Expat Women Newsletter - April 2009
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Hi Everyone!  Great to have you with us.  This month we talk to: Anne Beitel, Managing Director of Executives Online; Fiona Thomson, an inspiring expat entrepreneur in Thailand; repatriate Lindy Bruce, author of Motherhood and Me; and we talk about the recent Families in Global Transition conference.
Thanks go to Laura Sicola for her new article, The Truth About Language Learning, and to our Expat Women Girlfriend, for helping us answer the confession, Show Me The Money.
A reminder that our Win US$1000 competition closes 30 April 2009.  Please help us by getting us mentioned in your next expat club/association or international school newsletter, then sending us your newsletter as entry to our competition. 
Finally, a huge thank you to our valued Gold Sponsors, Aetna Global Benefits and Trafimar Relocations, for renewing their sponsorships with us for a third year. If you are in need of expat health insurance, and/or a relocation company to or from Mexico, please support these fine companies.

Thanks and best wishes for a wonderful April,

Success Story Entrepreneur
Anne Beitel
Executives Online

Since 2002, American Anne Beitel has been working for Executives Online in the UK - first as Marketing Director, and since January 2008, as Managing Director. In December 2008, she teamed with fellow directors to complete a management buy-out of Executives Online from its founder and majority shareholder...

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Success Story: Anne Beitel
Fiona Thomson
Thomson Brandtman
Single motherhood and aggressive, inflammatory breast cancer have not deterred this amazing entrepreneur in Bangkok, Thailand. Join us as we talk to Fiona about how she started her business in Thailand nearly twenty years ago and why she won't run home when times get tough...
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Business Idea: Fiona Thomson
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Mothers FIGT Conference
Motherhood and Me
Lindy Bruce
Join us as we talk to Lindy, whose journey of rediscovery can help us all learn how to embrace what is wonderful about motherhood and gracefully survive the rest. Lindy shares her five-step plan for releasing built-up anger, resentment and negativity...
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Motherhood And Me
Families In Global Transition Conference 2009
Andrea Martins
This year´s FIGT conference was again a reunion of like minds. It sounds cliché, but it is true: most FIGT regulars go back time and time again because they enjoy the camaraderie...
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Families In Global Transition Conference 2009
Expat Confession Learning Languages
Show Me The Money
Expat Women Girlfriend
Six months ago, I was in a great job back home in London... I agreed to leave my job because everything about my husband’s new posting to Malaysia sounded incredibly exciting and it was never really an option in my mind to commute or to separate... However, I am not coping well with financial dependence...
Expat Confession: Show Me The Money
This Confession can now be found (improved and expanded) in our book: Expat Women: Confessions – 50 Answers To Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad.
The Truth About Language
Learning: Myths, Facts and
Strategies for Success
Laura Sicola
For a large number of us, life abroad often requires learning a new language. Yet many believe they are too old to start a new language, fear that the task is too big, or simply are convinced that they are simply not good language learners. To all three, I say: untrue!
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The Truth About Language Learning: Myths, Facts, and Strategies for Success
Winning Story Got A Business?

Blood, Sweat and Fears

Her elbow cut me like a knife and I suddenly became aware of a stream of blood projecting from my left eyebrow. I was the ‘farang' (or foreign) underdog...

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Note: This month’s Winning Story was submitted in February, but we chose it because we enjoyed it and we have no strict rules about when our featured Winning Story must be submitted.
Winning Story: California Dreamin’
Congratulations Melissa!
(A Brit in Thailand)
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