How a Mola can help globally mobile families create a life by design
Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore
Do your family dinners happen in more than one language? Do you celebrate Christmas and Eid? Do you and your family feel at home in more than one country? If so, then you may be a MOLA Family and yes, this multicultural, multilingual, mobile life can get a little ‘messy.’
In South America, a mola is a shirt made from intricately stitched layers of patterns and cloth. Worn with pride, it represents who you are – inside and out. Mariam Ottimofiore presents a mola as the perfect metaphor for globally mobile families living between cultures, countries, languages, nationalities, identities and homes, who find their story hard to articulate. She has created the MOLA tool to help global families design and show their stories to the world. This is your ‘life by design.’
Pakistan-born Mariam is a writer, researcher and expatriate family specialist who grew up and lived in nine countries. Her husband is German/Italian and together they have raised their children in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Raw, honest, inspiring and uplifting, This Messy Mobile Life comprises personal reflection, expert advice and survey research to help you take your global family from mess to mola.
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‘Wouldn’t the world be different if we all had the opportunity to experience faraway lands and cultures? I’m sure it would be a better place to live. Helena shares her light-hearted story of raising a family internationally, giving excellent and practical advice for the new or seasoned global family.’
Cross-cultural trainer and Life transitions Coach at Expatjoy
“Having suffered the trials and tribulations of going expat in my mid-career in the 1990s, I wish that I had been given the information in this book those many years ago. Jennifer Patterson takes a complex and emotional subject and lays out a clear strategy for any individual or family trying to navigate the many conflicting forces at play when you move country, move job, and move out of a safe “home” environment. Jennifer lays out a bold manifesto, based on solid principles and experience. This book can save you money, your marriage/partnership, and a lot of emotional turmoil that normally leads to ill-health. Well worth reading and acting on the key ideas.”
Lorne Mitchell, Managing Director, Objective Designers Ltd.
“Although this may be the financial planning profession’s best resource on cross-border planning issues faced by people navigating among a variety of national and local tax jurisdictions, Financial Planning for Global Living also serves as a valuable guidebook for how to live a better, more prosperous, more intentional life.”
Bob Veres, Publisher, Inside Information
“Jennifer Patterson is passionate about the importance of creating a financial foundation that supports individuals and families living globally. This book is the culmination of her many years’ experience — both personal and professional — of the realities of cross-border living, and it resonates with the warmth and wisdom she brings to this often neglected part of our lives. She blends practical guidance with a firsthand understanding of the challenges cross-border families face, helping us to achieve long-term security in an ever changing world.”
Rachel Yates, Creator, The Expat Lifeline
“Jennifer Patterson has written a must-read primer for anyone amidst or considering cross-cultural living… Read this book — and learn from one of the best. Financial Planning for Global Living is the exhaustive field guide that should be included with every international assignment so the issues that matter are dealt with from the start of this wonderful global adventure.”
Andrew Jernigan, Expat Insurance Broker and Co-founder, International Care
ABOUT THE BOOK
Go Beyond Cross-Border Tax and Legal Complexity to Location Independence, Financial Freedom and True Life Satisfaction
Jennifer A. Patterson, CFP® (US), CIMA, TEP
What is financial planning for global living?
Whether you are embarking on a short- or long-term overseas assignment, moving for love, are a dual citizen, are considering retiring abroad, or are an advisor to people in any of those situations, Financial Planning for Global Living will give you the insight and practical guidance, and the tools you need, all honed from the trenches. You’ll learn the key dynamics of the community and lifestyle, discover the key technical issues that affect tax and legal complexity, and you’ll learn both the model and the methodology to confidently design a plan that allows you to live, work, play, and make a difference from anywhere in the world while you and your family live a full, financially secure, happy, and well-structured life… across borders.
About the Book