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 # …

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: …

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Gratitude Day

gratitude day lina trochez

September 21 is Gratitude Day (it’s also the International Day of Peace). Inside our I Am A Triangle community, we’re talking about peace and gratitude. Over the summer, I’ve taken on a gratitude challenge with one of my friends. We are both using the Rituals For Living DreamBook system to help organize our days, and make sure our life goals are actually being accomplished … one week at a time. Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has …

Gina Bianchini, Founder of Mighty Networks

Listen in for an informative interview with Gina Bianchini, the Founder of the Mighty Networks platform and Naomi Hattaway, the Founder of I Am A Triangle, a community for those living their best life abroad. For members of online communities, that experience can be life changing. And for the world, well, it couldn’t be clearer today the value of a new social network for the deep interests that bring us together, not just the well-worn identities that are tearing us …

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Following my husband and capturing the fabulise

Warren Wong Lisa Browne I Am A Triangle

It’s basically a free pass to reinvent yourself. Or at least it has been for me. I’m talking about the urge to start anew when you land in a new country as an expat. For me, following my husband meant I gave up a job (and you may have done the same, given up a job or career in your passport country, or the country that you lived in previously). My first time jumping ship and following my husband allowed …

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Endless Choices and Infinite Possibilities

“You can do whatever you want now!” “Go for it, follow your passion!” It sounds fantastic doesn’t it? What ever the reason at one stage in your life you may find yourself confronted by this blessed or haunted situation of endless choices and infinite possibilities on what to do! We may hear this when we move due to the partner’s job and decide to give up on our previous career. Or a decision is made for the family that one partner …