Returning Home & Re-Thinking Re-Entry

Cate Brubaker Rethinking ReEntry I Am A Triangle

When I give an interview these days, or talk to anyone about my repatriation story, I often can recall the physical reaction that I had to the repatriation process. After returning home, felt truly depressed, for the first time in my life, and felt as though I had no purpose.

I went from vibrant, excited and inspired to lethargic, homebound and unmotivated. Even the way I dressed and showed up to the world changed after we left Asia to return “home” to the United States. I tucked away my colorful skirts made out of old saris, and hung up my bangles and beautiful earrings. I adopted an attitude of “don’t stand out” and “fit in as quickly as possible.”

What I’ve since realized since that time, is that I wasn’t the only one. I had failed to prepare for the process of repatriation with the same vigor as my research and prep work for our initial move abroad.

I did not march to the library and return home with armloads of books about the topic of moving “home” and I didn’t research “What is it like to live in the United States”, because I already knew how to do that, and what to expect. Right?

Was I ever wrong. Returning home deserved as much preparation as I’d given to our initial move abroad.


Going home can often be the most difficult part of living abroad, but it doesn’t have to be. I will be joining Dr. Cate Brubaker from Small Planet Studio for a free webinar on September 25th, 2017 to discuss re-entry and repatriation (and the use of that word, to begin with!). We will talk about the #1 reason why most folks have a hard time going back home, and also look toward five ways to prepare and THRIVE in the midst of your journey “back home.”

(and yes, we know that “home” is sometimes hard to define, so we use the term loosely when discussing re-entry and repatriation)

Even if you aren’t available to view the live webinar and Q&A between Naomi and Cate, please do register, and you’ll be provided an opportunity to watch the recorded version!


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Dr. Cate Brubaker is also the author of the amazing Re-Entry Relaunch Roadmap, which we will be talking about during the webinar, as well as her upcoming mastermind!

Re-Entry Relaunch Roadmap Returning Home

Have you been through the re-entry journey? What was your experience like?


Author: Naomi Hattaway

Naomi Hattaway is the founder of I Am A Triangle, an online community of members from around the globe who have one thing in common – they’ve lived around the world, away from their passport countries. Offering in-person gatherings in over 80 cities around the globe, I Am A Triangle also exists to be a one-stop-shop for resources whether you are just pondering a move abroad, currently are living the adventure, or are repatriating back “home.” She also owns 8th & Home Real Estate and Relocation, a referral network matching families on the move with real estate professionals who chase communities and not commissions. After living in several locations in the United States, her family (three kids, now ages 21, 13 and 10) moved overseas to Delhi, India where she learned to thrive in the midst of chaos.

Following a one-year stint in Singapore, they are now back in the United States, and she has traipsed her way from Florida to Virginia and is now – for the time being – in Ohio. Naomi is passionate about community building and empowering others to thrive, not just survive, in the places they call home.

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  1. I’ve been doing a lot of research on repatriation and came across i am a triangle. Firstly I just want to say thank you for creating this online community and all of these resources. I wish I’d come across this sooner. I’ve just moved back to my home country after 6 years of living abroad. I am single and 29. I was so sure I wanted to move home and try to settle but to be honest I think moving back has been one the hardest things I’ve ever done. I moved to a new city in my home country so it’s been like starting from scratch again and I can’t seem to find anyone that I relate to. I’ve been back for 7 months now and I still yearn for my life overseas. While I was away I missed my family and that’s the only reason I moved back, but now I miss old lifestyle even more. How long did it take for your “home” to feel like home again? I still consider moving back overseas but want to give home a proper chance. Thanks for any advice or input:)

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