The Homesickness Cure is a podcast that explores how people in new places create community.
We’ll be talking to immigrants, expats and even city & state transplants to understand their thoughts and hear their experiences on how they developed genuine friendships, created a thriving community and are rebuilding a life for themselves that feels truly authentic.
Join us to hear first-hand accounts of building connections in a strange place, as well as expert advice on how to navigate big life transitions like a badass.
How To Handle The Conflict Without Creating Chaos
Hello there! This week I invited Bina onto the show to talk all about conflict resolution and how to approach situations we typically try to avoid.
We dug into issues like setting healthy boundaries and attacking issues head-on instead of shying away. Bina providing a few tips on how to approach conflicts without feeling bad about yourself and your situation.
Bina is originally from Kenya and moved to Gainsville, Florida when she was six years old. In her career, Bina works to help others in corporate settings work through conflicts to help them adjust to new cultural and community aspects of their work environments.
Here is a closer look at what we talked about:
Meet Bina [1:44]
How Bina Got Into Conflict Resolution as a Career [6:04]
Moving from Secret Hostility to Setting Boundaries Openly [18:22]
Is Conflict Truly Bad or Can it Be Healthy [30:35]
How To Be At Peace With Yourself - The Homesickness Cure
The Homesickness Cure: How To Be At Peace With Yourself
Welcome back to the Homesickness Cure! In today's episode, we are joined by Kiersten and we talk all about how she works through feeling a sense of community and belonging in a new place.
We for sure all crave a sense of belonging even if we are the world's most introverted person, we still want to know where we fit in the beautiful puzzle in a new place.
Kiersten moved from Los Angeles, CA to begin a nomadic lifestyle where she gets to learn and understand new cultures and people groups everywhere she goes on her journey. Kearson first discovered she wanted to become a nomad when she was younger and traveled a lot with her family and never truly found a place to call "home".
Here is a closer look at what we talked about:
Meet Kiersten [1:21]
How to find a sense of belonging in a new community [3:13]
Kiersten's Dreams Coming to Life Through Her Career [15:27]
Creating Client Happiness as a Nomad [21:44]
Am I British, English or a Trini: Where Do I Belong?
Whether it’s obvious or not the communities you belong too are tied up with your sense of self.
A few superficial examples would be:
You’re the quarterback on the high-school football team. You’re must likely seen as popular, confident, thirst-trap etc.
And you get labeled as a high school jock.
Or you wear a cross necklace every day and talk about all the church events you attend. People are mostly like to associate you with being pious or religious. And you’ll probably get labeled as the Christian.
The communities we align ourselves with help to shape our sense of self…our identity. Sometimes this identity is very personal, it helps us to keep us sane, it makes life a little more bearable, and sometimes this identity is how everybody else sees us. Sometimes, it’s both.
Usually though, we have some say as to how we navigate those identities. We can take off the helmet and the t-shirt, we can take off the cross and keep our extra-curriculars to ourselves.
What happens when you can’t take off the thing that defines you. What happens when you don’t have any say in your identity because it’s already been defined for you.
That’s exactly what I sat down with Daron to chat about. In England, as opposed to let’s say a country like American or Trinidad, being born in the country doesn’t make you an Englishman or woman. Being white does. And who gets to call themselves white? Well, that varies on who you’re asking.
In this episode, Daron and I will be talking about:
1. What is means to be a naturalized, black immigrant living in England
2. How your race affects not only what communities but also what identities you have access to
3. Is your birth-place as important of an identity-marker as we make it out to be
Intrigued yet? Let’s get into it shall we
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See ya next week!
How to Make Friends And Meet People While You're Traveling
Would you ever jump on a plane to South America with no plan while holding down a full-time job and country-hop all over the continent?
Well, that’s what Hannah did for a whole year.
She’s been to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. And she planned each stay just a few weeks before she boarded the plane to her next new city.
In this episode Hannah and I talk about:
1. How language barriers impact how you build community in new places and how you can learn to connect in other ways
2. The beauty of finding people who already share your culture in a new place
3. How being cautiously open helps you to create connection in ways you didn’t realize were possible
4. And why the time to do what you’ve always wanted to do is right, flipping NOW.
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If you’re looking for support, as you build community in new places, check out the Facebook Group to get weekly lessons on creating authentic friendships, videos from experts in community-building, journal prompts + affirmations, and interviews with badasses who have built their dream lives after relocation. Come join us!
How To Make Friends In America As An Immigrant
Megha Jindal, to me, is the true definition of poise. In world that says that toughness, resilience & badassery looks a certain way, Megha demonstrates that strength is kindness, that strength is warmth and that strength is big-heartedness.
An immigrant who moved from New Delhi, India to the US, 6 months after she met her (now) husband, Megha shares on her journey of finding community and herself in a country where she only knew her husband and his family, in this podcast. Listen if you want to learn:
What you have to find clarity on before you create stellar friendships
What to do instead of judging someone or their behaviors when you first meet them
How routines help with creating community
And why she thinks a unique life is a happy life
To find more insight and camaraderie on building a phenomenal community and life after relocation, join the family!
Want to read the Spark Deeper Friendships guide, and learn how to better use tech to find like-minded people? Check it out here.
Also, check out my ebook: How To Build Authentic Friendships After Relocation here. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to learn what it takes to build meaningful friendships in new places.
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Until next time!
How To Survive Your Loneliness During Quarantine & Social Isolation
Today’s solo episode is all about something that we’re all struggling with right now. Feeling lonely and disconnected despite all the Zoom calls, FaceTime, and virtual chats.
In this episode, I talk about the one thing that’s probably missing from your virtual connections that’s probably causing them to fall flat and feel superficial. This tip is also perfect for when shelter-in-place orders are lifted because if you’re struggling to create real connection online, it’s likely that you’re struggling to do the same in ‘real-life’
I also discuss three ways you can create and/or add to your next virtual congregation so that you end the call feeling like you created real connections with real people.
Want to learn how to create better boundaries, increase your confidence, and figure out how to develop core friendships, check out our Facebook group! It’s called Creating Community in New Places: How To Navigate Big Life Transitions
Also, if you’re interested in the Spark Deep Friendships Through Apps guide, you can find it here
Until next week, bye!
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Navigating Culture (and Anya!) gives realistic tips that we can *actually* use in this life. Her self-care tips were spot on and emphasize nurturing healthy, meaningful relationships.
The Homesickness Cure is so relevant. Anya gets real about real issues that many of us deal with. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the world!
Wonderful podcast. Content is relatable and practical. I particularly like the ep about coping with losing friends. Literally never thought about “asking for referrals”! Anya promotes strength in vulnerability and it’s refreshing and heart healing. Would definitely recommend a listen.