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Friday, May 02, 2008

Soliciting advice

My friend, Kristy, is moving overseas at the beginning of June to help home school some expat kids. She asked for advice from me in an email over a month ago, and I have been extremely slow in responding. I decided that I would open her questions up to you, my readers. Do you have any advice for her?

1. any insights to living overseas.

2. helpful hints to adjusting to life and culture overseas

9 comments:

Charlie Girl said...

Advice... hmmm, the best thing I can come up with:

1. Dive into the chance of learning and growing from the experience. Try to truly leave the "American" way of life behind for a little while, and be in the moment of being in another country with a different cultural response to life.

2. Adjusting will be harder than you think at first. See number 1, and embrace it. Have something familiar to fall back on when the days seem overwhelming. Make sure you have some way of making or having your favorite comfort food, or whatever it is that lifts you up into a "happy place."

3. Don't be afraid of the changes you see within yourself. God has a plan for those changes. Allow them to happen, when they are supposed to happen.

4. When all other advice fails, or you feel like giving up.... Call Natalie Dixon... she is really smart, insightful, caring, tough, and knows how to do what you are about to do... However, she is really lousy at sending emails... you have to call her.... seriously...

Good Luck Kristy, I am sure you are going to be just fine, or you would not have accepted the job and would not be moving! Embrace life and diversity, and they will embrace you right back!

HeyJoe said...

Where is she moving to/from? Not that I have any advice, just curious. Here's some advice, don't burn their national flag. And maybe don't eat any meat that's being served out of carts in the street.

becky marshall said...

I think i've got to agree with heyjoe. But i wouldn't eat meat out of a cart in the street in Houston, either. And don't drink the water...

Mike S said...

Having spent the biggest part of my life residing in numerous countries other than the US and Canada, I know the destination is of prime consideration, as every location differs from the rest in many ways.

Natalie said...

charlie girl - i should have just let you write this post! you said way more in your comment than i said in the post! good advice!

heyjoe - i don't think i am allowed to say where she is moving to. you know...just to be safe. your advice though would be sound in any country!

becky - i can't even imagine meat being sold from a cart in the streets of houston. i would contemplate eating it for sure!

mike - that is true. i think as long as she doesn't demand her rights as an american and somewhat sorta tries to blend in and embrace the local culture she will be fine.

Gina said...

Be VERY flexible...and not the physical kind either!!

Natalie said...

gina - yep...i completely agree!

kristy in nc said...

Hey thanks for soliciting this advice from your readers for me! Sorry I haven't commented before now. I have been in Indiana saying goodbye to family and didn't have any internet access at my family's house.

Natalie said...

kristy - happy to help. not sure how much help it was, but i did enjoy reading what others thought!