Support Nursing Education in Kurdistan

Support Nursing Education in Iraq!

University of Raparin sits at the outer edge of the city of Rania in the Kurdish area of Iraq.  As you drive into the city, the first thing you see are large billboards with portrait pictures of soldiers – visual tributes to the many sacrifices the city has made to fight outside forces that would destroy it. Talk to a few of the residents and you will learn more of what these sacrifices looked like to families and the entire …


I Am A Triangle Impact Initiative

Triangle Impact Initiative

The term Triangle Impact Initiative (hereafter known as TII) isn’t very sexy and it doesn’t flow off of the tongue very well, but what I do know for sure is that it is exciting, game changing and is a beautiful opportunity for the I Am A Triangle community to uplevel our global impact – quite literally. Looking back … The I Am A Triangle (IAAT) community has been in existence since September of 2013. We have lived on a new …

Summer time = Moving time

Summer time; “same same but different” every year. As I walk the streets these days, the sound of “ritsch-ratsch” comes out of open windows, moving trucks are parked around many corners. A clear sign that summer holidays are about to start – and so does moving time for many. Sometimes you move, sometimes you stay, Sometimes you are worried, concerned and anxious, sometimes you are excited of what comes next, Sometimes you leave great friends behind, sometimes they leave you behind …

Phoenix Rising: a reflection on expat resilience and health crisis abroad

phoenix rising

“Have the courage to rise from the challenges of life like a phoenix from the flames or you’ll get lost in the ashes of despair, pain, and regret.” ― Nanette Mathews   Survive-Cope-Expand-Thrive As the wife of a neurosurgeon in a region of Italy known for adventure tourism, I often hear the kinds of stories that make most people move to get ducks in order before their next trip: a bike accident during their 50th wedding anniversary trip across Europe; …


Anthony Bourdain Inspired Many

Anthony Bourdain inspiration

I never really watched Anthony Bourdain’s food slash travel shows. I’m not a big TV person anyway, but I did catch the tail end of a few “Parts Unknown” and got the gist. I appreciated the warmth and genuine interest that he showed the people he met on his travels, but a food and travel show for someone who has been a Triangle for 30 years, 20 of those years in the hotel business, just seemed like I was watching …


Life’s Lessons Across Different Roles

Moving to Thailand five years ago was an experience that went beyond my and my husband’s wildest dreams. It was a life-changing journey that challenged us; broadened our horizons; clarified our priorities; allowed us to learn about, see and experience the world; and  that led to lifelong connections with others. It was so much more and better than what we could ever have hoped for or imagined. So it was with the same sense of adventure, excitement, and anticipation that …

Dig deep and shine on

international friendships

As Sir Richard Branson said, “Mood follows action.” I internalize that advice and do as much moving as possible. I exercise, travel, and experience NDBs (never done before). Eighteen months into my repatriation and new home, new perspective washes over me. Very similar to being a newlywed, when I worked two jobs, had chores, meals to prepare, and a very active lifestyle, I realize some parallels. Today, my children are grown and flown (my 20-year life’s work), I prepare dinners every night, complete household chores, …


HALT – Four Simple Questions for Expat Stress

woman with head in hands and blog post title on left side of image

I remember rumbling around in an SUV along the chaotic, pot-holed streets of Antananarivo and my friends laughing about the little bag of almonds I always had tucked away in my pocket. Those nuts were my stress-reduction tool, my safety net – not because I have a health issue that requires me to always have food on hand, but because being in strange places heightens my sense of anxiety. Of course, I’m always in strange places…even “home” is sometimes strange …

Alexa, please play I Am A Triangle

Alexa Skill I Am A Triangle

We are super excited to announce that the I Am a Triangle “skill” has been published to Amazon.com and the Alexa Skill Library. This means you can now say “Alexa, please play I Am A Triangle” and hear our most recent article! What’s Alexa, you might ask?  Alexa is Amazon’s digital assistant built into devices such as the Amazon Echo. The Echo itself is a speaker with a built-in microphone. Alexa is Amazon’s virtual assistant, like Siri from Apple’s iPhone. The …


Re-Thinking our identity as trailing spouses: how we tell our stories

Street art saying I exist (in French) - Trailing spouse

Whether you like to call us accompanying partner, trailing spouse or expat wife (or husband), these words all bare some kind of negative and passive connotations. While they may be technically accurate, they often do not represent the whole truth nor do they do many women (or men) any justice. Inevitably when someone asks me why I live in Germany or why I moved to Germany, I reply: “for my husband’s job”. And there, with those words, I am labelled …