It’s been a wonderful chatting with Jodi Harris at WorldTree Coaching. Through out this year we spoke extensively about how we feel and adapt to a globetrotting life, from dealing with fear, creating a home abroad, to building flexibility and habits.

Through our conversations we discovered a common theme. Given that we are both “coaches”, we naturally gravitate toward finding our inner self. For me, this lifestyle can easily feel like we are drifting across ocean. With an anchor, I can enjoy the new experiences and still feel grounded.

Jodi put it well – it all starts with paying attention, to ourselves and how we interact with outside triggers. There are many things that draw out attention in an expat life that will make us frazzled. The important thing is to know what to pay attention to at any given time, and willing let go of the others that we don’t have time or the brain power to deal with

We also shared some practical tips on how to implement this in everyday life. I’m surprised to find that we agree on a very simple habit – writing things down. In the world of electronic devices, having a pen and paper doesn’t seem to be necessary anymore. However, the process of formulating thoughts, putting it on paper, and marking them off later somehow help us focus on the right thing. In my opinion, there is nothing more satisfying than turning what’s in your head to something tangible you can touch. Writing them down is always the first step.

If I need to use a short term to summarize what we discuss this season, it will be “living with intention”. It doesn’t mean that you will always get what you are looking for if you try harder. There are always things we won’t fully grasp and can’t control. Living with intention to me means taking responsibility for how I shape the world around me and how my surroundings mold me. It means reminding myself that I can rest, but not give up.

Enjoy the last episode of the year. We will think about moving our focus in the coming year. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!

Lastly, a shout out to Amel Derragui at Tandem Nomad regarding her thoughts on “Start first; perfect later.” Jodi and I took the leap to start recording our conversations, and we are definitely looking to improving them in the future. Stay tuned!


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