‘Freeze This Moment’– A New Phrase for TCKs

‘Freeze this moment.’ I’ve discovered a new phrase for TCKs. It first hit me when my family and I were running through the Tokyo airport last week to catch a connecting flight. Okay. Running would be an understatement. Racing would probably be a more accurate description. It’s was the gasping, sweat-dripping, luggage-bouncing, desperate-looking, head-turning kind…

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….

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 Impact of Vulnerability on Relationships

(Part 2) During the Families in Global Transition Conference (see my previous article ‘FIGT (Part 1)’ to read more about it here), I attended Chris O’Shaughnessy’s session, “Changing our Concept of Home to Find Hope.” Ready to cover his session as a Writer in Residence, I sat down among the audience with my laptop. I was…

FIGT: Connections and Takeaways

(Part 1) March 6-8, I attended the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference in Washington DC as a Writer in Residence. As one of the four writing scholars for FIGT, our task was to interview two expat experts, cover the FIGT sessions, and then write articles about each presentation. (This writing residency was founded last…

Dinner with Third Culture Kids

Most of my best friends are third culture kids. Our homes are located countries apart and our every-day lives are drastically different. We see each other once a year at best, and we hug each other goodbye without any certainty of another connection. But despite these challenges, we consider each other best friends.