How a summer that threatened every fibre of our being, helped me reconnect with my land, my people, my way of live, my cultural identity. Aaah, summer in Australia – radiant sun, hot sand, rolling surf, early morning swims, crisp fresh air, bold blue skies, trilling cicadas, warm evenings around the barbeque with those we … Continue reading I Forgot How Much I Love This Place
It's that time of year - Moving Season. It's when globally mobile families and individuals across the world experience a shift in their community. Some are being left behind, others are moving to a new location, several are returning 'home', a few are preparing for the boarding school experience and all involve goodbyes. Though each … Continue reading When Moving Season Arrives
It's that time of year when many globally mobile families are either preparing to return 'home', contemplating returning 'home' or farewelling others who are returning 'home'. Re-Entry Expert, Dr Cate Brubaker, shares her wisdom and insight with us on how to make returning 'home' a positive, growth oriented experience that leads to a meaningful and … Continue reading Returning ‘Home’: Insight from an Expert
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
Overnight, The New Zealand All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup. There, I've said it and, as an Australian, it is a bitter pill to swallow. The Australian Wallabies fought to the end, as Aussies often do, but perhaps more importantly restored their countrymen's faith in Australian Rugby. For Third Culture Kids (TCK) however, the Rugby … Continue reading What The Rugby World Cup Does to Third Culture Kids
I’m in Singapore this week, mixing business with pleasure. It’s been 9 months since we left these shores to return to our passport country. As I sat in the black vinyl chairs at the departure gate on Monday, I was both excited and curious. My mind was filled with questions: What will I feel stepping … Continue reading Return to Singapore: 9 Months On
It is now a little over six months since our family repatriated from South East Asia back to Australia. The question I am asked most often is: “Are you settled yet?” Just as Third Culture Kids (TCK) pause to evaluate their audience when asked the question: “where are you from?”, the “are you settled yet?” … Continue reading Are You Settled Yet?
We are in the midst of the Winter School Holidays here in the Southern Hemisphere and our family has just returned from a visit to our nation’s capital – Canberra, Australia. At every turn, I was reminded of the legacy of a globally mobile childhood. For my husband and I, the visit provided a re-acquaintance … Continue reading The Legacy of a Globally Mobile Childhood