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The Big Purple Blob PODCAST

We offer emotional support for EFMs and Expats around the world. A group of specialists who are trained Life Coaches bring wisdom & understanding to all of us facing the challenges of frequent moves and life overseas. Parenting, Marriage, and YOUR questions answered.

Tracks

149- EFM Dad Perspective: Making the Most of Opportunity & Change
Luke Beer is finding his path in change at his first posting.  Luke shares his insights and wisdom on balancing parenting, work and being part of the highly mobile community.   In this episode, Luke recounts his growth trajectory, from a single man with a paying job to a married, Foreign Service, stay-at-home dad, and new work found at the embassy.     For more episodes and information check out www.thebigpurpleblob.com Find out what it's like to work with Sharoya directly:  www.embracebehaviorchange.com  
45:19 2/28/24
148- REAL talk on EFM women's health & fitness
 Join brilliant women Hillery Midkiff, Lisa Tilstra, Morgan Loosli, Susie Csorsz Brown Four brilliant women share an honest discussion on everything fitness & health.  Age? Having kids? Hard to get a routine with constant travel? Menopause? Good genes?  Vegan diet? Not a How To Manual- just thoughtful talk with smart women who have figured a few things for their individual wellbeing.   For individual support you can work with Susie directly. www.healthyexpatparent.com        
69:57 2/21/24
147: Trailing Spouse Employment: Expert Advice from Rona Jobe
Are you curious about MORE work options for EFM and those of us in the "trailing spouse" universe.  The Big Purple Blob is here with some insight. Join Jennie Linton, TheExpatMom.com and Rona Jobe, the founder of LVL Up--a company that trains and hires expat trailing spouses. Rona also works with small businesses for expats.  She has all the information you want to know. Jennie has helped hundreds of struggling EFMs to find their purpose and joy in life.  Work with her at www.theexpatmom.com Find out more about LVL Up at www.lvlupstrategies.com/the-what
36:27 2/7/24
146- Behavior Specialist, Sharoya Ham: Here to Support Mobile Families
Sharoya Ham is a trained expert with experience in raising children overseas.  Sharoya has the unique perspective of someone who knows what she's doing professionally as well as personally to create strong interactions for struggling young people.   To work with Sharoya check out: www.embracebehaviorchange.com
39:32 1/31/24
145: Resilient Partners/Family: Eligible Family Member Strength
Resilient Partners are essential in nomadic living.   Creating community, seeking support, and prioritizing what matters - listen in on how Jessica Hayden has overcome the big and small challenges of 20 years in Foreign Service life, including an unaccompanied tour, evacuation from Ukraine, and raising three children through multiple moves.  Jessica has a lot of wisdom and insight to share.  If you find that you could use a bit of extra support yourself, navigating the EFM life--- you can reach out to any one of us at www.thebigpurpleblob.com To work with Jennie The Expat Mom click here:   www.theexpatmom.com  
25:35 1/24/24
143- FS Kids of Color-Racism in Grade 5 (listen to episode 142 for the FULL story) **Quick Episode Bonus**
Two additional questions for Mom and Son: considering the decision to seek therapy.  This mini-episode is a follow up to Episode 142- To hear the full story of how this family dealt with facing serious racism at a young age while living overseas, check out Episode 142   Sharoya can help your family:  www.embracebehaviorchange.com Angi works with Teens & Parents:  www.teenlines.com    
08:13 1/17/24
142: Facing Racism at an International School: One family shares their IMPORTANT story
FS Kids of Color:  The joys, challenges, & triumphs Have you ever wondered how FS kids of color experience life abroad?  Our special guests, Kene and his mom, Nimo, share how they responded when Kene's school environment went from enjoyable to toxic.  You'll also hear how the U.S. Embassy community rallied together to bring about change at Kene's school.     Take an objective look at your school and speak up to make sure everyone is valued.   Facebook Group:  FS Parents of Kids of Color   HEAR MORE FROM KENE & NIMO- look for quick episode BONUS (#143) with additional thoughts.
40:09 1/17/24
142: Academic Support Options for TCKs--Feature: Katie Fowle
TCKs face unique challenges in a highly mobile lifestyle.  Katie understands that on a professional level as well as being a parent who has managed this with her own children.   If you know your child needs some additional learning tools- contact Katie.  She can work with you or point you towards other professionals with the expertise to help your child gain confidence and understanding in their work.   www.learningtoflourish.org    
31:51 1/10/24
141: Strong Partnership or Marriage for Nomads w/Jennie Linton
Moving frequently can seriously impact a partnership with added stress and constant change. In this episode we feature ways to build in stronger connections to overcome the hardship of nomadic life.   To work with Jennie check out:  www.theexpatmom.com  
54:30 1/3/24
140- How We OVERCAME School Refusal:
Katie, author and mother of two went through a challenging time when one of her children (grade six) refused to attend school. To schedule a time to talk to Katie: www.learningtoflourish.org Sharoya, expert behavior theraplist has helped families work through this issue.  Together Katie and Sharoya have written a book to help parents navigate School Refusal. To schedule time to talk to Sharoya: www.embracebehaviorchange.com    
44:57 12/28/23
139: Positive Masculinity & SAHD Parenting
Let's talk about positive Masculinity with Luke Beer!   For more info check us out:   www.thebigpurpleblob.com    
40:22 12/20/23
138: Do EFMs get stuck in Passenger Seat Living?
 Angi & Jennie consider the sacrafices that Eligible Family Members are often expected to make as part of a Diplomatic partnership. Angi  --- www.teenlines.com Jennie -----www.theexpatmom.com
30:31 12/13/23
137: EFM New Career Path: Now!
Starting a New Career:  The Time Is Now!   Are you an EFM looking for meaningful and profitable work that has longevity?  World-renowned Marketing Coach Amel Derragui joins  Katie Fowle and Sharoya to discuss how EFMs can turn their passions into portable businesses.  Katie and Sharoya share their personal stories of creating businesses that are rewarding, impactful, and sustainable from post to post.    amelderragui.com   Podcast:  The Time is Now   Katie Fowle- Learning to Flourish.org   Sharoya Ham- Embrace Behavior Change  
48:22 12/6/23
136: Death of a Parent: What I Wish I Knew 2023
Living Overseas and working when a family member in the continental US dies suddenly is a hard circumstance to face.  Paperwork, family, logistics, travel, time-limits and State law are all a consideration that converge all at the same time. It's NOT easy.  Join Susie and Angi for a personal story in their experience.  We hope this information will allow you to prepare or plan a bit for your own family situation. To set up personal sessions and get your own goals, life purpose and wellness plans on track: www.thebigpurpleblob.com  
38:29 11/29/23
135: Staying Sane for the Holidays: Overseas Family Edition
Holiday Stress sneaks in even when we try to avoid it.  Join us for a discussion on how our Overseas Families manage to find some sanity in November and December. Find out how to work with us at The Big Purple Blob: www.thebigpurpleblob.com  
49:53 11/22/23
134- Gratitude: Thoughts on Being Grateful Today w/Susie C-B
Join Susie to consider Gratitude this week.  Sharing some wellness....since we all need a bit more of that in today's world.   Work with Susie at: http://www.healthyexpatparent.com     For a deeper dive into GRATITUDE you can check out:   https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-teach-children-gratitude-4782154   https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/ten_ways_to_become_more_grateful1   https://www.headspace.com/articles/how-to-be-more-grateful   https://my.happify.com/hd/benefits-of-being-grateful-that-you-may-not-know-about/   https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain   https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/can_gratitude_be_good_for_your_heart  
25:59 11/15/23
133- Mental Health Tools: "The Debrief"
This is a process to help kids deal with grief.  As parents, we can help our kids process their emotions (we can't prevent them from having emotions).  This is one way to help our kids who may be struggling with the challenges in the world today.   Jennie Linton can talk with you- find out more at www.theexpatmom.com   Send us your ideas for our next topic: thebigpurpleblob@gmail.com
38:58 11/8/23
132- Mental Health Book Club- What Happened To You?
Blob Book Club: Join us to check in with Mental Health as we discuss the book What Happened to You : Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey    
30:58 11/1/23
131: What I learned growing up TCK: Billie & Jeremiah tell us the worst and the best
We survived growing up TCK!! At ages 25 and 22 Billie and Jeremiah are living their young adult lives and ready to reflect on their THIRD CULTURE CHILDHOODs.  Each family must make the right choices for their own unique needs and tck life isn't right for everyone.  In this episode we find many benefits of diplo living. Both of these successful and insightful young people recognize the TCK life has offered outstanding experiences as well as challenges. For all our listeners seeking more support---check out all www.thebigpurpleblob.com   To talk more with Sharoya  www.embracebehaviorchange.com   To talk more with Angi www.teenlines.com  
46:50 10/25/23
130: Ready to LEAVE the FS Life
Ever wonder if it's the right time for you to leave the the Diplo life?  This episode explores the consdierations and logistics of choosing a new path.  Join Katie & Susie for a thoughtful discssion on leaving the FS life. Katie can help families with children who are having difficulty mastering reading. www.Learningtoflourish.org   Susie helps families improve health, nutrition and wellness. www.healthyexpatparent.com      
25:56 10/18/23
129: EFMen: The Male Trailing Spouse Perspective
I know...I know...we also cringe at the term "trailing spouse" but when titling podcasts...what's an equally and understood term?  Can we start making "traveling partner" a thing?  Or "freelance partner"?  Send your suggestions to thebigpurpleblob@gmail.com Insights from Luke & Tim: Tim Claver Photography: https://www.timcalver.com/   Luke Beer is a first-tour EFM living in Armenia along with his wife a USAID FSO, and their 4-year-old daughter. A Canadian-born, rural character who recently became a naturalized American, he loves a spirited geopolitical discussion or a museum on any topic but misses his Hereford cows back home dearly. Luke met his wife while working in Afghanistan and has traveled to another 40 countries. Without any formal social accreditations besides being the President of two different Rotary Clubs, Luke relishes in the improvement of his cross-cultural awareness and aptitude. At the same time, as someone who genuinely believes in the mission of American diplomacy and who appreciates living abroad in challenging environments, he is keen to share his self-deprecating experiences that might benefit others.  
32:52 10/11/23
128: EFMen: Luke & Tim discuss Diplo living
A discussion on newly arrived at post and experienced overseas living.  Luke & Tim share their perspectives.   Tim Claver Photography: https://www.timcalver.com/   Luke Beer is a first-tour EFM living in Armenia along with his wife a USAID FSO, and their 4-year-old daughter. A Canadian-born, rural character who recently became a naturalized American, he loves a spirited geopolitical discussion or a museum on any topic but misses his Hereford cows back home dearly. Luke met his wife while working in Afghanistan and has traveled to another 40 countries. Without any formal social accreditations besides being the President of two different Rotary Clubs, Luke relishes in the improvement of his cross-cultural awareness and aptitude. At the same time, as someone who genuinely believes in the mission of American diplomacy and who appreciates living abroad in challenging environments, he is keen to share his self-deprecating experiences that might benefit others.   Checkout: www.TheBigPurpleBlob.com for more information.    Send us your ideas for podcast topics: thebigpurpleblob@gmail.com
27:32 10/4/23
127 - Expert Insights: The State of TCKs in 2023
 Third Culture Kid researcher, Tanya Crossman joins the Big Purple Blob for this episode. Tanya is sharing the latest research about TCKs and their Mental and Emotional Health   Tanya Crossman   Jennie Linton at The Expat Mom.com   Find more episodes at www.thebigpurpleblob.com  
46:47 9/27/23
126- Support Growing TCK Confidence
Building Confidence for our kids as the grow up around the world.  The Big Purple Blob is here to support parents and more!   Katie:  www.learningtoflourish.org Jennie: www.theexpatmom.com
26:06 9/20/23
125- Tandem Couples and Long-Term separation
Exploring the challenges of working as TANDEM partners.   How can we acknowledge the disappointment and overwhelm using the Name It to Tame It process.    
40:32 9/13/23
124- 2023 School Strategies for SEPTEMBER: Starting off the first month
++++++++++++  Back to School!  ++++++++++ Sharoya and Katie will share three vital routines to support your child's success in school this year!   Sharoya Ham, M.Ed. Parent Coach at Embrace Behavioral Change: https://www.embracebehaviorchange.com/   Katie Fowle, M. Ed, Reading Teacher at  Learning to Flourish 
29:39 9/6/23
123- READING & Literacy Support for your young TCK: Katie Fowle, Expert Advice
Learn more at: www.learningtoflourish.org   It can be hard to for younger students to gain consistancy when kids change teachers each year.  Katie Fowle is here to HELP.  
31:51 8/30/23
122- Divorce Overseas: Lawyer Perspective & What YOU Need to Know
Family Attorney Lucia Levias shares some REAL WISDOM and important information for anyone who may consider divorce from a partner while one or both of you is living overseas.   The Big Purple Blob is here to serve you.  Tell us which topics you'd like us to feature at www.thebigpurpleblob.com   To work with Jennie directly and uplevel your emotional wellbeing: www.theexpatmom.com    
52:07 8/24/23
121- Identity and Interests for Third Culture Kids: Where Do I Fit In?
What happens when a TCK stops moving around the world?  How can TCKs follow their deep interests and pursue goals if they're continually changing locations? Angie Collins & Katie Fowle discuss their experience as parents raising kids who have defined themselves as Third Culture Kids for years....and then transition into living in their home country.   Angie Collins--Find out more at http:www/parentcoachangie.com Katie Fowle---Helping young learners gain confidence  http:www//learningtoflourish.org
29:39 8/16/23
120= Confident & Unafraid TCKs: Expert Interview w/Jamie Edelbrock
Interview with EFM and Award Winning Children’s Book Author & Mental Health Advocate Jamie Edelbrock:  How to help TCKs develop self confidence Connect with Jennie: https://www.theexpatmom.com/ Find more on Jamie:  https://www.jamieedelbrock.com/
49:06 8/9/23