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As an expat, you know that visits home from abroad are sustenance for your soul.
Yet when you visit are you caught up in a tangle of expectations and a whirlwind of activity that, by trip’s end, leave you stressed, depleted, and thinking, “There HAS to be a better way”?
WELL, THERE IS A BETTER WAY.
It has to do with the planning.
With slowing down and acknowledging your deepest desires and hopes for the trip. With communicating that to the dear people you will visit. With listening to their desires and hopes.
In other words, plan from the AFTERGLOW—how you want to feel after the trip—before you consider the logistics.
This simple redesign of your approach to planning for visits home gives you the power to create relaxing, refreshing, and truly satisfying trips for all concerned.
What if you could count on each visit home being the best ever? How would that boost your happiness abroad?
Make your next visit home the best yet. We can show you how.
WE KNOW WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM.
We're Pam Noda and Holly Schwartz, two veteran expats who have made countless pilgrimages home from abroad, with and without our kids or spouses.
We know what it's like to embark on a visit home in high spirits and with happy anticipation, only to return to your host country exhausted, disappointed, and wishing you had done things differently.
Maybe, like us, you've experienced:
Pre-trip anxiety over how you're going to fit everything and everybody inThe tension between making other people happy and satisfying your needsWorry over having to disappoint a dear friend or relativeGuilt over wanting to sneak away for some time on your own, or a mini-vacation with your kids and spouse, when you know that people are counting on spending time with youThe after-the-trip "blahs"
The Terrific Trips Home program pulls together our intuitive knowledge and our best practical strategies for how to handle situations like these.
Our hard-won secrets to creating the kinds of visits that truly nourish our hearts can be yours. These are the secrets that allowed us to take control of our trips, so that we could count on each one being our best visit ever.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to in just a few hours redesign your approach to visits home so that you can count on them being relaxing, refreshing, and full of happy memories that leave you rejoicing in the afterglow and dreaming about next time.
Terrific Trips Home. A Guide to Creating Your Best Visit Yet
THE SECRET TO A SATISFYING VISIT IS IN THE PLANNING — FOR THE PEOPLE PART.
This program teaches you how to take control of more than just travel logistics, so that you can handle the challenging situations that can keep you from fully enjoying visits home.
In essence, the program is a practical planning and relationship kit that helps you set limits, answer uncomfortable questions, and accommodate everyone's wishes, including your own. In other words—with this program you can give yourself the trip you really want to have.
Your toolkit includes:
The three steps to clarifying your "must haves" for a satisfying visit home Five effective strategies for planning your best trip yet The key activity for keeping the kids (and everyone else) happy The simple secret to getting the most out of your trip Practical relationship skills to get you through the rough patches
Now, finally, you can stop bracing yourself for another harried trip where everyone else’s needs are met at your expense and instead start anticipating an enjoyable visit that lifts your spirits and fills you with contentment.
With these tools in hand, you’ll make happy memories that let you rejoice in your visit.
WHAT "TERRIFIC TRIP-ERS" SAY ABOUT THE RESULTS
Our visits are never perfect—I’m human—but now I have a prescription to follow that helps me plan for the visit by taking into consideration the people, their expectations, and my family’s needs. I feel validated and comfortable with my desire to take care of me as part of my return visits. — L. Smith
The pressure coming from every which way to make everyone happy was making our trips home unbearable for me. I seriously considered not visiting. This program taught me how to clarify and convey my “must haves” for a satisfying trip. Now our visits are full of happy times, and I come back feeling good about having made the trip.— Jean Tsurumaki
The program was really helpful for our family the last few summers. It allowed us to talk through in advance our expectations for time with immediate and extended family and friends. Home leaves are always too hectic, and the program gave us some great tips for taking control of our time. No more getting on the return flight in August with regret. — S. Alan, husband
've seen and enjoyed firsthand the success of the Terrific Trips Home toolkit. It helped facilitate the pre-trip communication that is so essential for clarifying expectations for the visit. I especially like the “wish list” feature. This helps us decide how best to fulfill everyone's wishes for the summer. — J. Martin, mother-in-law
“Mommy, Mommy, I’ve done it, this year I’m taking charge—here’s my list!” — S. Ellie,10-year-old girl
“My daughter-in-law happily makes sure we all get our time with family. She’s calm and relaxed throughout the visit. It wasn’t always this way. She attributes her newfound peace of mind to the Terrific Trips Home program.” — W. Cook
“Mommy, it’s time! When are we making my list?” — Sheffield, 7-year-old boy
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR PEACE OF MIND (AND EVERYONE ELSE'S) . . .Accept your mission to in just a few hours redesign your approach to visits home so that you can count on them being relaxing, refreshing, and full of happy memories that leave you rejoicing in the afterglow and dreaming about next time.
Attend a Terrific Trips Home program!
Upcoming Courses in Hong Kong
Central, Midlevels Session Date: May 9, 2017 (Tuesday)Time: 9:00 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m.Tuition: $500 HKDLocation: Midlevels residential buildingRegistration: Click the sign up button below to email Holly in Hong Kong.
Sai Kung Area Session Date: May 10, 2017 (Wednesday)Time: 8:30 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m.Tuition: $500 HKDLocation: Local residence near Nam WaiRegistration: Click the sign up button below to email Holly in Hong Kong.
Upcoming Courses in Tokyo
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PictureHerself an expat of 40+ years, Pam Noda is an expert in helping people living outside their home countries to thrive in a lifestyle they love with the people they love. Pam’s specialized programs for expats reflect a wisdom, empathy, and savvy born from her intimate knowledge of what it means to forge a happy life in a foreign country.
PictureNo stranger to the nomadic life of those who travel the globe, Holly Schwartz was born and raised in the United States. She’s resided outside her home country since 2001. Holly’s varied background encompasses project management as a base. She currently works in relocation and helps individuals and families who are planning a move to Hong Kong.
Hi there! I'm Pam Noda.
Pam Noda has worked with expats and their relationships since 2005. Always drawn to those moments of rich connection where hearts open and meet, Pam is passionate about helping people communicate and see each other with the kind of heartfelt connection that looks beyond superficialities and differences.
Pam is a relationship coach and a teacher of Relational Presence. She holds a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach qualification from the Coaches Training Institute and an Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach qualification from the Center for Right Relationship (CRR Global). Both programs are accredited by the International Coach Federation. Pam is also a certified Speaking Circles facilitator through Speaking Circles International.
Pam’s life experience centers on the thick and thin of forging a full, happy life in a foreign country. Originally from the United States, Pam became an expat at the age of 17 when she lived in Japan for a year as an exchange student. Her relationship with Japan continued to blossom when she married a Japanese man and settled in Japan to raise her family. Since 1973, Pam has lived in Japan for all but five years.
As a relationship guide and coach, Pam teaches the ingredients of creating the kind of relationships with yourself and others that let you thrive in a foreign country.
CONTACT HEARTS AT HOME ABROAD
Getting in touch is easy—and we'd love to hear from you.
For general questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about Terrific Trips Home in Hong Kong, email Holly Schwartz at email@example.com.
To reach me directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If snail mail or telephone is your preference, use:
Hearts at Home AbroadPia Inokashira Koen #1024-7-12 InokashiraTokyo 181-0001 Japan
Japan: 080-1150-9233 | International: 81-80-11150-9233
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