Author, blogger and consultant/speaker Linda A Janssen recently embarked on a series of posts about “the little things that can make a difference in how we approach some of the challenges and experiences of expatriate — and repatriate — life”. She’s not writing them in alphabetical order, she warns us, “because I like mixing things up”. 

In the most recent post, ‘C for Committed’, Janssen discusses the many reasons people becomes expatriates – some more conscious decisions than others – as well as two types of commitment that help us to make the best of an international relocation: a public commitment (“to making the effort, to trying, to persevering, and hopefully enjoying, even celebrating [the experience]“) and a private, internal commitment (“that of learning, of seeking, of wanting to understand.”) Read more

If you’ve missed the previous posts, catch them here:

Janssen recently repatriated to the US from the Netherlands. Be sure to catch her thoughts on repatriating on her blog at

Janssen is the author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures (Summertime Publishing, 2013), which was recently reviewed here on


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