I Forgot How Much I Love This Place

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

Globally Grounded 2019 Round Up

Oh 2019. Where did you go? Are you like me and struggling to wrap your head around the fact that we are in December already? It’s been quite a year. Although the headlines and realities have often been challenging and confronting in 2019, Globally Grounded has been blessed to have its best year yet…with the … Continue reading Globally Grounded 2019 Round Up

When Moving Season Arrives

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

Raising Global and Mobile Children – Challenges and Solutions for International Families

When visiting The Hague, I had the privilege of sitting under the teaching of Kristin Duncombe, one of my global mobility heroes. You'll see why when you read on.  Kristin is highly qualified to talk about raising global and mobile children. Her passport says she is American but her life story would beg to differ. … Continue reading Raising Global and Mobile Children – Challenges and Solutions for International Families

Globally Mobile Children: One Tribe or Many? Part One

Have you noticed the number of social media posts questioning the terminology around children who live a life that takes them across and among cultures and worlds? Third Culture Kid (TCK), globally mobile kid, Cross-Cultural Kid (CCK), expat brat, missionary kid, military brat, global nomad are just a few of the terms floating around. As … Continue reading Globally Mobile Children: One Tribe or Many? Part One

Surveying the Landscape: Common practices, challenges, and opportunities in International School transitions support

I am excited to finally share one of the big projects I've been working on in 2018. _____ Announcing the launch of Sea Change Mentoring and Globally Grounded’s  independent research project into transitions support at international schools International schools are the most popular educational platform for families in global transition. While recent years have brought … Continue reading Surveying the Landscape: Common practices, challenges, and opportunities in International School transitions support

Third Culture Families: Redefining the Traditional Concept of Home, Family and Friendship

Please allow me to introduce you to Marielle de Spa - a mover and shaker in the global mobility field and a kindred spirit who values the collective family experience. She carries an important message for families in global transition that I would like to share with you. Read on to be inspired and empowered. Originally … Continue reading Third Culture Families: Redefining the Traditional Concept of Home, Family and Friendship

Quotable Quotes for a Fulfilled Global Life

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

Inside the Mind of a Girl on a Train

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

Building our Nest: FIGT Reflections

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