Nomadic Diaries

Expanding Horizons & Embracing Change: Louise Wiles

November 28, 2023 Doreen Cumberford Season 1 Episode 17
Nomadic Diaries
Expanding Horizons & Embracing Change: Louise Wiles
Nomadic Diaries
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Show Notes

Welcome back to another episode of Nomadic Diaries!

In this episode we have a very special guest joining us  - Louise Wiles.

Louise is an expert in handling change and transition, specializing in international relocation. With her professional background and personal experiences as an expat, a repat, a narrative coach, and learning and development professional.  She is also the author of the book "Thriving Abroad," which delves into the challenges and triumphs of living abroad.

During our chat, Louise takes us on a journey through her international experiences, having lived in various countries such as the United States, Spain, Portugal, and the UK. She shares how Brexit has impacted her ability to work freely in Europe and the declining of her language skills since returning to the UK. Louise also discusses her family's strong ties to Portugal, with three family members holding Portuguese nationality.

We also delve into the concept of well-being and adjustment while living abroad. Louise introduces her well-being framework, rooted in Martin Seligman's PERMA model, and shares her research on expatriation and partner support. We touch on culture shock, transition, and the importance of embracing growth opportunities during challenging times.

1️⃣ Embrace Growth Opportunities: Moving abroad can be challenging, but it also presents incredible growth opportunities. By broadening your mindset and exposing yourself to different cultures and ways of being, you can truly thrive in the face of change.

2️⃣ Seek Support and Connection: Transitioning to a new country can feel overwhelming, but it's important to reach out for help and not be too self-reliant. Build a supportive network, connect with like-minded individuals, and find resources that can guide you through the adjustment process.

3️⃣ Find Meaning and Purpose: Relocation is not just about changing scenery, but also about finding meaning and purpose in your new surroundings. Take the time to reflect on what truly matters to you and lay the foundations for a fulfilling life in your new home.

If you're interested in more insights and strategies for making the most of international assignments or relocations, be sure to check out the full episode of Nomadic Diaries with Louise Wiles. 

Join us in this enlightening and insightful episode as Louise Wiles shares her wisdom and experiences, reminding us of the importance of mindset, purpose, and embracing change. 

So sit back, grab your headphones, and let's dive into Nomadic Diaries!

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