Denise James, joins me around my kitchen table. She is an expat living in a small town in Southeast Asia. She homeschools her 6 kids. In her "spare" time, she produces a podcast and co-runs a blog made for expat woman encouraging them to take root where they've been planted. After hearing that she loves Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, I knew we would be fast friends. Denise reached out to me when she was state-side to get together and talk podcast shop. After chatting with her, I knew that I would love to be a megaphone for what she’s doing. Because I believe there are women just like her whether they are living stateside or not, that are looking for community.
We talk about what it’s like raising her family overseas, how loneliness affects so many women, how to find friends and community, what community looks like overseas, the challenges and benefits of raising her family overseas and what God has purposed in her.
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Takeaways From Our Conversation:
How to find community: Be proactive. Its takes time, effort and even failure. You won’t get along with everyone. Try to look in different spots. Finding friends in the US is different than finding friends overseas because you typically look for people like you. But that’s not community. That’s sameness.
How can you work on being present where you are while looking forward to what’s to come?
If the Lord has called you somewhere, it is the best for your children, too. The Lord loves your kids. He is not setting out to ruin them.
God did not create you for isolation. "The Lord’s best for you is not isolation.” Good things don’t happen when we feel isolated.
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