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As expats, we travel but we aren't ONLY travelers. You won't hear as much about trekking through jungles as you will about trekking through traffic to the market. This is a podcast for those who are doing the daily grind in a foreign land (or for those who want to know more about life overseas). If you ARE living abroad, you know the average day is anything but ordinary. Join us every other week as we chat with expat women from around the globe who are embracing the joys AND the trials of taking root right where they've been planted.

Taking Route Podcast | Expat Women Making the World Their Home Denise James, Alicia Boyce and Melissa Faraday

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As expats, we travel but we aren't ONLY travelers. You won't hear as much about trekking through jungles as you will about trekking through traffic to the market. This is a podcast for those who are doing the daily grind in a foreign land (or for those who want to know more about life overseas). If you ARE living abroad, you know the average day is anything but ordinary. Join us every other week as we chat with expat women from around the globe who are embracing the joys AND the trials of taking root right where they've been planted.

    Finding Your Place as a Trailing Spouse with Tawni Sattler | TRP 29

    Finding Your Place as a Trailing Spouse with Tawni Sattler | TRP 29

    Married or single, it’s likely you have struggled at some point with finding joy and purpose in the tasks expected of you in your life abroad. In Tawnie’s experience of becoming a “trailing spouse”-the spouse who isn’t working full-time- those expectations can be challenging and isolating. In this episode, she shares vulnerably about leaving her career in the states behind, and her journey to find her own passion and purpose while living overseas. Tawnie reminds us that finding outlets outside of ministry and work that align with our talents and passions can help prevent burnout and lead to a more fulfilling life.
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.
    Connect with Denise
    Connect with Alicia
    Connect with Melissa
    Connect with Tawnie: Website | Instagram
    QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE:
    How would you explain a “trailing spouse?”
    "When you moved to Vienna, your career stopped. Was that because you weren’t allowed to find another job or it just didn’t work out?
    Were you told that you would be expected to put your time into the school where your husband worked, or was it an expectation once you got there?
    Did you find yourself in a place where you needed to create balance between what you were asked to do and what you wanted to do?
    When did things start turning around where you found your footing?  
    What’s your vocational background?
    Did you feel pressure of expectations from people around you that it was selfish to do things for yourself, or did you feel freedom to just be who you are?
    How do you handle the things that you don’t necessarily enjoy but need to be done anyway?
    How would you encourage women who are in the same place you have been?
    What’s a God-moment you’ve had since you’ve moved overseas?
    HELP THE TAKING ROUTE PODCAST REACH MORE EXPATS
    Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Taking Route Podcast. 
    Leave a review | When you leave a five-star iTunes review, it helps other expats find us when they’re seeking out podcasts on iTunes. Need directions? Just check out the “Reviews” highlight on our Instagram account.
    Share with a friend | We hope to see the Taking Route podcast grow and grow and grow, but we rely on expats like you to spread the word. We appreciate when you share our episodes—whether that’s via Facebook, email, Twitter or Instagram. Thank you for the love!
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    Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  Don't forget to join our Expat Community on Instagram or Facebook Private Group.
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.

    • 42 min
    Using Your Creativity While Living Abroad with Lauren Hooper | TRP 28

    Using Your Creativity While Living Abroad with Lauren Hooper | TRP 28

    Some of you might think this episode is not for you. “I’m not a creative person,” you might be saying to yourself. On the contrary, my friend. As Lauren reminds us in this episode, “there are so many ways you can be creative without owning paintbrushes.” In this episode, we talk with Lauren Hooper (podcast host of How She Creates) about how to make time for creativity while you’re living abroad. The world and all of its richness is at our fingertips and Lauren encourages us to experience something new and turn it into art. Every day is brand new. Carpe diem!
    Connect with Alicia
    Connect with Melissa
    Connect with Lauren: Podcast | Blog | Instagram | Retreat
    QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE:
    How did you end up overseas?
    Can you tell us a little more about the business you started overseas?
    Have you always being a creative soul?
    What were some of the challenges to wanting to create more?
    What were some steps you took to help you start creating?
    Have you found that creating and being an artist has connected you to the outside culture?
    Tell us more about your linking your passion for art and your passion for social endeavors into one. How have your experiences overseas has led you down this path?
    What are some tips you can give us on how to view our expat experience
     
    HELP THE TAKING ROUTE PODCAST REACH MORE EXPATS
    Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Taking Route Podcast. 
    Leave a review | When you leave a five-star iTunes review, it helps other expats find us when they’re seeking out podcasts on iTunes. Need directions? Just check out the “Reviews” highlight on our Instagram account.
    Share with a friend | We hope to see the Taking Route podcast grow and grow and grow, but we rely on expats like you to spread the word. We appreciate when you share our episodes—whether that’s via Facebook, email, Twitter or Instagram. Thank you for the love!
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    Do you need to keep up with your Netflix shows while living abroad? Try Express VPN to allow you to view all American channels you are subscribed to.
    Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  Don't forget to join our Expat Community on Instagram or Facebook Private Group.
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.

    • 38 min
    Speaking Honestly about Life Abroad Long-term with Rachel Pieh Jones | TRP 27

    Speaking Honestly about Life Abroad Long-term with Rachel Pieh Jones | TRP 27

    When we first move overseas, we don’t often think about the long-term implications. It’s hard to wrap our minds around what nearly 20 years of life abroad will look like, or if we’ll even make it to that point. Quite honestly, not many people do stay for that long. Rachel Pieh Jones, the author of the book Stronger Than Death, speaks honestly within this episode about the unexpected grief and loneliness she has felt while staying overseas for the long-haul. She also shares about the things her family has done well over the last 17 years, the benefits of staying long-term, and why we need to start being more honest about the joys and the hardships of life abroad.
    Connect with Denise
    Connect with Alicia
    Connect with Rachel: Blog | Books | Newsletter | Instagram
    Do you need to keep up with your Netflix shows while living abroad? Try Express VPN to allow you to view all American channels you are subscribed to.
    Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  Don't forget to join our Expat Community on Instagram or Facebook Private Group.
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.
    Questions discussed during this episode:
    What has it been like raising your kids in Africa and now sending them back to the States? What have been the challenges and joys in that?
    Looking back, is there anything you did really well or wish you would have done to help prepare for this time when they’re being launched to extended family and friends?
    Was there any awkwardness with the relationships of extended family members or do you feel like your kids fit right in and it was a smooth transition?
    Do you feel like this stage in life is something that’s talked about enough in the expat community or something that’s not addressed?
    What are some of the amazing things you’ve seen because you’ve been overseas for 17 years?
    Have there ever been any close calls where you’ve thought, “maybe we should go home.” If so, how did you decide to stay?
    Share with us the story behind your new book and what it’s about.
    If you could encourage an expat woman right now, what would you say to her to help her fight the good fight one more day?
     

    • 36 min
    Going "Home" with Lauren Pinkston | TRP 26

    Going "Home" with Lauren Pinkston | TRP 26

    On the difficult days of expat life, we might be guilty of daydreaming about "going home." But then, we snap ourselves out of it and declare, "what doesn't kill me only makes me stronger!" We pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and march forward, determined to stay the course and not let anything threaten to send us packing. Over time, pride takes over and suddenly we think "going home" is equal to "quitting." But what if it's EXACTLY what the Lord is calling us to do? What if going home is the next RIGHT step to take? Join us as we chat with returning guest, Lauren Pinkston, on the topic of going "home."
    Connect with Lauren | and her fair-trade business: Wearthy | and her new job
    Connect with the Taking Route Community on Instagram or Facebook. Check out more relevant expat articles on Taking Route Blog.
    Connect with Denise
    Connect with Alicia
    Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  Don't forget to join our Expat Community on Instagram @takingrouteblog or Facebook.
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.
     
    Questions discussed during this episode:
    When you moved overseas, did you think it was going to be forever?
    When you started thinking about coming back to your passport country, walk me through what that looked like. Was it just because your 5-year contract was coming to an end?
    What were the confirmations to move back?
    How did you work through the bitterness and resentment and get to a place where you were ok going back to the U.S.?
    Did you have any fears about how you would be viewed once you got back to the United States?
    How did you finish well? What were some of the things you did before you got on that plane that has allowed you to live in more freedom being back in North America?
    Now that you’re on the other side, what was it like landing and still having the hardships you carried with you from Southeast Asia?
    Now that you’ve been through the whole process, how has it been confirmed that this was the right thing for your family?
    What’s on the horizon for you?
     

    • 37 min
    It's Tea Time Somewhere: All About Back to School | ITTS 07

    It's Tea Time Somewhere: All About Back to School | ITTS 07

    It's that time of year again: school uniforms are being purchased, homeschool rooms are being organized, and kids are holding signs and cheesing for mom to mark the first day of school. In this tea-time episode, we're discussing the experiences we've had in our host countries with local school and homeschooling, along with some things we've learned. We also talk about what kind of students we were growing up, how you better not miss too many days of public school in the States "OR ELSE," and how one PTA president let power get to her head.
    Come connect with our community on Instagram.  Also, find Denise, Alicia, and Melissa there, too.
    Please check out our show notes for all the resources listed in this episode and for resources for your home assignment at www.takingroute.net/podcast.
    Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  Don't forget to join our Instagram community @takingrouteblog.
    Please hit SUBSCRIBE and leave us a REVIEW!! It helps others like you find us.

    • 36 min
    It's Tea Time Somewhere: All About Expectations | ITTS 06

    It's Tea Time Somewhere: All About Expectations | ITTS 06

    We’re so excited to be recording this episode of Taking Route Podcast, mainly because it’s been SO LONG since we’ve released a new one. Thanks to all the transition in each of our expat lives, finding the perfect time to record a podcast was simply not going to happen. One could even say we didn’t set realistic expectations – hey, what a great segue into today’s topic! For this segment of “It’s Tea Time Somewhere”, we’re talking “All About Expectations.” Life overseas brings a whole load of expectations – what we put on ourselves, what others put on us, unspoken expectations, and spoken expectations. How do you deal with it all without going crazy? That’s what we’re going to chat about. (We’re also talking about Honda. If you’re listening to Honda, we’ll send you an invoice for the ad space we gave you.)
    Come connect with our community on Instagram.  Also, find Denise, Alicia, and Melissa there, too.
    Please check out our show notes for all the resources listed in this episode and for resources for your home assignment at www.takingroute.net/podcast.
    Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  Don't forget to join our Instagram community @takingrouteblog.
    Please hit SUBSCRIBE and leave us a REVIEW!! It helps others like you find us.

    • 33 min

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