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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธEX-PAT CAREER MOM, what are your ways to create connection during the holidays?

๐Ÿ˜ซ What Iโ€™ve heard in todayโ€™s conversation with #expats is that ๐Ÿ˜ซ#loneliness may come to a rise during Advent (a part of #Christmas festivities) in late November and December.

We all feel a need to ๐ŸคCONNECT, to #BELONG especially during holidays. Even most successful career moms.

At this time of the year, your family, colleagues, and friends are looking for a human-to-human connection.

๐Ÿคฉ Here are my top 4 life hacks to get #connected: ๐Ÿคฉ

โœ… 1. Be proactive and talk to your family

members from your home country over any of Skype, Whatsup, Facebook, Zoom or Telegram.

Youโ€™d be surprised how much your parentsโ€™/family members would value 15-30 minutes with you.

๐ŸŒˆ #Fun ideas ๐ŸŒˆ:

๐Ÿ’“ use an electronic spinner for things youโ€™re g

rateful for during this year and play them over your online coffee chat.

๐ŸคŽ during a year write down one thing youโ€™re grateful for in a week and put it all in a jar to read on Christmas at your family gathering.

โœ… 2. Take some time to #selfreflect on what does it mean for you to belong.

Choose ONE #journalprompt to write down for 10 minutes

๐Ÿงก What inspirational group for you do you want to belong?

๐Ÿ’› Where do you spend time your time with a deep appreciation to a group?

๐Ÿ’š What connection are you seeking? How oft


โค๏ธ Write a story about a character who desperately wants to belong.

๐Ÿ’™ Which cultural group celebration is your favorite?

๐Ÿ’œ How did you become a part of the different cultures you are involved in?

โœ… 3. Give and RECEIVE.

This is a great opportunity to send a nice old-style card or an electronic card to people you love.

More options:

a handwritten letter or a thank you note

for Catholics โ€“ offer your neighbor an advent calendar with tea bags for every day before Christmas

send a Christmas card to a future you/your kid

/your hubby

free hour of babysitting to an ex-pat mom in need

As caregivers, we tend to provide care, and this is a great time for us to RECEIVE: some help with your meals, or presents wrap, or asking for 10 minutes to yourself.

โœ… 4. Declutter

๐Ÿ‘œ Your purse

The subscriptions that you no longer use

Your closet

Your wallet

Your fridge

When you clear a space, there will be room for a new connection.

With yourself

With another person

With a new idea

With a group.

My favorite book about decluttering is

๐Ÿ“Œ The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. ๐Ÿ“Œ What is yours?

๐Ÿคฉ If you'd like to have a conversation about where you're now with an ex-pat life and career coach, I'm here for you, let's have a no pressure talk.

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