Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Becoming an expat

Coaching can produce the most amazing results. The process can help uncover the most well buried passions and dreams, and help design your life into something truly inspiring. Are these statements marketing pitches? Are they crafted to make you pick up the phone and book an appointment NOW?!? As a coach, do I walk my talk?

I am writing this, sitting on a plane, with my family, clutching a one way ticket to Zurich. How on earth did I get here? The answer is what happens what you dare to really look at your life and accept, own and work with your passions and values. For me, I uncovered a long buried passion to live and work abroad again. I had given up this dream, buried amongst mortgage, family, comfort and being “settled”. So I reignited the spark of that dream, shared it with my family and started conspiring to spend a few adventurous months abroad.

This is where I offer a small warning with a twinkle in my eye: when you declare your dream out loud, the whole universe conspires to help you. So we didn’t get a few months abroad, hell no! My husband got a job offer for a few years in Switzerland, and we grabbed it with both hands.

“As you go the way of life,
You will see a great chasm.
It is not as wide as you think”
Joseph Campbell

(Ppppsssssttttt! It’s been over 5 years now! How time flies!)

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  1. Well done you Tammy. I jumped with my (then new) husband in 1995. We ended up settled in Germany, 15 1/2 years down the line, I’m keeping my eyes open for the next opportunity to jump. Wishing you the time of your life. And huge success with the freelancing business from “die Schweiz”.


  2. Tammy, have a great time.

    They say that experiencing another culture and language is really good for the brain cells and mind.

    I have recently been really inspired when my two best friends from my teens (many years back) recontacted me. I found that they had emigrated form the UK to New Zealand, got married and created and a new business – It has really inspired me. It shows with a little belief you can make a transformation. Now I need to make my jump.

    – David

  3. @David I look forward to hearing more about your jump!

  4. A good way to be sure and relax when moving is hiring transition services that will help you.

    • I agree but I find that either:
      1. The company does not provide them for the relocation family
      2. The services required are of poor quality or of a unhelpfully short period.


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