From Austria to USA: Cockpit Coaching
Hi, my name is Coco Decrouppé. I was born in Hamburg, Germany. I grew up in Wels, Austria. I ╠üve moved 11 times to other cities or continents. At the moment I live in Cary, North Carolina and I love it here.
1. Why did you move abroad?
I 've always been interested in other cultures and countries. I was 17 when I spent my first summer working abroad, in Marbella, Spain. My last move was from Switzerland to the US because of my husband's job.
2. How do you make a living?
I help people who relocate with the emotional and stressful aspects of a move, usually some months before they move , during and after their move until they found their new comfort zone and home. I am a relocation coach, leadership coach and I call myself an imaginary co - pilot. I work online with people from around the world.
3. How often do you communicate with home and how?
I talk to home every day. What ╠üs app groups, Facebook and Skype are the best ways for me to communicate with my family and friends around the world.
4. What's your favorite thing about being an expat in the USA?
I love seeing what ╠üs “normal” for other people or other cultures! I 'm fascinated by people who are different from what I know. When I try to see life though their eyes, I get a new, fresh perspective on things. Also I like being challenged. (culture, language, ...)
5. What’s the worst thing about being an expat in the USA?
Home is where I sleep tonight. But the other home.. is far away.
6. What do you miss most?
I don ╠üt like to miss people constantly. So in my mind I changed “I miss them” to “I ╠üm so looking forward to seeing them on my next trip home”, I feel much better that way. I ╠üm always looking forward to seeing my family & friends, big time!
7. What did you do to meet people and integrate in your new home?
Nowadays there are so many ways to do this. Join online groups, meet ups. etc. Do the things you lo ve doing! A ny hobby you have , you can find a group online , join them and meet up with them. There you have your first one or two new friends . Don ╠üt give up after the first time. Never hesitate to try something new.
8. What custom/ habits do you find most strange about your adopted culture?
Their funny faces when I help them pack my groceries at the supermarket. In Austria you always do it yourself, Americans are very surprised about me helping them.
9. What is a myth about your adopted country?
That Americ ans are all superficial. In my eyes most Americans are very, very friendly and polite and that doesn ╠üt hurt my day. A real friendship still takes years to grow, here and there.
10. Is the cost of living higher or lower than the last country you lived in and how has that made a difference in your life?
The country I lived in before was Switzerland. So costs are lower now. More space for the same money.
11. What advice would you give other expats?
Enjoy the ride. There is learning in EVERYTHING! Life is way t oo short, it ╠üs just an exciting adventure! 11. When and why did you start your blog? I started my blog 2014. Why? There is so much beauty in very little things. For me it’s a way of sharing my learning’s and what I notice on my journey of life.
Coco's blog, Cockpit Coaching
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