Still Stunned & Still Overwhelmed

It’s been one month since Trump, the POTUS, took office. I’m still shocked, stunned and amazed.

Disclaimer: this post is shallow, political, and self-promoting. If you want real advice, then just write me or get with the program (“Gin1Year”).

Still Stunned

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Hillary Clinton. Bernie should’ve been the party pick. But all that aside, in the final race, HRC was the lesser of two evils. She was the clear choice over Trump.

 

Still Overwhelmed

Right up to about midnight on election night, I knew Hillary would become the next president. “surprise!” My mouth has been gaped open ever after.

Every day since, I watch the news. I watch it more than I ever did, like some addiction. Do others do the same?

Still Reading?

Look, I’m not here to say America is fucked. I’m not crying “you’re all doomed!” But…

Please know your situation in the US today, and over the next 4 years, is likely far worse than what you could have in a country more like you.

Lots of websites say “GO” but no one says “how”. I’m here to show you how.

Get with the program.

18 Excellent Tips from Expert Expats

I wrote to 18 people whom I consider expert expats.

Some make a living by travelling, others traveled to go make a living.

I asked them all 1 question: What is your advice to an expat?

Here are their replies:

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What’s Special About the United States?

You must know the TV show “The Newsroom”? The news production parody from Aaron Sorkin (same guy behind the shows West Wing & Sports Night).

First minutes of the pilot episode have news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) ranting on about what makes the United States the greatest country in the world (spoiler: “it’s not, but it can be”). If you haven’t seen it, google his rant later.

Will McAvoy

Before you balk, no – I am NOT supporting Trump (a.k.a. Mr. “Make America Great Again”). No, not in a million years. Nor am I supporting Hillary Clinton. No, not in a million years.

Sure, America could be great again. But I hold no hope, in either candidate.

Hold your breath for 4 years? No, better still, go away for 4 years.

Whatever happens this November, America in 2020 might just be a place to return to. (Or it might not.)

But no doubt, now is a great time to become an expat yourself.

— Which begs the question, what are you still doing there? Start on your plan, today.

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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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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.

 

How (Not) to be a Sovereign Citizen

Actually, this is a 2-part post. The first part is how (not) to be a “sovereign citizen.” In other words, how to avoid becoming an asshole.

Second part is how to write me an e-mail.

A few days ago, I got an e-mail from a person who many would call a “sovereign citizen.” I’ll explain that in a bit.

Look, I get enough normal e-mails asking for help, and I respond as quickly I can. And then I get the occasional e-mail from people who are clearly fucked in the head. To those, I might not respond at all.

One special e-mail was from a sovereign citizen. She made some pretty bold claims about her demands and needs, with absolute disregard for what needs to be done.

If you’re not familiar with the term “sovereign citizen,” it’s a person who believes they are like a nation of one. They are sovereign from any law. The laws of society do not apply to them. In short, they are self-serving, anti-government idiots. The worst part is, over the past few years, this is becoming a growing ‘thing’ at about 100,000 people strong!

But Jeff, you say things against the US government – does that make you a sovereign citizen??”  Ah, no. I recognize the laws and authority of the government, wherever I might be. Sovereign citizens do not.

Let’s talk only in the US, where the sovereign citizen movement is most popular. Sovereign citizens does not recognize laws, period. City, state, federal – no law applies to them. Nor do they recognize US currency. Want to get a sovereign citizen angry? Talk about taxation. Sovereign citizens overwhelmingly do not believe in being taxed. BUT, when you challenge them, the first thing they do is demand financial payment (yes, in US currency) for their broken rights (upheld by a law).

When is a sovereign citizen happy? When it serves them. Like being caught speeding, having to sit in a court, when avoiding taxes, pushing drugs, hiring a hit man to kill a judge.

When is a sovereign citizen upset? When they’re needing emergency response, like an ambulance, fire truck or police. Or needing to rely on the law for their own protection or, God forbid, an actual education.

Funny thing about the sovereign citizen movement… you don’t hear them brag about avoiding insurance when a logging truck slams into their car. You don’t hear them claim sovereignty when the company accidentally dumps waste on their land. These sovereign citizens see no need for law enforcement, except when laws enforce protection. Then they sing a different tune.

So, sovereign citizens like being “sovereign” when breaking the law, but they cry crocodile tears when needing the law.

This video shows one batshit crazy “Jenna.” It’s a voice recording of her 911 call. As you find out, the police are in a car chase with her. She demands from the 911 operator she be paid ($300,000??) to agree to stop for the police, as this is a “false declaration of an emergency.” (I told you they’re batshit crazy.)

That raises another issue: the legal language you hear from them. For a self-described non-law abiding group, they sure do throw around a lot of legalese. Whenever challenged by authority, they’ll defend their sovereignty with terms and phrases that, supposedly come from legal precedents. Or at least their favourite website. See the irony?

In another video, the guy literally says “I don’t know what law book you’re reading man, but it doesn’t apply to me.” About 45 seconds later, he gets deservedly tazed.

Generally, a sovereign citizen is a grown-up version of an entitled brat. So, how do you avoid being that entitled brat? Recognize that laws serve you, to protect you, to help you. A law is not a precursor to payment.

Filling out the proper paperwork to get what you want or strive for. Don’t be someone who claims “I am not a ‘person,’ I’m a man!” (No buddy, you’re not.)

How to write me an e-mail? Now, for the second part, the easy part. If you want help in trying to become an expat, just write me: jeff (at) expatyourself.com

But don’t come off sounding like an entitled brat.  🙂  Understand there are definite steps to follow.  That’s where I help.

I Heard You. You Need Step-by-Step

After dozens of consultation calls, I see the pattern. It’s clear…

You Want Step-by-Step

Often I give what I call “big picture advice.” That means what people ought to do next, and why. For me, it’s the “why” that’s really important. It’s the reason, from my experience, it’s just why. But, many people don’t want why; they just want to know what to do. Okay, fine.

Okay, I Am Writing Step-by-Step. It’s Coming

UPDATE: It’s Done. Check It Out Here

I’m writing the step-by-step you’re asking for:

  • how to get over what’s stopping you (debt, job position, relationship)
  • how to write your resume (& CV)
  • how to apply for residency (a few different ways)
  • how to find the good job openings (how it worked for several clients, plus myself)
  • how to apply for the job
  • how to move abroad
I'm Writing a Full "A-to-Z" Plan
I’m Writing a Full “A-to-Z” Plan

You Also Need Tailored To You

Everybody’s unique. That’s why I offer consultation calls. However, not everyone can afford $120 $150 for the consultation.

I figured out how this can work. It works for each person (even you), but won’t cost even half as much.

So I Offer Custom Help as an Extra

Everyone’s situation is a bit different. And yet, the majority of questions are similar.

Still, there are always a few questions that really just need a personal touch. That’s why I’m offering support, after you’ve read the Step-by-Step Guide.

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How to Get Into Canada Using New Federal Skilled Worker Program

Yesterday Canada announced it is re-opening the Federal Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades Program.

If you want to get into Canada, this is great news for you.

Getting Into Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker

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What’s It Like to Drop Everything and Just Go?

We didn’t drop exactly everything. We kept our 11-month old daughter. 🙂

But we did drop 2 high-paying jobs, a new home and our former lives in the US. For that, we become expats (sight-unseen) in Prague, Czech Republic. There we lived for 4 years. We bought there a new home (flat), had our 2nd child and made many great memories and friends.

After 4 years in Prague, we did the same, moving to the Canadian eastern seaboard. Been here now 3 years.

I’d say, to “drop everything” and move somewhere is like jumping into a colder-than-expected pool. It’s shocking and reinvigorating at the same time. And while you might regret the first second after the “jump,” you soon realize you would have regretted it much more if you hadn’t jumped in the first place.

 

Don’t continue on the path of eventual regret.

Jump. If by no other way, just jump.

If you need help, Jeff’s here.

Making That First Step Towards Living Abroad

So you know you want a change – you want to experience life in another country – but before going anywhere it is important to do your research and choose the best country for you. This will of course depend on many different factors: whether you have a family, what type of work you’d potentially be looking for, how long you intend on staying there for and what youíre looking for in the chosen country. Here are the first things that you should consider before making any rushed decisions:

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