Orphan Spouse: How to Best Cope With Ambiguous Loss?

You’re an orphan spouse when you’re in a relationship but don’t live permanently with your partner under the same roof. Short term assignments, necessity or willingness to pursue dual careers, fly in … [Read more...]

Expat: You May Be an Orphan Spouse (and Not Even Know It)

Orphan spouse* is what happens when you’re in a relationship... but live separate lives. I hear you saying: "Why would you do that?" Generally because of your work, your partner’s work or … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why You Need to Talk to Other Expats

When I left France to live abroad, I did not know anything about culture shock, expatriate grief and third culture kids. But I had a clear idea in mind: I would immerse myself in the local culture, … [Read more...]

How Resilient Are You? Take the Quiz!

In the previous article of this series, we've seen what resilience is and why it matters, in all walks of life but especially when you're living abroad, having to face a lot of different … [Read more...]

Warning: as an expatriate, you may suffer from this condition!

By moving abroad, you'll suffer from a powerful and hidden condition that affects all expatriates with various levels of intensity. Believe it or not, that condition is called grief. Before you … [Read more...]

2 Simple Tricks for Dealing with that Suffocating Sense of Expatriate Disconnection

Disconnection is not an acute feeling, like physical pain or stage fright. It’s something that builds up insidiously, slyly infiltrating your soul. Just imagine, having a droplet of water … [Read more...]