This is the interview of Colombian Journalist, Juanita Malagón. After spending a decade in Africa and Asia, Juanita went back to Colombia to redefine her path and to cherish what she had learned over the years. Her story is very inspiring and so is her view of the world. A draw and a passion like hers are not easy to find. In this week’s blog, I share her appreciation of the nomadic lifestyle along with its challenges and rewards. You’ll surely relate!
“Living abroad makes you feel as a child again. You want to open your eyes widely to catch what you are experiencing. Try to understand your whereabouts and somehow replicate it in your life.” Read More
For a decade now, I have been regularly getting rid of clothes, books, shoes, magazines, electronics, ornaments, bags, linen, cutlery, homeware, accessories and anything one could possibly accumulate at home. Often times when I buy clothes, I make sure to give away similar items from my closet, that same day. So how is it possible then, that you find yourself in the same situation every year (or every season) again and again?
After recently decluttering my closet à la Marie Kondo, I want to share seven ways it has promoted a sense of wellbeing so far. The task is not finished, but here’s what I have experienced. Read More
Living overseas makes us stronger and wiser in different levels. Though it is usually the challenges that help us grow the most. No country, I assume, comes without its own set of challenges. Living as an expat who is constantly on the move is part of it.
In this month’s interview with American photographer and designer Monique Kovacs Nathan, we will talk about how leaving behind a promising career in California helped her find a new purpose to help disadvantaged children in Nepal and how spending time to cultivate her passion for creativity was a gift she would forever treasure. This is her story. It is sure to inspire you. Read More
Up to a few of months ago, I would start my mornings with my alarm clock (on my phone) and I’d check my phone right away while still in bed. I couldn’t wait to find out about all the news from my friends abroad, check my Instagram account and even read the news. By the time I got out of bed, I already felt rushed, had little time to eat and get ready, and not to mention I would neglect the morning walks with my elderly dog as I had no time. It was only 9 a.m. and I felt irritated, stressed and short of patience. Here’s what I did to change that.
With these 5 easy tips, you’ll make your mornings more enjoyable (and calm). Read More
Anabelle Colon has had various jobs. It is not surprising given her many talents. Her sense of humor, her friendliness and easy-to-talk-to attitude have opened many doors for Anabelle throughout her life journey. But it has been her passion for art and handmade designs that have lead her to pursue a profession faraway from her native Dominican Republic.
In this month’s interview, Anabelle Colon, a savvy Dominican jewelry designer shares her insights on pursuing a creative business and moving from one country to the next. This is her inspiring approach to the nomadic lifestyle. Read More
The struggles of us entrepreneurs are real but so are our dreams and passions. By not giving in to daily procrastination, we can experience the joy of creativity. It is my hope that we do not get discouraged by the setbacks we encounter along the way. Otherwise we will never now the wonderful things that await for us on the other side of fear and resistance.
Here are 5 ways to beat procrastination and start living in the daily joy of creativity. Read More
If there’s one common aspect that is present in the expat lifestyle, it is change. For Marielle, a very driven and talented German expat, a two-month job offer in Dubai turned into a 10-year long chapter of her life. Now in Amman, Jordan she tells us what she does to pursue her passion and promote her love for needlework.
Read on to learn about how her long-time hobby is turning into a big source of joy (and work) and how we can learn from Marielle’s experience to pursue our passions no matter where we are in the world. Read More
By being more present in our daily non-digital worlds and seeing all the things we can be grateful for, we will find more contentment and joy. And when we stop comparing ourselves and our lives to the feeds of other people, we will be more contempt knowing that what we have today is not only good enough but precious.
Here are five tips on how to be happy and content in a busy social world without having to give up social media completely. Read More
It is not easy to leave behind your career, your colleagues as well as your financial independence when you follow your partner to pursue their career around the world. However; one of the privileges of living a nomadic lifestyle is that it enriches your life in a myriad of ways that have nothing to do with what you do for a living.
So how do you get to meet other interesting people when you’re not working a 9-5 pm job? Here are five ideas on how to get to know other expats outside an office environment. Read More
Indian entrepreneur Nausheen Shaikh shares her story on how gratifying it is to pursue your passions when you live overseas and the opportunities this lifestyle brings.
Her love for handmade paper designs started from an early age. It wasn’t until she moved to Jordan that she had the opportunity to pursue it on a daily basis. Read on to find inspiration on how creativity can be very fulfilling but how it can also connect you to others as well. Read More
From researching the world’s oceans and their ecosystems to changing her career to holistic nutrition and health coaching, Lizzie Alexander has not only transformed the most important aspects of her life, but she is now helping others to do the same whilst living in Amman, Jordan. This is how she did it. Read More
Leaving towns or countries is so very interesting and exciting. Going to new places near or far can be a great life experience; but how can we make new friends if we don't know anybody there?
Here are five easy ways in which we can make new friends wherever we go, no matter how often or seldom we move. Read More
As an expat who is following your spouse’s footprints you can often times find yourself wondering what is the purpose for you in this lifestyle. Will there be a meaningful path of your own while living overseas? For a couple of years I had spent too much time inside my head, hearing an inner chat that wasn’t working for me, whilst comparing myself to others who had “good office jobs”. I didn’t see the value of what I was doing because I wasn’t formally employed.
A month after surviving the Nepal earthquake of 2015, I heard the message. Life had a purpose and a calling for me. This is what happened. Read More
There are definitely challenges and opportunities when you live overseas or faraway from your hometown. In my personal journey I had to learn to choose a positive pair of glasses to really look beyond the things I didn't like. And to be honest, it is a constant practice, one that I forget often times.
Are you considering moving abroad or starting anew at a different country or city? Is your work or personal journey taking you somewhere far? If you're changing homes, whether it is for the first time or the fifth, you will find helpful honest answers in this post. Read More