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–Anna Noakes Schulze is in the Expat Life Germany Facebook group, so if you have questions about her TEDx talk or her interview on the podcast, you can ask her there!–
“Be like a sunflower and turn to face the light. Whenever you find those special people who are positive, thoughtful and supportive, you stick to them like glue. Give them the place of honor in your life that they deserve.”
That’s a quote from Anna Noakes Schulze in her TEDx talk, “Living Abroad Teaches Us the Power of Connections”. It’s an honest talk that comes from her experiences as a serial expat: she’s a Canadian who grew up as a Third Culture Kid, and who has since lived in the USA, Thailand, Ireland, and finally, Germany.
At the core of her talk is the persistence of the connections that we make with other people. Very often we meet people who continue to shape our life, even if we live in difference cities, countries, or even continents to them. In her talk, she uses the metaphor of an invisible thread tying us to everyone with whom we have a connection.
This is something that defines the expat experience, where we are often far away from families, and the friends we make might only be in our lives temporarily. And yet, they mean more to us than we might realize. I was fascinated by the idea, and so I invited Anna to come on my podcast – and she agreed!
In our interview, Anna eloquently shares her wisdom and insight as she discusses the importance of connections, how to handle social media without letting its negativity impact your life, making friends with Germans, raising special needs children in Germany, and more. I highly recommend that you watch her TEDx talk below, and then listen to the podcast episode to learn about the incredible woman behind the talk:
Anna’s Website: https://www.sunflowerux.com/
Anna on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annanoakesschulze/
The Chrome plugin Anna mentioned for managing your social media feed: Social Fixer