Sticking up for yourself as an ex-pat

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How do find the strength to stay positive and forward thinking when you sent over 2800 job applications and get no response? Finding foot in a new country is not an easy task to take. The act of uprooting your entire life and all of its cultural, social and work contexts, and placing it in another country can be very difficult. Struggles and challenges are embedded in such a journey. It is how one's attitude in facing these challenges brings out a success story or not. Listen as Dijana recalles her story from the time she moved to Sweden, with two kids, two degrees and tons of hope... just to be rejected over 2800 times, working as a house cleaner and snapping at her daughters. Spoiler alert: she was able to overcome all the hurdles in her journey and inspires us to hold our heads high and be proud of who we are.

#013 - You're not depressed. You are mourning the life you decided not to live.

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On paper everything is great.

You moved to another country. You have this work, this new position, you found a flat, you are growing as a person. Making new friends as an adult is not easy, but you are making new contacts. You are exploring this new place with it's new people and their culture... all is good. -on paper.

But you don't feel great at all. This expat life is hard. yes you expected it but.... this is not how do you want to feel.


And you are not alone, friend. You might feel alone, but you are not. Feeling torn between wanting to be happy and struggeling with so many, sometimes basic things is exhausting.

You might tell yourself to not be so whiny - to, get over yourself. Try to enjoy this experience, but you can't. And so you ask yourself: "Am I maybe depressed?"


Maybe you are, but before you pour this conclusion into cement, have a listen what Martina has to say about this. She is a therapist specializing in helping expats that have a hard time adjusting and finding foot in what could be a rich and full experience abroad.