The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive across Cultures

Living abroad offers enriching experiences of growth, broadened perspective, enhanced cultural understanding. Yet its transition-rich, change-driven, cross-cultural nature can place considerable demands. The Emotionally Resilient Expat shows the key to successful transitions and beyond lies in emotional resilience to adapt, adjust or simply accept. More
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About Linda A Janssen

Linda Janssen is a writer, speaker, consultant, global adventurer and resilience enthusiast. Having spent a lifetime studying, living and working in and around the international arena, she's passionate about exploring our world and learning across cultures. She has traveled to 35+ countries and a few disputed territories on five continents, and has lived in the US, Mexico, and, until recently, the Netherlands. A devotee of lifelong learning, she also writes fiction and doggedly fights a losing battle with her eroding language skills. She's currently working on her second non-fiction book, about the importance of emotional resilience in global students. Janssen has contributed to three other books on international life: a book on parenting Kindheiten: Wie Kleine Menschen in Anderen Landern Gross Werden (Childhood: Little Children Growing Up in Other Lands by Michaela Schonhoeft, Pattloch, 2013), the humorous expat anthology Forced to Fly (Jo Parfitt, ed., Summertime Publishing, 2nd ed., 2012) and Turning Points: 25 Inspiring Stories from Women Entrepreneurs Who Turned Their Careers and Their Lives Around (Kate Cobb, author and ed., Summertime Publishing, 2011). She has had articles published in a variety of online and print media venues, including The Telegraph, Global Living, Emotional Intelligence Education, Expat Health, Adapting Abroad and Expat Backup, is a monthly columnist at Expat Focus and has been interviewed for articles in publications such as The Telegraph and Global Connection, and on radio at the Women's International Network's Writers Abroad and DutchBuzzNL. As a speaker and consultant, Janssen helps individuals, groups and organizations meet the challenges of personal and professional transitions, transformation and change by enhancing their emotional resilience. The results are healthier, more positive, emotionally engaged, culturally-connected lives and careers - at home or abroad - in the workplace, classroom or in private life. Her website,, contains resources, information and her popular blog on topics of interest in the transition-rich, change-driven expatriate/cross-cultural life. She is married to an adult Third Culture Kid, the mother of two TCKs, and is now navigating the challenges of repatriation.

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