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The theme this week | ‘The Unexpected Challenge’ – share something that you had not expected that was a challenge to overcome (it can be a positive or negative challenge). You can share how you dealt with it, or are still trying to – anything that you want to write about. End with three tips on how best to face an unexpected challenge whilst living abroad.
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Like any big move, be it abroad or not, it always comes with challenges – as just the organisation alone can be a bit of a struggle!
I have encountered both good and unwelcome challenges since I moved from the UK to the US, but I thought I would write a bit about the negative challenge I have encountered, as it would be a way to share some advice about how do deal with these moments when they occur.
I arrived in October 2013, and there was still warm days and sunshine left to welcome me to Ohio, but then all that changed with the arrival of the polar vortex, and possibly the worst weather (snow and freezing temperatures) since 1978. It certainly has been a record breaking time, as the area where I live has experienced the most snowfall in 142 years. At first, it was a fun and interesting time as I had never really experienced weather like it – then it continued, and continued, and is indeed, still continuing.
This may not sound like much of a challenge as everyone here is having to deal with it, but it was the fact that it severely restricted my movements that had an impact on me. I do not drive so walk everywhere, but this weather is just too cold, and the roads/areas I have to walk on are so icy, or covered in mountains of snow, I cannot get out and about as much as I have been.
Again, this may not sound like much to overcome, as staying indoors all warm is no hardship, but it disrupted my routine, and anyone who has moved abroad (still only recently for me) knows that a routine to get yourself feeling comfortable in your new surroundings is really important. My routine came to an end, and along with it my feelings of being settled. I am trying to overcome it by keeping as busy with various projects, which is working, but I feel my progress in striding out in this new country that is now my home, has taken a few steps back.
The best way I can describe it is just as my new life and home was expanding as I became more settled, the weather restricted my ability to become completely familiar with my surroundings. I know it will pass, and I am resilient enough to get through it, but it was totally unexpected. I hope to be better prepared for the winter next year …
Here are my top tips for overcoming a challenge:
- talk to someone about your frustrations or difficulties, they may be able to offer support or practical advice
- hold on to the fact that challenges can be conquered, it will get easier
- do not be embarrassed by something that you find difficult, people can experience the same challenge but in different ways, be kind to yourself
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