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All About Changing Domains

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Maya Angelou

Life is not static. We change schools, jobs, residences, even lifestyles. We change domains. Domains don't have to be limited to geographic locations; they can be expanded to include skill sets. With knowledge available at our finger tips through the sharing we do on social media and forums online, changing or adding to our current expertise is easier now than in the past.

Take living overseas. Life as an expatriate has its ups and downs. Moving to a different country for work is the common reason for temporary migration. While it's initially exciting, the expectations may not always be met. These could be due to cultural differences, language barriers, or other reasons. Consequently when the expectations continue to be unfulfilled, this causes anxiety, frustration and depression.

However, when expectations are realistic and people are open to new experiences, expat living is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures. Even though the world is getting smaller, many people do not get the same opportunity due to visa restrictions, financial or personal limitations. Take this time, no matter how brief your stay, to immerse yourself in the experience and truly become a global citizen.

Living overseas also provides people the opportunity to start anew, personally and professionally. It takes great courage to make that leap of faith, to leave the comfort and safety of an established existence to that of the unknown.

Having changed domains myself, both in geography and industry, I'm taking this opportunity to share what I know to enable those who are also thinking or currently are expats and looking to start anew. 

 

Read about the people who managed to find their calling in a country outside of their birth or nationality. To read the articles, click here. Below are the videos.

Click on each post to read about food, events, moving overseas and things that go with it.

Seattle Food (cont’d)

By Shem B | May 20, 2017

I debated how to continue writing about this trip, chronological or categorical. I decided to do both. First would be the food then the places, because food is my fuel. Food V and I met up with his colleague K, who was based in Portland. It was only during lunch at Lola when we found…

Post-travel Blues

By Shem B | May 19, 2017

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