Welcome to Relocation Recap, a regular feature on the Health & Wellness Revolution blog
Sharing relocation experiences of women from across the world
Feeling alone is a common challenge of relocation.
This interview series aims to shines light on the many ways you can feel more connected, inspired and capable when moving from your comfort zone to somewhere new and unfamiliar.
You may well read about someone who faced similar challenges to your own, and surmounted them. As you can too.
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Today I welcome Megumi Haeussler
Where do you live now, and where have you lived?
I live in Hamburg, Germany now. Before that I lived in Tokyo and several other cities in Japan and also in London for one year.
What do you do, what ‘hats do you wear’, how do you spend your time, paid and unpaid?
I am a life coach and communication trainer supporting Japanese and other nationalities abroad to help them see the beauty in their private and business lives, love and acknowledge themselves and achieve their goals. My Japanese blog is http://profile.ameba.jp/positive-creation/
What have you gained by relocating?
Excellent quality of life surrounded by nature and more relaxed education system for children than before, many new friends, experiences and challenges. When I used live in Tokyo, I never imagined that I would have a house just behind a big forest and my son would go to a forest kindergarten.
What have been some of the challenges?
Learning the German language, cultural differences, bad weather, raising the children with two languages.
I also noticed a huge gap in terms of children upbringing we have between my country and Germany.
What have you learned, about yourself and about others?
I learned that the extent to how much I open myself first, people I meet will open themselves and connect with me. I was hesitating to hug people at the start as I wasn’t sure if it’s appropriate in a certain situation or considered people might not like it. But then I let go of my assumption and started to show my honest feelings. Since then I could connect with people on a very different level.
What would you have missed out on, had you stayed in one place?
Lots of wonderful life experiences and inspiring friends from different cultural backgrounds.
Did your physical and emotional health improve or decline after relocating?
Both improved a lot in the end. At the start my Neurodermitis problem got worse and my skin became very dry with hard water and dry air, but after going to an acupuncture clinic, everything went fine again. Considering I had often heavy Neurodermitis problem in my country, it is much better now. I also have much more balanced mental state compared to before.
What did you do to feel as healthy, capable and happy as possible while relocating?
I learned the local language (German) in order to easily integrate to the society and also tried to connect with people from my country as much as possible to share my feelings and experiences.
When and if you experience self-doubt, fear or stress, how do you embrace these feelings and move on?
Self coaching and being coached, meditation and talking to my dearest people.
Invariably the first week or month of a relocation yields a really funny story – sometimes only in hindsight. Do you have a tale to share?
When I started learning German, one sunny day I wanted to say ” it’s hot for me” in German.
I said ” Ich bin heiss ” and German people around me burst out laughing. “Ich bin heiss ” means ” I’m in heat” ….
What would you say to others contemplating a relocation?
Any places you move to will turn into your second home town when you love the country, culture and people.
When you open yourself to the local people, you will experience so many beautiful things.
What would you say to yourself if you were contemplating another relocation?
A new place will always stretch me out of my comfort zone and in the end I will upgrade to a new version of myself.
What’s next for you?
I will challenge a lot on my coaching business and will support women living abroad to shift from an unsatisfied life with many struggles to an inspiring one with passion and full self-acknowledgement.
Thank you Megumi!
Now back to you, dear reader – are you contemplating relocating?
Check these extra resources out:
Your Relocation Solution (the book): be healthy and happy, wherever you are. The ultimate guide for women wishing to feel connected, inspired and capable when moving from their comfort zone.
Healthy Relocation Coaching (one-on-one)
Free Resources (articles, recipes, tips)
And please comment below, your thoughts, ideas, experiences and challenges are welcome and appreciated.