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Crossing Continents: How to Move a Marriage

Donna Gorman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Weddings
Donna Gorman

"Never take a damaged marriage overseas," they told me at the spouse orientation the year my husband joined the Diplomatic Security Service. Diplomatic Security, or DSS, is a little-known branch of the State Department that is responsible, as the name suggests, for keeping diplomats and other Americans safe overseas.

Leaving on a Jet Plane: 10 Countries That You Should Move to This Year

Malte Zeeck | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Malte Zeeck

Do you feel that your summer vacation is always too short? Are you sick of the rainy weather at home or are you just bored with your everyday routine? If so, why not consider moving abroad?

Why This 50-Year-Old Mother Of Two Moved Across The World To China

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty

This is one story from Huff/Post50's new series "This Will Be Our Year: 15 Women Over 50 Shaking Things Up In 2015." We'll be following 15 remarkable ...

How I Use Stories in My Business

Kate Wan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Kate Wan

Telling your story in business is a current trend in growing your leadership and your brand. Instead of using outdated selling techniques, storytelling addresses the "why" and "what" to draw people in.

Expats Share Their Top 20 Tips for Moving Abroad

Thrillist | Posted 04.28.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

In an effort to help aspiring -- and possibly anxious -- globetrotters, we chatted with a bunch of expats around the world to find out exactly what they wish they'd known before making the big move.

Walking on The Ninth Cloud With American Film Director Jane Spencer

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Helen I. Hwang

The Ninth Cloud, the latest film from Zurich-based American director Jane Spencer, leaves an indelible imprint of lovely, surreal snippets on the audience, full of beautiful quirkiness.

Why We Need Breaks: What I Learned in 100 Days Away From My Business

Brit Stueven | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Brit Stueven

It's only been five months since my husband and I planted our American feet into Germany for a two-year adventure, and already, my work-life perspectives have radically changed. Physically uprooting from Denver has undoubtedly inspired me to live differently.

An Unbelievably Simple Way to Clear Your Clutter

Amanda Walkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Amanda Walkins

By keeping things around us, we weigh ourselves down. We stack things on shelves and we pile things in closets and we store things in bins in the attic and in the basement. We cling to them, surrounding ourselves with tangible reminders of moments past.

6 Reasons Italy Isn't A TOTAL Paradise

Lisa Condie | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

A half dozen reasons why Italy may not be paradise, and a reminder that being an expat here, or anywhere else, probably isn't for everyone. For me, however, Italy remains glorious, and (almost always) worth the effort!

Dreams From My Helper: Part Four

Michelle Toh | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The older I become, the more I have thought about Che Che and her life outside of me - her now-adult daughter Hazel back in Clark and their large, affectionate family I'd sporadically meet over pixelated Skype sessions. Not unlike my mother, as I came to learn more of her story, I realized there was some contentment to be found.

Why Bangkok Is One Of The World's Best Retirement Spots

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

More expats live in Bangkok than in any other city in Southeast Asia. Who would retire to Bangkok? To answer that question, you need to spend some time here. Your first impressions of Bangkok likely will be that this is a huge city with some tourist attractions. If you stick around, though, your perception will change.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Three

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

While I consider my former helper to be one of the most important figures in my life, I won't pretend that our relationship hasn't affected the broader family dynamic. A few years ago, for example, Che Che told me that our current helper, whom my sister and I call Che Che Miriam, didn't like her. "What makes you think that?" I said uncomfortably.

What To Do When Your Partner Relocates for Work

Deborah Chalk | Posted 04.26.2015 | Women
Deborah Chalk

I came to see that the martyr way doesn't work. It's a half-life, an apology. I didn't like the way there was a possibility of resentment building over time, like limescale on a kettle.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Two

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

Che Che wasn't always so lucky in connecting with her bosses. One day, she was at home when her employer Mimi (whose name has been changed on Che Che's request) returned with her 10-month-old son from a day in the park.

Dreams From My Helper: Part One

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The idea of calling someone a maid has always made me uncomfortable. Coming to America, people often wouldn't understand when I'd talk about my helper, the general term used for au pairs in Hong Kong. "You mean your maid?" they'd ask. I'd always flinch.

This Is Not Yia Yia's Greece Anymore: 5 Points of Reflection

Julie Crain | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Julie Crain

What was the turning point for Greece? Entry into the EU? The Olympics in 2004? Natural evolution of time? Probably all of the above, but for whatever reason, Greece continues to evolve into a wonderful European country where the behaviors of the citizens are as beautiful and uplifting as the gorgeous scenery and it is a delight living here again.

How we See Ourselves in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

What children in places like Afghanistan show us is so different from what we as adults show them. When they are exposed to media they hear about the political shortcomings and violence. When they see themselves, the reflection is refugee camps with sad faces and poverty.

A Rendezvous With History

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

Despite drastically different duties and daily lives following the war's outbreak, American diplomats, reporters, and civilians in France recorded their rendez-vous with history and their reactions.

6 Things You Need To Know About U.S. Taxes Before Retiring Overseas

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.05.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Can you eliminate your U.S. tax burden by retiring overseas? No, you can't. It's not that simple, and you shouldn't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

How I Learned to Trust Myself

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

Discovering more of who I am and trusting that gut feeling in my body is the best blessing I've been given. Getting back on that horse, exploring new and unknown territory in spite of the slips and fear, while always holding onto what I truly want for myself is the key to it all.

6 Reasons Why You'll Know It's Time to Move Overseas

Russell V. J. Ward | Posted 04.04.2015 | Travel
Russell V. J. Ward

How many times have you said you're going to do something but change your mind at the last minute? It might be a spontaneous pledge, a throw-away comment or spur-of-the-moment remark but the result is usually the same.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

What Top Financial Consultants Think Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Overseas Living

Andre Bourque | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

There's a "secret" just for entrepreneurs that top financial consultants are eager to share: Moving overseas can, in somecases, save you a bundle on your small business.

Meet Lean In's Big Sister -- She's All About 'Powership'

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Heidi Mulligan Walker

For me, its true power lies in reading between the lines about how the partnership framework can be applied both formally and informally across the corporate infrastructure. Women, and companies who want to hire and retain them, should take note, this book is a welcome game changer.

The Differences Between The U.S. And Italy From A Lover Of Both

Lisa Condie | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

Cruising at 40,000+ feet above the Atlantic Ocean, I feel strangely at peace. Halfway between the two places I call home, I want to hover here for a while. It's the place where I don't feel torn, neither heading towards, nor leaving behind, the places and people I love.