Happy Abroad Summit 2020

For a fulfilled & happy life abroad with your loved ones

Day 1: Navigate an international & intercultural life

Amazing people, who are living a life abroad or are in an intercultural relationship, share their experience on how to make this lifestyle a success for everyone involved.

Brunna Martelli - Turn your new place into home

Life Abroad Coach & Intercultural Expert

Brunna Martelli talks about how many expats are struggling with the feeling of not good enough. She has too. Her big shift happened when she changed her lenses and started seeing opportunities.
Now she considers living abroad a great opportunity, not only to get to know another culture, but especially also to get to know ourselves and our own culture on a deeper level.

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Rachel de Saint Pern - Love your partner's country as much as you love him

British lovepat in Jordan & YouTuber

Rachel de Saint Pern moved from a small town in England to Jordan to be with the man she loved. It all happened very fast, and before she knew it she got married.
In our conversation we talked about expectations, letting go of expectations, the importance of an open communication in a marriage, cultural adaptation to a very different culture and the transition to motherhood abroad.

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Franziska Luxhøj - Navigate culture shock and master big life changes​

Happiness Coach for intercultural families

This is the recording of the live kick-off session of day 1.

We talked about phases of expatriation, culture shock, reasons for culture shock – and most importantly you to navigate it. How to master big life changes  with more ease.

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Day 2: Strengthen your happiness skills

Happiness doesn’t magically come to some, and not to others. It is a choice and requires certain skills. Global experts are sharing their expertise on which skills are required and how to nurture them.

Sarah Sherwood - Increase your capacity to handle daily stressors

Resilience & Mind-Body Coach

Sarah Sherwood presented a visual representation of how we can imagine our stressors piling up in a bucket. When we do not have strategies and techniques available to empty that bucket, or keep its volume low enough, our life gets out of control and we lose energy, joy and happiness.

She also explained practical and efficient ways to handle that volume. By using our breath, aligning our life with the most important values, by identifying the stories we’re telling ourselves and changing those stories.

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Geordoni Mckoy - How to be okay with not blending in

Transformational Coach & Adult Third-Culture Kid

Geordoni grew up as a first-generation American to a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother. Navigating the different cultures and influences hasn’t always been easy, AND has given Doni the strength and authenticity that she shows up with today.

“If I am not showing up as 100% myself, I can’t find my people.” – is one of the really important learnings that she shares.

We talked about 

  • the choice and inner power we have in most situations in life
  • the importance of values for a good life
  • uncovering the stories you tell yourself and
  • who is actually running your show aka LIFE

You can find Geordoni Mckoy aka Coach Doni here:

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Emily Strickler-van Hoek - Let go of expectations & gain self-confidence

Life & Confidence Coach

Emily comes from a small town in the USA and moved to the Netherlands to marry Max about a year ago. After surviving a long-distance relationship for five long years.
Throughout the struggles that the situation brought with it, she built up a lot of anger and resentment against her partner, who she also deeply loved. It was a painful experience. Her growing interest in coaching helped her develop the skills needed in order to overcome the obstacles and find happiness in her relationship and her new country.

More about Emily right here:

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Day 3: Discover your life purpose & grow your career

Losing sight of your personal and professional ambitions in life, is a big challenge in international moves. Especially if your motivation for moving is love. Hear which tips & tools experts in this field have to share on how to get back on track and regain a sense of identity, purpose and goals.

Kathy Borys Siddiqui - Create purposeful opportunities as expat spouse

Intercultural Trainer & Facilitator

Kathy supports international spouses and partners to uncover their purpose and create opportunities that fulfil that purpose.

In our conversation we talked about how to find that life purpose, the importance of aligning our life with our values and she shared about one very valuable tool. The talent stack can help you to appreciate and communicate your unique set of skills and talents.

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Stephanie Ward - Thrive abroad with "meaningpreneurship"

Marketing Mentor & Meaningpreneur

Stephanie supports small business owners make a living from their passion. She coined the term meaningpreneur, which for her means that you do something that creates meaning for yourself and your clients.

In her talk, she shared how to craft your message and define your audience, how to find your first clients, different ways and options to become visible with your message, and why connection is everything.

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Day 4: Build deeply connected & intimate relationships

Happy and thriving relationships can be a challenge to begin with. Add the turmoil and chaos that comes with moving internationally, and maybe even adding several cultures into a relationship/family – and the challenges multiply.
Day 4 is all about how to create and maintain the relationships in your life that you truly desire.

Marco Buschman - Start with the relationship with your Self

Master Coach & Author of “Connection Quotient”

Marco talked about how he realised himself that he wasn’t really happy and fulfilled in his life and started working with coaches. When asked the question “Who are you”, he told his coach what he did. But then they said: “No, no. That’s what you do. WHO are you?”

This is the point where really strong and closely connected relationships start. Knowing yourself really well. We also talked about different levels of listening, showing up authentically and the courage it takes to really be authentic.

Find out more about Marco:

  • Marco on LinkedIn
  • Marco’s book in English is going to be released in June 2020 (pre-order now)
    This is an Amazon affiliate link.

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Irene Fehr - Rekindle a passionate sex life despite all stressors

Sex & Intimacy Coach

Irene helps committed couples to rekindle their passion and sex life. One of the biggest obstacles to a fulfilling and passionate sex life is resentment. Irene spoke to why we develop resentment towards the person we love, what resentment does to our relationship & sex life and how to handle resentment.

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Day 5: Create a thriving family life

There are so many things to consider when building an intercultural, multilingual, diverse family life. How do you help children at different ages through change? How can you support them in embracing different languages and cultures? Listen in on day 5 for essential tips on these topics.

Bettina Gruber - Multilingual family life with ease & joy

Linguist & expert for multilingual families

Bettina’s focus is to remove stress and unrealistic expectations from the daily life of multilingual families. We talked about setting clear and realistic goals for children’s language acquisition, the importance of good relationships to languages and to people speaking these languages, and practical ways to support your children in the process of acquiring multiple languages simultaneously. With joy & ease.

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Stefanie Guth - Support your children through big life changes

Psychotherapist for children & adolescents

Stefanie gave insights into why it is so important to provide a space for our children – but also for ourselves – to properly say good-bye and mourn what we are leaving behind. How to support children through this phase of transition. And what to do if we are already abroad and notice that something is maybe not alright with our children.

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Emily Rogers - Be the mom you really want to be

Expat Parenting Abroad

One step at a time. That is Emily’s mantra in connection with international moves. In our conversation she talked about the phases of an international move and how she specifically supports moms in each of these phases. How we can balance practical things, being there and caring for our kids, while still not losing sight or our own needs.

More about Emily right here:

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Day 6: Establish healthy feel-good habits

What to do if you are just too overwhelmed by everything that is going on, and it is hard to even get through the day?
Experts share their wisdom on how to optimize nutrition, exercise and mindset in order to experience more energy and motivation in daily life.

Sina Willmann - Healthy lifestyle after the big move

Personal Trainer & Health Coach

Sina’s coaching program originates from her own time in Mexico. A time of big change with the move abroad, where even she as a fitness enthusiast struggled with staying in her healthy routines. We spoke about the mindset to implement healthy habits, the approach to finding the best nutrition for you, how to set good goals for your ambitions, and in which phases of your life NOT to start an enthusiastic exercise program. She also shared her seven keys to a fit & healthy lifestyle.

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Elizabeth Rankich - Release stress, gain clarity and thrive

Breathwork facilitator & Mentor

Elizabeth discovered the magic of breathwork a couple of years ago. In our conversation, she told that story to illustrate the power of breathwork and shared three practical, simple and impactful exercises. This will help you release stress, gain more clarity and over time thrive.

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