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.
As anyone who's ever made a New Year's resolution will tell you, real and lasting change is HARD.
Despite our intentions, resolutions rarely "stick," and in this episode, I'll share the reasons why the gym crowd starts to thin starting about now.
I'll also share how you can shift your mindset to have more realistic expectations — and a much greater chance of success.
Please have a listen, then visit me at GirafeCoaching.com for even more ways to start leading a life you'll love.
Letting Go of a Career You Love
When moving means letting go of a career you love, are you simply stuck with the loss?
Definitely not! Of course, letting go of something you love isn’t easy, but it can also be a wonderful opportunity to take a step back, gain some perspective, and explore a new path — if you approach it with that mindset.
In this episode, I interview Sarah Little, who reinvented herself and her career. She struggled with the change in identity when she moved to Africa to support her husband’s career and couldn’t practice as an OB/GYN as she had in the US.
Sarah completed the Clarify Your Potential program with Girafe Coaching, which helped take her career to the next level.
The Journey to Change
For most (if not all) of us, there's a gap between the life we're living and the life we want to live; between the person we are and the person we want to be. And we see that as a problem.
But the gap isn't the problem. The problem is the feelings we have that drive us to do things, to take actions that move us away from our dreams.
How do we change so that the actions we take move us closer to our goals instead?
In this episode, I give you four competencies that will help you close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Come learn more and take my 28-day challenge at girafecoaching.com/clarity-challenge/!
Children and Emotions Part II
What does it mean to have "emotional agency"?
Emotional agency means knowing that the only emotions I have control over are my own. This is an important lesson for children, because then they understand they are not responsible for making their parents happy or sad.
This is not the same as giving them permission to misbehave! Instead, it is giving them empowerment — when they see you choosing to think thoughts and feel emotions that serve YOU, they'll be able to do the same.
Listen to how to give your child this important gift, then come visit me at GirafeCoaching.com to learn more.
Children and Emotions Part I
For many of us, it's the season of gift-giving. This week I invite you to give your children a truly beautiful gift: their emotions.
Too often, we're taught to swallow our feelings, and that, if we're feeling negative emotions such as shame and disappointment, we're doing something wrong.
Adults struggle with accepting their emotions rather than seeing them as something to be "fixed" — children do too! But hiding or avoiding feelings can lead children to find comfort another way; through playing video games, diving into social channels, eating comfort foods, and even more self-destructive behavior when they get older.
In this episode and the next, I talk about how to help children identify their emotions, feel them fully, and move forward with confidence.
For more, find me at GirafeCoaching.com.
Setting boundaries can feel terribly uncomfortable. Asking a friend not to use certain language in your home or in front of your children, for example, can seem like an imposition.
But if this is truly important to you, pretending the behavior is acceptable can make you feel worse.
I believe setting boundaries is a form of self-care. In this episode, I discuss why boundaries are really important and how you can learn not only to set them but to follow through.
Please have a listen, then work through the exercise I give you at the end. You may surprise yourself with how much better you'll feel when your boundaries are set and respected. Find me at GirafeCoaching.com.