Ok folks, I hope you enjoyed the day 1 recap of the Summit. I’m enjoying writing these condensed versions because it allows me time to absorb the information again and now I have a place to come back to for inspiration. Remember, any time you want extra info on the Summit or the speakers, visit the Living Your Ideal Global Life Summit webpage.
*This post is fuled by Trader Joe’s wine. It’s 9pm, and I’m drinkin’ it!*

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Day 2: Discover Your Global Identity

Ellen Mahoney, Founder, CEO, Mentor

Global life mentors: She lived and went to school internationally with her family and now has a passion for working with and mentoring youth who have grown up outside of there parents’ culture {remember third-culture-kids from yesterday??} She lives a personal and professional Global Life and she believes her childhood has shaped her global life now.

Global Life: being borderless in all aspects of your life. In her experience, there isn’t a need to cling to a “national identity” but rather recognize the differences as a way to connect to others. “Our differences should not be the reason we can’t get along.”

Find comfort in the gray areas, it makes life richer.

Asking, where are you from? Is also asking, what’s the entire story? Many people need to include place A, B, C, and D that had a significant part in their personal story growing up.

On mentoring: Adults taking an active role in the life of a youth, in return benefits the adult. As an adult who has an international experience, it can be life changing when you take interest and invest in the well being and success of a younger person going through the same thing.

Nuances between mentoring and coaching: at times, coaching is goal oriented while mentoring is facilitating change through a relationship. Both are valid.

Personality qualities of a good mentor: be flexible, don’t have a ridged point of view that could be damaging. Also, have some fun with this new relationship. It is a safe space for learning, experiencing, and the process has a very human element to it.

What I got out of it: International experiences will allow you to be more fluid in your thoughts and expectations. It allows you to feel alright without defined perimeters. Be available to share your experience with others, and also, continue to search for connections or mentors on your own journey.

Vicki Flier Hudson, keynote speaker, CCO

Your global life- it starts with you: After school, working, traveling, repeat, Vicki asked herself, “How can travel take on more meaning?” She sought to incorporate topics she knew about- business, tech, cultures. Professionally, she now excels in bringing virtual global teams together.

On defining a Global Life: It is about connection and realizing the different commonalities. A Global Life leads to clarity-commit to it and let the details work themselves out {because they always will!}

On technology: The virtual space she works from allow the teams she collaborates with to work together from all over the world. A “Virtual Global Network” means people strive for more understanding and they work harder because of the platform they are using.

Finding adventure in the everyday: When you participate more in life at home, it enhances your experiences abroad because you are a more well rounded individual. If you enjoy music, art, cooking, those interests will guide you through your international experience.

Your interest in a Global Life does not have to conflict with your daily life, such as having a family or owning a home. If you are feeling overwhelmed by daily responsibilities, take one tiny step each day to evolve your Global Life. Take actionable steps…then leap.The reward outweighs any challenge.

Sometimes we feel we need validation from others for our decisions. We want to give the right answer to people. Keep in mind they may be asking (or responding to us) because of fear, curiosity, jealousy, concern.

What I got out of it: We may never know the answer to the questions people purpose to us about the desire for a Global Lifestyle. And that’s ok. We can encompass that lifestyle through everyday actions at home, working remotely, or living abroad. But we get to define it, no one else.

Sabrina Ziegler, business consultant, host of Living Your Ideal Global Life Summit

Is living a Global Life selfish? Sabrina grew up living in several cultures during her formative years. While in her 20s she felt that freedom and entitlement to travel more. She recognizes that the meaning of her Global Life has shifted- she has aging parents and is an only child. There is a sense of  responsibility and her priorities have changed because of this. This is her choice, however, it is common to feel pressure from family, society and one’s self to be obligated.

A Global Life will have you experiencing good and bad. Evaluate it from an outside perspective and reach out to people you trust and who will be honest with you.

We question ourselves and this choice, and it’s ok of others don’t “get it” or aren’t satisfied with the answer. Question the motivation behind people placing that guilt on you.

Develop your independence to say, “I am going to do this” and make plans accordingly. But when traveling with a partner remember there will be compromise and agreements along the way. Don’t confuse needed self-care for ‘selfishness’.

Cultivate elements of a Global Life into everyday living and create those experiences when you are at home. She suggests to journal, research, connect, and learn from others when it comes to planning for a Global Life in the future.

What I got out of it: Family is an important factor when planning a Global Life, but don’t create guilt where it is not warranted. Plan for and actively take steps towards the international life you want, but it is ok if it starts at home. It’s ok if you choice to take a hiatus from those plans to return to be with family and/or to be in one place for a while.

Alright, that’s a wrap, and I hope you enjoyed! Remember, you can always visit the website and connect with the speakers on social media if you are searching for more in depth information. See you on day 3!

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