While I love to move countries and continents, I’m aware of the challenges that seem to come along with any move and when living abroad – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Hi, I’m Ann-Katrin van Schie, your Wellbeing Guide. I support others (online and face to face) through coaching and Points of You® sessions (using their tools & methodology) and meditations. And locally with private, small group Yoga and outdoor fitness classes.
My clients feel a bit lost, lonely. At times they have lost their sense of belonging and/or are a bit overwhelmed or feel misunderstood. I work with them so they can find ways to feel a sense of ease again.
I’ve called cities in Belgium, Singapore, Egypt, Japan and Oman home for the past eighteen years. I moved alone, with my husband and with three kids (2 are meanwhile in their teens).
I worked abroad. I resigned to venture on a different path. I lived in countries where I could not work. Yes, at times, I felt lost.
We had good, stable times and unsettling times.
We faced unexpected repatriation due to a job loss.
We considered settling but moved again.
We lived abroad during the pandemic.
I had times when I doubted the validity of my experience, thoughts, feelings, and, ultimately, myself. I was judged by how I lived my life, was misunderstood and criticized as if my life wasn’t real.
It can quickly happen that we lose ourselves.
Yes, we may live in different countries, but life still happens. And our struggles, concerns and worries are all real and valid. So, no, it is not as easy, smooth, exciting and/or spoiled as others may think.
Friendships, building new connections, and finding your space where you (and ultimately your family) fit in is not always an easy task. Sometimes you connect quickly and easily with the people, culture and the country/city itself. At other times…not really.
And people around me always seemed to have it together. So confident and strong…But do they really, or do others around me hide behind a façade, just like I used to?
Don’t misunderstand me. I find that this life abroad is indeed filled with excitement and joy, and I do enjoy it.
But yes, it does come with a significant portion of worries, fears, concerns and uncertainties. And with, meanwhile, uncountable hellos and goodbyes.
It may have taken some time to find my path. But after all these years, I know that I want to help others in similar situations. I want to guide those who struggle with their well-being while living abroad. What does that look like? It will be different for each person, and that is its beauty. We are all different, and personal well-being is not a cookie-cutter solution.
I’m thankful for the opportunities I have to make a difference in my clients lives.
If you see yourself in here somewhere, are struggling, or feel overwhelmed, let’s work together to get a sense of ease back into YOUR life!
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