My hubby laughed and … Read more…

Tip #29: Take a “stay-cation”

As we draw near to the end of this series, it’s clear to see that lots of learning takes place once you move overseas. Around every turn there’s a learning opportunity to be had. Whether we’re learning language, manners, how to get around the city, the proper way to host a guest, or how to … Read more…

Tip #27: Enjoy the new, greener you

  Sometimes moving and living overseas makes us green with envy at all the stuff we’re missing back home. Pumpkin Spice Latte notifications on Facebook every September. “Leaves are changing!” “Gorgeous fall day!” “Look I’m wearing a sweater and a scarf and not sweating!” That’s for those of us in the tropics. For all y’all … Read more…

Tip #26: Always Keep a Frisbee Handy

When moving to a foreign country, there will be a season of adjustment. Culture, language, driving, everything will be a shock to the system. And most people know that the food will be different and take a little while to get used to. I found that when I first moved to my host country that … Read more…

Tip #25: Be prepared to be misinformed a time or two

  “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I don’t know if I’ve become pessimistic or realistic (I’m leaning towards the latter) but I’ve learned not to assume I’m being told the absolute truth and nothing but the truth by seemingly well-meaning individuals (and sometimes not well-meaning). Eventually, with a … Read more…