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Understand the health insurance requirements in your destination country and your status in your country of origin.

  • Permanent residency in a country may let you qualify for national coverage.
  • For those eligible for Medicare in the U.S., coverage may be affected if you live outside the country.
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If you are relocating with children, explore options for local public schools and private international schools.

  • The International Schools Database is a directory with more than 2,000 schools in 71 countries.
  • Families in Global Transition and the Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) are resources that could be useful for families to transition across cultures.
  • Stay connected with family, friends and business back home by checking with your phone carrier for international plans, or buy SIM cards in your inbound countries for local calling.
  • For the long term, consider using a separate foreign phone.
  • Apps such as FaceTime and WhatsApp are cost-effective ways to connect with people.
  • Cloud services are often used for health records and other personal data you may need.
What To Consider When Moving Abroad

With modern technology and resources, it is much easier to live in another country. However, there is more to consider than just packing your bags.

Each country offers a different introduction to expatriate life that should be carefully considered, such as vetting visas, health care, school tests, banking and taxes, and staying connected.

Anyone who won't be marrying a foreigner and moving to that person's country must note the visa requirements for their destination.

The U.S. State Department recommends contacting the embassy or consulate of your destination country months before you want to move.

Banking:

  • Set up online banking for domestic fixed costs such as mortgages or other repayment loans.
  • Set up local bank accounts for paying utilities and cash on hand in your new home.

Taxes:

  • You'll have to file taxes in the U.S. for as long as you retain citizenship.
  • If you plan to work in the new country, take note of the local tax requirements.
  • Online services like TransferWise provide borderless transfer services.

Each person has a unique personality and strengths that can help them achieve their goals. You are then the best person to formulate a plan for self-improvement.

To get started:

  • Write down three goals you have for the next year.
  • For each goal, describe what that goal requires.
  • Get an opinion from someone you trust about your goal descriptions and how you can improve it.
  • Break down your goals into small steps.
  • Write down deadlines for each step.

With self-improvement content, you can easily think improving yourself means changing into a new and different you.

While desiring to improve is valuable, it is very different from believing you have to become someone you're not to get what you want.

Why we desire self-improvement

We are all drawn to the possibility of becoming our "best self" and work towards confidence and a great career.

Bestselling self-improvement books add credibility to this idea because they are often authored by highly successful people who assure us that we can also find the same success.

  • You feel unworthy because you don't think you're doing enough to improve yourself. Self-improvement should help you to recognise your strengths and work on your weaknesses.
  • Unrealistic expectations.
  • Unproven claims. There is no scientific method that can test the claims of self-improvement literature.
  • Impatience with the amount of information and the supposed improvements you need.
  • An oversaturated market of self-help literature. Not everything is beneficial.
Brain Dumping

Brain dumping is an exercise where we comprehensively express and record our thoughts, ideas, or commitments from our heads onto a paper or a calendar.

  1. You will stop having random thoughts. Having these constantly feels like you have 20 tabs open in your mind.
  2. You will be able to think and work faster. Just like any other computer, when you have too many junk files, you start to slow down. Brain dumping is like deleting these junk files you don't need.
  3. Working will feel like a breeze without any worries or stressors. It's easier to be present and enjoy your work without having to think about everything all at once.
  1. Starting too late. Do not delay brain dumps. It doesn't have to be a daily habit unless you deem it fit.
  2. Not trusting your notes.
  3. Write, don't type. You will remember what you've written down better instead of it being typed on a screen.
  4. Not taking a break. After a brain dump, it's recommended to take a 15-minute break to relax and enjoy yourself.
  5. Ignoring the cause. Brain dumping helps relieve stress and anxiety but take the time to stop and reevaluate what you currently are in.
  1. Free Flow - this is best used when trying to calm down your chaotic mind. you just write anything and everything down without altering or deleting.
  2. Goal Focused - this is best for planning your day the night before for a less anxious night. Basically prioritizing tasks and preparing ahead.
  3. Gratefulness - this is best used to lessen worry and to focus on everything we have and did right.
  4. Weekly - best for reviewing the things you did this week is to re-clarify your goals in life.

Rather than being frustrated with boredom or using it as an excuse, find out why you feel discontent.

  • Most important is to stop dwelling on the idea that you are bored.
  • Instead, figure out why you're bored right now.
  • Create a list of activities for when you feel energetic and bored, and when you're feeling more tired. The activity could be reasonably mindless, like knitting an easy pattern or getting a cup of coffee. The point is to find an activity that feels meaningful.
The state of boredom

Boredom is that feeling of dissatisfaction with the world around you and disinterest in your current activity. While you want to be engaged with the world, you don't want to do any of the activities in front of you.

Boredom is our brain telling us it's time to switch activity. That feeling of restlessness is motivating us to find new pursuits that will bring more satisfaction.

On the surface, boredom can appear to be a trivial problem. But it may lead to some more severe problems.

Boredom is associated with risk-taking behaviours such as drug and alcohol use as well as self-harm.

  • Boredom is the inability to pay attention, because a task is too difficult, too simple or doesn't feel meaningful to us at present.
  • Boredom does not have to lead to poor choices. Understanding the reasons why people are bored is important in finding good solutions.
Thomas Edison

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

Thomas Edison

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this; you haven’t.”

Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Thomas Edison

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

Thomas Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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