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About

Hey there!

My name is Irina and I’m here to help you create the life you love abroad. I believe that when we truly feel at home abroad, we can make a bigger impact in our lives.

A few things you might want to know about me…

Words I’m using to describe myself today:

FYI – I resist boxes

  • creative
  • speaker
  • people-watcher

Themes which resurface in my work + a few things I like:

 

  • languages
  • culture
  • transitions
  • doing things unconventionally, your way or going against the status quo
  • doing the ‘impossible’
  • mindfulness, meditation
  • movement: yoga, stretching, gymnastics
  • identity & self-discovery
  • creativity
  • Love & connection
  • travel
  • spirituality
  • joy
  • books… (I am a total book junkie!)

The severely abridged version of my life goes like this:

 

I was born in Romania, grew up in Canada (Montreal first, then Toronto, then back to Montreal for my Bachelor in something loosely related to German), did an exchange semester in Mannheim, Germany, where I met my Finn, and followed him to Tampere, after which he followed me to Helsinki, where we’re still living today.

Needless to say, I tend to panic when people ask me where I’m from and expect a one-word answer (home has always been, until recently, a fleeting concept), or what my native language is (I speak 6 to various levels of fluency, at least 2 of which are native-like: English & Romanian. The other 4: French, Finnish, German, Spanish.)

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Where do we go from here?

(Yes, that is a Buffy reference.)

Live abroad and often find yourself thinking “Something is missing…”

 

Then you’ll love the clarity that comes with seeing your move & transition abroad as part of a much bigger picture.

Adaptation is an ongoing process: either we understand and support it or we fear and avoid it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived here for 3 or 30 years.

 

I recommend this free mini-course: Why it still feels like something is missing abroad.

This is the mini-course I wish I’d had when I first moved to Finland. It’ll help you gain clarity on the bigger picture of what’s going on. 

 

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Live in a country where the spoken language isn’t your mother tongue?

 

Learning a language is one of the most enriching and awe-inspiring journeys I’ve undertaken in my life. Not just because of what I’ve seen, but because it has fundamentally changed me (from my perceptions of the world to my brain structure!).

Take the Language Learning Journey Quiz! Knowing where you’re at on your journey is essential for you to:

  • know what’s unique about this phase
  • develop an awareness of what to focus on
  • develop an equally important awareness of what to ignore
  • understand where it is you’re going

Join me in unpacking this beautiful journey. Find out which phase of the journey you’re on now!

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