Being an expat is great. You see the world, meet new people, jaw-drop at weird customs, and enjoy unprecedented freedom. But “expat mode” is not a preset feature of your personality: you need to get used to it. Here is everything I wish I knew before moving abroad. Some of the things I will discussContinue reading “The Joy And Pain Of Being An Expat – Part I”
Hello, my name is Nadia and I suffer from impostor syndrome. Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon first identified in 1978. The name reflects a belief that you are inadequate, incompetent, and “fake”. Everything you have achieved in life is due to “external factors” and not to your skills and commitment. You go through lifeContinue reading “My Impostor Syndrome And How I Have (Not) Overcome It”
Making up your mind: done. Learning the ropes: done. Building an online presence: done. I was ready to rock! Yeah, but… How? I realised that pursuing a new career and starting a new career is not exactly the same thing. Think about it: a functioning oven, a soft dough, and tasty toppings don’t make pizza.Continue reading “My Journey To Copywriting – Chapter III Finding (Freelance) Work”
I have recently turned 29. Just saying it gives me chills. That got even worse after reading that “Those under 25 no longer want to be compared to millennials.” Excuse me?! But don’t worry guys, you will get there. Time is relentless, you know. So what better way to celebrate an otherwise unremarkable birthday, thanContinue reading “29 Things You Understand By Age 29”
When I moved to Brussels, my foreignness was obvious. I looked daunted and lost in such a big and completely unknown city. Moreover, I couldn’t understand the language. And if you are about to say something like “How come you didn’t understand it? Italian (my mother tongue) and French (one of Belgium’s official languages) are sister languages!” youContinue reading “8 Types Of Expats You Meet Abroad”
Changing career is never easy. It doesn’t matter whether you experience Sunday night blues on a regular basis – that anxiety you feel on Sunday when thinking about the impending work week – or how many telltale signs you need a career makeover you can tick off. The majority of people simply settle for aContinue reading “What I Learnt From Changing Career In My Late Twenties”
When massive lockdowns were declared, expats split into two groups: the ones who stayed in their host country, and those who got onto repatriation flights to rejoin their homeland. As a representative of the first group – I decided to enjoy my lockdown in a Belgian studio 3000 km away from my birthplace – IContinue reading “5 Lessons The Pandemic Taught Me About Being An Expat”
EN – It’s that time of the week again.
IT – Ci risiamo: il mio frigo piange.
EN – I don’t usually speak about politics.
IT – Non sono solita parlare di politica.
EN – Last night I dreamt about a former high school friend of mine.
IT – Ieri notte ho sognato una mia amica del liceo.