Leading an expat life can seem so glamorous and exciting, and often it is! But what if you struggle with the language, your professional credentials aren't recognized, or you find it difficult to build new relationships? Crafting a meaningful, satisfying life takes work no matter where you are, but for expat partners, the challenges can be even greater. If you're looking to create meaningful change in your life, to have a lifestyle, relationships, and career that truly suit and fulfill you, but you're not sure how to start, don't worry. You don't have to figure it out on your own. Certified Life Coach Caroline Giffon helps global nomads get clear on what they want and equips them with the tools to get there. Join her every week for Loving Your Expat Life, her podcast full of ideas to help expats bridge the gap between the life they're leading...and the life they'll love. Available wherever you listen to podcasts. Find more from Caroline at https://girafecoaching.com.
How to Figure Out What You Actually Want
In this episode, I would like to discuss the significant obstacle to what you want for yourself in various areas of your life. For instance, in your professional or personal life. You might want to get even more specific & focus on your health, finances, romantic relationships, and other aspects of your life.
What you want is what I call your vision.
As humans, I believe our highest form of expression and evolvement comes from following what we want—our true desires and not what others do. It’s hard to uncover it sometimes, and many of us hide with food, social media, packed schedules, or plenty of vacations and adventures.
This is why I’d like to talk more about what I mean by vision.
So, in this episode you’ll learn:
The 3 benefits of having a clear vision Obstacles that prevent us from figuring out what we really want Specific steps to take to find your vision
Let’s meet next Thursday for a new episode of Love Your Expat Life in which we will discuss another perspective on this topic.
P.S. Did you enjoy this episode or others you’ve listened to? I’d be so grateful if you spent a couple of moments reviewing this podcast. One review can go a long way! :)
Moving Intentionally with TCK’s with Temis Tormo
Temis Tormo, a brilliant journalist, mom, & global nomad, shares her intimate details on her upcoming move with her diplomat husband & TCK’s.
In this episode, you’ll learn how to navigate the emotions of a move & how to move intentionally with TCK’s– helping them better acclimate to upcoming change.
We also talk about:
4:20– An intro to how Temis evolved into who she is today
6:41– A habit that makes its way around the world
8:40– Where is home?
9:40– The significance of this move
14:08– How downsizing can be a great lesson for kids
14:54– Setting an intention for the move
20:44– What would you like to tell yourself a year from now?
23:33– Letting kids flow with their emotions
26:00– It’s fun to be the new kid
28:36– The brutality of a move
34:18– These emotions are a gift
28:57– What are your takeaways?
To connect with Temis reach out to her via Linkedin or Twitter!
And, if you’re interested in gaining more clarity as you move through life as a global nomad check out Unlock Your Full Potential; a group coaching program where you’ll uncover your vision, transition with ease, simplify your life, & learn to balance your priorities!
Your Word for 2023 free guide
Episode 81: How to Let Go of the Holiday Blues
Why We Do Not Follow Through on What We Want
The "new year, new you" narrative can be counterproductive and out of reach for many of us with constant lives to build elsewhere.
All the pressure to make resolutions and become a "new you” can be overwhelming. And the truth is, quick fixes don't work. In fact, most of them are ineffective in the long term.
The beginning of the year is like a breath of fresh air, a new start, a chance to write a new chapter. We often think about the things we want to start doing and the things we want to stop doing.
We believe that this time, it will be different. But then, halfway through the first month of the year, most of us give up.
After creating resolutions for many years, letting them dissipate, & getting frustrated I realized why they don’t work:
Because of the self-judgment they implicitly contain, Because of the strength of our will that quickly runs out of steam, Because of the scattering that sabotages our efforts for change. But this fresh wind that blows at the beginning of the year is precious and should be used to inflate the sails of our desires for growth and our projects.
In today’s episode you’ll learn:
about the “perfect beach syndrome” & why this mindset is harmful examples of scenarios that may be holding you back how to adjust this so you can create lasting change
3 years ago I embarked on a journey with self-leadership which has helped me follow through on my goals and essentially helped transform my life.
So, in addition to using the tools in this episode, I also have a special invitation for you. I am hosting a masterclass in which I will share the 5 keys to self-leadership with you. Join me for a masterclass on January 18 or 19, whichever date fits your schedule best. This is not another fad, there is no trick here. Just simple skills that, when used correctly, have the power to drive the change you desire for the year.
This small step to sign up could be just the change that drives your whole year. Are you willing to miss it?
Claim your spot here!
episode 86, about the 4 stages of change
Self Leadership Masterclass (sign up here)
Use These 4 Stages of Change to Avoid Stressful Transitions
A few days ago, my family & I watched a brilliant documentary about Gerry Lopez, a world-famous surfer, and traveler. Gerry's life journey is inspirational, and as I watched the documentary, I couldn't help but think about the changes he made in order to achieve such mastery in surfing.
He tells the story of how he transformed and kept transforming. He’s well into his 70’s but still embodies change day in & day out. As I watched this documentary I was paying attention to the changes he made to acquire such surfing mastery.
In this episode, we will discuss the four stages of change, which is a topic that is central to the "Love Your Expat Life" podcast.
Change is something we’re used to as global nomads. Yet it can be difficult and even stressful for some people, as it often involves leaving behind the familiar and facing the unknown.
But, change is inevitable whether or not we move around the world. In fact, I would argue that change is necessary for personal growth and evolution.
Like a surfer who chooses which waves to ride, we can choose the changes that are right for us and that align with our goals and values. Sometimes we may fall, and we learn from trying. This is why I believe that embracing change rather than simply resisting and reacting to it is always a better option.
The steps mentioned in this episode are the foundation of the coaching program that I offer, which is designed to help you become aware of the changes you wish to make, observe and understand your current thought patterns that create your current habits and the results you see in your life, try new approaches, and practice deliberately, intentionally in order to create lasting change.
The program also includes a system of support, accountability, and guidance to help you stay committed to the process and make progress toward your goals.
If you are curious about it and if you are ready to take your dreams and aspirations seriously, join the waiting list here. The program opens its doors at the end of the month and you can be the first one to know about it!
Episode 84: My Anti-Resolution Strategy to Achieve Your Goals
The Ying & the Yang of Gerry Lopez Documentary
Unlock Your Full Potential Group Goaching waitlist
Celebrating Your Wins
Why is it that we have such a hard time celebrating ourselves?
As we broadcast this episode, this is the last episode of this year. I want to talk about how to celebrate ourselves.
I bet there are so many things you showed up for this year. Maybe you settled in a new country and continued to show up at your kid’s practices and multiple birthday parties and school events while preparing the whole move, maybe you settled up a new home ( and possibly multiple homes), unpacked a full container, started a new project and found something that was meaningful for you.
There's a huge lack of celebration going around, not feeling good about our daily accomplishments, celebrating what we've done - the big or small, feeling like what we do isn’t good enough or worthy enough. Acknowledging all that we have put our hearts on the line for all the things we tried and created this year.
In this episode, we’ll talk about why it’s important to celebrate and how to build the muscle to do it. But first, let’s consider why we often don’t celebrate our accomplishments.
In this episode you’ll learn:
Why we don’t celebrate ourselves often The 4 benefits to celebrating your wins & how doing this can help you achieve your goals
Because reaching your goals requires growth, transformation, and sometimes doing things people might not like.
“To be yourself in a world that’s constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest acconplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you have your own back no matter what, when you manage to do that, nothing can stop you. It’s one of the key ingredients to success that you master through the https://girafecoaching.com/unlock-your-full-potential/ (join the Girafe Coaching newsletter to learn more about upcoming programs here).
When you have your own back, you don’t let anything or anyone derail you.
What I’d like you to do this week is acknowledge yourself enough.
What are your best creations this year? How do you acknowledge yourself for that?
Celebrate the accomplishments, big and small.
And, if you want to be the first to know about free events scheduled for the upcoming weeks, about new podcast topics, & what’s going on in the community, join Girafe coaching newsletter. There are so many exciting things coming up in the new year!
My Anti-Resolution Strategy to Achieve Your Goals
Let’s be honest here; for most of us, resolutions do not work.
Let me rephrase, it seems like sunshine & rainbows for a few weeks, and suddenly, it drops off.
To help you get inspired and set yourself up for success, I'd like to share some of my favorite end-of-year rituals. These practices have helped me take stock of the past year and start the new year with a clear vision for the life I want to create.
I hope they can do the same for you. Take a few moments to reflect on your past year and start the new year with a plan to create the life you love.
This is especially helpful for global nomads who are always on the move, and sometimes it can be hard to stop all day-to-day to-do lists & carve out time for what’s most important. But, with this process, you’ll feel clarity & a sense of direction no matter where you are in the world.
I trade resolutions for a game plan that has three parts. We will review those three parts; this becomes your strategy once you apply it.
I invite you to carve out a moment during the holidays to apply this tool. And if you think this is impossible to carve out time, you’re probably in most need of it because the holidays are probably not the only time in the year when you do not have time to strategize.
These three steps will help you to set direction with a clear mind & gain consistent momentum moving forward for 2023 :)
Happy strategizing global nomads!
P.S. If you haven’t already, download my free, word-of-the-year tool, to use as a complementary practice!
Word of the Year free download
Episode 36: Resolutions
Episode 1: Unpack Your Thoughts Before You Move
Brings me back to peace
Listening to Caroline is such a soothing experience! Her words pump oxygen into my body. The insights and personal experience she brings to each episode are both inspiring and educational. As a nomad myself, I find the questions she answers incredibly aligned with issues showing up in my life. Thank you for the guidance, love and wisdom you bring me and so many others!