I realize that it’s been nearly 3 months since my last blog post… I’m usually not absent from my blog that long, but suddenly September arrived and these past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind. It’s amazing how quickly time flies. One moment it was the end of summer and suddenly it’s almost the end of the year. There have been new experiences, vacation plans that didn’t end so well, new projects, last minute trips and finally holiday preparations.
Over the past few months, I have been a co-host for a twitter chat for Third Culture Kids (#TCKchat). These one-hour chats happen every 2 weeks (Wednesday at 10am/10pm US EST) and every session has a topic and a series of questions. We have participants of all ages, of all personal and professional backgrounds, located all over the world. However, you don’t have to be a TCK to take part in the conversation, so please feel free to join us anytime!
I joined twitter earlier this year for the ParfittPascoe Writing Residency. Although I never expected to use twitter much, TCKchat is a great way to connect and share experiences, lessons, stories and so much more. I hope to connect further with some of you in that forum!
You can find additional information including highlights of previous chats, upcoming topics, and short bios on the founders and co-hosts here: www.bateconsult.com/category/tck-chat.
Expat Resource Directory
A few months ago, I also started working with Global Living Magazine as Expat Resource Manager to help create an Expat Resource Directory. The aim of the directory is to be an ongoing list of expat/TCK resources, including services, organizations, projects, blogs and active expat twitter accounts/chats. There are resources covering a wide variety of topics, ranging from counseling/mental health, to consulting, education, relocation, TCKs, parenting, finance etc. We’re always looking for great new resources, so all suggestions are welcome (Dounia@globallivingmagazine.com).
This photo below is just a sample page of the directory to give you a sneak peek; the full directory can be viewed in the latest issue (Nov/Dec) of Global Living Magazine and will be updated in all future issues.
Paris: City of Light and Love
After a brief vacation in Florida (that unfortunately ended with all of our personal belongings being stolen), there was a last minute whirlwind trip to Paris to see my family after 10+ long months of only seeing them on Skype… It was short (isn’t it always when you live far away from loved ones?), but very sweet. We visited parts of Paris that I remember so well and also made new memories in some quartiers that I didn’t know as much. Even if it had been over 2.5 years that I had been there, I still remembered the familiar streets, smells and sounds that make Paris one of my homes.
Here are some of my favorite photos from my quick November trip:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Finally I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas (or happy holidays for whichever festivities you celebrate)! I hope you all have a wonderful end to 2014 and an even better start to 2015! I hope to catch you all more in the new year!
Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Buon Natale! Feliz Navidad!
4 thoughts on “Wrapping up the Year (and the presents)”
I’m glad that things have evolved for you in such a positive way, Dounia. You certainly have the talent and perspective to lend to the magazine and the Twitter chat! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and the best to you in 2015! : )
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Thanks so much, Paige – your support and kindness has always been a great motivation! I hope you’re doing well and that you had a wonderful Christmas, and a fantastic start to 2015! 🙂
Happy New Year, Dounia! Congratulations on the magazine and Twitter chats. Sounds like things are looking good (and busy). I nominated your for an Inspiring blogger award http://quichelauren.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
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Thanks so much Lauren, and Happy New Year to you too! 🙂 I hope your transition to D.C. has been going well and that you’ve been having a great holiday break! Thanks again for the award nomination, I really appreciate it! 🙂