The Art of Language Mishaps

I love talking with other Third Culture Kids. We have some of the craziest, most hilarious stories to tell. The nights I’ve laughed the hardest are the ones when I’ve sat with other TCKs around a dusty table at an outdoor restaurant in Thailand, slurping fresh mango smoothies and ping-ponging cultural mess-up stories around the…

Five Longings of a TCK’s Heart

Have you ever ached to know what your TCK is thinking? To discern what they need to hear from you? To glimpse into the longings of their heart? As TCKs, we have many hidden yearnings tucked deep within us, but many of us refuse to articulate them to our parents. We often choose silence in…

Latest Article on UYD Magazine + Behind the Scenes Story

“Where’s home” is a confusing and daunting question for Third Culture Kids. Our hearts are connected to many cultures and countries, making it extremely difficult to define home. I decided to base my latest article for UYD magazine on TCKs’ thought process behind the question. I asked my twin to design a picture for the post….

Two Lost Foodies at Hiroshima Station

“Umm… Sydney.” I glanced at my twin nervously.  “Do you know where we are?” “No. Not really.” She eyed a Japanese café to our right distractedly. “Why?” A car zoomed by. “Do you want to try this café for lunch?” she asked after a moment. “It smells really good.” I stared at her, grinning. Usually…

Expat Advice Interview on ExpatPsi

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Paula Vexlir, a registered clinical psychologist who lives in Argentina. She leads continuous research on Spanish-speaking expats to increase awareness of specific ways to support the Spanish-speaking expat community. She shares this information with companies and Global Mobility experts through her website http://www.expatpsi.com. Paula also currently gives…

UYD Magazine: 5 Lies Third Culture Kids Believe About Our Difference

The deathly silence. The heat that floods your face as you fumble to understand your latest cultural faux pas. The gaping jaws and wide eyes. Your overwhelming desire to instantly vanish. As Third Culture Kids (TCKs), we know the symptoms of a horrifying and ever-so-humiliating cultural gaffe. I’ve proudly presented my Japanese hosts with a…

Japan Harvest Magazine: Looking Back Before Moving Ahead

Sometimes we never realize the emotions bottled up inside of us during our time on the mission field. Difficult cultural transitions and language barriers can force us to step out of our comfort zone, and we attempt to engage in ministry while still burdened with this unresolved grief and unacknowledged pain…My journey of discovering and…

FIGT: The Most Important Thing to Take With You When You Move Overseas

(Part 5) “What is the most important thing to take with you when you move overseas?” My attention was immediately drawn. I sat in a small group at this year’s Families in Global Transition Conference, listening intently. The question was posed to a group entirely comprised of expats. We had moved countless times to many…

FIGT: A Different Perspective on Short-Term Friendships

(Part 4) “Am I truly ‘okay’ with short-term friendships?” the question nagged me as I curled up in a chair in my hotel room at the Tysons Corner Marriot after the end of the Families in Global Transition conference I attended last month. A steaming cup of instant hotel coffee in my hand, I exhaled…

FIGT: The Importance of Healthy Goodbyes

(Part 3) As a TCK, I enter every new friendship with the knowledge that at some point in the near future, I will have to say goodbye.  Saying healthy goodbyes is one of the key lessons that I am learning while living overseas. While each person grieves differently, I’ve discovered that thriving overseas is many…