The Comedown and How to Get Through It
Expatability Chat
by Carole Hallett Mobbs
3w ago
How to cope with the comedown when you’ve moved overseas. Not long after you’ve arrived in your new country, there comes a time when it suddenly hits you – ‘Oh, is that it? Now what?’ You feel quite down and flat and wonder if you’ve made a terrible mistake. We all know that moving overseas is really exciting. It heralds great change, perhaps the hope of a better future and a better life. To most families it represents a new start in their lives both professionally and personally. But many new expats are shocked that it isn't all happy days and paradise living and begin to second guess their d ..read more
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Culture Shock and the Holiday Season
Expatability Chat
by Carole Hallett Mobbs
2M ago
Expect the Unexpected Culture Shock Expats and the Holiday Season These three topic were planned for separate episodes, but life events meant it made sense to see if I could fit them all into one episode, just in time for the Holidays! I think I succeeded ?  I wanted to talk about how strange and different, and sometimes upsetting these special holidays can be for expats living away from their home countries and families.  And the reason these special, family-oriented dates feel so different and sometimes difficult is ultimately down to culture shock!  As for the Expect the Un ..read more
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Expats and Emergencies Back Home
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by Carole Hallett Mobbs
4M ago
The very worst part of expat life. The Dreaded Phone Call telling you of the death of a loved one back home. And yes, this episode was prompted, and triggered, by the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 2nd, as it came less than a week after the funeral of our own family member. That Dreaded Phone Call triggers a whole heap of thoughts and emotions, that pile on quicker than your brain can process.  When you're living overseas and receive that call, the world feels huge and impassable, you feel small and out of control, and helpless. There is nothing you can do right now. It's beyond&nb ..read more
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Reverse Culture Shock and The Ex-Expat Club
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by Carole Hallett Mobbs
6M ago
Talking about reverse culture shock; the peculiar, alienating feeling you get when you move back home after living the expat life.  And I do realise that I’ve not actually spoken about normal culture shock on this podcast yet (that’s a topic for the future!) but I wanted to get this one in now after the visiting home episode last month. Because a form of reverse culture shock can hit you even when you make a short visit to your home country after moving overseas.  I’ll tell you what reverse culture shock is, how it shows itself and why it happens. And, of course, I’ll share tips on h ..read more
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Planning a Trip to Your Home Country
Expatability Chat
by Carole Hallett Mobbs
7M ago
Visiting your home country, maybe for the first time since you moved overseas, and how to plan it so you don’t have a nervous breakdown or fall out with everyone! For many expats this is the first opportunity you’ve had to visit your home country since the world turned upside down: since it shut down due to the COVID pandemic. Now the world is rebooting and you’re planning a visit to your home country – maybe for the first time since you moved abroad and will see your families and friends for the first time in about three years. Sharing tips for success from seasoned expats. To book a 1 to 1 ..read more
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Welcome Back! A Bit About Me and Expatability
Expatability Chat
by Carole Hallett Mobbs
7M ago
Starting season 2 of the Expatability Chat Podcast with an episode all about me!  Giving you a little insight into me, my life and what I do. Plus an explanation of what Expatability is, what that word actually means. Yes, I should have explained all that when I first started my expat podcast back in 2020 but I forgot! I also explain why I use the word ‘expat’ when it still upsets a lot of people – it will make sense when you listen, I promise. And I reveal a couple of case studies that give you an idea of why I do what I do – which is, of course, supporting expat parents with their move ..read more
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Overcome Overwhelm
Expatability Chat
by Carole Hallett Mobbs
11M ago
Overwhelm - that paralysing feeling you get when you look at the huge amount of stuff you need to do before you move and have the pressure to get it all finished in time. Being overwhelmed and exhausted leads to poor decision-making. You have too many decisions to make, and a finite time in which to make them, and that can cause ‘decision fatigue’. Overwhelm is an emotion caused by feeling out of control and unable to manage your circumstances. I can help you manage all of this. In this episode, I share my insight, tools and tips to help you overcome overwhelm so that your preparation is a str ..read more
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Clearing the Clutter
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by Carole Hallett Mobbs
1y ago
Decluttering Before a Move Overseas Or just decluttering... you don't need to be moving home to have an occasional clear out of excess 'stuff'. Decluttering is actually stage one of your preparation to move overseas! Start as soon as you know you’re moving abroad. Whether that’s two years in advance or two months. Getting started is often the hardest part.  With tips, tricks and advice from someone who hates decluttering, but has had to do it often! Find out how to declutter with kids around, discover logical methods to make this necessary task easier and learn my one key mantra to help ..read more
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It's The Final Countdown (to Packing Day)
Expatability Chat
by Carole Hallett Mobbs
1y ago
Packing Day! It’s the final countdown. Don’t worry, I’m not singing anywhere in this episode! Starting from about 3 weeks before Packing Day with advice, hints and tips on what needs doing now. Including a few items to make sure you get now. Then some experienced tips on how to make Packing Day run smoothly for both you and your packing crew. Plus how to cope with the big day itself. Once that’s done, the hardest part is over, and you’re on you first leg of the journey to your new, expat life. Plan And Pack For Your Overseas Move: A complete guide to organising your packing ready to move abro ..read more
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Arriving Well
Expatability Chat
by Carole Hallett Mobbs
1y ago
The key to success from the start of your expat life is to prepare before you leave your current home. With insider tips on what to pack in your suitcases to make sure your entire family settle quickly to expert advice on what to do in the first day or so after arriving at your destination. The tips and tricks in this episode will ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running in your new home country, and help you and your family’s smooth transition to expat life. For a quick, free introductory chat, please look here   For more detail and lists to download, check out these links: Arriv ..read more
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