September Snippets

gratitude day Lina Trochez

Image credit: Lina Trochez

September 21 is Gratitude Day (it’s also the International Day of Peace) and inside our I Am A Triangle community, an online social network for those living abroad (or who have in the past), we’re talking about peace and gratitude. Over the summer, I’ve taken on a gratitude challenge with one of my best friends. We are both using the Rituals For Living DreamBook system to help organize our days, and make sure our life goals are actually being accomplished … one week at a time.

Every day, I capture my gratitude. Some of the past entries for me have been: new connections, sleep, music by The XX, piano lessons, my brain’s capacity, new suitcases, local wine shops, Jeep bikini tops, a roof over our heads, changing habits, hot coffee and the space to drink it all *while* it’s hot, Haplo Groups, Todd being home this summer, Farnoosh, truth-tellers, colored highlighters, alarm clocks, Indian food, curly hair, Brene Brown, golf, having guts, zebra pants, distractions, my ability to negotiate, business boss colleagues, do-overs ….

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.  John F. Kennedy

The key to capturing gratitude is that you don’t have to search your brain for the big ticket items. It’s the small things, the little items, the unglamorous and the mundane. One thing I have learned this summer is … CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE.

Cate Brubaker Webinar I Am A Triangle Most Triangles find going “home” after living abroad is – much to their surprise – the most difficult part of their entire abroad journey.

But re-entry (or repatriation) doesn’t have to be a terrible experience!

With the right approach, your return “home” can actually be a positive and growth-filled experience that launches you into even bigger and better things.

I am excited to announce a collaboration with Dr. Cate Brubaker for a free LIVE webinar on September 25th, 2017. In the webinar, you will learn:

1. The #1 mistake returnees make in re-entry (and how to avoid making it yourself).

2. Five tips for turning re-entry into a positive, growth-focused experience that you actually benefit from.

Whether you’re planning your return, have recently returned or have been “home” for several months or even years, this free webinar is for you. If this doesn’t resonate with you, perhaps you have a friend or loved one who might be in this situation?


Dr. Cate Brubaker is the founder of Small Planet Studio, LLC, the author of the Re-Entry Roadmap creative workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit, host of the RELAUNCH! virtual summit, and leader of the Re-entry Roadmap Mastermind.


Inc. Naomi Hattaway Getty Images

Image Credit: Getty

When a journalist from Inc. contacts you and asks to write an article for the amazing online resource, you of course say yes! Suzanne and I had a long and amazing conversation and we talked about all things I Am A Triangle, Facebook Groups and what the future holds for our community. When we hung up the phone, I got a little pit in my stomach, because you never know what will actually MAKE an article! I am super pleased with this article and want to give mad props to Suzanne Lucas for honoring our community, my leadership decision and the reason for our move to Mighty Networks. Take a read and let me know what you think: CLICK TO READ: This Woman Built a Successful Facebook Community and then Shut It Down. Here’s Why

I’ll be writing soon about my experience at Summit of Greatness this past week where I had the absolute honor to listen to individuals like Tim Storey, Mel Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Esther Perel, Najwa Perel and more. It was ridiculously inspiring and was a needed reset for me as I go into the last quarter of the year. I also had the pleasure of meeting all of these productivity and mindfulness greats in person, as well as Laura Bretan – the amazing singer from America’s Got Talent, remember her? I can’t wait to download the things I learned and share them with you!

Until then, here’s one of my favorite songs playing on repeat:

I’m only human
I make mistakes
I’m only human
That’s all it takes
To put the blame on me
Don’t put the blame on me


What’s happening in your neck of the woods?


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  1. Kirsten says

    HI Naomi, I signed up for the re-entry webinar but will not be available during that time. Can I catch it on replay? Lord knows, I’m into my 3rd year of re-entry and still feeling like a stranger in my home country! PS. Loved the Inc article. You are a rock star…fortunately for me, MY rock star friend! You inspire me all the time! xoxoxo