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Episode Info: Married or single, it’s likely you have struggled at some point with finding joy and purpose in the tasks expected of you in your life abroad. In Tawnie’s experience of becoming a “trailing spouse”-the spouse who isn’t working full-time- those expectations can be challenging and isolating. In this episode, she shares vulnerably about leaving her career in the states behind, and her journey to find her own passion and purpose while living overseas. Tawnie reminds us that finding outlets outside of ministry and work that align with our talents and passions can help prevent burnout and lead to a more fulfilling life. We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure. Connect with Denise Connect with Alicia Connect with Melissa Connect with Tawnie: Website | Instagram QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE: How would you explain a “trailing spouse?” "When you moved to Vienna, your career stopped. Was that because you weren’t allowed to find another job or it just didn’t work out? Were you told that you would be expected to put your time into the school where your husband worked, or was it an expectation once you got there? Did you find yourself in a place where you needed to create balance between what you were asked to do and what you wanted to do? When did things start turning around where you found your footing?   What’s your vocational background? Did you feel pressure of expectations from people around you that it was selfish to do things for yourself, or did you feel freedom to just be who you are? How do you handle the things that you don’t necessarily enjoy but need to be done anyway? How would you encourage women who are in the same place you have been? What’s a God-moment you’ve had since you’ve moved overseas? HELP THE TAKING ROUTE PODCAST REACH MORE EXPATS Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Taking Route Podcast.  Leave a review | When you leave a five-star iTunes review, it helps other expats find us when they’re seeking out podcasts on iTunes. Need directions? Just check out the “Reviews” highlight on our Instagram account. Share with a friend | We hope to see the Taking Route podcast grow and grow and grow, but we rely on expats like you to spread the word. We appreciate when you share our episodes—whether that’s via Facebook, email, Twitter or Instagram. Thank you for the love! ____________ Need a way to organize all your language learning notes? Check out our very first product One Word at a Time: Language Learning  Notebook. Do you need to keep up with your Netflix shows while living abroad? Try Express VPN to allow you to view all American channels you are subscribed to. Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  Don't forget to join our Expat Community on Instagram or Facebook Private Group. We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure....
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