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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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See all 5 parts of this Free Culture Shock/ Culture Adjustment Tips Training Here!

Introductions      Relating and Mentoring     Lifestyle Inventory       Three Tier Approach      Conclusions/Review

Jennifer Kumar, Lifestyle and Cultural Adjustment Mentor, c2010, Authentic Journeys
Enjoy your journey – exploring all that life has to offer you!
Here is a worksheet with more information on this slide show.


Fall In Love with Your Global Lifestyle

Learning about different cultures, lifestyles and approaches to the world can come from moving to another city, another country or around the block! In modern times, it is possible to learn about this from the comfort of your own home as well. Watching television, having friends move into your community from different places, or even meeting a life partner with different cultural values and faith beliefs offers opportunity for cross-cultural sharing and personal growth.

Some behaviors or thoughts are easy to accept, and some are easy to integrate into our lives. Other behaviors or thoughts we can discard, while others we may not want to fit into our personality, but simply want to understand it better to understand our friends and family members who behave or believe differently.

Have you exposed yourself to different cultures, lifestyles, thought patterns, faiths, cuisines or other cultural traditions and beliefs that you want to explore more or want to incorporate into your life but are finding it challenging to do so? What compels you to want this? What is holding you back? Are you worried about losing your native culture? Do you think your identity will be compromised? Are you facing culture shock or reverse culture shock? Have you lived in many countries- as a family member of those in the military or global expats?

Are you finding that you identify yourself with so many cultures you have your own unique culture – but also feel you don’t fit in anywhere? I would like to know your story!!
Like you, I have exposed myself to different cultures right in my own backyard, but I have also travelled across the United States three times by car and bus seeing almost all 48 states, and I have seen parts of five countries: Canada, Oman, India, Malaysia and United Kingdom. I lived in India for two years, where as an international student, I earned my master’s degree in Social Work. In that situation I was a complete outsider- at least from a racial perspective- the only Westerner and White most of the time I was there. But, internally, I found ways to relate to people and make friends, though I did struggle with some of the approaches to life. I would be honored for you to watch my five-part video series on “Gauging Success in Adapting to Different Cultures and Lifestyles” where I share with you three tips and techniques (self-development) exercises that can be helpful to anyone experiencing challenges as a newcomer to any community- or one who is in an intercultural relationship, interfaith relationship, or wants to explore their evolving thoughts and approaches to the world on different levels. These techniques, life coaching and mentoring strategies are useful on your own, with your friends or family, or with me! I am willing to help you explore these facets of your life on different levels to help you feel and experience success, happiness, ease, comfort and passion with your evolving self- the wonder that is you!!

I am honored to be in touch with you! Thank you for spending your valuable time with me. This five part series lasts in total about 30 minutes.

Enjoy your journey – exploring all that life has to offer you!

Jennifer Kumar's Facebook profileDo you want to explore and understand your expat life journey in a safe, confidential environment with a multi-cultural coach? Creator of these cultural adjustment podcast training series, Jennifer Kumar is a multicultural mentor who is looking forward to meeting you via phone, Skype, e-mail or in person to help you explore your personal development as you create your cross-cultural lifestyle whereever you live. To know more about how I can help you on your Authentic Journey, visit my cross-cultural coaching website or send your questions to me at authenticjourneys@gmail.com. Thanks!

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