sos help

SOS HELP: A Hotline in Paris in Need of Your Help

Sometimes the most exciting places in the world can be the most daunting, especially if you’re facing the new challenges alone. Without the support of family or friends, the pressure of figuring everything out can lead to anxiety and even depression. Did you know there is a telephone hotline in Paris that you can call to talk to someone?
thrive as an expat

7 Steps to Thrive as an Expat in Unknown Territory  

Moving to a new country can be a challenging experience. This thoughtful advice will help you thrive as an expat while staying true to yourself.

How to Cope With Depression after a Big Move

Depression can follow a big move, even to a wonderful city like Paris. How can you recognize the signs and what can you do about it?
where is home

Where is Home When You Have Moved Your Family 20 Times?

Today marks my 20th house move in 25 years of moving globally. I’m working elbow-to-elbow with a sweaty moving crew who will compress nearly all my mortal belongings into one big orange container, wheel it off to the edge of this continent, shove it onto a ship, and let the wind pulse it toward the waiting horizon.
entrepreneurship

How to Cure the Loneliness of Entrepreneurship

After having left my job in a busy corporate environment, I started my copywriting business in Paris and decided to go it alone. I‘d gone from a busy social day, to having nobody buy myself to talk to. That’s right – I’d started talking to myself. Times were rough.
reinventing oneself

Reinventing Yourself: Baby Steps Can Bring Butterfly Effect Results

We’ve all read enough self-help books to get tired of the S.M.A.R.T goals setting formula. Yes, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely are all important, only they are not enough! It’s not BIG goals you should be after, It’s the small habits that will hit you the jackpot.
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Work Life Balance: Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First!

Expat women have a crazy amount of balls juggling in the air. It’s not a bad thing, really. My schedule is crazy and every time I keep it balanced, I give myself a huge pat on the back. But, trivia time: What happens when you worry about getting the oxygen mask on someone else before yourself?
barriers to success

Monster Under the Bed: Is Fear Standing in the Way of Your Success?

Understanding your fears, managing your fears, and being willing to push past them to new, exciting, and rewarding opportunities is what results in a life you can truly enjoy.
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Trying to Grasp Spirituality in France, Where Religion is Not Recognized

I have been always very careful to which of my French friends I would reveal my spiritual search. For in this country, spirituality and religion are very much a private matter. Why is this topic to be handled with care? Today’s France is a society firmly entrenched in the separation of church and state. And the rocky road to a secular republic has taken a few centuries to achieve.

5 Expat Career Lessons I Learned from David Bowie

David Bowie was popular in the 70s because he was an original to that generation, and he stayed popular until his death because he remained a mystic to the modern crowd. His career changed radically throughout his life because staying current is crazy important. As an expat, you need to take a page from his book and embrace flexibility.