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Finding your Moving Mojo

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Finding your Moving Mojo

  1. 1. Expat Summer Seminar July 15, 2010 With Evelyn Simpson & Jennifer Bradley <ul><li>Finding your Moving Mojo </li></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  2. 2. What will you take away from this seminar? <ul><li>Devising a strategy for your move which works for YOU </li></ul><ul><li>Staying positive throughout the moving process </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating yourself into your new community </li></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  3. 3. Planning your move <ul><li>Know yourself – how do you work best? </li></ul><ul><li>Assess your current situation </li></ul><ul><li>Assess what needs to happen from the day you get on the plane </li></ul><ul><li>Make a detailed plan for how you get there </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand what is important to YOU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Must” versus “Would be nice to” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess your resources – who can help you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delegate </li></ul></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  4. 4. Planning your move <ul><li>Prioritise creation of a support network </li></ul><ul><li>Reward your achievements </li></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  5. 5. Settling in versus creating a life for yourself <ul><li>Get your life/home functioning then bite off smaller chunks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources – who can help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find people “in the same boat” – swap resources, help each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do things right the first time (avoid a redo later) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affirmations and rewards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Give yourself time every day to do something which builds your life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t neglect self-care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Say “yes” to invitations as much as possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan activities which will expose you to new people and to your new location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for a language class </li></ul></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  6. 6. Creating a life for yourself <ul><li>BUT……. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your interests – focus on activities where you will meet like-minded people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carefully consider commitments to people and activities </li></ul></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  7. 7. Creating a life for yourself <ul><li>99% of your success as an expat is depends on ATTITUDE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Did you choose to move? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you haven’t made the right decision, make the decision right </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture – its not wrong, its just different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t allow a few bad days to turn into a major set-back </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn techniques to pick yourself up on the bad days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep a list of everything you HAVE accomplished and review it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledge your accomplishments and reward yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a short easy task and do it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call a new contact and make a plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Vent” to someone (not your partner) for an agreed time then move on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laugh about your set-back with someone who will relate </li></ul></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  8. 8. Creating a life for yourself - challenges <ul><li>Being an expat will change your relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Your whole family will go through the cycles of culture shock BUT not everyone will be at the same stage at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Some days are going to be BAD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first day you’re alone in your house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The first time your children gets sick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The day when culture shock hits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The first time you talk to a friend from your old life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Location specific issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bureaucracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>culture </li></ul></ul>Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010
  9. 9. Wrap up and Q & A Finding you Moving Mojo - July 15, 2010