Face and Embrace the Challenges Most Expats Encounter
What happens when our dreams (ahem, fantasies) of how we visioned our move abroad collide with a less glittery reality?
How do we make decisions that best serve all the members of a family, when each person experiences their expat life differently?
Are there tools to optimize our expat life, and how do we find them?
In this short video, I (Jackie Baxa, creator of Family Move Abroad) interview Sandra Molies, a coach psychologist trained in solution based interventions. Sandra was personally witness to the many, significant bumps my family had to work through earlier in our expat lives. Being familiar with her work as a Personal Coach, I began sharing how more and more Family Move Abroad clients were reaching out to me to share some of the difficulties they too were experiencing as they created their new lives in Spain.
Originally from France, Sandra has lived more than half her life as an expat, in countries as diverse as Taiwan, England and, most recently, Spain. As Sandra reflects, “As an expat, I had to face numerous unexpected bittersweet challenges. I was excited and curious to discover new social codes but frustrated by my limitations at the same time. I felt privileged to be able to create a new identity but helpless at the same time. Once I learned to embrace that ambivalence, these expat-challenges felt less overwhelming.”
While Sandra’s work reaches far beyond the expat experience, in this interview she shares how her personal and professional background blend to support people relocating to a foreign country — both beforehand, during the planning stage, or for those unexpected struggles after they’ve landed.
To learn more about Sandra and her coaching services, contact her here.