Fueled by Passion

Gina Butz expectations, parenting 0 Comments

“Just one more time, mommy.” When our daughter was seven, she caught the soccer bug. She determined that she was going to be a professional soccer player when she grew up. I asked her what she was going to do when she was done playing professionally. “I’m going to keep playing soccer.” “But how will you make money?” “People will …

Transition Pass

Gina Butz expectations, transition 3 Comments

So the last couple months have felt like the steep transition learning curve has leveled off. It’s like when you’re mountain climbing (or maybe hill climbing – can’t say I’ve climbed that many mountains. Ok none. I’ve climbed none) and you get to that point where you can see the top. It starts to feel easier. And then you turn …

Expectation Management

Gina Butz expectations, transition 1 Comment

One of the best coping skills Erik and I learned in the early days of expat living was a simple phrase, “lower your standards!” When you read that, you have to imagine it with your best game show host voice, like you’re inviting someone to an exciting opportunity behind door #1. It was all about expectations. If you expect that …