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Finding Home Abroad


This seems an appropriate title for the Families in Global Transition Conference 2014 but actually it is an engaging new book that I first saw at this conference. Thanks to Trisha Carter and Rachel Yates we are now able to give other global nomads a real gem to support their transitions!

Expat Book

I have found the perfect tool for someone that journals and is now going to become an Expat.  The book, “Finding Home Abroad” by Trisha Carter and Rachel Yates is a perfect companion for any expat.  I am a firm believer in the power of  ‘storytelling’. I love how Carter and Yates takes us through our initial reaction to the move with their journal prompts of “Just Landed!”. We also get a check in one month in and at the three months milestone.  This is a perfect way for an expat to truly understand how they are feeling about their transition.  It is also a great tool for cross-cultural trainers or coaches.

I love how they put the framework in place so a want to be a writer will know what to address but also allows a seasoned expat to reflect on key parts of their relocation. We all know that transitions can be stressful. I like how Carter and Yates helps us put strategies in place to address the feelings we experience as we move around the world. As author of, “Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child”, I am well aware of the need for parents and children to address their feelings as they experience them because it is vital for their emotional well-being. This book allows you to do that.

Trisha Carter as an organizational psychologist and founder of http://www.cicollective.com and Rachel Yates as the creator of www.ExpatlifeLine.com it is clear that my esteemed colleagues have given you a huge amount of resources. I enjoyed each and every appendix, starting with the “Gaining Clarity Exercise” all the way to “in Case of Emergency Plan”. This would be a great gift to treat yourself if you are going to start the global nomad lifestyle.  Or better yet, give it to your children if you are making them do a global lifestyle because of the choices you are making.

 

 

 

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Julia, we can’t thank you enough for your kind words – we are passionate about the need to create tools to support effective cross-cultural transitions; purposefully “looking for the shared, delighting in the different”. From our own experiences, we are often pre-occupied with the ‘urgent’ tasks of any big change, so this was our way of making access to the ‘important’ personal growth available, convenient and portable.

    The last piece of the puzzle, our website, will be going live in April and we’ll invite you all over for a virtual party!