• Wildfires, blaze, smoke
    Well-being

    Love is An Attitude

    I have been looking through the women’s magazine today and one phrase rang my bell “Love is not just a feeling – it is an attitude”. This concept of choosing my attitude toward everything that happens in my life has been working well for me. I consciously make a decision to choose what I want to see and how I want to feel. The wildfires have been raging in our region. It is nasty! On Tuesday, my husband and I were driving home after his last pretty eventful and dramatic stay in the hospital. “Please, be careful”, Bob warned me as I was pushing my breaks to slow down on…

  • 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 schools and nurseries. Christmas comes with all kinds of manifestations, which bring joy, cheer, warmth and a sense of belonging. Loneliness During Holidays For many expats, who are away from home, their loved ones and friends, a sense of belonging vanishes. More often we experience loneliness and isolation, especially during…

  • 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 the post-Soviet market. What a delicious treat!!!!! New city, happy people, intricately decorated dishes, inspiring music, wild dancing, lights and lots of cheer and sparkle. Two days of joy and delight! She came back home to Ukraine and her life felt upside down. Everything around her seemed wrong. She shared…