It's been too long! How many times have you heard this phrase as you collect a loved one from the airport or arrive on a doorstep during 'home' leave? This time, however, it's because it has been too long since we've connected via the Globally Grounded Blog. So let's catch up. Now. Whilst we haven't … Continue reading Globally Grounded Update
Calling all International School Educators, Counsellors and Leadership Does your school resemble a revolving door – students, families and staff constantly leaving and arriving? Do you have: students from culturally diverse backgrounds struggling to integrate into your school community or engage effectively in learning? teachers searching for strategies to equip and support their Cross Cultural … Continue reading Announcing: Transitions 101 Webinar Series
This week I am honoured to be writing over at I Am A Triangle's (IAAT) brand new website. What began almost four years ago as a Facebook group of 30 'Triangles' has now grown into a community of over 15,000 people who have lived in various cultures and countries, whether as children, teens or adults. Launched … Continue reading Top 10 Questions Asked By Students Starting at a New School
We’re about to jump in the car to begin our family Winter vacation. I’ve just sent off the final draft of a book I’m co-authoring and my own words are ringing in my head…so-much-so that I’m reblogging them here, for my benefit as well as yours.
Although it’s now the Southern Hemisphere Winter and the Northern Hemisphere Summer, the challenge remains the same – unplug and connect.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That means the holiday season is just around the corner. Traditionally it’s a time when we get together with those we love…or those we have to love. Many will take time off work. Some will holiday at home. Others will holiday far away. Several will remain in their host country. Wherever in the world you are this holiday season, I encourage you to Unplug and Connect – really connect.
You’ve heard it before – we are more connected than ever. In fact, I take my hat off to all those who lived abroad pre-1990s. Technology has made moving to the other side of the world so much easier because we can maintain relationships with friends and family in real time. Our reliance on technology, however, can take us away from what it right in front of us. People. Places. Perspectives. Life.
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How do you feel about words? Do you prefer the written word or the spoken word? Or both? Do you gravitate towards words of one language or multiple languages? I find words to be very powerful. They can build up or they can tear down. My brain prefers the written word, in English, yet I … Continue reading Quotable Quotes for a Fulfilled Global Life
Have you ever dreamed of visiting a distant land after seeing it captured in a documentary, cheering on your favourite sporting team in real life or seeing a certain acclaimed artwork or salient sculpture in person? Recently I fulfilled one of those long-held dreams. Viewing Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ (Le Penseur) sculpture in Paris has … Continue reading What Rodin Revealed about Reflection and Revelation: #FIGT17NL Ruminations
The train departed Dordrecht Station promptly at 8:37am. Taking her seat beside the rain-spattered window, a silent yawn escaped. She had barely slept a wink the night before, in anticipation of the week ahead. By the time the sun set on today, they would be reunited, in Paris. How did it come to this? The … Continue reading Inside the Mind of a Girl on a Train
Today, it is a privilege to introduce my special guest, Hannele Secchia, to you. Born in Ethiopia to German and Finnish parents, she lived there for most of her developmental years. Hannele repatriated twice to England at ages six and eleven and spent her high school years at boarding school in Kenya. At eighteen, she … Continue reading Ethiopia to The Netherlands: A Ripple Effect
Spring has sprung here in The Netherlands. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising, the tulips and daffodils are blooming and the birds are singing their celebratory Spring chorus. This morning I was awoken by the busy sounds of a bird outside my bedroom window. Singing away, she was flitting back and forth, … Continue reading Building our Nest: FIGT Reflections
I have taken up a challenge thrown down by Blogging Abroad to reflect on my re-entry, in the hope that it will help others along their own re-entry journey or bring understanding to their loved ones watching from the sidelines. It’s not all good and it’s not all bad. It is a journey and one … Continue reading Repatriation Reflections: Re-Entry in 5 Words