The Expat Coach Association – Bringing People Together

If you are anything like me, you belong to about 27,000 organizations, groups, teams, social networks and various other real-life and cyber associations. Some of them feed your soul and others … let’s just say you can’t remember why you joined in the first place. Subsequently I have found myself struggling to keep up with all of them and wondering how what seemed like a good idea at the time, turned so crazy. One of my New Year’s resolutions was ‘You don’t have to fill in every ‘Subscribe here’ box that appears on your computer’s screen…

There were however some fantastic groups I joined last year and the Expat Coach Association was one of them. 

Working from home can be downright lonely. Working as an expat in a foreign country as an expat coach where you never even see your clients let alone other human beings is tantamount to self-imposed hermitage.  Not only have I (virtually) met some passionate and inspiring coaches through the ECA, I have also made some great friends and learnt a lot.

One of my more significant cyber member hook-ups was with Renee Lederman, an expat coach and relationship counselor who also works here in Houston. Since meeting we have had a million ideas and coffees and discussions.  These have led to the development of Empowering Expat Women workshops (see some of our first group in photo) and guest ‘starring’ on community radio together.  We have even bigger plans for this year and you will have to wait for the almighty launching of that project in February to find out about that one.  Watch this space….

All of these things I would not have started on my own – thought about, yes, started, no. There is nothing like the potential synergy that awaits us – in the New Year, in that new organization we are thinking about joining – even in that coffee we have been meaning to have with that possible friend. Sometimes, just like we advise our clients, we have to make the first move and take that first baby step. What is yours for this year?

One day I hope to emerge from my cave, shave off my beard, dump my hermit’s loincloth and meet all these fabulous people at the ECA.  But for now, I am just really happy to be part of a group who understands and contributes to my growth and development and knows what it means to be part of the bigger picture. 

Written by Marie Brice, ZenCompass Coaching

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