COVID-19: A Moment in Time

The unusual invitation arrived just as I was again laying out the day’s lunch offerings for our family. Entitled “A Moment in Time,” it was sent by my Aunt-in-law who lives thousands of kilometres away. An amateur artist, she had begun a painting in response to COVID-19 as a way to keep busy, stay relaxed … Continue reading COVID-19: A Moment in Time

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 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

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

Returning ‘Home’: Insight from an Expert

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

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