Hello, and a warm welcome!
My name is Franziska Luxhøj and I am here to help you
create the life & relationship you truly desire and be happy when living abroad.
This is your shortcut to creating more connection, freedom and happiness in your life.
You expected a dream to come true
You moved abroad for love. Either because your partner is from a different country, or because you took an opportunity that showed up and decided to make that move together.
When making that decision, you had big dreams for your exciting life filled with adventures and pictured how you would breeze through life and create wonderful memories together.
But the dream turned out evasive, your reality looks way different
You often feel alone, unsupported and misunderstood. By your partner, your environment, your friends back home.
Sometimes you don’t even feel like you’re real partners any more. You feel a growing disconnection.
Yes, you’re still a family and sharing a roof – but so often it’s just about the practicalities.
How did your life turn out this way? You don’t even know how you got there, let alone how to get out of there.
I know what that feels like.
I have been there a couple of years ago.
After growing up in Austria and doing 3 exchange semesters during my studies, I have now been living abroad as an expat partner since 2007. My handsome Dane and I met in 2004, and 3 years into our relationship we decided it was time to take that step and move together .
And what a ride through ups and downs it has been! We have been happy, sad, excited, frustrated, full of joy, facing challenges,…and if you live abroad with your family, I am sure that you can relate to that rollercoaster of experiences and feelings.
After a few years with a lot of change going on, amongst them becoming a mother in a country that was neither mine nor my husband’s, I felt like a shadow of who I used to be. In some ways I didn’t recognise myself any more. Instead of feeling my hunger for adventure and zest for life, I often just felt like cuddling up on the sofa and didn’t feel like leaving the house.
My energy level was way down, my drive and motivation to get things done basically non-existent. I functioned. I did run the necessary errands and took care of people around me.
But where was I in all this?
I had a sense that I had lost myself in the process.
I wasn’t sure who I was and where I wanted to be. What you stood for, which impact I wanted to create.
How our life had panned out, affected me on so many levels. It showed up in all areas of my life.
Even my health suffered from it. Looking back, I find this quite amazing. How often I was sick back then. Not seriously sick, but having colds all the time. Which of course resulted in even less energy. I was stuck in that vicious circle.
Hitting rock bottom before finding 'happy abroad'
The culmination of our situation in the life abroad was the looming end of our marriage. Certainly a not-fun experience. Divorce is painful for everyone involved to begin with. Even more so, if you are an intercultural couple. There is so much sacrifice, no matter how peaceful and cooperative you go about it.
At least one partner will probably have to keep living abroad in a country that is not their own. Alternatively the kids have to live on a long distance from one of their parents. Potentially turning lives into a logistical hell.
Being faced with that outlook encouraged us both – my husband and me – to work on ourselves individually and on our relationship together. At that point, with our marriage almost falling apart, we found a way. A way to fight FOR our marriage, NOT AGAINST each other. We reflected and talked. It helped us explore our relationship. Finally we re-discovered each other. It all meant putting in the hard work to design our relationship (and lives in general) more intentionally.
Through all the insights, awareness and hard work, we reconnected and created a better life & relationship for our family than we could ever have dreamed of. So from own experience, I KNOW that investing time, money, energy and effort into your own development pays off. By discovering your most authentic roots and exploring your needs & desires, you start thriving instead of surviving.
The not-so-secret secret to living abroad in happiness
And as a bonus, I created deeper & more intimate relationships too through being the best and strongest version of myself.
My mission is to help others be happy abroad too!
Based on the powerful combination of this personal experience, my professional coaching training and previous educational background, I designed my signature 5-step H.A.P.P.Y. approach.
This is a structured and proven step-by-step process that takes you from feeling stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated to experiencing more connection, freedom and happiness. It provides you with all the insights, tools and expert support you need to go from grumpy to HAPPY ABROAD and create the life & relationship you truly desire.
Here is what you learn and get really strong at through working with me:
- Prioritise and focus your efforts so you experience FREEDOM & HAPPINESS instead of overwhelm and frustration.
- Express your needs and desires in your relationships in a way that results in CONVERSATION & CONNECTION instead of in a fight and lets you enjoy the feeling of BELONGING.
- Have clarity of what you stand for, who you are and what you want to create and look into the future with HOPE & SELF-CONFIDENCE.
My education & work before pursuing my true purpose
I hold a double master degree in International Business & Management, and my focus during studying has always been on behavioural and psychological subjects. I thrived on learning about behaviour in different settings, motivation, team dynamics, decision making, etc.
Through my work experience as Change Manager I gained deep insight into how people move through change, which support they need in each phase and how transformation becomes truly sustainable.
Throughout the years I’ve read piles of personal development books. Which have been interesting, but which I also have to admit haven’t had the same effect as being coached and actually getting support.
Most recently, I supplemented my theoretical knowledge with a number of courses within Positive Psychology, online teaching and relational leadership.
Time to invest and pursue my purpose
I had flirted with a coaching training for a couple of years before finally taking the decision to invest. Holding off on that decision is something I remotely regret, and I am happy and proud of myself to have made that step in 2015. After being a stay-at-home mom in Utrecht (the Netherlands) for 2 years – that was my first step back into a career.
While already before that, I was able see how powerful coaching could be – it was only then that I FELT the full impact. By being coached and coaching others. Guiding someone to their own authentic truth and see them grow through it is the most fascinating and rewarding thing to do for me.
So through this training, I added specific tools and knowledge on how to guide you to YOUR personal transformational experience. With my support you can achieve the lasting and sustainable transformation you want through an impactful cycle of creating awareness, changing behaviour and evaluation.
If you want to know more about my education and experience in the more classical CV style, you can find all the details on my LinkedIn profile. You don’t need to be registered to have a look, and if you are – feel free to connect.
Get to know me and tips about living abroad
Head on over to Instagram, where I regularly share about
- My honest view on expat life in Denmark – joys and challenges
- How to make the best of your expat experience and be happy abroad
- Living (abroad) with intention and creating your dream life on purpose
- Everyday life: nature, good food, coffee, travelling, hiking, reading,…
What are your biggest challenges at the moment?
Now that you have gotten to know me a little, I am super curious about who YOU are. I would love to discover what you are struggling with, hear about your biggest challenges – and help you find ways of getting out of there.
Let’s explore together how YOU can go from being stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated to experiencing more connection, freedom and happiness.
Your complimentary happy abroad call
To help you get initial clarity in the fog you might be stuck in right now, I offer a COMPLIMENTARY 30-minutes call, in which
- you briefly tell me about your situation
- we brainstorm first actions you could take in order to lift the heaviest weight off your shoulder
- you can ask me anything you would like to know about me, my work and how I could support you