Stuck – just plain stuck in limbo. As if my feet are planted in mud while the rest of me continues to function. That’s how this period feels, and as a person who loves to move her feet….this is no no no bueno! Shannon Alder wrote:  “Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is…

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What Does Oprah Have in Common With Re-Entry? Frequently Oprah produces a segment for TV called Super Soul Sunday. She focuses on interviewing all kinds of experts from Buddhist nuns to motivational speakers, and from plant eating experts to organizational psychologists. Re-entry requires, in fact even demands, that we not only care for the visible…

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Intro to reentry checklist

Another checklist you must be thinking – that’s the last thing I need amidst this process of moving, packing, leaving, adjusting, farewells, new hellos and adjustment. But yes, what if by reading and taking one tiny step this makes a difference – would it be worth it? Here are three of the nine checklist behaviors…

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Repatriation Survey Results By Doreen Cumberford and John Palmer This is a summary of a 2017 survey of over 200 expats who have returned to their home countries.  The purpose of the survey was to explore the range of feelings and coping strategies experienced by different groups of expats including missionaries, corporate, educators, students, military…

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How much Self-Care are you administering in the midst of the Re-entry or Relocation Journey? Time and again, I end up in conversations with people – mostly women I have to say – who are simply working on auto-pilot and tending to everyone else’s needs while quietly whining inwardly. Ultimately, that bubble bursts out, often…

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Three Reasons Why Re-entry Can Be Prolonged and Painful a) Insufficient support All the surveys, studies and research point to the fact that everyone enjoys better results in Re-entry when they are receiving some sort of support. The support can be a family member who really leans in and listens well, an inter-cultural consultant or a…

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Use Your Memories to Leverage Your Future Amidst Re-entry Re-entry can feel like a birth canal – that’s because it is! It’s a process that has pain, relief, trauma and ultimately joy at the end. You are literally are in the throes of birthing the next iteration of YOU. This is huge. 99% of us…

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Arriving in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on St. Patrick’s Day, 1997, I was simply toast – as they say. Four moves in four years, two domestic and two international had squeezed some light out of me. Like a body each move seemed to take on a unique life of its own. Some of the moves were…

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Orly airport, outside of Paris, France. A lonely, scared 22-year-old sat on a bench feeling like she had just made the biggest mistake of her life. Distraught, she barely heard the last and final call for her flight to Yaounde, Cameroon, West Africa. She bolted into action and ran like the wind towards a future…

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