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  • Lauren Steed | Nomad Educational Services

    9 APR 2024 · On the 3rd anniversary of the Available Worldwide Podcast, we chat with co-host Lauren Steed about her small business, Nomad Educational Services. Lauren shares how her students are changing, how she's adapting, and what she's learned more about the value she adds in the process. We also touch on the stress of PCSing while running a business, plus the AW Podcast and Network.  . BIO  Dr. Lauren Steed has over 20 years of experience in test prep, classroom and college teaching, and student mentorship at all levels of education. She started Nomad Educational Services in 2017, building on past work as a college prep consultant and executive functioning coach in Northern Virginia, and as a freelance writing and essay coach for expat undergraduate and graduate student applicants. Dr. Steed works with families looking for a low-stress, high-confidence mentoring approach for their college-bound students. Families can feel confident that their student: - will be fully supported along their path to college, - will apply to schools that match their academic history and interests and will help them succeed, and - will submit applications they are proud of. Nomad Educational students apply to all kinds of schools —  from the Ivy League to art school, from hands-on, career-focused schools to those specializing in the classics, from small and supportive to massive and athletic, and every type and size of school in between. All of Dr. Steed's students are excited about the schools where they end up.  Find out more about Nomad Educational Services:  - https://nomad-ed.com/ - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-steed-phd/ - https://www.facebook.com/NomadEdServices/ . This episode is sponsored by the https://availableworldwide.net/available-worldwide-network/. Are you looking for a safe and supportive online community where you can connect with other Foreign Service spouses who just get it? The Available Worldwide Network is a community-led platform providing professional development, personal connection, and social support for the accompanying partners of the US Foreign Service. Our goal is to help EFMs and MOHs who are trying to maintain or build careers abroad or at home to feel connected, valued, and empowered; to share our challenges and celebrate our successes, and to work together to find solutions through solidarity.   You can join thehttps://availableworldwide.net/available-worldwide-network/ today to participate in co-working sessions, LinkedIn and resume workshops, professional development book clubs, small business masterminds, and monthly member match-ups to expand your network. Find all you need to know at https://availableworldwide.net/available-worldwide-network/ 
    27m 2s
  • Amanda Zelaya | Indie Author and Ghostwriter

    27 MAR 2024 · First time EFM Amanda Zelaya saw EFM life as the chance to finally go all in on her dream career. She describes life as an indie romance author and ghostwriter, her journey into self-publishing, the challenges of being an indie author, and how her writing career has evolved alongside her husband's Foreign Service posting. Hear her insights into the realities of promoting her "spicy" romance novels, navigating the world of BookTok and Amazon, and the importance of adaptability in the ever-changing publishing landscape. Amanda Zelaya is an Indie Romance author and Ghostwriter who has published over fifty romance novels spanning multiple genres. As a ghostwriter, she has written two novels that became Amazon Kindle best-sellers, and as a solo indie writer, she has had a book hit the Top 100. While ghostwriting started as a way to make extra money for her wedding and break up the monotony of teaching middle school English, Amanda discovered a passion for creating stories and developed a lucrative side hustle that has allowed her to support her husband as he follows his career dreams. She has taken a break from ghostwriting and exclusively writes spicy mafia romances under her pen name, Kennedy Slope. https://shorturl.at/defi8 and http://eepurl.com/hh5JhP
    31m 23s
  • Erika Furey | Integrative Health Coach

    12 MAR 2024 · Erika Furey is a self-described "jack-of-all-trades." From barista to public relations, from esthetician to yoga teacher, from CLO to health coach, Erika demonstrates commitment and consistency in pursuit of her passions. In this interview, Erika delves into the difficulties of maintaining connections and a sense of belonging as a Foreign Service spouse, highlighting the emotional toll of constantly uprooting and rebuilding relationships at each new Post. She emphasizes the importance of vulnerability, deep connections, and meaningful friendships despite the transient nature of diplomatic life. Erika shares her journey towards self-discovery, personal growth, and healing, particularly in overcoming long COVID and finding her calling as an integrative health coach. BIO After working just about every service industry job in Missoula, Montana during college, Erika started at a Public Relations consulting firm which led to doing outreach for a DC software start-up. Then, just as she was starting to get some experience under her belt, she went and married into the Foreign Service turning her career life on its head. Shortly after joining the FS and getting married, Erika had two children back-to-back. While raising kids, she’s worked at every Embassy they’ve served at. In between jobs and while being posted abroad, she’s collected multiple health and wellness certifications. Erika believes there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to health. With this in mind, she set out on a path of self-discovery to explore how her own habits and decisions have shaped her and how she can use her personal experience, growth, and self-healing to inspire others to set out on their own journey toward positive transformation. You can learn more about Erika’s work as an integrative health coach at: - http://erikafureyintegrativehealthcoach.com/home - https://www.linkedin.com/in/erikafurey/ - https://www.instagram.com/esfurey_healthcoach . This episode is sponsored by https://www.careervalet.com EFMs have many different career paths – really too many to count: travel enthusiast, embassy workhorse, dog mom, children organizer, remote work trailblazer… But the one thing that we almost all have in common? Our paths aren’t straight or straightforward. And often it takes someone else to help us tease out our strengths, skills, and value. That’s what they do at https://www.careervalet.com an EFM-owned and entirely EFM-staffed career consultancy that works with you to tell your best narrative on paper and online, aligned with target jobs. They’ve worked with EFMs, FSOs, members of Congress, Fortune 100 leaders, nonprofit and technology professionals, just to name a few. Check out https://www.careervalet.com to read advice on their blog or subscribe to their newsletter. You can also sign up for a free call and learn about their customized packages, including a new entry-level package for any young professionals in your life.  It’s your story. They amplify it. Find Career Valet at their https://www.careervalet.com or on https://www.linkedin.com/company/career-valet
    34m 36s
  • Natalie Kortum | Chief Technology Strategist for Data Analytics and AI, Teleworker

    28 FEB 2024 · In this week's episode, Lauren and Natalie Kortum share a discussion about teleworking, taxes, and legal obligations while working remotely for domestic or international businesses when overseas. Natalie shares how she successfully negotiated teleworking with her employer, the importance of portraying confidence in teleworking negotiations and how to communicate in a way that reassures the corporate tax and HR offices. They cover the importance of post selection, internet availability, and impermanence. Natalie Kortum is Chief Technology Strategist for Data Analytics and AI working to develop the next great solutions from Dell. She is renowned in the world of marketing analytics for skills in investment optimization having optimized Dell’s $1.2 B marketing spend for multiple years. She has worked for a multitude of companies from all different verticals including Humana, IBM, Home Depot, BP, Sabre, Charles Schwab with 20 years spent in the data science and analytics space as an AI/analytics consultant and evangelist. She holds two US patents tor innovative modeling approaches and leads training efforts for Dell's internal salesforces to get them up to speed on AI. - Connect with Natalie at http://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliekortum - Or her http://nataliekortum.com/ - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17gKGrMVHEW9gXV79sDhzRPzyf7U12plZ?usp=drive_link mentioned in this episode More resources on Teleworking - https://www.state.gov/global-community-liaison-office/family-member-employment/telework - Fall https://www.state.gov/global-community-liaison-office/worldwide-family-member-employment-overview-fall-2023/ This episode is sponsored by https://www.careervalet.com EFMs have many different career paths – really too many to count: travel enthusiast, embassy workhorse, dog mom, children organizer, remote work trailblazer… But the one thing that we almost all have in common? Our paths aren’t straight or straightforward. And often it takes someone else to help us tease out our strengths, skills, and value. That’s what they do at https://www.careervalet.com an EFM-owned and entirely EFM-staffed career consultancy that works with you to tell your best narrative on paper and online, aligned with target jobs. They’ve worked with EFMs, FSOs, members of Congress, Fortune 100 leaders, nonprofit, and technology professionals, just to name a few. Check out https://www.careervalet.com to read advice on their blog or subscribe to their newsletter. You can also sign up for a free call and learn about their customized packages and interactive resume building course launching in March. It’s your story. They amplify it. Find Career Valet at their https://www.careervalet.com or on https://www.linkedin.com/company/career-valet
    38m 56s
  • Michelle Neyland | Congressional Advisor & Advocate

    13 FEB 2024 · More than 40 people nominated Michelle for the Tragen Award in 2023. This huge number illustrates the impact of her volunteer advocacy work on the many EFMs serving as Domestic Employees Teleworking Overseas (DETOs). As we learn about Michelle's fight for fair pay, she highlights the importance of research, building a team, and advocating for systemic change. In discussing her career history, Michelle explains how government contracting helped her get her foot in the door, and how she later figured out how to create a job share arrangement to improve her work-life flexibility. Michelle also shares how teleworking helped her slip back into a familiar role and feel connected to her "before" self when everything else was in flux as she first moved abroad for her spouse's job. BIO Michelle Neyland is a Civil Service Officer and Domestic Employee Teleworking Overseas (DETO) currently based with her family in Bucharest, Romania. She started working at the State Department in 2009, spending 10 years as a digital communications officer at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and then a congressional advisor at the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. In 2023, at a ceremony at the State Department, she received the Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award from the DACOR Bacon House Foundation for the advocacy she did to address a pay inequity and secure locality pay legislation for Civil Service DETOs across the entire U.S. federal government. Read more about Michelle's DETO advocacy work in 2 Federal News Network articles: - https://federalnewsnetwork.com/pay/2023/01/hundreds-of-federal-employees-teleworking-overseas-set-to-receive-pay-bump-under-ndaa/ - https://federalnewsnetwork.com/federal-report/2023/12/feds-teleworking-overseas-got-a-pay-raise-state-dept-honors-an-employee-who-made-it-happen/ . . . EPISODE SPONSOR As a company owned by and employing EFMs, Krozel Capital understands the unique financial challenges faced by U.S. Foreign Service families serving at home and abroad. Their team of tax professionals is well-versed in U.S. tax laws, multi-state and non-resident filings, and reporting income of working spouses while abroad. Krozel Capital is a virtual firm with services tailored to accommodate your unique circumstances, offering online consultation hours and secure document exchange, no matter where you are posted. They also offer fee-only financial planning services through their affiliated firm, Krozel Capital Management. Don't let tax season and financial concerns rob you of time with your family and friends. Contact Krozel Capital today at https://krozelcapital.com/ to learn more about their services.
    39m 42s
  • Christy Kill | Abstract Painter

    30 JAN 2024 · In this episode, artist Christy Kill and host Lauren Steed talk about: the joys of life with a puppy, turning discouragement into opportunity and using frequent moves as an inspiration for new creative pursuits. Given the time and space to pursue something new, Christy found her professional identity in painting. She experiments with different mediums and materials, and and finds inspiration in nature and the environment, She honestly shares about her experiences as an artist, including both successes and failures, and how she believes in saying yes to opportunities that come her way. Like many EFMs, she finds her unexpected success by stepping out of her comfort zone. Christy Kill is an award-winning abstract painter. She has exhibited in numerous locations in the DC area; and a pair of her paintings “On the Shores of Iceland” were featured in a slideshow during ArtBasel Miami in December 2017. They are now on permanent display at the Ocean Cluster in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has given proceeds and paintings to several NGO’s and charities serving children and the environment. Christy creates custom statement pieces of art and is inspired by the people she meets, in the countries she has lived - Norway, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Iceland, and now Uruguay - and will always be influenced by her native roots of the Southern U.S. In 2023, Christy was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Development Fellowship, and is currently taking a masterclass for artists as well as online courses through the Smithsonian Institute. You can find out more by visiting her website: http://www.christykill.com/ or following her on Instagram or Facebook @christykillart This episode is sponsored by http://www.fierceafter45.com/, Rediscover your energy and vitality with the support of health coach and personal trainer Patricia Linderman! She managed her own recovery from a tendency to a sedentary lifestyle, overweight, shame and self-blame. An EFM for 31 years, she offers affordable coaching in any time zone, using the power of self-love and compassion to transform your habits. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to a more vibrant you. Visit http://fierceafter45.com/ to schedule your free Zoom consultation today. Find Patricia at Website and blog: http://www.fierceafter45.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FierceAfter45 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fierceafter45/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-linderman-63a83213/
    37m 53s
  • Adam Pearlman | Lexpat Global Services

    16 JAN 2024 · Adam Pearlman’s first post abroad as an accompanying partner was as the spouse of a DCM (deputy chief of mission). After years of government service, Adam is now navigating the wild ride of starting a law firm that leverages geography and where remote work is an integral part of the company culture. Adam shares eye-opening moments from his first two tours as an EFM. And, we delve into a recent article he wrote for the Foreign Service Journal in which he addresses the unique challenges FS spouses face and advocates for better support for Foreign Service family members. Read his excellent article at https://afsa.org/quest-reasonable-civ-mil-parity . BIO Adam Pearlman [https://www.lexpatglobal.com/staff_trusted/adam-pearlman/] launched Lexpat Global Services with another EFM so they would have a portable platform to continue doing the work they loved. Adam had spent most of his career as a lawyer and advisor in government service with the U.S. Departments of Justice, Defense, and State, in the White House, and with the federal judiciary. A contraction between the Latin “lex” and “expatriate,” Lexpat’s name is emblematic of the business model Adam and his team deliver – skilled international lawyers, peace and security experts, rule of law practitioners, and security professionals, based globally, delivering premium service to clients to accomplish their missions and goals anywhere in the world. Lexpat’s team and partners – which proudly feature several EFMs – boast particular expertise in security and development-related issues. For industry clients, they provide risk assessment and management services; strategic reviews, assessments, and planning; and investigations, litigation, and compliance expertise. Their services for public sector clients include program design and monitoring and evaluation, as well as providing subject matter expertise in various fields connected to peace and security, governance, and the rule of law. . . . This episode is sponsored by https://www.ushistoryforexpats.com/ whose mission is to provide top-quality history courses for the kids of Mission personnel living overseas. What makes US History for Expats unique? Their middle school and high school classes are accredited and 100% reimbursable via the Supplementary Instructional Allowance. Check out a new history course for middle school students starting Feb 5, 2024, covering early cultures through the Civil War. And don’t miss out on their new Elementary program with rolling admissions for less than $200! Enroll and start in fewer than 5 minutes athttps://www.ushistoryforexpats.com/
    33m 4s
  • 2023 End of Year Wrap-up

    2 JAN 2024 · Join your hosts—Lauren and Steph—as we reflect on our busiest year ever at Available Worldwide. We made people laugh, and we made people cry. We added a new member to our team, and we reached over 10,000 downloads. We hosted solopreneur Mastermind groups, and we organized a 4-day EFM/MOH Symposium. And we've got even BIGGER plans for 2024! . Stay up-to-date on all we're doing at Available Worldwide by signing up for our mailing list: https://availableworldwide.net/ . . Like what we're doing? Buy us a coffee by donating at Kofi: https://ko-fi.com/availableworldwidepodcast
    13m 42s
  • Emily Walker | Next Dinner Party Designs

    19 DEC 2023 · Emily Walker is the founder of Next Dinner Party Designs, a business dedicated to helping the foreign service community create beautiful spaces abroad. Before the Foreign Service, she was a journalist covering healthcare in Washington, D.C., but her first tour move to Yemen sparked her interest in the unique experiences of Americans living in foreign countries and eventually led her to write a book set in the expat community there. Living abroad led her to build on her love of transforming her own spaces and eventually transition to interior design. During a posting in Algeria she renovated a community center as a project manager and decided to make the switch full time. You'll hear Emily describe her process of working remotely with clients, using 3D models and shared Pinterest boards to exchange design ideas. She highlights the importance of reflecting a client's personality in their space and shares examples of common mistakes people make when designing their homes abroad. Emily also provides practical tips for improving living spaces abroad, such as replacing dingy drapes, anchoring rooms with large rugs, and considering paint colors to set the right mood. ____ Emily Walker is the founder of Next Dinner Party Designs, a virtual interior design company aimed at helping Foreign Service folks create comfy, stylish, and vibrant spaces brimming with personality. Living in Yemen, Spain, Jerusalem, Morocco, and Algeria has helped her develop a colorful and patternful Global Eclectic style that seeks to spice up the often bland government digs diplomats move into abroad. She's also an avid home cook, cocktail mixer, dinner party host, and writer. She's written about her overseas adventures, design projects, marriage, and cultural differences since 2012 on her blog, The Next Dinner Party. She's also written an (as yet unpublished) novel set in her first post, Yemen. Podcast listeners can reference code "AvailableWorldwide2023" and receive 10% off a Next Dinner Party Designs Special. https://nextdinnerpartydesigns.com/services/ -Next Dinner Party Designs https://nextdinnerpartydesigns.com/ -The Next Dinner Party blog https://thenextdinnerparty.com/ -Instagram: @nextdinnerparty
    36m 34s
  • Emily Cornell | Transition & Transformation Coach

    5 DEC 2023 · Emily Cornell keeps a photo on her wall that reminds her of the moment she knew things had to change. After an ER visit due to severe burnout, a nearby terrorist attack during a work trip, and reconnecting with a college boyfriend who had just been posted to Brussels, Emily realized that she had to choose something bigger for her life. During our conversation, Emily shares how she navigated many transitions over the next few years and ultimately made sense of her story through the power of coaching. She now coaches other women through transition and transformation. Guest Bio Emily Cornell, ACC is a storyteller, strategist, and coach. She helps Millennial and Gen X women tap into their courage and authenticity through transitions and transformations to feel more comfortable in their skin and bring their very best into the world. She blends a co-creative and intuitive approach with the skills and knowledge gained from more than 15 years working in and for advertising/marketing agencies, startups, and nonprofits. She also has an interest in trauma-informed spaceholding and brings that lens to her work. Emily is a third-tour EFM who thinks “home” is wherever her art is on the walls. You’ll find her in Delhi, India these days. - Learn more about Emily’s coaching practice: https://www.emilycornell.com/ - Connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilycornell/ - Find her stories on her blog: https://www.unexpectedexpat.com/ . . . This episode is sponsored by Crystaline Randazzo, LLC. Crystaline is not just a storyteller, but a media creatrix who works magic with the science of storytelling. And like you, she's a Diplo spouse. After years of collecting stories as a humanitarian storyteller and filmmaker, Crystaline started wondering why storytelling could be so empowering for some people but re-traumatizing for others. Ultimately, she left humanitarian storytelling and now envisions a safer way to tell stories. She's crafted a process that goes beyond just storytelling. It integrates safer stories through community practice, boundaries, and somatic movement. Her eight-week course, "Transformational Storytelling, How to Tell Stories that Heal, Shift, and Transform," kicks off in February 2024. But Crystaline is also hosting a free training January 22nd-24th, "Find Your Voice, From Stuck to Storyteller: Empowering Changemaking Women to Uncover Their Story & Find Their Voice." To sign up for the FREE training, visit: https://www.crystalinerandazzo.com/stuck-2-storyteller To learn more about the 9 Week Live Group Cohort: Transformational Truthtelling: How To Tell Stories That Heal, Shift, and Transform (starting February 22, 2024),visit https://www.crystalinerandazzo.com/transformationtruthtelling-sales
    27m 25s

An interview-style podcast by, for, and about the accompanying partners of the US Foreign Service. In each episode, we’ll talk to diplomatic spouses who have discovered superpowers they never knew...

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An interview-style podcast by, for, and about the accompanying partners of the US Foreign Service. In each episode, we’ll talk to diplomatic spouses who have discovered superpowers they never knew they had and found success in unlikely places. We highlight voices that will inspire and encourage you as you explore what it means to be “available worldwide.”
Hosted by Lauren Steed and Stephanie Anderson

foreign service, diplomacy, diplomat, trailing spouse, EFM, expat, abroad,
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