Letting Go of Friendships

Letting go of friendships

I love autumn.  The colours; browns, reds, oranges, yellows – all my favourites.   The weather; (depending on where you live, of course) you’re not disappointed anymore when it’s not such a warm and sunny day, you expect it to vary. And you can be grateful that the real cold hasn’t hit yet.  The clothes; you can still get away with t-shirts, get more wear out of lighter jackets and you can choose to wear your boots or a hat …

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude I Am A Triangle

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” ~ Shauna Niequist Life overseas as an expat has its perks. Many times, moving overseas means living in a beautifully furnished house or apartment, provided by one’s employer, in a posh neighborhood. In many parts of the world, daily life suddenly includes cleaning ladies, cooks, nannies, and drivers. Our children have opportunities to attend world-class international schools, immerse in unique cultures, …

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Put Down Roots

Tips to put down roots as globally mobile families

The sun bore down mercilessly, as I made my way to find this tree in the intense Middle East heat. It was hard to miss it. Standing alone; tall and proud with its roots on a hill in the middle of the Arabian Desert, surrounded only by sand was one of Bahrain’s top tourist attractions. The locals called it “Shajarat-al-Hayat” in Arabic, which meant “The Tree of Life.” As you gaze up at this 32 feet tall Mesquite tree with …

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Please Love

Please Love

I took this photograph of a building in Berlin, after a long day of walking through monuments and museums. I pored over stories of the second world war. I witnessed the corner where the nazis burned books and imagined free speech and free thinking, creative ideas turning to ash. As a writer, I cannot fathom losing the right to express myself. Yet, there are many places where this was and is currently a reality. I read the stories of desperate …

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The Expat Introvert: 3 Top Tips

the expat introvert

Let’s face facts; like it or not, the expat culture is an extroverted one.   Expats meet and greet one another frequently over drinks, (it’s also a drinking culture) coffee, dinners, parties and sports. This can pose a challenge for the expat introvert who is most happy at home curled up with a good book, or having a one-on-one in-depth conversation. What can the expat introvert do to optimize their experience abroad, while remaining true to their introverted nature? Tip # …

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Crossing Cultures with Your Child’s Health Condition

child's health condition

During my years as a child life specialist in the United States, I provided psychosocial care to children and families who were facing a hospitalization.  My job was to predict potential stressors and help shift the perception of threat so that kids would feel less anxious and more in control.  The idea was to help kids take an active role in their own medical care, allowing them to thrive not only physically, but emotionally and developmentally. I was part of a …

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Letting Go of First Borns

letting go of first borns Angela Walker I Am A Triangle

I just dropped off my first born son at university. For the weeks and months leading up to this day I spoke to friends, both expat and “muggles” about their experience of letting go of first borns. I wanted to be prepared and allow the process to unfold naturally and be present to the unique journey that we were both about to embark on. This was huge. A massive moment to mark the end of his childhood and an enormous …

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International Day of the Girl: 12 Essential Life Lessons

Girl with Backpack and Camara Arms Open Eyes Closed

“Está tratando para la embra!” “You’re trying for the girl!” This was the phrase we heard over and over again from our Dominican friends, colleagues, neighbors and even our doctor when we found out we were pregnant with our third child, after two boys, while living in the Dominican Republic. Sure, it would be nice to have a girl, but of course, it doesn’t work that way and we knew it. We were simply “trying” to have a third baby. …

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From School Abroad to School Back Home

School Back Home

“Mommy, you know… if all children went to international schools, there would be no more war. Because… I mean…who would actually fight their friends?” These amazing words came from the mouth of my seven-year old son while living abroad. It was one of those moments my heart nearly burst with pride and simultaneous sadness. We would shortly be moving our children to school back home in homogenous suburbia in the U.S. Will he remember this sentiment? I love my home. …

World Smile Day

A smile can go a long way; that is nothing really new. But did you know we have World Smile Day? I got curious about the why! Did we really become that frustrated and grumpy that we need a day to remind us to smile? Do we need a day to remind us to be friendlier to those around us, to be less self-centered and acknowledge others? Those thoughts are not far off if you read the explanations on Wikipedia: …