Welcome to the September newsletter
My book is landing in bookshops in New Zealand which is very exciting. A big thank you to @nationwide.books for a job well done.
Being a Distance Grandparent - a Book for ALL Generations will feature in the
FIGT Australia/New Zealand Affiliate
Monday 13 September
Six Author Online Seminar
The book topics are diverse.
All welcome - FREE
For authors' bios, time zone info and to register click here.
Distance Families News
Every month I devour numerous articles regarding mobility, transnational families and all things globalisation. I select just the best for my social media feeds and load those with longevity onto the website's Resources page.
My top picks this month are:
How Living Abroad Helps You Develop a Clearer Sense of Self
The evolution of global mobility
And I have written a couple of articles myself:
Distance Grandparenting and Ambiguous Loss
Hats off to NZ Distance Grandparents - the Voice of Knowing
2021 TEMI Awards
Global mobility human resources players admit little thought is given to their employees' wellbeing as members of a Distance Family: a role that never leaves their being even with job and career changes. COVID-19 has seriously disrupted 'doing' Distance Families and this affects employees' wellbeing. The Employee Mobility Institute (TEMI) is Australasia’s foremost community based network of Global Workforce Management professionals solely focused on supporting individuals and organisations develop, grow and strengthen their cross border talent management capabilities globally. TEMI wishes to bring Distance Families into the arena and I am proud to report I have been nominated for their 2021 TEMI Awards.
On the home front
On the domestic/NZ front one case of the Delta virus infiltrated the community and immediately the whole country went into a 'hard and fast' lockdown, and we're still there. In fairness we have had life sort of as normal since February. This drastic move is paying off as current new infections are all close household contacts and not unexpected. The numbers are going down, but there's still a few weeks to go before we can come out of our bubble. My email IN box is filling with cancellation messages - shows, holidays, choir concerts, dinners with friends etc. I would describe life as pretty vanilla but at least we're safe and well. So back to Zoom 'Drinks n Nibbles' and walks within 2 kms.
Back in March I submitted my Master's Distance Grandparenting thesis to the Expatriate Archive Centre based in the Netherlands, for a global competition recognising the importance of telling and recording expatriates' stories. I was pretty chuffed to wake up one morning to this news from Europe.
Take care and keep safe.
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