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Once The Bags Are Unpacked

Let’s talk about some useful tools and activities to help navigate the tough low times of a big move. 

Benefits of Studying US Culture

What’s the Benefit of Studying US Culture?


Fill Your Toolbox

Grow the resource that will support you when you need it.


Develop a New Mindset

Understanding the bigger picture will allow you to make new choices.


Understand Yourself Better

See how your choices evolve, as you find your way around the new culture.


Work Towards Your Dream

See how the experience and knowledge support and align to move you forward towards your dream.

Oh, but being American has less to do with one’s proficiency in English and more with the assumptions you hold dear and true—your inalienable rights, your pursuit of happiness. I, sad to say, don’t possess those assumptions. I cannot undertake the pursuit.

― Amy Tan, “Saving Fish from Drowning

There are lots of people in the world whose existence doesn't revolve around American culture.

 ― Emily Haines

The American culture is pursue your own happiness, follow your dreams. The Chinese side is sacrifice everything for your family; it's all about the group. Those conflicting ideas were always a battle in my head.

 ― Jon M. Chu

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About the Author

Welcome to where I explore and talk things out as I see them. Join me or follow along on this cultural quest to learn how the hell to become American.  But first some backstory…

As a young girl, my family relocated every 5 years to a new continent and country. This sense of adventure instilled in me at an early age continued as a foreign exchange student and ultimately, led to a permanent move to the USA as an adult. To say I felt confident and well-prepared by all my life experience for this monumental move and what stood before me – was an understatement. But as the newness of everything wore off, and reality set in, I was surprised to be challenged (and sometimes overwhelmed) by the cultural issues I thought I had already figured out if not outgrown.


A wife, mom, writer, entrepreneur, and advocate for you.

Whether you are considering a big cross-cultural move or are in the middle of it, I want to invite you to create a life you will embrace and enjoy. I don’t claim to have it all figured out, but we can share our insights and lessons learned. Together, we can share, laugh, and get misty-eyed about the highs and lows of adapting to our adopted American culture.

Let’s swap email addresses and keep in touch.

With the deepest respect for your journey,