Steph moved from Bavaria, Germany to the UK to California, USA, and now Texas, USA, picking up plenty of life lessons along the way. One thing she learned from a cheesy embroidered pillow has proven to be true. The grass is greenest where you water it.
Season 5, Episode 24. Steph is a fellow expat podcaster, host of the great show Transcontinental Overload. She was born and raised in Germany, but her love for and comfort with the English language made her certain she'd one day move to London.
She did, and the classic thing happened: one year abroad turned into a lifetime. After years in England, Steph moved to Silicon Valley in California, USA. She was ready to return to her heart's home of England, but life had other plans, and it was off to Austin, Texas. Steph struggled to accept that move, and after a couple years of trying, she relocated her family to England - only to discover that it wasn't the place she'd left, and she wasn't the person she was when she last lived there.
So it was back to Austin, for now. As she looks forward to the empty nest stage of life, Steph finds herself at peace with it all - with her multinational family, with her multicultural self-identity, with the uncertainty of where she'll end up next. Because one thing she learned from a cheesy embroidered pillow has proven to be true. The grass is greenest where you water it.
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Her Blog TranscontinentalOverload
Her Podcast Transcontinental Overload
The episode of Transcontinental Overload where I was a guest
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