How to Wake Up in 2019: 13 Mindfulness Practices for Expats in the New Year

Expat women practicing mindfulness whiles standing with eyes closed and sunglasses with blue background

As the New Year draws near, I imagine it’s safe to say that you’d like to approach your goals for 2019 from a place of awareness and insight. You’d like to know you’re making choices that make sense for you and setting intentions that are based on your unique, albeit unusual, life situation. You want to feel a sense of balance in a spinning world. You want to know if some unexpected storm blows your way, your goals won’t be …

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Adventures from Holidays Past

Hearing listeners call in to a radio station to talk about their holiday traditions the other day, I was reminded of the confusion, magic, and hilarity of my first winters and Christmas holidays in the U.S. My arrival in the U.S. was about two months prior to the Christmas holiday, and I had never heard of the word Christmas, let alone all the holiday’s customs. New Holiday Traditions About a month into my arrival in the US, I heard about …

Gratitude

My list of gratitudes: (not in order)   1. my Mark!! 2. my parents and in-laws 3. my younger brother 4. my Grandma & Nana 5. my Framily (friends I consider family) 6. International foods 7. my education (Greenhill School, W.T.White High School, Texas A&M University, Landmark Education) 8. my BFFSTG 9. my Emily 10.my Tara 11.my Julies 12.my health 13.coffee 14.knowing Michele, Kathie, Lori & Grandon 15.nail polish 16.living in five US states and two foreign countries 17.floating on …

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Slaying It

It started with an innocent trip the store. Back in America, my daughter has taken to music and acting and since it is her passion, I take her to every show, practice and rehearsal. There is a lot of waiting. As a writer, I often look forward to the silence in which I can find ideas and words. I also take the opportunity to run errands with one child during these times. It was such a day, I purchased milk …

The guilt of distance

Guilt of Distance | I Am A Triangle

At the foot of his bed, I sat staring up at Superman’s tired face while I helped him put his feet through the legs of his trousers. Both of our eyes were welled with tears, and I’m sure at that moment we both had never thought this day would ever come. Seeing my father so ill was not what I had imagined I would be dealing with during our visit to the USA. I’ve known my dad wasn’t the guy …

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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 …

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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; …

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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 …