Finding friends abroad
Expat life is amazing but there are a few downsides: one is that you have to start all over again, every time. That means finding new friends, too. Download the cheatsheet with my 21 tips on where & how to find friends!
I know, what it's like...
Starting over again. Having lived abroad myself many times, I had to find new friends every time I started a new life in a country. Sometimes it was easy peasy, other times it was a bit more difficult.
Like that one time I moved for my job but only had older, male colleagues. Hanging out with them on the weekend? No thank you. Or when most are interested in partying till dawn and I preferred to go for dinner with a small group.
But it always worked out. And now I have so many amazing friends all over the world. I'd love to share my tips with you (and psst.. I've used them myself again when I moved back home)!
Amanda Maxime - life coach for expats & globetrotters
As a former diplomat and avid traveler I know the struggles of living abroad (and moving back home!) all too well. And sometimes it's not the typical expat stuff that's bothering us, but the recurring work/love/fulfillment/family patterns that we bring with us no matter where we go - and it can be difficult to deal with them abroad, far away from your inner circle. And sometimes it is the typical expat stuff!
I now work as a life coach and rebirthing breathwork facilitator, offering fellow globetrotters a listening ear, giving tips and helping them to get to know themselves on a deep level - so they can make long lasting changes and feel at home anywhere.
I always thought I could solve things on my own, but this turned out not to be quite the case. I have experienced the coaching as very pleasant. I immediately felt heard and understood, and this allowed me to open up completely.”
I have done some therapy in the past, but these coaching sessions were different. Intense and quite revealing given the fact that we had only 5 sessions. I notice the results in my daily life. I am more prone to accept some things and ready to have some difficult chats.”
What Amanda does very well is listen carefully and ask questions. She is also not quick to judge and does not label. This means that she enters the sessions in an open way and really looks who she has in front of her. In addition, she did not lose herself in my emotions, but remained professional. She did bounce (naturally) along in such a way that I felt at ease.”