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When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries.  



Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

Moving Countries 101 Clare Kay

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When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries.  



Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

    Teaching To Travel and Live Abroad

    Teaching To Travel and Live Abroad

    In this episode, Clare is in conversation with Grant, who is an international secondary school teacher. He is a serial mover from the UK who got his masters in Poland. He left the UK in 2007 and has lived in France, Saudi Arabia, China and now lives in Malaysia.

    Grant comes from Newcastle in the north of England. After London University and the now defunct Webber Douglas drama school, he spent the first ten years of his career as a jobbing actor. Grant then took himself off to film school and did a masters at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. He always wanted to do something with film studies, so after an introduction to international school teaching in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, he found a job teaching film studies at a school in Chengdu in western China. He has been teaching English and film studies in China and more recently in Malaysia for the last 15 years.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    International schools provide students with an extraordinary outlook on life.
    Malaysia´s national identity is being a melting pot, which means that outsiders are quickly embraced.
    Malaysia has strong religious groups, but people are still strongly integrated with each other.
    Grant lived in different parts of China and enjoyed some places more than others. He talks about the pros and cons of each area.
    Grant travelled to some remote places in China, which is now far more difficult, and had some interesting, in some cases, dangerous experiences. He shares a few in the episode.
    Bear in mind that the immigration rules change regularly. This is especially the case in Malaysia.
    When moving abroad you have to be realistic about your chances of being able to stay there when you are older and can no longer work or fall sick.
    Learning a bit of the language gets you a long way.
    Spending most of your free time with ex-pats is a bit of a cul de sac. It is easy to completely miss out on enjoying the local culture.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘People have their gripes and grumbles in Malaysia, but … people are quite happy to be here. ´

    ‘They do a bilingual international diploma.’

    ‘You weren´t really sure what you had got yourself into.’

    ABOUT THE HOST – CLARE KAY

    Clare has moved countries many times throughout her life, from China to Taiwan, Nigeria, Zambia, and the USA. She has also travelled the world for various businesses and now wishes to impart her advice to others to save them time, money, and energy. 

    Clare follows three principles central to her endeavours. First, she looks outward internationally, working with people overseas or of different nationalities. Second, she is obsessed with communication, having learned French, German and Mandarin Chinese. She also teaches English and works as an editor for others’ work. Clare is passionate about making a difference through her coaching in the world of personal development. 

    CONTACT METHOD

    www.kayproofreading.com 

    www.linkedin.com/in/clarekay  

    https://www.facebook.com/KayProofreading

    Podcast Description

    When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries. 

    Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

    • 59 min
    Moving to Australia for True Love

    Moving to Australia for True Love

    In this episode, Clare is joined by Claudia who is an Italian who used to live in the UK but moved to Sydney, Australia as a result of true love. Claudia shares her, at times heart-wrenching story, which includes a period of serious illness. In doing so she explains how she was eventually able to make the move to Australia.

    This episode is a beautiful love story, but it also provides practical insights into how to sustain and grow a long distance relationship.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    For Claudia it really was love at first sight.
    Long-distant relationships are hard to sustain even when the love is true and deep.
    The question you have to answer before moving is – is this relationship going to work?
    If you truly believe they are the one for you, just follow your heart.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘Life is beautiful, a totally different career. ´

    ‘He did not want to be the one asking me to give up everything.’

    ‘Something again just clicked in me.’

     

    GUEST AND EPISODE RESOURCES

    Claudia spent 12 years working as a flight attendant and then as a cabin service manager for the airline, but her true passion has always been yoga. In 2019, on her way to Sydney, Australia, Claudia stopped off in India and became a certified yoga instructor. Last year, she also became a Pilates instructor.

    Currently, Claudia teaches yoga and Pilates in various clubs and studios across the Northern Beaches and absolutely loves her new career.

    Claudia now lives permanently with her partner Azar, and they have a beautiful two-year-old daughter named Skye, who is full of energy and kindness. Balancing motherhood with a busy career is challenging but incredibly rewarding. Claudia says, "Life in Australia is wonderful." 

    For more information and to get in touch, please visit Claudia's website: 

    https://splendidflow.com.au/

    ABOUT THE HOST – CLARE KAY

    Clare has moved countries many times throughout her life, from China to Taiwan, Nigeria, Zambia, and the USA. She has also travelled the world for various businesses and now wishes to impart her advice to others to save them time, money, and energy. 

    Clare follows three principles central to her endeavours. First, she looks outward internationally, working with people overseas or of different nationalities. Second, she is obsessed with communication, having learned French, German and Mandarin Chinese. She also teaches English and works as an editor for others’ work. Clare is passionate about making a difference through her coaching in the world of personal development. 

    CONTACT METHOD

    www.kayproofreading.com 

    www.linkedin.com/in/clarekay  

    https://www.facebook.com/KayProofreading

    Podcast Description

    When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries. 

    Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

    • 54 min
    Settling Down as a Flight Attendant - Where Do Cabin Crew Settle?

    Settling Down as a Flight Attendant - Where Do Cabin Crew Settle?

    In this episode, Clare is joined by Charme to discuss being settled when you move countries or move to a different region in your new home. Charme has recently moved from Brussels to Bruges, she explains why that meant she needed to learn a 3rd language and learn about a new culture.

    Charme likes to throw herself into new situations and has travelled to 60 countries. She explains what not being afraid to try something new has taught her and the skills she has developed as a result of this approach.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Stay curious and excited with life and count your blessings.
    You need to be true to yourself but also be open to taking inspiration from your surroundings.
    Throwing yourself into new situations, builds your confidence and teaches you to trust your instincts.
    When you get frustrated take a step back and narrow down what you can do about the situation and look for the positive.
    Putting yourself in new situations teaches you to adapt and cope better when things don´t go your way in life.
    Everything starts within, if you are not in the right mindset, it does not matter where you are, you will not be happy.
    Give your time to the ones you love and help your community.

     

     

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I really like to knock on doors and see which ones open for me. ´

    ‘We should also try to learn to travel within us.’

    ‘Time is the most expensive gift I can give to somebody and also the most expensive gift I can receive.’

     

     

    ABOUT THE HOST – CLARE KAY

     

    Clare has moved countries many times throughout her life, from China to Taiwan, Nigeria, Zambia, and the USA. She has also travelled the world for various businesses and now wishes to impart her advice to others to save them time, money, and energy. 

     

    Clare follows three principles central to her endeavours. First, she looks outward internationally, working with people overseas or of different nationalities. Second, she is obsessed with communication, having learned French, German and Mandarin Chinese. She also teaches English and works as an editor for others’ work. Clare is passionate about making a difference through her coaching in the world of personal development.

     

     

    CONTACT METHOD

     

    www.kayproofreading.com 

    www.linkedin.com/in/clarekay  

    https://www.facebook.com/KayProofreading

     

    Podcast Description

     

    When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries.

     

    Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

    • 46 min
    Maintaining Good Health When Moving Abroad with Jennifer Brester of Joy Coaching

    Maintaining Good Health When Moving Abroad with Jennifer Brester of Joy Coaching

    In this episode, Clare is joined by Jennifer Brester of Joy Coaching a wellness and transition coach from Oregon who now lives in Mexico. Jenny specialises in helping people who want to address their health holistically.

    She shares how her holistic approach to well-being works and how you can use it to protect and improve your health when moving countries. Equipping you to handle what is usually a stressful change well.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    If you want to rent long-term in a tourist destination you need to get in before properties start to be booked for the year by vacationers.
    Mental and physical health are best addressed together. One feeds the other. Jenny shares several examples of this during the podcast.
    When you move country, you may struggle to maintain some of your healthy habits.
    If you can´t take care of yourself the same way when you move, look at it as an opportunity to craft something even better e.g. try new fitness activities.
    Be realistic, moving will impact your mental, emotional, and physical health.
    Give yourself time to pause, think, reframe, and get things in perspective.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘it took a little while to get out of that mind space, that I am not on vacation.’

    ‘Your new habit can be letting those good habits go.’

    ‘Stress is basically resistance, it´s wanting something to be different than it is.’

     

    GUEST AND EPISODE RESOURCES

    https://www.jenniferjoycoaching.com

    Email: jennifer@jenniferjoycoaching.com

    https://www.facebook.com/jenniferjoycoaching

    https://www.instagram.com/jenniferjoycoaching/

    www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-j-brester-cpc-eli-mp-a4b504a

    ABOUT THE GUEST  – JENNIFER JOY

    Jennifer is a certified professional coach,  who works with people all around the world to help them break out of autopilot and optimize their health through conscious wellness practices and education, so they can create and experience their second half of life with true vitality and fulfilment.

    ABOUT THE HOST – CLARE KAY

    Clare has moved countries many times throughout her life, from China to Taiwan, Nigeria, Zambia, and the USA. She has also travelled the world for various businesses and now wishes to impart her advice to others to save them time, money, and energy. 

    Clare follows three principles central to her endeavours. First, she looks outward internationally, working with people overseas or of different nationalities. Second, she is obsessed with communication, having learned French, German and Mandarin Chinese. She also teaches English and works as an editor for others’ work. Clare is passionate about making a difference through her coaching in the world of personal development. 

    CONTACT METHOD

    www.kayproofreading.com 

    www.linkedin.com/in/clarekay  

    https://www.facebook.com/KayProofreading

    Podcast Description

    When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries. 

    Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

    • 1 hr
    The Emotional Side of Moving Abroad with Lena Sheehan

    The Emotional Side of Moving Abroad with Lena Sheehan

    In this episode, Clare is joined by Lena Sheehan who is from Ireland and now lives in America and has raised her family there. She works for Boston University of Massachusetts in the Department of Journalism. Clare and Lena discuss what ties us to our home country and can make us reluctant to fully settle in a new country.

    Lena spent several years living emotionally in two countries, she explains why that happened, the negative impact it had and how she eventually solved that problem. She also talks about the differences between the American and Irish cultures and how being an immigrant changes your perspective.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    What ties you to your home country evolves over time, especially if you arrive in a new place without the intention to stay there permanently.
    Once your family understands that you will never live in your home country again, the relationship shifts.
    Accepting the life you have now and taking advantage of the opportunities it offers helps you to settle.
    Immigrants are very driven. They have a strong desire to succeed and fit in.
    Eventually your emotional connection becomes weaker so that when you return to your home country, you feel like a holidaymaker.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I was still caught up in this notion that I was going to return to Ireland. ´

    ‘I got very tired of the freelancing, it can be very demeaning and demoralising.’

    ‘You can choose the bits that you want to keep from both places.’

    ‘I don't mind if they want to pretend to be Irish. But you have to do the work. You know, look at a map.’

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Clare has moved countries many times throughout her life, from China to Taiwan, Nigeria, Zambia, and the USA. She has also travelled the world for various businesses and now wishes to impart her advice to others to save them time, money, and energy. 

    Clare follows three principles central to her endeavours. First, she looks outward internationally, working with people overseas or of different nationalities. Second, she is obsessed with communication, having learned French, German and Mandarin Chinese. She also teaches English and works as an editor for others’ work. Clare is passionate about making a difference through her coaching in the world of personal development. 

    CONTACT METHOD

    www.kayproofreading.com 

    www.linkedin.com/in/clarekay  

    https://www.facebook.com/KayProofreading

    Podcast Description

    When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries. 

    Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

    • 49 min
    Moving to Paradise – UK to Antigua with Andrew Thomas

    Moving to Paradise – UK to Antigua with Andrew Thomas

    In this episode, Clare is joined by Andrew Thomas, a retired fire officer who is also a serving magistrate who recently moved from the UK to Antigua. He and Clare discuss why Andrew made the move and how CoVid brought the move forward.

    Andrew talks about the differences between the culture of the UK and Antigua and how he and his wife have adapted to and learned to enjoy living on “island time.” 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Andrew was born, raised, and lived in London, but recently moved to Antigua where his and his wife´s parents were born.
    Being able to bring your family out to stay really helps keep everyone close.
    Everything on Antigua happens on island time. When someone says Monday, they actually mean Thursday.
    You need to accept that things are different, once you do and go with the flow more, you feel better and soon learn to do it the new way.
    There is no rat race in Antigua. It is a much more friendly place.
    Any training you have had in the UK is viewed as valuable on the island, which is something you can leverage to earn a living.
    If you want to move to another country, don´t just talk about it, sit down, and physically write out a plan to do it. Once you do that it is far more likely to happen.
    Create a couple´s dream. 

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘We know it was god´s plan because it worked. ´

    ‘Chase them, but don´t be annoyed when chasing them.’

    ‘You´ve got to do it, you can´t just talk about it.’

     

    ABOUT THE HOST – CLARE KAY

    Clare has moved countries many times throughout her life, from China to Taiwan, Nigeria, Zambia, and the USA. She has also travelled the world for various businesses and now wishes to impart her advice to others to save them time, money, and energy. 

    Clare follows three principles central to her endeavours. First, she looks outward internationally, working with people overseas or of different nationalities. Second, she is obsessed with communication, having learned French, German and Mandarin Chinese. She also teaches English and works as an editor for others’ work. Clare is passionate about making a difference through her coaching in the world of personal development. 

    CONTACT METHOD

    www.kayproofreading.com 

    www.linkedin.com/in/clarekay  

    https://www.facebook.com/KayProofreading

    Podcast Description

    When you move for a new job, to live with someone after a long-distance relationship or to explore the benefits of a new lifestyle, moving countries occurs as an opportunity, but it still might be a bumpy ride. Moving Countries 101 presents a paradox of moving to a new destination, but it being all about the journey: the ongoing experience of having moved countries. 

    Clare and her guests share the human stories of an ancient undertaking in modern times. Moving countries prompts change, and change provokes being unsettled emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. On all these fronts, moving countries promotes observation, opportunity, and discovery.

    • 54 min

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