ROCKY RE-ENTRY

the realities of life after living cross culturally

Thoughts, encouragement, and resources for those transitioning off the field from those who’ve been there.

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More Resources for those in Reentry

Here are some great resources for those in the re-entry season that have crossed my path recently: Facebook Groups: Reentry Stories:  This group led by Helen Watts is a place for people to share ideas, thoughts, stories about re-entry.  It...

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Themes from your Church & Reentry...

As I interact with people transitioning back to the US…the theme inevitably eventually comes up:  How to navigate fitting back into the church subculture.  And I hear yet another story not just about going to a service on Sunday...

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Navigating Church in the Re-entry Season...

I heard it again recently… “I thought coming back to the US that church would be the one place I would feel most at home, and instead it is the place that is the hardest.” …and I thought again…why is church so...

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When leaving the field feels like leaving...

The other day someone asked me why I no longer live overseas.  “What made you move back?”. I haven’t been asked that question in a while.  These days many of my acquaintances don’t know I’ve lived outside the...

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7 Things I Learned about Transitioning

Today, we have some great re-entry wisdom from Amy Young.  Amy has recently been through her own re-entry transition.  I have gotten to know her through her work with Velvet Ashes {a great online community to encourage and support women...

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When tired feels like your theme song.

For the last several months, I’ve been in a season where tired feels like my theme song.  There have been some medical factors and some other factors, but the long and short is I have not had a lot of energy. You may have noticed I...

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Themes from a Mini Re-entry

The last two weeks I’ve been in the midst of a mini re-entry after spending a couple weeks in South America traveling/volunteering.  I’m noticing them again, those themes from reverse culture shock that seem to be the same no...

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How long does reverse culture shock last? ...

How long does reverse culture shock last? I get asked that question a lot. When will I feel “normal” again? When will I know what I’m supposed to do next? When will my life feel like it has purpose again, and I’m not just...

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Losing our Innocence on the Field

Recently I attended a gathering where a couple was sharing about their future move to Asia.  They were excited, passionate, hopeful, and probably a bit nervous.  Preparing to move overseas for the first time, the room felt full of the...

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For the Middle Years of Re-entry

The other day I ran into a friend who is three years into re-entry after one year living overseas. And she said what I’ve heard many times before… “It’s still hard!” “I thought I’d be over this by...