• Profiling and Stereotypes
    Culture and Connection,  Expat Mindset

    Profiling and Stereotypes

    What is culture for expats? World travelers go overseas with a sense of excitement and aspiration for novelty. Only later, when we start building connections with the local culture, we notice how stereotypes don’t work and profiling fails. This causes the feeling of confusion and failure of our expectations.  So, what is it all about? Going overseas, we have an…

  • Lonely Heart
    Expat Mindset,  Traveling,  Well-being

    Loneliness During Holidays

    It’s Christmas season and there is a cheerful buzz coming from everywhere. Stores have been selling Christmas presents, trees, ornaments since October. Christmas music plays everywhere. Cinnamon and nutmeg fragrances remind us about Christmas baking and cooking. People are buying gifts wrapping paper and sending cards, having parties at work. Kids are practicing Christmas songs getting ready for concerts in…

  • Expat mindset
    Expat Mindset

    Expat Mindset

    Expat thinking wasn’t a norm to me when I first went on an assignment overseas. I didn’t know much about the expats then and I also never even considered myself as an expat. Traveling the world appealed to me and I willingly and happily embarked on this journey of following my husband to different countries for work assignments. I became…

  • Coming home,  Moving,  Parenting

    Empathetic Expat

    Challenging experiences shape world travelers' perspectives and teach them to be empathetic and accepting humans. Traveling with a baby in your arms can be difficult but it is a rewarding endeavor, the one to be cherished forever. These life situations teach us to be resilient, loving and understanding.

  • Creative mind-hand connection
    Work Overseas

    Your Creativity is Your Calling

    Creativity adds a sense of hope and possibility to anything you choose to do. While traveling the world I meet many people who have to do the same thing again and again – pack their stuff, move to the hotel, hop on the airplane, move to the new home and try to settle in just for a while with the…

  • Carved Stone Wall
    Coming home,  Traveling,  Well-being

    Home for a Change

    Alla took a long awaiting trip to Minsk the capital of Belarus last month. It was an exciting full of novelty and learning opportunity. She joined a group of other like-minded women, jumped on a long-haul express tour bus, and off they went – to a foreign country for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Nature Sunshine products on…