Trailing Spouse – Why It’s Harder To Tell Your Truth

7:30 am – A typical morning in your expat family ‘Mum, where is my lunch box?’      ‘Mum, I can’t find my soccer gear’ ‘Mum, did you sign the form for our theatre excursion today?’  ‘Mum, … [Read more...]

Divorce Abroad – 3 Essential Things You Need To Know For Your Kids

Stella is anxious. Her mum, Janet, is not the same any more. Since last week, she has lost her smile. Her eyes are red and swollen, her face is bleak. She often withdraws in her room. What’s … [Read more...]

Expats – Your Body Aches But You Don’t Listen (And What To Do Instead)

'I've got a terrible headache. And it’s not the first time.   My vision is blurry. When the pain strikes I can’t even stand up. I’m feeling dizzy. At first I didn’t worry too much. I thought it … [Read more...]

Expats – The true story of building a portable social network (and why it matters)

Starting all over again? You have no energy left. This is your third move in 10 years. You’ve just unpacked all your boxes, settled the children at school and established a new routine. You know … [Read more...]

Trailing Spouse – Does Volunteering Make You Happier?

Sophie avidly reads an article reporting the conclusions of a Harvard study conducted in 2014: ‘Volunteering makes you happier’. It’s been 6 months since she arrived with her family in this new … [Read more...]

Fellow Expat – You Could Do With A Tiny Act Of Love Today

There are people in this world who are not refugees. There are people in this world who are not celebrities. There are people in this world who are not making the headlines. Those people have a … [Read more...]

Empty Nest Syndrome –  3 Essential Tasks For The Expat Mum

Lauren is shaken. To the core.   A big part of what she has lived for over the last 10 years -- the years she’s been a full time stay at home mum -- is slipping away. Her daughter Maddy left … [Read more...]

Emotional Abuse – Why Expat Couples Are At Risk

She comes back home, tired but thrilled. Her Vuitton bag, her manicured nails, her Chanel tailleur… She feels so attractive. In the elevator bringing her home to the 27th floor, a luxurious … [Read more...]

Expats – The News You Dread (Part II)

  Lisa just lost her Mum. It was totally unexpected. They lived 15000 km apart. Once she can cry no more, her numb brain emerges back into practical reality. Beyond the pain of loss, … [Read more...]

Expats – The News You Dread (Part I)

  The news came by email. Like a punch in the gut. ‘Mum died last night.’ Lisa is stunned. She can’t detach her eyes from those four words. Her brain understands the meaning too well. … [Read more...]