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Connected During the Covid-19 Pandemic

It appears that parents and kids are checking on their loved ones even more frequently than before the COVID-19 outbreak. The simple question: ‘How are you?’ now has a new connotation, a renewed meaning. We genuinely want to know how the people in our lives are faring during these unusual times. My mom, notoriously slow […]


Why Saying No is Important

When I say no, I recognize that I’m opening space to say yes to the valuable things in my life. When I say no, I may feel temporarily bad, but deep inside, I’ve learned that it’s the right thing to do for everyone involved. My ‘NOs’ are as powerful as my ‘YESES’ because they are […]


How Red Lipstick can Brighten your Day

Like many of you all over the world, I’ve been worrying about the impacts of COVID-19. Yes, I know that worrying isn’t the right course of action. Yet, I worry and feel miserable at times. And, I’m sure I’ll worry about this pandemic again, and again. But for today, for this morning, I choose to […]


Neuroscience and Change – How to Use our Brain to Navigate Transition

ASK THE EXPAT FRIDAY – Every Friday we feature an active member of the ExpatJoy group on FB  by spotlighting their knowledge and expertise. This morning, it was my pleasure to interview Terri Werner, one of our dear members, and the founder and President of Energy Flow Consulting. In this video, Terri teach us How […]


Mary Magdalene in the South of France?!

A big attraction of embarking into the expat lifestyle is the possibility of adventure. Yesterday, Brett (my husband), and I decided to check out a ‘myth’ well spread here in the South of France. It says that a boat with no sails and no oars landed on the shores of Provence, bringing some of Jesus’ […]


I have some exciting news!

Have you heard? I’m moving to France! I haven’t been sharing this news with too many people because for a while I didn’t know what was going to happen to my life.  Perhaps you can relate to my story. For the past year, as you may know, I’ve been preparing to move from the United […]


Holiday Season Abroad and Mixed Emotions

Being away from family and friends can be hard, especially during the holiday season. How can I explain to my aging mother that this year I’ll spend Christmas and New Year’s in my home country, with her grown-up grandkids and my in-laws instead of traveling to see her? I can hear the disappointment in her […]


Who’s the Leader of Your Life?

My client Frank gave me the best Thanksgiving gift ever. He had a breakthrough that can change the course of his life. In the many months, we have been working together; Frank has been developing his planning, commitment and focus skills, while increasing his confidence. He enjoyed the inner critic concept so much that he gave […]


Life Musings

To people watch is a hobby to some of us. You can see this pastime taken place at the numerous cafés at most big cities around the globe. I have to admit that I enjoy watching people too. But, one activity that I really get a kick out of is to listen to people’s stories. […]