Mistake to avoid with your passport

permit me to take a few minutes from your times as you read on. More often than not you are pumped and excited about the fact that you are living in your dream country that you sometimes forget to do the needful in regards to your travel documents.

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Migration – Does it create a special family bond?

When you move across countries, you find yourself in a totally new environment, new experiences with little or no support. This creates an opportunity to relish the bond you have with your family in a way we would never have imagined before tackling on the project.

Traditions and culture, our way

Hi Dreamers! Natascha here from holisticmigration.com

Easter is here, we are excited! I got thinking about tradition and how we interact with tradition, living in another country. We try to teach our kids tradition as we know them from Switzerland. We can’t overlook the local tradition here in Queensland Australia. It is an interesting mix of tradition and culture for us.

Talking about Easter, the major difference for us is that Easter here is in autumn. We are used to having Easter in spring with the flowers blossoming and nature yearning for expression, especially in a country such as Switzerland with lots of snow. It is more of pumpkin and autumn here in Australia during Easter time.

Our major Easter tradition is the annual Easter egg hunt in the backyard. And here comes the big difference between both countries. In Switzerland, we do egg hunt with real chicken eggs, carefully colored in the kitchen the day before Easter whereas Australians use chocolate eggs only. So, we do both, colored chicken eggs and chocolate eggs, yay, winners!

The Australian touch is the traditional Easter Hats. In Australia, the kids usually get busy crafting a beautiful Easter hat at home and would then wear it at school for Easter Hat Parade day. A beautiful show cast of Easter themed decorations stuck on a hat, basically! It is extremely cute! That’s something we didn’t do way back in Switzerland but really enjoy here. We have also discovered the traditional Hot Cross Buns since we live here, a spiced sweet Easter brioche kind. We bake them together on Easter day and enjoy them together with our eggs as a big Easter brunch.
We cherish the uniqueness of blending the traditions of two different countries. It is nice to pick a selection of traditions and mix them up!

In general, we basically try to stick to the original Swiss traditions and mix in the local Australian ones. We also like to create new ones, that we hope will remain in our family for the next coming generations. I a way we feel like we have to, since traditions like big family reunions are very unlikely to happen for us, purely because of the distance with the rest of our extended families. So we create something different!

We definitely think it is important to keep these traditions alive by teaching them to the kids and we are having loads of fun with this. We hope to share some Easter fun very soon. Cheers!

Don’t only dream your life, live your dream

Yours in inspiration, NC

 

Don’t be fooled by your migration agent

Hi, dreamers! Natascha here from holisticmigration.com

I want to talk about something that we had no knowledge of at the time we started our process of migration to Australia. This piece is actually more Australia related, it is suited and I dare say necessary for people planning to migrate to Australia.

I am talking about migration agent. A migration agent is someone who works for you for a fee. He/she takes charge of your paper work to facilitate your visa application process. Please understand that having a migration agent work for you do not guarantee visa approval. Visa approval primarily and solely lies within the purview of the Australian government. However, the migration agent knows the law. The migration agent helps to guide you in determining what sort of document you need for your visa application and the type of visa that is best suited for you and helps you avoid the migration pitfalls.

Most of the migration agent here, are really good persons, and they are ever willing to help you. However, there are some phony and dodgy ones out there. You need to be careful because without a valid visa, you aren’t going to get to Australia. There is an organization where you can check and verify the authenticity of your migration agent or look up any migration agent you would like to employ. You can look up their website here.

In our circumstance, although the migration agent we chose was not on the black list, we had some issue. You have to go with your gut instinct when choosing your migration agent. We got our agent based on recommendation but I need to admit we quite soon realized we didn’t have a good vibe with him. We should have ended the work relation then but somehow we didn’t (pure lack of knowledge and confidence from us, I guess) We ended up wasting too much time and resources, and we could have avoided that. Choose your migration agent wisely, make sure your agent is registered with the office and be sure this person is not blacklisted. The blacklist will definitely not tell you everything, so go with your gut instinct. You have to ask all the right questions; their communication mode, how you are updated on the progress of your file. Be very sure you are on the same page with your migration agent.

It is okay to shop around a little bit, check with a couple of migration agent to see what they can do for you. If you have the choice, it’s possible you get offered a job through your migration agent. If this happens, be sure to lookup the migration agent to verify the credibility. This will hopefully save you troubles down the track and make sure your migration process will run smoothly. Testimonials and online chat forums are also a great place to find reviews on migration agents. Best of luck!

Xx Don’t only dream your life, live your dream xx

Yours in inspiration, NC

 

Here are some useful links to help you find the right migration agent or check that your agent is registered!

3 incredible things migration changed in me

Hi, dreamers! Natascha here from holisticmigration.com

I want to talk about the effect and changes migration process has brought to my family and I. Migration sometimes is like a rollercoaster ride. The pre-migration processes, the migration process itself and the aftermath of migration. The highs and lows of migration and everything in between.

It has been five years since we migrated and I noticed some things about me has changed. These are the things I am going to share with you today.

I have stopped being a perfectionist

One of the things that have changed about me is that I have stopped being a perfectionist. I am well known before now, to be a perfectionist, always wanting everything to be perfect. If you are planning on migrating, you are going to have to forget to be a perfectionist. A lot is coming ahead that you just have to ditch being perfect. Sometimes good is perfect enough, and you can enjoy and relish your migration experience if you would stop being a perfectionist lol.

The remarkable thing about this is that you are not under pressure to always have things perfect. I am glad about that. No pressure, yaaaay!

Learning from other people

I have also noticed that I now tend to learn more from people by observing them. When you are new in a country, there is a lot of learning to do. When you observe people around you, their routines, their attitude to life, etc. It’s how you learn to live in a new environment and inculcate the lifestyle acceptable. It goes without saying that you talk to people as well and ask questions when needed, but there is a lot more to learn from observing people around you. I have realised that a lot has been learnt from just observing people. I used to be a very independent person, but now I am more comfortable with asking people for help. I have to admit, I have changed several of my routines, just by observing people and how they do things lol.

Sand crazy!

The third change I have noticed since migrating to Australia is sand. Yes, sand. I used to be very particular about cleaning out the sand in my house, my car, back in Switzerland, but a word of advice, if you live anywhere near the ocean, let it go! It took me about two months before I got used to the fact the sands are here to stay. I live close to the beach, we have got sand everywhere! Sand in the car, house and on the deck. It’s not a perfect situation, but I am used to it, and I just go with the flow. Life near the ocean is beautiful and sand is just part of it now.

These are some of the changes I have noticed since we migrated to Australia. Cheers!

“Don’t only dream your life, live your dream”
Yours in inspiration, NC

Migration – is it hard on children?

Hey dreamers!

So you are thinking about migrating to your dream destination and you have children? You’re considering taking a decision that will impact on the entire family so your brain is on fire with one question popping up after the other. I’m quite certain that amongst all those questions, 1000’s of them actually, and in all likelihood those related to your children are the ones hitting your heart the hardest, right?

For instance: – Are my children going to be ok? – Are my children going to make new friends quickly? – How will my children cope with learning a new language? – We are taking the kids away from their friends, family, grandparents, how are they going to react to the situation? – What if they don’t like it? – What are we going to do if we don’t like the school system?

Oh yes, I know the feeling, all those fundamental questions making it even harder to take the decisions and playing on your mind. But hey dreamers, I’m going to tell you something here and you are going to be gobsmacked! …. Ready?….All you’re questions have indeed nothing to do with migration or the fact that you are considering to take one of your biggest decisions ever…..YOU ARE JUST BEING A PARENT! Breathe…. and try to see the bigger picture here not just the “migration worry bubble” you’re in presently.

Because let’s be honest migration or not, staying or leaving you will still be worried about the well being of your kiddies. Just saying, but you might only be moving 20km away and still questions about friends, school and relations will pop up.

What would you do if you stayed right where you are and your child doesn’t like their school? Well, you would most likely change school right? Not a big deal….The chances are unless you’re planning on migrating to North Pole that there will be many schools and school systems to choose from. And because you are a dreamer, yes, but a smart dreamer (!) you will have done plenty or researches forehand and actually finding yourself already knowing more about the school system in Canada (or wherever your dreams are taking you) than your homeland’s school system.

Questions about the language: Guys why do you worry about learning a new skill? That’s not a worry, but a gift! Kids are talented learners and you will be amazed by their ability to adapt and learn with their peers. It took our 2 boys only 2 months before being totally fluent in English with no basis whatsoever to begin with. Our baby girl took a little longer, but that was only because we choose so. She was only 16 months old as we moved, so we decided to keep her full time home with Nat the 2 first years, with the aim she would learn French and Swiss-German first. We made sure to attend playgroups and activities to mix up with little English speaking friends. By the age of 4 she started pre-school 2 days a week to make sure her English would pick up nicely before starting school.

Questions about the relatives… Most probably the hardest part.  Yes, they are going to miss them to a certain point. Our advise, talk about it, about the feelings (yours, theirs) when they arise. As a matter of fact, we found we have developed different relations with the grandparents over the time. Our kids are so happy whenever the grandparents come to visit and stay in Australia for 5-6 weeks at a time. Very special moments.

And yes, relationships are both ways, and people left behind will be having a hard time to accept. But if they love you truly they will eventually understand and accept. Understand that the process might take some time. They want your happiness and I’m sure they will be immensely proud to see you rising to the person you are, true to yourself and teaching your children the power of choosing what to do with their lives. Relations will adapt to the new situation….

You will always be worried about your children where ever you are in the world. Please don’t let the fact that you are a parent ruin what could be a beautiful big family adventure. Because yes, this is how our children see this whole migration thing…. A big Adventure!

We have always included our children in our discussions and talks, involved them in the process, asking for and value their opinions and ideas. We bought them journals and cameras to record THEIR big Adventure.

So with the question, is it hard on the children, well I personally think it’s only going to be as hard as you make it complicated… you get me here right?

– You make a big deal out of it, they’re going to struggle.

– You happily and positively minded embrace the adventure (knowing that there will be ups and downs, bumps and detour along the way)  and they will be so happy about discovering new horizons, cultures, peoples….. They will grow into open-minded young souls. Their eyes will see the world differently, believe me. Once you open the door, perspectives will change…

As we always say, home is us 5, as long as we are together, everything is perfect! We are true to ourselves, we create our happiness and as parents we try to teach these values to our children.

xx Don’t only dream your life, live your dream xxx

yours in inspiration, NC

5 most imporant facts to consider before migrating

Hey dreamers,


So you are reading my blog and enjoy hearing about our stories. I hope this has inspired you to listen to your personal dreams. What is the country you would like to migrate to? Are you dreaming of being a citizen of a different country than yours? In fact, so many people do. You have no idea how many persons tell us all the time, “You are so lucky, I would love to leave somewhere else”. First of all, I don’t think it has anything to do with luck, but with WILLPOWER and DETERMINATION. In most cases, I would tell them straight away “Migration is not about luck, it is about willpower”. They usually look at me with big eyes, but hey, that’s nothing else than true and after all we have really worked our butts off to get where we are now.
I can only advise you to follow your dream and listen to your gut instinct. Go for it and get what you want!
However, before you pack your bag and jump into a plan, I need to tell you to boost up your determination firstly, but also please consider all aspects of the big move. Let me guide you to what I think are the 5 most important facts to consider before getting very serious about migration.


1. Do you know the country you are dreaming of well enough?
It may sound like a stupid question, you know that country since you want to live there! But I mean, dig deeper than the beautiful beaches or stunning mountains you’re dreaming of. Dig deeper… Have you been there? Did you get to meet with locals? How is your knowledge about the culture, religion, politics? Are you familiar with the school system? How is the higher education system? What about the social structure and the employment situation?
Of course you will find a lot of information on the net, nowadays it is common sense to make such kind of researches on the internet. I have another piece of advice for you here. Use the net to listen to a local radio or watch the local news. Try different sources of local media as you certainly don’t want to restrain your scope of vision to one source. Secondly, if you haven’t done so and if you can, please go visit the country first. Don’t play tourists only. Try to spend some time going to places you would go if you would be living there. Try to be a local. Try to communicate and interact with locals, not just the receptionist at your hotel.
Saying that I have to admit that I know several families who have migrated to Australia without first having visited the country. And they are very happy here. So don’t overly stress if you can’t make a trip first, but make sure you explore as many other local information sources as possible. As an example, here in Australia, almost every school has their own website.

2. The family – is everyone happy about the move?
I’m not going to lie to you, in our opinion and experience, you need to have the whole family on board in order to be successful in your migration project. Ok, you are going to tell me that younger kids won’t really mind, I’m hearing you and I’m with you here. But you have to consider their position as well. What future can they expect in your chosen land? Will they have access to a good education? Maybe you are planning on home schooling, great! But this second point is more in regards to your partner and older kids. Honestly, moving an 18yo is not going to be as straight forward as moving a toddler. Common sense.
If your partner feels like they have to compromise, well, I’m not saying it’s impossible but it will be more challenging. In our relation, neither of us 2 had to make a compromise. It was not his or her dream, it was a common dream. Believe me here, it makes therefore the entire situation easier.
Again, don’t stop your project right here if this is not your case as your partner or yourself might grown loving that new challenge and new exciting life. But take this into consideration, discuss, communicate about it!


3. How are you going to make your income once there?
Did you know that a carpenter in Switzerland is not the same as a carpenter in Australia? True fact indeed, a carpenter in Switzerland does build roofs and in Oz a carpenter does build wall frames, doors, ceilings, inside work,… Not the same job at all. Have you researched your job? Have you acquired a sound knowledge of what to expect once, you will have to work there? What is your plan, how are you going to find a job? How is the employment ratio? Will you be allowed and able to set up the business you are thinking of? What kind of salary can you expect, please compare to local living expenses.
As advice here I would suggest to try to find a Facebook group that would suit your trade or qualifications. Most likely they will accept you and you will gain access to a wealth of knowledge. Look out for work associations as well. Search for company websites, Facebook pages, Instagram,… in your domain.


4. How is the local medical / health structure?
If you are living with a chronic condition I bet you have already done your researches. Well done! However, in all likelihood at this stage the whole family is healthy and strong as a rock. Perfect for now, but don’t jeopardize the future! Don’t lie to yourself at one stage or another you will need to have access to medical services. Depending what country you are considering as being your future home, I would most definitely look into this matter. Especially if you are moving an entire family. What about vaccination and children health plan? You might be pro-vaccination or against vaccination, you still will have to consider the local practices. For example, at the moment, Australia has a law implemented that does considerably restrict your allowance for social children/family benefits if you choose not to vaccinate. Big financial impact here! If you are planning on moving to a tierce world country, do you know where the next reliable health provider would be?
And guys, since you are a bit holistically oriented, what about natural, alternative health? Are you going to have access to what you like and need? Is that country providing and supporting natural health?
Indeed, I know about families who migrated because of that. In order to live in a country providing rich sources of organic fresh fruits/veggies, coconuts.


5. Your family staying behind
Ok, that’s a hard one too. Even though they want you and your little tribe to be happy, most likely they are not going to jump and bounce out of joy once you have announced your plan of moving abroad. Depending on each and every family situation, of course, but assuming you are leaving loved once behind.
They will need time, believe me a lot of time to only just get used to the idea. The separation will be hard breaking and you will all be so far. You are taking the grandchildren away of their grandparents. Are you ready for this? No grandparents attending a grandparents day at school, Christmas without the family, birthdays, celebrations,….
What about the situation if one loved one left behind gets sick, I mean really sick, what’s the plan? Are you going to cope all right with the fact that you won’t be there in person?
I think we are doing well because we were so ready to do it and so confident about our choice. Even more that we have always worked as a very independent little family.
Think about this factor. You will probably not know how you will feel before the situation arises anyway, but having given a decent amount of thought about it will certainly help.
So the conclusion is simple – Guys do your homework as knowledge is power!

Don’t over think, but know your topic. You won’t be able to think over every single situation. Don’t panic, go with the flow, but let you sink into thoughts and listen to your heart. You will know, You will know as an individual person and also for the family. To mention as well, is that by doing research you will grow strong and so will your dream if it is the right one. You will nourish the flame and the fire will drive you to success!
xx Don’t only dream your life, live your dream xx
yours in inspiration
NC

Why did we start Holistic Migration?

Hey dreamers!
You want to know it….Why did we start sharing our story with the world? Narcissism? Nope….. Caring? Yep!!!
Well the response is actually quite simple and has been made clear to us during our migration progress. We want to share in order to inspire and motivate same minded families because let’s face it, not many people in your actual social environment will understand and support you in what you are going through right now. And that’s normal and you will need to accept it. Your dream, your decisions might actually be hurtful to your family and friends. And the fact of migrating to another country is not an easy decision as well as it is certainly not easy for your loved ones to accept it. There will be hard and sad, challenging moments coming your way. So there will be days you will need inspiration and motivation, someone there to remember you that your dream is not inaccessible and someone who will understand your worries as well as all your excitement to let go and live your adventure!
We are here to inspire you to live your dream….
During our migration process, we had the logistical support of our migration agent. Of course, this is all paperwork and legal stuff. Very important to have this indeed, but don’t get confused here: That’s not what we do at holistic migration. Because we felt like a lack of emotional and inspirational support during our adventure we have created this caring and sharing cocoon for you and we will be there to share, listen, support, motivate and inspire you. At holistic migration you will find a group of people with similar dreams and life goals.
So you are thinking about migrating right? Maybe you have even already started the process…. good on you! You have the guts to make your dream happening. That’s the first and most important step.
Join us to know more about how we made it all happen and about how we are doing now. Join a group of same minded dreamers.
xx Don’t only dream your life, live your dream! xx
Yours in inspiration, NC

Why following your dream of migrating to another country?

Hey dreamers, I know the feeling…. It’s there in your mind, in the back of your head. You cannot help, whatever you’ll try to do to ignore it, won’t work. You still have the feeling deep inside you, the feeling that there is another chapter to be written in your life and as complicated it may look at first glance you know you WANT TO DO it… one day.
Why one day, why wait actually? Ask yourself the question and try to respond honestly, why one day (and by the way, what day are you waiting for, what day will be perfect enough to let go and jump in the (cold) water?) Why not now, why not say ….. LET’S DO THIS!
I’ll be frank and honest here. It’s going to be hard emotionally and physically, monetary probably as well. But hey, your dream is worth to fight for right?
We have waited 1 whole decade. 10 years of trying to ignore the call inside us, 10 years of trying to take different decisions that we hoped would saddle the desire of conquering new horizons. Our horizon was Australia. We knew it so clearly, there was not a single doubt about it. We could imagine and visualize our life in Australia, however still we would wait. Why and what were we waiting for? Well, now that we’ve successfully done IT we feel like we understand why it was hard to take the decision to let go and jump. It was emotional more than anything else. For us it was the families, our roots, our bonds to our loved ones. We didn’t want to hurt them or disappoint them by leaving…. you know. So it took all that time for us to grow stronger. Strong enough to tell them the truth about how we want to live our lives.  It was hard beyond words to jeopardize relationships.
Also, I wouldn’t be honest, not to admit that there was a factor of fear as well. The fear of letting go of the security blanket, our well organized lives and routines to jump into the unknown. Pretty scary… especially with 3 young children.
So why do it?
Because you will feel free and powerful. Please don’t misunderstand me here, not powerful in a materialistic point of view or in regards to other people, but feeling like you have the power, you are able to control your life  – which in my opinion is worth so much more. Once every obstacle (and there will be many, believe me) will be behind you, you will feel like you’ve accomplished a dream. You will feel like you can actually achieve whatever you want in your life that makes you happy. You will feel true and honest to yourself and feel like your life belongs to you and not to some sort of pre-made society ideas or models. Furthermore!  As a parent, you will therefore teach your children that everything is possible if you want it badly enough to make it happen. Every hurdle, every closed door will teach you strength and willpower, ambition and determination.  For every closed door you will find another unexpected door that will open, leading you towards happiness and success.
Moving to Australia has changed our lives in so many ways we didn’t even think it would be possible. Beside now living in the country of our dreams we have also found new values and the keys to a holistic lifestyle that does empower all of our 5 personalities so much. We are beyond proud of ourselves and our children. And we feel now like we are true to ourselves.
xx Don’t only dream your life – live your dream! xx
yours in inspiration, NC