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A podcast for those who are doing the daily grind in a foreign land (or for those who want to know more about life overseas). If you ARE living abroad, you know the average day is anything but ordinary. Join Alicia, Melissa, and Denise as they chat about learning to embrace the joys AND trials of taking root right where they’ve been planted.
 
Two friends and Foreign Service moms discuss chaos and wellness amidst life abroad. Chats about mindfulness, imperfection, parenting, struggle and connection--friends take a closer look at the thoughts that hang out in the basement of their brains (the dark ones we all like to hide). Welcome to our deep thoughts...
 
Location independence as a family is possible for everyone! Along our travels, we have met families all around the world who have embraced this lifestyle. This podcast is all about how you too can choose to live a location independent lifestyle as a family. We cover topics such as homeschooling, roadschooling and worldschooling as well as remote working and running a location independent business. Join us as we fly, sail and RV around the world!
 
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This is the Beauty Episode! In this episode we talked about the evolution of our style and beauty throughout the years; from all the way back in the awkward days when we first started trying to look pretty, till now. We discussed how to stay true to your style and "feel like you" when moving to a new country and how sweat drains our motivation to p…
 
"I don't have to want to do this to just get it done" -- ideas for inspirational cross-stitch design quotes when moving. Annalee and Angi get real about how stress seeps in, especially in times of transition. This is a perfect chat to put on in the background while prepping your piles or rubbing marks off the walls. Two friends out there get it. Ch…
 
Today we’re chatting Rachel Pieh Jones (who has previously joined us here on the podcast). For those of you who don’t already know Rachel, she writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture. Rachel just released her latest book, Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus. She shares stories that recount the personal encounters and…
 
BBP invites Gabriela Encina, fellow expat and licensed psychologist, on the show to discuss the difference between an expat funk and depression. Even if you've never experienced chemical depression, you may be surprised at how relatable this message is in validating some of the challenges unique to expats. As an expat herself, Gabriela gets it and …
 
Welcome to the Preggisode! But don't run away! This conversation is packed full of laughs that you'll enjoy even if pregnancy is far from your mind. In this episode we talked about allll the pregnancy things. We've had a lot of kids overseas, a combination of 10 pregnancies. So, there are many paths to walk down our memory lanes. Being pregnant and…
 
In this episode, we’re doing our first round of “ask us anything.” We had so many questions from listeners there was no way to answer all, but we do discuss our friendship, how to maintain long-distance friendships and family relationships, meeting neighbors with limited language, and embarrassing moments (well, we only had time to share ONE moment…
 
Brain Basement welcomes Angie Collins, fellow expat & Parent Coach. Angie knows how to help parents find calm by sorting through their routines, their stress and finding the specific systems that work for each individual. Enjoy this convo where Angi & Angie discuss how "being organized" can look different from person to person, but the benefits are…
 
At long last, Alicia is back! She's recovered from her whirlwind trip back to Indonesia, and her return inspired today's episode about moving overseas for the first time. In this episode, we discussed how we prepared when we first moved overseas, how we handled (and still handle) those wretched goodbyes, and what helped us when we landed in a new c…
 
Brain Basement welcomes Resilience on the show. Annalee's been judging her & Angi's more accepting. She seems so popular & a bit trendy right now, but like so many things, the more we get to know her & her redeeming qualities, she seems like a valuable companion, especially within the transitions of expat life. Bring whatever notions you have of Re…
 
Grab some tea & put your feet up while Angi shares how she's found purpose as she's moved around the world. Her story is inspiring from driving a 15-passenger van to making grilled cheese sandwiches to helping people take a closer look at their brains. Also, catch a couple mini-stories of ladies that let their passions lead out, like the lady that …
 
Where are all our housekeeping fans? {crickets, crickets} Okay, so house cleaning and home management might not top our list of fun pastimes, but they are a necessary part of this overseas life. Whether you keep a sparkling clean house, or you fall into the “God bless this mess” camp, this episode is for you. Our friend, Sharon, joined us to talk a…
 
Expat life can feel like a practice in recreation. Recreating home, school, friends, and sometimes even ourselves. Tune in as Angi interviews Annalee on her journey to create purpose in the various countries she's lived, and how her passions have helped light the way. The last bit gets really exciting when they lose internet & the episode ends mid-…
 
When you moved overseas did you have a plan for how long you would stay? Did you imagine you'd be there for a long time, or are you considering staying longer than you originally planned? In this episode we had a conversation with Kim, our friend in Ukraine, about living overseas for the long haul. We talked about our initial plans when we moved ov…
 
Our discussion this week is all about TCK friendships. This topic can be a tough one, but it's oh so important for the health and happiness of our kiddos in their life overseas. In this episode we break down the discussion into the Early Years, the Middle Years (aka "The Hay Day of School Age Kids"), and then on into the Tween and Teen Years. We ta…
 
We're chatting about new beginnings (NOT new goals). As expats, we don’t have to wait for a new year to roll around to experience new beginnings. Whether it’s a new location, new language, new schooling choice, or new housing situation every time you return to your passport country — it can bring a roller coaster of feelings. We'll be chatting abou…
 
The Taking Route Community is growing and we are so happy to see more and more women from around the world connecting and encouraging each other as we all learn to thrive right where we are planted. With that growth comes the need to reevaluate what brings life as we juggle connection online and feeding our multitudes of children. So.Many.Children.…
 
For our last episode of Taking Route Podcast, we’re doing something a little different — a Christmas Special, if you will. This episode is only about ten minutes — but it’s packed full of Christmas goodness. First, we’ll read an expat-friendly rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then, Melissa will perform a new song she wrote (it’s recor…
 
The final stop in our series, “This Global Pandemic,” is in South Korea to visit Oklahoma native, Kara. She, her husband, and their four kids stayed put in South Korea this year, even though they had long-awaited travel plans to go to the States (it’s been four years since their last visit!) In this episode, Kara shares what a pandemic looks like i…
 
Angi & Annalee discuss Third Culture Kids and Parachute Kids: the challenges they face as they move to different countries and into different cultures. There's a balance between appreciating the benefits of this lifestyle and acknowledging the difficulties we face. Maybe we can use those difficulties to build resilience. ---- Families in Global Tra…
 
We’re coming up on that time of year: the time of turkey, traditions, and gathering around the table with the ones we love. It’s almost Thanksgiving! Will there be green bean casserole and sweet potatoes on your table? Can you even get turkey wherever you are in the world? In this episode, Denise, Alicia, and Melissa talk about all things Thanksgiv…
 
Next in our 3rd installment of our “This Global Pandemic” series we are travel to São Paulo, Brazil to visit Tennessee native, Melissa (@melissastormer). Melissa along with her husband and three kids are determined to thrive and not just survive this pandemic. Melissa tells how they’ve maintained their well-being, learned to prioritize and let some…
 
This episode includes an interview with the brilliant Transition Coach, Amber Folkman. She discusses the book, "This is Where You Belong" as her inspiration for diving into the research and science behind loving where you live, and gives practical tips for creating a home anywhere you are. - Reach out to Amber via email at amommabroad@gmail.com and…
 
It's normal to wonder what your purpose as a trailing spouse is when bouncing from country to country every few years. In this episode Annalee interviews Jennie Linton, The Expat Mom Coach, on this very topic--finding purpose as a flailing *cough* I mean trailing spouse. They swap stories about figuring out who they are overseas & you won't want to…
 
This episode is an introduction to Mom Meditations, a series of meditations you can do in the car, in a chair, on a walk or anywhere! ...and also with your kids around. No need to wait for a perfect moment of silence. In this Mom Meditation, embrace the noise and activity around, while finding the strength of your own mountaintop view. Here, you wi…
 
One of the hardest parts about expat life is being so far away when tragedy strikes your home country. You want to hug your loved ones, process things out loud with your closest friends, and be near the ones you hold closest to your heart. In today’s episode, we talk with Tamika about what it’s been like to be a Black American woman, married to an …
 
When you can talk to someone and be SO REAL that it becomes part of your healing. Can a good talk with a friend really make your life better? Angi and Annalee discuss their first encounters with meditation and how one step leads down an unexpected road. One mention to a neighbor, leads to a yoga class, leads to meditation and more. One prenatal wel…
 
As the Covid 19 pandemic spread to each of our corners of the world earlier this year, many of us had to consider access to medical care (or lack of it) as we made decisions about staying or evacuating. When Rachel and her husband found out they were pregnant with their fourth child right as lockdowns began, they had to make the hard choice to leav…
 
Wherever you currently find yourself in the world, it’s no secret that all our lives have been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Our circumstances and situations might be different, but in an effort to create some solidarity between us we are starting a new mini-series titled “This Global Pandemic.” Each episode will have an interview with a new e…
 
Here at Taking Route, we desire to make you feel like you are welcomed and belong in this expat community. We want you to be able to see your story and your expat experience reflected in this space. However, we know we can do so much better at having more perspectives and voices in order to more accurately represent expat life. In this episode, we …
 
During this pandemic, we expats have fallen into one of two categories: those who stayed and those who left. Expats who made the decision to evacuate their host country have undoubtedly faced some very unique challenges in leaving and finding a new normal in their passport country. In this episode Denise interviews Alicia about her family’s decisio…
 
Jenilee Goodwin opens up with us about the stressful intense time in her life that included a tough medical diagnosis, family issues, cancer and the quick death of her mother-in-law, putting her girls in boarding school for the first time-- all of that on top of regular expat stresses, expectations, and responsibilities. These combined circumstance…
 
Should I stay or should I go? This is a question that most of us have had to wrestle with recently as country borders closed and flights were grounded. In this episode, Denise and Melissa talk about staying in their host countries during this pandemic, how they made the decision, and how they are coping with their choice. From schooling changes for…
 
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