Ever since my daughter learned to write coherent sentences, I’ve always encouraged her to record the various trips we were taking. We’d sit down at the end of every day – usually during a dinner in a restaurant – and while the food was being prepared, she’d record things that were especially interesting for her. And even though it’s now becoming more and more difficult to get her to write her “travel journal” (age, I suppose), she loves going back and reading what she’s written years ago.
Journaling about your expat experiences – whether in electronic form or in an old-fashioned way with a pen and a notebook – gives us an opportunity to record the things we see and experience shortly after we’ve seen and experienced them. Nothing gets lost in our memory, nothing gets forgotten and in the end we have a great collection of stories that can provide hours of memories years later. Some of these stories may even end up becoming a book some of us have always dreamed of writing in retirement.
Keeping a journal in electronic form – a blog as we call them now – also allows us to share with family and friends at home. Add a few photographs and you’ve just provided an evening of entertainment for your loved ones.
Journals help us remember and they help us share. Do you keep a journal? How?
For all the letters in the A to Z of Successful Expatriation™ click here.
Copyright © 2010 by Global Coach Center.
If you’d like to reprint this, please do so but make sure you credit us (with a live link)!