Learning to Let Go

Jul 10, 2018 2:56:17 PM Sarah Rymer Hope, Life, Tips

Working at an international organization, I have realized that letting go is an every day experience for our staff and overseas professionals. Letting go of homes, communities, relationships and expectations are all a part of of our routine. But it is also a part of our daily lives, no matter where you live in the world.

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 After working with IDEAS for over a decade, combined with a lifetime of living overseas, I have come to realize three items that draw me to IDEAS.

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