Welcome to the corners of my mind!
If you’re a third culture kid, living in a country other than your passport country, have recently repatriated from living abroad, are raising kids abroad, love to travel, are interested in cross cultural adjustment issues, or are interested in the study of stress resilience, then this blog is for you!
I spent my entire childhood on the island of Saipan, Micronesia, a commonwealth of the US. My parents were missionaries and we traveled extensively through Asia on our way to and from Saipan, since we had to stop somewhere on the way there! I grew up thinking this kind of travel was normal and continued the adventure as a teenager and young adult. By the time I was 18 I had visited 21 countries.
During university I studied abroad for one semester in Jerusalem, and after college spent 6 months in Argentina and Chile with Youth With a Mission (YWAM).
I never thought I’d spend much time overseas again, but shortly after having our second child we relocated to Shanghai, China, for 2 1/2 years. That’s where my son was born and where I learned what it was like to be a TCK raising little TCKs.
I currently find myself in Tokyo, Japan.
I’m a little bit punk rock, a little bit retro, and a little bit island girl next door. I have tattoos and I swear a little. I say things like they are and I try to approach everything with a sense of humor.
I’m learning to grow where I’m planted, to appreciate each day for what it is because we never know what tomorrow will bring, and to be openhanded with my life plans because I’m not in control of it anyway.
I have a Masters in Social Work and background in social advocacy work, domestic foster and adoption work, as well as individual therapy. This blog is the blending of my personal and professional experience, my search for cultural identity, my catharsis for the stress that overseas life and travel brings, and a voice to share with others what I’ve learned.
Thanks for reading!
(P.S.: The look of this blog and even my bio here may change frequently. I have a hard time defining myself, and I’ve decided thats ok. I’m constantly evolving as a human so this space will too.)