Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tips for an Expat

"Let nothing deter you from your happiness - see your path clearly"

Often moving abroad causes a major shift in your daily activities. You leave your old job, your relations with family and friends are on a distance, you stop temporarily your hobbies etc. This shift is in the beginning compensated by new activities such as the search for a new house, finding new work etc. Once the novelty has worn out, you might experience all sorts of mixed feelings from happiness to despair. You can also go through an identity crisis. Who am I without my roles, relationships and job? Am I still the same person? And what about the recognition I used to get for fulfilling those functions?

Learn how the move overseas impacts your identity
Recognize the cultural differences and see how they impact you
Learn how to maintain contact with your Self while living abroad
Re-discover your old talents and learn how to use them in the new environment
Discover your new talents
Set up new goals in your life
Get back the sense of direction  in your (new) life
Discover that living abroad can be a unique opportunity for personal growth

Now, all of the above is easier said than done but if you tackle one matter at the time, set some (reachable) goals in a (reasonable) time frame and believe in your own qualities the hurdles might seem a bit less daunting. And remember a postive attitude and a smile work wonders!!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi¡ I'm so happy I found your blog! It has great articles abuot TCKs and I look fwd to reading more about your life in Lugano!

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