Posts tagged expat
Honesty Hour: Living Abroad is Hard

Although it may seem like I am living the dream, which in many ways I am, life here is difficult. I have struggled with anxiety and depression while living in Vienna. Most of my days consist of working 9-5 and then heading to the grocery store and then cooking. One big struggle has been the grocery store (I know that sounds funny but bear with me). Going to the grocery store has always been something that I love doing - people never want to go with me in the US because I will roam every aisle and look at every product (because you never really know what you need, right?).

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Ships and Hearts: Moving and Melding

Those who know have made claims that moving anywhere, let alone to a foreign country, is one of the top three stressors in life. Take that information and apply it to the heart issue and this theory is elevated to an entirely different level. Do people account for that emotional transition? Are we pausing to consider what is being left behind? Do we take the time to say goodbyes well, and not just to the people but the places that have shaped our stories and been the backdrop for the life lived in that place? I think not.

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Motherhood Musings: Better Titled As My Current Random Thoughts

When I am out of sorts and feeling sad, this screen and keyboard are a source of solace for me. Bear with me as I pour my feelings into this space. I am the mother of three adult aged daughters and one seventeen-year-old son. Our three girls live stateside, two together and one on the other side of the country.

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Developing a Gratitude Practice

Developing a gratitude practice has been one of the best (and easiest) things I’ve done to help myself in my healing journey. It’s such a basic, simple concept that most of us overlook the power it has. In fact, according to a study from Ohio State University, we are hard-wired to focus on the negative (1). We all know that we can have a wonderful day, with one negative encounter with a co-worker, and all we focus on the rest of the day is that one negative, despite the hundreds of positives that we observed. It’s easier to focus on the bad; being mindful of the good takes effort! However, allowing that one negative to override all the good causes you to miss out on a lot, especially the chance to be happy.

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