On “Having it All,” Paycheck and Prestige Optional
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On “Having it All,” Paycheck and Prestige Optional

This post you are about to read isn’t really about “having it all.” It’s not about being a stay-at-home Mama versus a working-outside-the-home Mama–I imagine I’ll be both at different times in my life. Instead its an epilogue of sorts for the Confessions of a Temporary Housewife series I did over two years ago and an answer to the question: “what would an ambitious young woman feel like, what might happen, if she opted out of the rat race described in The Atlantic article?” Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: Culture Questions
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Life Lessons from Overseas: Culture Questions

how do you stay sane having to constantly operate in two or more cultures? What do you do when the right thing to do in one culture is the very wrong thing to do in another–how do you pick which set of etiquette and norms for any given circumstance and what can you do to avoid feeling constantly confused or even angry when things in the foreign culture aren’t the way your culture would have you believe they “should” be? It’s easy to say “When in Rome,” but really? For all situations? Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: The Sanity-Saving Power of Travel
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Life Lessons from Overseas: The Sanity-Saving Power of Travel

Missing something?  Check out past Life Lessons from Overseas columns: an introduction, culture shock, making friends part I, making friends part II. It’s somewhat disappointing when it turns out that living overseas is not just one nice long 2 year vacation. I mean, you would think that living in a city that attracts tourists and backpackers … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: An Awkward Turtle’s Practical Guide to Making Friends Overseas (Part 1 of 2)
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Life Lessons from Overseas: An Awkward Turtle’s Practical Guide to Making Friends Overseas (Part 1 of 2)

Earlier in the Life Lessons from Overseas Series: Culture Shock I have to be honest with you, I’m either uniquely qualified to write this post or I’m highly unqualified to write it; because here is the truth: I don’t think I’m very good at making new friends. One of the things I love most about … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: The Shocking Reality of Culture Shock
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Life Lessons from Overseas: The Shocking Reality of Culture Shock

Culture shock can hit you anywhere, even Paris (or in this case-Georgetown). Here’s the thing about culture shock, it’s a total misnomer. You hear the phrase “culture shock” and it sounds like something that should happen that moment you step off the plane and feel that first hot wet slap of near-suffocating humidity.  Or it … Continue reading