Six Life Lessons for a Whole Bunch of Anniversaries

Today is my birthday! My 43rd birthday to be exact. This blog post is being written in bits and pieces throughout the day. It seems an apt reflection of my life right now – gladly pulled into the draw of lots of things that bring me joy. Sometimes wondering if...

Five Daily Mantras That Will Help Ease Expat Chaos

I’m convinced the rate of injury and loss increase exponentially in the early phases of an expat move. It’s a particular type of expat chaos. It’s the sense that no matter what you do something will be left out, forgotten, or broken. There’s just so...

Expat Emotions…Am I Hardhearted?

I’m sitting here at my dining room table, looking out onto a yard that has suddenly become my yard. I’m being bombarded by all the typical expat emotions. A couple of months ago the bright green garden was just a photo in an email. That’s the funny thing about...

A Love Letter to Japan

Dear Tokyo, Well, first, before I even write this I guess I should actually say “Dear Japan,” right? Because for that first year we were in Yokohama. And also, having lived in Yamaguchi all those years ago makes me feel like you and I have a longer history than just...

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