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New Year, New Website!

Happy 2015! I’ve been MIA for the past couple of months, slowly getting my new website up and running. I’ve moved all of my blog posts over to the new site, and from now on you can find my latest posts here, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Looking forward to your comments and feedback in this new year!

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The Intentional Expat is Undergoing Some Changes

While I’ve only had this blog for a little over two months, I’ve been delighted to discover just how quickly my readership has grown and how it has allowed me to connect with potential therapy clients. However, all of this growth has meant that I’ve quickly outgrown what this WordPress blog has to offer. I’m currently in the process of exploring more professional options that will allow me to continue to share expat interviews, tips on well-being abroad and information on the therapy services I offer both in Madrid and online. In the meantime you won’t be seeing any new posts from me on here, but I hope to have the new site up and running as soon as possible.

While you’re waiting, take a look at some of the most popular blogs I’ve posted so far:

This is also a great time to connect with me via:

See you soon! 

Here I am looking into the future at all the exciting things in store for this blog. I hope you aren't as shocked and disappointed by the news as that girl in the background appears to be.

Here I am looking into the future at all the exciting things in store for this blog. I hope you aren’t as shocked and disappointed by the news as that girl in the background appears to be.


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Interview with Melissa Parks from The Intentional Expat

I’m really honored and excited to be featured today on “The Goal List.” I would highly recommend checking out this blog if you want to get motivated to reach your own goals. And the story behind how The Goal List came to be is sure to inspire you, maybe even to make a list of your own.

The Goal List

Today’s interview is with Melissa Parks, who writes as The Intentional Expat. On her blog, Melissa writes that during her first international trip (a study abroad with her university), “it only took a couple of days in Madrid before I had fallen in love with the city.” She now lives and works in Spain as a mental health therapist, and blogs to help people “learn how to navigate the ups and downs of expat life,” or more broadly: to “[Live] Your Best Life Abroad.”

Photo courtesy of Melissa Parks (theintentionalexpat.wordpress.com) - Used with permission Photo courtesy of Melissa Parks – Used with permission

Name and blog:
Melissa Parks from The Intentional Expat

Fun fact about you:
I’ve been writing since before I could actually write. I used to dictate stories to my dad to write for me and then I’d illustrate them. Once I could write, I started journaling and haven’t stopped since. I now have over 70 journals!

Funner…

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Best Blogs about Spain and Expat Life: Hong Kong, House Mates from Hell and more…

My blog series “Walking the Walk” about my experience doing a part of the Camino de Santiago was featured in a list of the best blogs about Spain and Expat Life compiled by “A Novel Spain.” What an honor to be chosen as part of this list! I’m looking forward to checking out some of the other blogs on this list and hope you all enjoy them too!

A Novel Spain

This is the second in the series of the best blogs I’ve read recently about Spain and expat Life. The idea of these blogs is to give you quick access to some useful and informative posts, so here goes.

Could you live in Hong Kong? Photo by davidyuweb Could you live in Hong Kong?
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Ever thought about being an Expat in Hong Kong?

Friends of mine lived there for a while, but they didn’t last long. If you’re interested in knowing more about the pros and cons of being an expat in Hong Kong then check out Dee Quinn’s latest blog. It takes a massive jump to become an expat, especially with kids, so have a read.

Camino de Santiago

I should have done this before I had a boy, so I guess he’ll just have to come when he is old enough to walk. If you’re thinking about doing it, or just want to…

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The Big Blog Exchange Contest: It´s the Journey, Not the Destination, Which Matters

It´s been a whirlwind couple of weeks since I launched this blog. I now have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and Pinterest page all aimed at helping to promote it. In these three short weeks, I’ve learned a great deal about how to be a successful blogger and I’ve had the chance to connect with some great people out there in the blogging community. And without a doubt, being involved in my very first blog contest, The Big Blog Exchange, has only added to the excitement! I had the privilege of Continue reading


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Jet Lag. The Ugly Side of Traveling Abroad

I would say that I’m a good traveler in a lot of ways. I can be flexible, see the bright side when things don’t go my way, I’ll try new foods, use gross bathrooms and chat it up with strangers. I even seek out ways to enjoy flying despite the fact that deep down I really hate it. But there’s one part about traveling halfway around the world that I just can’t stand, and that’s jet lag. Continue reading


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So Teaching English Isn’t Your Dream Job? 10 Ways to Make the Most of It

Congratulations! You’ve scored what many might consider to be their “dream job.” You’re teaching English abroad! You get to live in a location you’ve always dreamed of, you meet new people every day, you get to travel  to exciting destinations on the weekends, but…you don’t want to be an English teacher.

I’ve met countless people who have found their home away from home while teaching English abroad, but they’ve also discovered that this teaching English thing is just not for them, Continue reading