Adjusting to Life as an Expat

I currently live in Nagoya, Japan, but this is not my first expat experience, and I have discovered what I consider to be some universal truths about life as an expat. The first and most important is that there is no one right way to live anywhere, period! Go easy on yourself about learning the local culture, language, and geography. All these things will come in time, and time is what most expats don’t give themselves. It takes time to explore, and exploration is the best way to learn the lay of the land, both culturally and geographically. (read more…)

Adjusting to Life with Chronic Anxiety

Anxiety makes everything more difficult. Chronic anxiety wears one down because of the energy it takes to remain composed. It would be great if the world understood what it feels like to be anxious, but it simply does not. Anxiety is often misread as anger or impatience. Anxiety pushes people away. Anxiety isolates. Anxiety controls. (read more…)

Adjusting to Life with Chronic Depression


Living with chronic depression just plain sucks. That’s a fact, but you can live. I have found that accepting that being depressed is not your fault and that there may not be any reason other than your body’s chemistry to explain it goes a long way toward getting to a place where you can be depressed and still have a life. (read more…)

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