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Brynn Leavitt: Somewhat Reluctant Repat Stay-at-Home-Mom

Brynn Leavitt is a college sorority sister of mine who coincidentally wound up living abroad as well. We hadn't spoken since college, but I was so thrilled that this show actually connected us again when Brynn found the show after her return to The States following six wonderful years in Reading, England.

Brynn is a secondary teacher of Italian and French taking a sabbatical year to settle into their new life in the US and spend more time with their toddler son. As you can imagine, Brynn encountered many grand life changes all at once: moving back to the US from the UK; becoming a stay-at-home-mom; going from a denser urban space to a more suburban American neighborhood.

Brynn and I talked about the importance of remembering why you left your expat life when you decided to move home; about the tendency to keep things temporary - in big ways and in small - in case of another move; and we talked about the fact that almost all repats say they're going to move abroad again, but if we're really being honest with ourselves when we say that?

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Episode Nine: Tina Busch, From Lost Repat to Found Purpose

Today's guest on The Expat Repat Podcast is Tina Busch, blogger, translator, and English Coach based in Burghausen, Bavaria in Germany. Nestled right on the Austrian border about an hour east of Munich, it's a much different life than she and her family lived during their expat years in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

I had the best time talking to Tina because she is so insightful, realistic and positive about life. As so many repats do, Tina found herself feeling a profound loss of her sense of self following their move. Once all of the commotion was over and the dust had settled, she didn't quite know what to do with herself. That was when Tina embarked on a journey in which she regained her sense of self and found her life's true purpose.

I just know you're going to love listening to Tina. If you enjoy this episode, please share with your friends and spread the word about Expat Repat.

Relevant links from the episode:

Learn more about Tina and her coaching business.

Tina's Instagram.

Babies Lie Flat.

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Episode Eight: Jennifer, Two-time Californian Repat

Jennifer worked overseas during college as a Camp Adventure counselor and caught the bug for the European way of life. This led her to pursue a job as a Speech Therapist on a German military base where she met her husband. Despite two repatriations driven mainly by life's twists and turns and aging parents, Jenny and her husband still wonder "what's next?" as all expats and repats do.

Jennifer and I discussed the level of intimacy and need expats have for one another when developing family-like friendships. She told me about the timeline she has come to expect when adjusting after a move. And she shared an invaluable tip for expats about to move home to hold onto the memories of their expat life.

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Episode 7: Caroline Allen

If you haven't already listened to Caroline Allen's incredible, moving, insight-packed episode, I encourage you to do so before reading any further. Caroline is a writer, speaker and book coach at Art of Storytelling and when it comes to repatriation, she really knows her stuff. If you are a repat, and had a hard time adjusting to life back home, I would go so far as to say that Caroline's episode might very well change your life. She is on a mission, along with Families in Global Transition, to make sure that repats don't struggle alone as she did. Caroline is wise and strong, pragmatic and humorous, observant and soulful. I just know you're going to love listening to her!

Relevant links from this episode:

Art of Storytelling

Caroline's Novels

Families in Global Transition (and their annual conference!)

"Repatriating? Don't talk about that" from Swiss Lark blog

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Episode Six: Adrielle Stapleton, Recovering Trailing Spouse

My guest for this episode is Adrielle Stapleton, a Relocation Consultant making her way in Lexington, Kentucky after three years in Germany. Adrielle is discovering that the life strategies that worked in Boston, her home before Germany, don't necessarily translate to Lexington despite both cities being in the US.

Adrielle and I talked about the confusing process of gaining cultural fluency wherever you may find yourself, building a professional and social network from scratch, and her “good enough” philosophy that applies to expats and repats alike. Please remember to subscribe and leave us a review!

If you would like to learn more about Adrielle, you can visit her website, Stapleton Relocation Consulting, or check out her Twitter.

Episode Five: Brooke Fox, American Repat with her Very British Husband

In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Brooke Fox, a student of Environmental Science; mother navigating the Indiana school system with a high ability, gifted child; and recovering expat still amazed at the shock and adjustment of repatriation three years later. Brooke repatriated with her very British husband from London to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2015 and their adjustment was, as she says, "a rocky road" in some ways.

Brooke was so lovely to talk with because she wasn't afraid to get into the grey areas that accompany life as an expat or repat. She is fully aware of and grateful for the wonderful parts about her life in Indianapolis; yet she is aware of what's lacking and what was better in the UK. Still, she manages to be positive and embrace the present. I think you'll really love hearing her story.

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Episode Four: Mari & Glenn, From Repats to Re-Expats

This week I managed to salvage the audio I thought was going to be unusable from my long and interesting and entertaining conversation with Glenn and Mari. Glenn and Mari are a Californian couple who hit a glass ceiling in each of their expat careers and decided to repatriate temporarily in order to get further qualifications and advancement and then return to expat life. With many twists and turns and surprises, they pulled it off and achieved their goal when they moved back to Europe in late 2017.

Glenn and Mari told me about their re-entry to the US and how it felt to take the plunge and return to expat life after four years back home. Please have a listen and if you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe and leave us a review! Thanks.