Timeline to a New Life

Below is a post I first wrote in November 2009. (Whew, how time flies!) I figure it might help a few others with the same questions I had back then.

expat man jumping shipIf you’re thinking about starting over completely new, you may wonder “How long it will take?

Fair question – and here’s my answer: 3 months. Three months is all it takes to drastically change your life, self and all that’s around you. And that’s assuming you have a house, job, perhaps even family as we did. Even as “settled” as we were, it was just 3 months from wondering about getting work overseas to all moved and working overseas.

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Non-Verbal Communication

My wife is outstanding at knowing what I’m thinking. She’ll tell me what I’m thinking. In fact, sometimes I didn’t even know I was thinking that. (Sound familiar?)
She knows what I’m thinking because my face reveals a lot while we’re talking. My eyes, especially my eyebrows, how my mouth is formed, where I’m looking – all communicate my feelings at the time. And as I write this, I understand this is probably why my friends enjoy playing poker with me. They watch, they know – they win.
The value of recognizing and reading non-verbal communication is obvious. If you can “read” people’s non-verbal communication, you’ll win. Much more than at poker, of course.
What made me write this? I was writing messages to include in month 6 or 7 of the “Gone in 1 Year” program, and it hit me how non-verbal communication really affects home and poker life. So helpful to be aware of our own face and posture when speaking with others.
Have a great day everyone!

Gone to Canada in 10 Months – Trump edition

Thanks to Super Tuesday results, it’s pretty certain Trump will be the candidate.
And possibly the next President of the United States.

Your Next President? It's Looking that Way
Your Next President? It’s Looking that Way

Do you really want to be there when this happens? …I didn’t think so.

As of today, I’m tailoring my current Gone in One Year program. I’m building for one person: for the American who want to get out of the US, and move to Canada.

What’s the Gone in One Year program? It’s a 12-month (obviously) long set of e-mails, homework, videos and tailored help to get someone living abroad. I’ve lived abroad several times; now I teach others. It’s great.

Faster, Shorter, Uncut

Because moving to Canada for Americans is easier than say, moving to Costa Rica or Czech Republic, this program is faster. It’s 10-months, not 1 year.

It’s also “uncut” and less generalized. When I know you come from X country and want Y country, I can give clear-cut, direct help. In this case, it’s US —> Canada.

Read more on the “US—>Canada” and other 2 plans here.

 

Backpacker Tax – What You Need to Know

A fairly easy “gap year” option for university students is to get a Holiday Work Visa, fly down to Australia and do temp work. Common work is the restaurant/bar scene, farm work or other short-term work. If you’re extremely lucky, work might pop up somewhat related to your degree. The best part of working down in Australia is you earn your wages tax-free. Well, for now…

AUS money

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I’m Calling It: Bernie vs Trump. But, Seriously?

Four years ago, I wrote about Romney vs. Obama, and international poll results for the 2012 candidates. Basically, The Whole World, save one country, overwhelmingly chose Obama. (Revisit the old post to see who chose Romney)

Fast forward four years and we’re at another election. It’s still early, long before the primaries are all done. Plus, I don’t inject myself with the media hype 24×7 (a mental health choice). But from what I gather, there are still a few viable candidates on either side.

That said, if Americans’ frustration is the deciding factor, then the final fight is between the only two anti-establishment candidates:

Bernie vs Trump

So, yeah, I’m calling the final fight. Good bye, good ‘ol girl, Hillary. Good bye, long list of Republican has-beens and never-will-bes. The final fight is between the Vermont Socialist and the Center of His Universe.

Contest: putting my money where my mouth is

If you think I’m wrong, throw in your pick for the final fight (comment below).

If it turns out you pick the correct two (and I’m wrong), then I’ll gift you a full year’s subscription to “Gone in One Year” — free.

Get your popcorn – the bet’s on! This gets decided when both conventions decide their pick.

Who is the Typical Expat (Client)?

There is no “typical” expat. But I can share who is the typical Expat Yourself client.

Since I created “Gone in One Year” program, I fell in love with building info graphics. Info graphics are those colourful pages of icons and one-liners that speak volumes. Well, here’s a quickie that illustrates my typical consulting client.

 

Sail Away From the Safe Harbor

It’s time.

Every so often I write a very simple post. Like this one today.

It’s time for you to sail away from the safe harbour. As Mark Twain is often cited, with his full quote overlaid a pretty picture here:

Sail Away Mark Twain
Become an Expat Yourself – Sail away from your safe harbor

Interaction is Key

I’ve been promising to write a “how-to” guide for you for ages. The trouble is, an “info-book” is not really helpful, not like real interaction. (In fact, I know someone selling such a book – but it turns out to be just a “how to make money online” guide, in a “travel anywhere” wrapper. Little smarmy in my opinion, but that’s his gig.)

Info-books do not help, as real interaction does.
That’s why consulting works well. However, consulting is pricey ($150/hour) for some folks. Finally, I fixed the price problem!

The solution: general consulting, in e-mails. New material sent every few days. Packaged in a full 1-year program: Step-by-Step Expat Consulting. Very cheap monthly fee (Trying it out – will likely raise down the road)

Sneak Peek

Yes, you, gone in 1 year, guaranteed or money back. The 12-month program is called “Gone in 1 Year” (heehee!)

Here is a sneak peek at it.

Interested? I’m officially launching in a few days, but sign up is open now.

 

What Your Grandparents Are Wishing They Told You

The worst thing in the world is regret. Many people as they get older can’t help but wish “If only I …“.

Don’t be that person. Here’s help how…

grandma tells us how it is
Grandma tells us how it is

This post is not a list of top regrets (too predictable). Far better, this is your grandparents’ advice, looking back to their younger selves.

The most popular ways to avoid regret, right here: Continue reading What Your Grandparents Are Wishing They Told You

Foreign Born Americans Can Become President

From high school civics class, I remember a US presidential candidate…:

  1. Must be 35 years or older
  2. Must be a natural-born US citizen (not a “naturalized” American)
  3. Must have lived in the US for 14 years
Checklist
Checklist

Okay, I lied. Above is true, but below is how I actually remember it: Continue reading Foreign Born Americans Can Become President