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Michèle Phoenix, international speaker and writer on issues related to Third Culture Kids, highlights her most popular and helpful articles in a format you can consume on the go.

PONDERING PURPLE Michele Phoenix

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Michèle Phoenix, international speaker and writer on issues related to Third Culture Kids, highlights her most popular and helpful articles in a format you can consume on the go.

    It's an INTERVIEW!

    It's an INTERVIEW!

    Welcome to Pondering Purple, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs/TCKs and those who are MKs/TCKs.

    This episode is different from the usual fare--not the audio version of an article I've written, but an interview I did with the Transformed and Transformational podcast, hosted by Heather and Keane for TeachBeyond. We cover a lot of territory in these forty minutes. I hope you'll find it interesting and enlightening!

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    In the interview, I reference an article about grief: Nine Steps to Living Well in a Season of Grief.

    You can listen to more episodes of the Transformed and Transformational podcast on your usual platforms or by clicking HERE. 

    Learn more about TeachBeyond HERE.

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    More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links:

    1. My most-read articles listed on my website.

    2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube.

    3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm.

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    Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode:

    1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice.

    2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.)

    3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them.

    4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!)

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    Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation.

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    The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds.

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    Helpful definitions:

    · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries.

    · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc.

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    Music: Bethany J. Dueck


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    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/michele-phoenix/message

    • 41 min
    MKs and Mental Illness

    MKs and Mental Illness

    Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs.

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    This episode is based on an article by the same name: A Primer for Parents on MKs and Mental Illness

    The other resources and articles I mention are:


    My own struggle with depression: An Open Letters to MKs Thinking of Suicide.
    An overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences diagnostic tool.
    The ACEs quiz.
    The quote about consequences of scoring 4 or more on the ACEs test is here.
    A chart of signs to look for that indicate emotional/mental struggles.
    My article on God and pain - a theology of grief: He Wasn't in the Storm.
    My article on leaving the field for the of a child: Shame or Courage?

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    More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links:

    1. My most-read articles listed on my website.

    2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube.

    3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm.

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    Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode:

    1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice.

    2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.)

    3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them.

    4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!)

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    Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation.

    ···

    The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds.

    ···

    Helpful definitions:

    · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries.

    · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc.

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    Music: Bethany J. Dueck.


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    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/michele-phoenix/message

    • 17 min
    TCKs - The Cluster Busters

    TCKs - The Cluster Busters

    Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs.

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    This episode is based on an article by the same name: TCKs - The Cluster Busters.

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    More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links:

    1. My most-read articles listed on my website.

    2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube.

    3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm.

    ···

    Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode:

    1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice.

    2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.)

    3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them.

    4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!)

    ···

    Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation.

    ···

    The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds.

    ···

    Helpful definitions:

    · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries.

    · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc.

    ···

    Music: Bethany J. Dueck.


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    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/michele-phoenix/message

    • 13 min
    For MKs Who Have Suffered Abuse

    For MKs Who Have Suffered Abuse

    Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. This episode comes with a trigger warning. There is nothing graphic about it, but it does discuss abuse.

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    This episode is based on this article by the same name/

    ...

    IF YOU NEED URGENT HELP - 

    UNITED STATES:

    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1 (800) 656-4673
    Teen Dating Abuse hotline: Hotline: 1 (866) 331 – 9474 or text: 22522
    If you’ve experienced sexual assault while living abroad, call the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at +1-202-501-4444.

    CANADA:

    Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (For young Canadians between 5 & 25)
    See THIS LINK for hotlines by province.

    AUSTRALIA:

    See THIS LINK for hotlines in Australia.

    FRANCE:

    Violence against minors (children): 119
    Violence against women: 3919 

    OTHER COUNTRIES: Do a search for "abuse hotline" or "sexual assault phone numbers" in the local language to find your best contact.

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    More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links:

    1. My most-read articles listed on my website.

    2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube.

    3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm.

    ···

    Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode:

    1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice.

    2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.)

    3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them.

    4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!)

    ···

    Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation.

    ···

    Helpful definitions:

    · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries.

    · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc.

    ···

    Music: Bethany J. Dueck.


    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/michele-phoenix/message

    • 11 min
    GUILTITUDE: The Guilt of Having in a World of Sacrificing

    GUILTITUDE: The Guilt of Having in a World of Sacrificing

    Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs.

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    (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀)

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    This episode is based on an article by the same name, which was posted this week on A Life Overseas. You can view the article there.

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    More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links:

    1. My most-read articles listed on my website.

    2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube.

    3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm.

    ···

    Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode:

    1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice.

    2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.)

    3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them.

    4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!)

    ···

    Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation.

    ···

    The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds.

    ···

    Helpful definitions:

    · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries.

    · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc.

    ···

    Music: Bethany J. Dueck.


    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/michele-phoenix/message

    • 10 min
    MKs & The Risk of Need

    MKs & The Risk of Need

    Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs.

    ···

    (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀)

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    This episode is based on an article by the same name: MKs & THE RISK OF NEED.

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    More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links:

    1. My most-read articles listed on my website.

    2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube.

    3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm.

    ···

    Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode:

    1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice.

    2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.)

    3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them.

    4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!)

    ···

    Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation.

    ···

    The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds.

    ···

    Helpful definitions:

    · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries.

    · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc.

    ···

    Music: Bethany J. Dueck.


    ---

    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/michele-phoenix/message

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Mattalbman ,

Great podcast!!

Michele has lived the life of a TCK so when she speaks about it sho really knows what she is talking about. It is so nice to listen to a podcast that not only understands me, but also wants to help me live out my TCK-ness in the best possible way. I cannot recommend this podcast enough!

(I am a TCK as well, and have raised my 3 kids as TCKs in Eastern Europe.)

EndAverage ,

Gets me!

The insight into the background I have always had a hard time explaining is spot on. Thank you Michéle for helping me put things into words that I haven’t been able to up until now. Keep up the good work!

Fiona Custer ,

A must listen

First off, Michele’s voice is comforting, empathic, encouraging and just so beautiful to listen to. The content that is about to be shared in future episodes are so vital to so many in our lives today. I’m stoked for the next episode! Here for it, Michele! Love you!

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