Embrace the flow! Adapt and enjoy! And find your hot tracks in life!
“You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafés.” Ernest Hemingway
..on the dunes of Namibia
Okay, so maybe you are not as hard up as Ernest Hemingway was in the roaring 1920's in Paris although it does sound like he was having fun!
Maybe, instead, you're in some far flung difficult country away from all that is dear to you and that's just as bad. The water supply is dodgy, the electricity cuts out and you're hot..or cold, there's nothing to eat in the markets that tempts your palate...where are the Pringles????..... and the only movie theater in town has has no A/C and hundreds of hot and smelly people in it. Employing local staff is both a blessing and a curse...where are all the spoons??? and life has just gotten you down.
Could it be that you're the spouse who is following the illustrious job of a partner and you are continuously uprooting your family for new destinations? With ornery kids in tow, you are off to a new posting. Or maybe you're the one with the job, the sole provider confronting challenges on the job.
Ah, the expat life. A love/hate relationship ensues.
I moved to West Africa for one year in 1995 (see Bio) intending to return "home" after my Fulbright scholarship. While headed toward my North Star, as Martha Beck calls our right life, I met my future husband. 5 moves, 3 kids and 14 years later I must say that my years abroad were THE most stupendous of my life enriching the deepest part of me and setting me on my right path that I am currently LOVING.
(Note the cool dune buggies in Namibia with the blue ocean behind us in the photo! That was a cool experience!)
I've been there, my friend, done it...well, most of it..... and have many wacky stories to prove it! I can perhaps guide you to better way of thinking about where you are at with the expat life. I know it's difficult and with a little support from a life coach, you will be able to embrace the expat dance with gusto!
Whether you are just on your way out the door to a brand new adventure or in plain crisis mode after years of journeying...call me and let's see how life coaching can help you embrace the wonder of your opportunity and find your hot tracks in life!