coping

Coronapeinlichkeiten! What Happens in Confinement Stays in Confinement

An author in lockdown finds a novel way of coping with the aberrant, guilt-inducing behavior we're all experiencing during Covid-19 confinement.
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.
sos help

SOS HELP: A Hotline in Paris Offers Free Support in English

Sometimes the most exciting places in the world can be the most daunting, especially if you’re facing the new challenges alone. SOS Paris is an English-language telephone hotline in Paris run by volunteers where you can talk to someone when you're in need.
spirituality France

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.
Paris attacks: Nautilus of Fear

The Nautilus of Fear

The antidote for fear began when I first unfolded my arms and stretched them toward others in need. I was sobered finding there was pain everywhere, and always someone in greater need than I.
Candles lit in memory of the victims of Paris attacks.

Ways to Stay Calm During Turbulent Times

This busy holiday season is impacted by the turbulence of our times and the anxiety that naturally surrounds it. More than ever, each one of us needs to take time to decompress. Madeleine Czigler shares a few valuable tips on how to restore calm to our lives.
Spirtitual quest

A Spiritual Quest for Meaning in Life

What does it mean to be "spiritual"? For the past 30 years, I was and am searching for transcendence, multidimensionality, whatever you want to call it: to have an answer to that eternal question : ”is that all there is?” and if not, then, what else is there?
books

Books to Keep You Company and Transport You Far Away

An avid reader describes how books can help you navigate challenging moments in life, providing comfort, connection and escape when we need it most.
work life balance - put on oxygen mask

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?
where is home

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

Where is home — for the countryless, the homeless, exiled, expatriates, nomads, pilgrims or refugees? Is it about where or more about what, how and whom?