PRÍBEH O TROJUHOLNÍKU

(Many thanks to Eva Vohlidkova for translating the I Am A Triangle story into Slovak!) Predstavte si Krajinu Kruhov. Všetci občania majú tvar kruhu. Krajina Kruhov má svoju typickú kultúru, sviatky, zvyky, jedlo, unikátny jazyk, ale aj hudbu, vzdelávací systém a politické kategórie. Existuje aj Štát Štvorcov. Tam žijú ľudia v tvare štvorcov. Aj oni majú svoju kultúru, sviatky, zvyky, jedlo (a tak ďalej), rovnako ako Krajina Kruhov, ibaže úplne iné. Jedného dňa občan Kruh nasadol do lietadla a odletel do Štátu …

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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 …

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 …

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: …

Living with a Sense of Wonder

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats Over the winter break, my family and I traveled to Borneo for two weeks. During those two weeks, we navigated the choppy waves of South China Sea, drifted down the peaceful waters of rivers, and clambered the rugged terrains of rain forests and mountains. We enjoyed the flavors of local and aboriginal foods. We saw in the wild all kinds of majestic, …