Have You Seen? {June 7, 2015}

Welcome to Have You Seen?  We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading.

Last Week’s Theme: Sanity

How to Stay Sane When Living Abroad by Lauren Pinkson — “Last summer, I submitted a 47-page thesis exploring the mental health functioning of career medical professionals serving overseas. Let me tell you a secret. It was COMPLETELY SELFISH. The only reason I spent so much time researching data and reporting statistics was because I didn’t want to be a statistic.”

Little Snag In My Life Plan {Book Club} by Amy Young — “I’ve shared before that one of the reasons I picked this book is because we haven’t talked before about cross-cultural experiences within a country and how they can, at times, be more disorienting than actually going to another country. Because, after all, we’re still in the same country. How different can it be?”

You Are Not Disqualified by Karen Huber — “All signs up till now confirmed our calling, and the final step before we were invited to candidate orientation had finally arrived: a psychological evaluation. I’ll have to tell them, I thought, anxiety building. I’ll tell them, and that’ll be the end.”

Is Sanity Possible in the Midst of Chaos? by Anonymous — “How do I “give up”? It’s like losing my arm. “What are you doing God?” We thought we were in the right place, in a church I would pour my blood out for. Yet the same church I could see us working with for a minimum of ten years has become an arid, painful place. There is no space for me to flourish and grow now, or to nurture others.”

Sanity – You WILL Lose It {The Grove: Sanity} by Danielle Wheeler — “I don’t dare have pat answers for any of these. I offer them as a means to help you identify what you’re struggling with, and to say that these are all very real reasons to reach your breaking point. Which of these has caused a breaking point in you? What would you add to the list?”

From Around the Web

When you relocate what do you do with your stuff? Give it away, sell? Sell for a big loss or a small one? Here’s an interesting discussion on this subject (check out the comments too).

So what do we do, with all the loss and grief that’s piling up? Kay Bruner in her monthly “Ask A Counselor” hits it out of the ball park with this one.

“We recently welcomed four new coworkers. I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership and turned to Moses for guidance. Here are a few of the principles I see from his life.” From The Expatriate and Leadership.

How can we better prepare people for the field?

Once we’re on the field here are 35 questions to ask people in our line of work.

And here’s what everybody ought to know about self-refection.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…



When you pull a suitcase out of your closet, or lug it out of your dusty storage area, or carefully slide it off the top of your wardrobe without giving yourself a concussion, what emotions do you feel?  Excited that a new adventure is here?  Dread that you have to pack yet again?

“Suitcase” is not a simple word for us, is it?  It comes with a load of… baggage (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).

This week we want to talk through the issues involved in our global nomad lifestyle, because we all know there’s a lot of them, right?

But also we want this week to be fun and practical and helpful!

Raise your hand if you moved overseas feeling absolutely clueless as to what you needed to bring in your suitcase.

How many of you were handed a list that said, “YOU WILL NEED THESE ITEMS.  PUT THEM IN YOUR SUITCASE”? I know I never got that list.

What if Velvet Ashes rallied together to put together a resource for all the women who are to follow us?  What if each of us made out a simple packing list of the items needed for living in each of our countries/regions?  Do you know how many countries that would be??  Do you know how amazing it would be for women moving overseas to find a master packing list where they simply click on the country that they are moving to and find out what to put in their suitcase?  Yes, I think you know exactly how amazing that would be.

So, here’s what you need to do:

1.  Make a packing list of items that people should bring when moving to your area of the world.

2.  Be sure to include your country’s name and the city, if you can.  Otherwise include the type of area that you live in (example: small town, rural Thailand)

3. If you have a blog, post it on your blog and link it up at The Grove beginning Thursday at 6pm EST.

4.  If you don’t have a blog, you can add your packing list as a comment at The Grove.  Or you can email it to us at submissions (at) velvetashes (dot) com.

Here’s what we’ll do:

We’ll compile your lists and make a master list of links according to country, so that people moving to the field can learn what they need to put in their suitcase.

Take all that valuable know-how you’ve been gaining and let’s offer it to others!

P.S.  You can also link up your blog posts that don’t include packing lists at The Grove this week.  We know there’s lots to talk about when it comes to “Suitcase.”

Photo Credit : Gratisography

1 Comment

  1. Esteci June 8, 2015

    India – urban

    chocolate chips

    brown sugar

    vanilla essence

    taco seasoning, enchilada seasoning, Ranch dressing, gravy mix

    parmesan cheese – dry

    plastic wrap

    Ziploc bags

    food coloring

    good knife, rubber spatula, cookie scoop, measuring cups and spoons

    icing bags and tips

    cookie cutters

    kids’ clothing, especially socks and swimsuits

    Keenes shoes for kids – closed toe and washable

    mattress covers

    egg carton mattress pads

    fitted sheets

    adapters for Indian outlets

    over-the-counter meds

    mosquito repellent

    individually wrapped mosquito repellent wipes





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