Body Image and the Diplomatic Kid

Growing up, moving from one country to another, I didn’t really understand that there was a term coined for how one felt about their body. I just knew, I was different, and I tried everything to blend in while abroad. Body image is the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that result from

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Foreign Affairs
Kendra

10 Questions You Should Answer Before Joining the Foreign Service

I love asking former colleagues of my Father’s and mine the one question “Why did you become a Diplomat?” the answers have always varied, some are funny “I just thought I could meet more exotic women if I became a diplomat”, which always made me laugh, to “I wanted to be part of changing the world.” I was never a

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Culture Shock
Kendra

5 Ways To Help Knock out Culture Shock

Culture Shock is a tricky beast. No matter where you move, you are bound to experience a sprinkle or avalanche of culture shock. Moving is hard, and by hard, I mean, monumentally exhausting. I have seen gone through my fair share of culture shock, some lasted longer than others, but I have tricks, and tips.  I have 5 ways I

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travel
Kendra

Vancouver, A City of Contrasts

Moving to Vancouver from Ottawa years ago, was easy, it wasn’t a difficult decision, nor was it a hard transition. It just seemed right, we fit. We threw ourselves into the outdoor life, hiking, snowshoeing, running, biking, and walking everywhere. We did what so many transplants do, we moved into a tiny 750 square foot apartment in Yaletown, our rent

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Culture Shock
Kendra

Culture Shock & Kids

I have had to really dig deep to understand all the ramifications that the ping pong effect of culture shock and reverse culture shock had on me growing up. What I have discovered, in all the great literature that is out there, culture shock is described in very linear way, and somehow disappears after you have gone through all of

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Culture Shock
Kendra

The Effect of a Constant Mobile life On A Child

Why are you moving? A basic question that most will answer in a basic, for “a job” response. This is the answer so many people give me when I ask them whey they are packing up, and moving abroad, or across the country. It is simple, easy, and most people don’t press any further, except for me, it is my

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