Working in a Foreign Language

When navigating in a foreign language you are always performing somehow. Speaking German daily in my job now, I am constantly listening to myself and constantly noticing grammatical errors and the paucity of my vocabulary. Within a normal conversation, I am always deciding whether to correct my grammar as I speak; this may demonstrate I understand... Continue Reading →

First Return

What a welcoming warm feeling I have when the stranger behind the immigration counter looks at my dark blue passport and says, “Welcome back!” I felt like he really was welcoming me back home. I felt an immediate sense of belonging and started walking upright with more confidence in my stride.  I felt genuinely welcomed also by... Continue Reading →

Don’t Take it for Granted

Sometimes it’s easy to gloss over the repetitive questions from our family. We stop hearing them with open ears. I sometimes do this with my grandmother’s questions given that her memory is not as sharp as before, but today I found one of her questions very thought provoking. Almost like the questions I try to... Continue Reading →


Last week I briefly mentioned the mindset of scarcity: that is when we are convinced we don’t have enough of something. This puts us on defense: we worry, we are suspicious of being cheated, or we rush because we believe we don’t enough time. It’s easy to focus on what is lacking, since we all... Continue Reading →


As part of my aim to spread energy and inspiration as a coach, I’ve started post daily thoughts and inspirations on Facebook and Twitter. This week, I came across a quote from Henry David Thoreau that got me thinking: “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” I love this... Continue Reading →


Novelty can be exciting. It makes us open our eyes to what is right in front of us (since we don’t always notice). We are re-energized by trying new foods, meeting new people, learning about a new subject, and going new places, yet, novelty can also be stressful. Even positive changes have been shown to... Continue Reading →

Rainy Days

Grey skies and rainy days were things I did not recognize as a potential flaw about Munich before moving. As a previous resident of Boston, I think of myself as tough and invincible to all weather patterns. Yet unfortunately, I am not invincible. In addition to the early darkness, the rain on top of icy... Continue Reading →


If you were lucky enough to get vacation days this December, you might reflect on how you choose to spend your time off. On holidays we can finally do what we want to, instead of all the have tos that we are normally chained to. Even though I enjoyed doing as little as possible, what... Continue Reading →


It’s amazing how we can adjust to a new cultural environment when we are motivated. Since moving to Germany I have transformed from a chronic J-walker (voted most likely to get in an accident) into a light-abiding citizen with weeks. As a person who suffers from “hanger” and attachment to an early bedtime, I have... Continue Reading →

Keeping Perspective

It is a strange feeling to hear a stranger make comments about you that are so confidently expressed, yet also so completely unrecognizable to you. We all have so many ideas about how the world is, and sometimes we don’t realize who we are talking to. Here, Germans become very interested and look quite excited often... Continue Reading →

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