You dared to imagine a different life for yourself.
It's exciting and nerve-wracking and brave and emotional all at once, right?!
Finding your place within a new culture is a big deal
a door to enormous personal growth.
How do you meld the woman you've been up until now
with the woman who will fit confidently into this new culture
and still feel like YOU?
Guess what! I discovered the secret . . .
The secret is to create your identity on purpose.
It all began when I encouraged my workshop participants to LOVE their accents!
You see, they were all trying so hard to “fit in” with the Aussie culture, and to sound like an Aussie so that they didn’t feel so different, that they had lost a part of themselves.
And that part was the confidence to step out as the fascinating women they are, an enticing mix of their heritage and their adopted country and culture, delighting and charming with their accents, and celebrating all the fascinating aspects of their evolving identity.
Hi! I'm Judith
Because it’s not always easy to confidently find your place in a new culture, is it? Culture shock is a real thing. And as for finding your way around the language barrier . . . oh là là, that sure takes some courage!
It's so easy to lose your confidence and sense of self in this environment that feels sooooo different to what you're used to.
That's why when I encouraged these wonderful women at my workshops to LOVE their accents and to see their native languages as their SUPERPOWER, their faces lit up!
Having been told for years that they needed to adapt and fit in to their new culture in order to be happy, here was a new idea that magically elevated their self-confidence.
Because you want to really enjoy being exactly who you are, right?
No matter where you are in the world.
You want to feel like YOU at the same time as confidently feeling a part of your adopted country and culture.
Here's the thing . . .
You are so much more than the influence of cultures and nationalities.
Although these aspects add delightful and colourful layers to how you feel and how you show up in your life, they are only some of the delicious ingredients that make you, YOU.
Loving your accent and seeing your native language as a wonderful superpower that adds to your charm is the beginning of a path to
Creating Your Identity on Purpose.
Of discovering and owning your own unique style.
The way you choose to blend the charms of your heritage with the delights of your adopted culture creates your own magical recipe. And when you celebrate that, the doors to confidence and joy burst right open!
And the fun is in designing and celebrating WHO YOU'RE BECOMING.
You get to be the
Heroine of Your Identity.
The Chef. The Designer.
And your own Cheerleader.
I’m an Aussie with French influence from my husband and his family. We all live near Sydney and have navigated this blend of contrasting customs, perspectives, habits and ways of seeing the world in our own individual ways.
It hasn’t always been easy.
But what if it could be easy? And fun!
What if you could navigate the contrasts with a sense of fascination?
If you could deliberately choose the aspects that you love from each of the cultures, and create your identity on purpose?
No more wobbling between two or more cultures trying to figure out who you are, what you identify with, and where you fit in.
That’s what my blog is for.
It’s my way of walking with you and creating a stylish new way to experience living, loving and blossoming in a new country (or, like me, in your home country where a new culture has come to live with you).
I want to give all the challenges of our experience a chic makeover . . .
. . . from cultural contrast to language hiccups to missing home, from mixed-nationality relationships to feeling isolated to wondering who you are and dreaming of who you could be in your own mix of cultures.
I want to elevate it all and have enormous fun with our personal growth so that we can live, love and blossom with aplomb, wherever we are in the world.
(Don't you just love that word, aplomb? If you haven't heard it yet, it means
self-assurance poise confidence polish ease spunk composure dignity calm finesse
What's not to love about feeling like that, right?!)
Oh yeah, and it's one of those surprising words that doesn't sound the way it's spelt (just to make it tricky for everyone ;-))
It's pronounced, ah-plum!
If moving to a new country was an extraordinary and emotional adventure, consider this to be your newest adventure, your biggest and most profound adventure . . .
To be fascinated with your own evolution, to feel magnificent with who you are in your own expanding story, and to rock your evolving identity with Confidence, Style and Joy!