Five ways to get financially smart whilst living abroad aka 'Expat Adulting 101'.

You’re moving abroad, your ticket is booked, you’ve packed your belongings and let go of all those items you no longer need. It’s great, it’s liberating but as a functioning adult there’s probably a few things that you need to take into consideration.

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Skincare in a Cold Climate aka Scotland: What I’m currently using and what I’ve learnt so far.

As an expat my interest in skincare and the importance I have found in it has only grown as I moved to a climate different to what my skin has known before. When you live abroad there is a really good chance that you will be living in a place that has the complete opposite in weather to the home base you started out in. Because of this you are bound to find a whole array of challenges pop up in the area of skincare.

If you have skin that just behaves and jumps completely on board with your climate and lifestyle changes, without kicking up a stick and breaking out, I envy you. I really do. But for those of you that are running the ‘trial and error’ game in keeping your skin looking healthy, I understand your situation completely!

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Being an expat isn’t always Instagram-able: Feeling lonely and making friends

This business of blogging has really opened up some interesting conversations for me in the last few weeks. I have friends here in Edinburgh, as well as friends online that are living as expats far from home. My post last week really centred around the idea of belonging and what it’s like to realise that you need to start from scratch when you arrive in a new city or country. The fear and loneliness that I personally felt in my move abroad wasn’t something that I wrote about or spoke about much at the time but it’s not something that I am going to shy away from. Just because I didn’t realise the importance of what I was feeling and just how relatable it would’ve been, doesn’t mean that my words might not help someone feel a little less alone now

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Making friends and feeling like you belong as an expat: My top five tips!

Living in a new city or a new country is intimidating for a variety of reasons be it the language barrier, the climate, the culture or the simple lack of knowledge you have about the area.

As an expat these are challenges we expect to face, we expect to find life a little up and down for a while but the one thing that I hadn’t thought about was the idea of belonging and the possible impact it would have. 

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How to keep grounded when everything seems a little too out of your control.

Lately, I have found that given the position that I and I’m sure many others are in, with visas which expire, the idea of feeling grounded is somewhat illusive at times. The concept of home is somewhere we should feel safe and settled, somewhere we are able to find balance and be grounded. So when that’s not the case what do you do instead? 

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Moving and Changes and Visas, Oh My! An update on living abroad in Scotland and life with Joe

When you meet someone that you love, nothing seems to be as easy as simply being with them. At least in mine and Joe’s circumstances this is the case anyway, we really do love to be in one another’s company. Just like any relationship though, we do have our ups and downs and our own issues to deal with, some of them mundane and some more unique than others.

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Creating boundaries: How to handle people’s expectations and opinions about your life.

I’m almost positive that at some point or another each and everyone of us has received unsolicited opinions regarding our lives and life choices. Life is hard enough without the people that you love and care about casting doubt on your decisions and the path that you have chosen to take. Life also doesn’t get any easier when the people you love point out and provide feedback to you on the areas of your life, that they see as failings. FYI there is no such thing as failing, there is only winning or learning. Go ask Tony Robbins, he’ll tell you all about it. 

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My top four tips to making a positive career change no matter where in the world you are.

When I moved to Scotland I had issues regarding employment. The biggest of my issues was that the General Teaching Council of Scotland took over 9 months to approve my documents to teach. The original plan was to move to Scotland, work in a school as a supply teacher, granting me a whole heap of time to figure out what is was that I really wanted to do - because I had already known that teaching wasn’t it. 

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Why should you journal? Here are five life altering benefits that could change everything.

Are you one of those people who has a journal that you look at every now and again promising that you will write in it, ‘later tonight?’ Are you perhaps one of those people who have heard about the amazing life changes that come from journaling, have bought the most beautiful journal you could find and yet somehow still can’t find the ‘time’ to journal?

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Five Simple Tips For Healthy Road Trips

In the last six months I have been on three road trips and whilst that might not seem like a lot to some people for me it’s a new type of adventure but one that I have been loving. In actual fact, if it were a realistic option I would seriously consider Joe’s desire to purchase a Land Rover Defender- but it’s not realistic right now. Sorry babe!

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