Category Archives: Building Community

Meeting new friends, finding jobs and maintaining existing relationships.

Reflection: Kick Off 2012 with Project 365

It’s that time of year for reflection and renewal. In 2011 I started this blog. I was so excited about blogging a few weeks later I committed to WordPress‘ Post a Week 2011. Truth be known, I fell short of … Continue reading

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Tips to Overcoming Fear in Social Situations

It’s the holiday season and whether you’re at HOME or at home, you’re bound to be put into uncomfortable situations. Being an expat is similar to being around family you haven’t seen in many years — it seems familiar, yet you … Continue reading

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Sisterhood Bridges Cultural, Economic and Racial Schisms

Take tissues and take your mother, sister, daughter or friend to see the movie “The Help“.  Confession: I read the highly recommended, NY Times best-selling book and am one of the few people I know who thought it was a good story, end of story. Why? At … Continue reading

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Freshly Pressed: Thank You for Your Comments and Support

 I trudged out of bed yesterday to a blustery cold morning, switching on my i-Pad while I was making my ritual cappuccino. As I sat down with my frothy mug, I nearly had heart failure when I saw hundreds of … Continue reading

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Do Something You Love to Meet Others

Feeling isolated and unable to meet others is one of the most difficult things about being an expat (or even being human!). Over 10 years ago my best girlfriend moved from Washington DC to Portland OR. She did not know anyone … Continue reading

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First Post

It’s a bit daunting to sit down at a keyboard and expect others to want to read what you have to say, so it’s taken me months to actually get started on this site. My intention here is to create … Continue reading

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