Masks in the past

A mask is the new but necessary health accessory!   Masks have suddenly transformed to become the hot potatoes of the Covid-19 pandemic, after a long and varied history. History of Masks Many cultures across the globe have embraced public use of masks for differing purposes.   Women in the Middle East have worn everything from decorative…

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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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My heart goes out to all these people suffering, or who have lost people around the globe due to the COVID virus.  So much pain and suffering….none of that seems adventurous. I also identify with expats, TCKs, global nomads, diplomats, Embassy staffers, study abroad students, workawayers, housesitters and home-owners displaced around the globe.   Hundreds of…

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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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The Future of Housesitting – Crystal Ball or Fearless Foresight? Well the Covid-19 virus has certainly caused disruption, angst and dislocation in the world of housesitting.   Far-ranging consequences are as yet only figments of our imagination, but exactly what might we be imagining about the future after this disruption? The collaboration and concern we have seen…

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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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