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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 …

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 …

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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, …

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 …

Wayside, A Repatriation Reminder

Nitsa Repatriation

A storm is pummeling the coast of my country as I write this. The wind and the water, whips my home, where I have been back living in for one year. My gutter went wayside, the bottom of it flying across the back yard. Instead of getting it, I stare at it the white metal, rolling around from out my back window. It was the quietness of rainstorms such as these that I loved most about Munich. Days I could …

The 7 Things I Love About The Foreign Service

foreign service love

My husband joined the Department of State’s Foreign Service (the U.S. diplomatic corps) seven years ago. He didn’t apply to join for many years although we are both international travel and language aficionados, met while studying abroad in Russia, and lived there together for two years after college graduation. He did not want me to compromise my career and move around the world every two to three years. So he waited to accept the offer until the day before the deadline to return the signed …

Layers of Loss

layers of loss i am a triangle

It was New Years Eve in Venezuela. My fourth country. I had recently met a man who worked in the hotel business. I am English, he Italian. As he was the assistant F&B manager in a fancy pancy hotel we booked into the same hotel for the night. He didn’t invite me to the party because he would be working and we had just met so I didn’t know anyone who was attending. He put me in the most amazing …

Grief and Grieving: a right or wrong way?

I Am A Triangle Grief and Grieving

Grief and grieving. The shock, even though we know someone will die as they age or illness comes, there is still shock when it happens. This is followed very quickly by a funeral which brings so many more elements into this shock time. Being with family or not being able to be there, travel, expense, lack of sleep and the normal things in your life all consume your first days after death. Then your daily routine returns. Now, you ask: …

How to avoid relationship problems with this one tip.

You have been there a thousand and one times. At dawn you begin the daily struggle of getting your kids out of bed, clothed, fed and ideally teeth brushed before bringing them to school. You ask your kids to jump in the car, and tell yourself, “There is no shame in arriving to school in my pjs.” The kids make it on time, with lunches and water bottles in tow. Victorious! You rush back home to meet the electrician, whom …