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What Could Go Right?

I wrote this post in June of 2015, but am republishing it a year later because I have an important update, which changes the story a little– and I added a video I think you’ll enjoy.  If you have already read it, please scroll to the bottom of the post. And if this is the […]

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Mental Health

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Expat Life: Saying Goodbye Well

Sigh…  Saying goodbye is one of the hardest parts of expat life.  That’s what it’s been all about for us for the last few days. After almost three decades of goodbyes and hellos (I was an expat kid), it’s still really hard.  Harder than ever, actually, because now it’s not just me saying goodbye.  Watching […]

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Expat Life

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Expat Life: Let’s Talk About Loneliness

This post is for my expat friends, the people who dream of becoming expats, and the ones who want to better understand the experiences of the expats they love. I think everyone knows that becoming an expat– moving overseas to a new country and a new culture– will produce times of loneliness.  There will be […]

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10 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Funk

We all have our rough times, when we feel stuck, depressed or just discouraged.  I am prone to this, particularly towards the end of winter, or when I have overextended myself socially.  Sometimes, it’s a creative paralysis– I don’t feel like I can produce anything, and it’s frustrating.  We all get in a funk sometimes. […]

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Mental Health

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Finding Unconventional Wisdom When We Need it Most

Today I want to share a more personal story.  My hope is that some of you will read it and recieve the information, understanding, connection, or encouragement you need.  Or maybe there is someone you know of that will benefit from hearing about my experience.  I also want to share with you because I talk […]

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Health

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A Lunchtime Mezza for One

It probably comes as no surprise to you, after reading about our three day London eat-a-thon, that I am in the mood to talk about food.  In fact, I have quite a few food (and drink) posts lined up!  But today’s is quick and simple, and comes with a confession. Things have been going a […]

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Expat Life: Let’s Talk About Alienation

Part of the deal when choosing an expat lifestyle is being a foreigner.  It’s just a fact.  On the one hand, being a foreigner is really cool, since by definition, you are constantly discovering your new surroundings, and so your senses are heightened toward the new exciting world you have chosen.  On the other hand, you […]

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Expat Life

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Raising A Glass!

Do you know what day it is today?  It is an important anniversary.  Yes, Happy One Year Anniversary Of Getting Fired, Mullins Family! After I wrote my New Year’s post about facing our fears in 2011, I thought I was done referencing the last year and all of the craziness that it held.  But I […]

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Expat Life

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2011– The Year We Faced Our Fears

As I thought about my “Year in Review” post, a lot of potential titles came to mind.  My favorite was:  2011– A Series of Unfortunate Events.  And lots of other negative-but-humorous angles.  But I couldn’t go with those, since there were a lot of important positives that came out of this year as well.  I […]

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Expat Life