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a guide to life as an expat spouse

Starting out as an expat I was overwhelmed by the continual stream of unfamiliar and frustrating situations I faced each day.  Seemingly small issues turned into struggles and I had no where to turn.  UNPACK was written with the intention to offer straightforward answers for common dilemmas that new expat spouses face every day.

As an expat spouse, how do you choose the right home for your family, transition your kids to a new country and school, adjust to a new culture, and build a whole new network of friends?


Expat spouses face many questions and this book is designed to offer straightforward answers.  Having just moved to a new country, you don't have time to spend hours reading, so this book was written in a 'in a pick-me-up and put-me-down' format so you can get the answers you need fast.


Drawn from personal experience and a wealth of expat coaching clients, you'll find inspiration and wisdom to handle all of your expat dilemmas.

Get reading to discover time-tested advice that will transform your expat experience into a truly amazing adventure.  It's all right here for you to enjoy, so start Unpacking!

Here is a sample of three dilemmas covered in the book:

Who Am I?, Finding Your Identity, and Mundane Things Seem So Hard.  

My Big Why

I've always been fascinated by human behaviour and more importantly, I've always wanted to help.  

I've had a lot of ups and downs with my moves, but it was during my Tokyo move that I realised (some) things could be easier with just small tweaks or shifts in perspective.  That's when I developed my Workshop addressing Attitude, Expectation and Identity for an Expat Spouse.

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t was clear, it helped.  Nothing made me happier.  The spouses that came, left feeling less alone, with better understanding of why this was hard and most importantly, they walked out with a new spring in their step; confident that they could take on the challenge. 

My heart sang.

After fielding question after question during these talks, I realised that there were some basic common dilemmas that all expats face - and that's when the inspiration for UNPACK hit.

My most genuine hope is that UNPACK ends up in the hands of the people that need it most, and they find comfort and confidence in what they read.


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