The Expat Journey

Turning An Unwanted Move Across The World... Into An Adventure

Multicultural Children and The World, Our expat journeyI’ve included several personal posts about a move overseas in this business blog for the following reasons:  

  1. Because I LOVE leading change.
  2. Three years of our lives were filled with continuous unwanted change.  …So much so that it was like being hit with enormous waves, each one would knock us down, we would stand again, and another would hit.  It was such a confusing and painful time that to this day tears surface when I think about it.  When the waves stopped crashing there was not much about our lives that looked the same.  And then the transformation within us began.
  3. Because individuals and organizations need direction and encouragement as they navigate their own seasons of change.  (Did you know that year after year, Critical Human Capital Issues continue to be change related?)

My hope is:

  • That by sharing the details and the emotions of our expat journey that you or someone you love will find encouragement for whatever you are in the midst of.
  • That you will be reminded that you are not alone in the struggle to navigate change.
  • That you will find inspiration and answers for the changes you are navigating.
  • That when you are ready, you will help others by sharing your story!

“The single best way to develop leaders is to take people out of their safe environments, and away from the people they know, and throw them into a new arena they know little about.  Way over their head, preferably.  In fact the more demanding their challenges, the more pressure and risk they face, the more likely a dynamic leader will emerge.”  Bruce Wilkinson


When we were asked to make this move I imagined that life would look and feel as brown and desolate as the image below.

Thriving in unknown environments

This is the reality of our journey as it continues to unfold:

November 2012 – As we contemplated the decision but did not tell anyone I wrote this post:

December 2012 – After we made the decision to go, and the reality started to set in but  we could not yet share what was happening I wrote this post: 

Turning unwanted change into an adventureWhen we were finally able to share what we were doing with the world these words became our vision:

As we prepared for the journey:

The expat woman | The invisible woman April – June 2013 – The first 3 months:

Leadership Lessons from AmsterdamJuly – September 2013 – The second trimester:

October – December 2013 – The third trimester:  

The Treasury at Petra JordanA vacation in Jordan proved it is possible to turn unwanted change into an adventure.

 

Agents of Change:  Expat Wives   iStockJan 2014:  A series honoring “The Real Housewives of Expat Men”

 

A new perspective at the Pyramids - EgyptCarpe Diem!  Seize The Day - Lessons from ItalyThe rest of 2014:  More powerful leadership and life lessons

EXPECTATIONS - How low should you go?"I can't do this!"2015:  Lessons are always there if you want to learn!   


 It is interesting to note that In the first few months that my husband and I were dating, we attended a retreat together.  At one point in the weekend we were given a poem, and asked to read it to everyone in attendance.   At the time we made our decision, we did not think about the poem, but as our journey begins I wonder if we were being prepared way back then for this season in our lives…

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.  To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out for another is to risk involvement.  To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self.  To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd, is to risk their loss.

 To love is to risk not being loved in return.  To live is to risk dying.  To hope is to risk despair.  To try is to risk failure.

 But risk MUST be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.  The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

 He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.  Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave; he has forfeited freedom.

 Only a person who risks is free.

 

Image Credits:  iStock & Personal 

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