New Journey

2a46e07003bfa9d2024447b4e27ddf97I am living in an Expat State of Mind and daring to find “The American Dream” outside our home country.

My first experience as an Expat was in Germany, where my husband was stationed while serving in the United States Air Force. We fell in love with Europe from its architecture, food, wine and inviting way of life.

Once our time was spent in Germany we left for our home country to start our careers. After two economic downturns which affected my husbands career directly, we decided to take our family on a journey to find our “American Dream” outside of America.

This blog is for anyone that has moved away from home whether it is across their home country or to the other side of the world. I hope I will inspire you to incorporate the taste and feel of your past home or to add new ideas to make your new place feel like home.

My husband and I currently live in the Middle East with our three children and Chihuahua. I am learning everyday how I can adapt, create and inspire in our new home, come join me.

Wishing you the best on your new journey and making your new place feel like home.

Warmest wishes,

Constance Citalan


34 thoughts on “New Journey

  1. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at

  2. Dear Constance,

    My name is Joyce and I work for is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Qatar, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  3. Hello 🙂 Hope all is well! I just wanted to swing by and let you know, I just shared a post about my favorite daily must-reads. Which of course includes your blog! You should swing by when you have the chance! Hopefully a ton of my followers will be over here soon so check you out 🙂

    • The Essentials in Life Beauty.Fashion.Design on said:

      Thank you for adding me to your blog list, I feel honored. I apologize for just receiving your comment and look forward to learning about you through your blog.

      Kindest regards,

      Expat State of Mind

  4. I can’t imagine the changes you are experiencing! Can you find decorating stores that you love? Or do you shop only on line? Home building stores anywhere? Excellent fodder for DIY, lol! And thanks for following!

    • Let’s just say I have to be very creative! There are of course extremely expensive home furnishing stores here, but really only the wealthy local Qatari’s furnish their homes through these shops since this their permanent home. My husband does travel to the US almost monthly and he shops all the craft and fabric stores for me and packs it all up in a suitcase for me!

      I will be back, I have enjoyed looking through your previous post!

      Take care

  5. theseoulofcyprus on said:

    Hi Constance, I am glad I found your site through World Wife Traveler. I read your poem and post about your mom. I am sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about expat life with all of us.

  6. Hi Constance, What a joy it is to discover you! My husband and I spent many years as expats between Europe and Africa, so I love your perspective. It takes lots of creativity to build the life you dream. Can’t wait to read more! All the best, Terri

    • Hi Terri,

      Thank you so much for taking time to write. It is always nice to know that someone appreciates your thoughts and can relate with the struggles an expat may have, if only the struggles are within their deepest part of their hearts and minds that no one can see on the surface.

      Warmest wishes,


  7. thank you for your post …I’m free in my mind, thanks to my writings …life goes on regardless of our situations …Mom’s alzheimer’s is a challenge!

  8. worldwifetraveler on said:

    Your blog is one of my favorites so I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: – Cheers!

    • Thank you very much for your nomination. When we receive any type of approval from our peers it really keeps us going. I hope you will give me some time to accept and pass the torch. I lost my mother 2 days ago and my mind and thoughts are very scattered. Thank you again for your compliment and nomination, it could not have come at a better time for me. Kindest regards, Constance

  9. Hi Constance

    I’m the sub-editor of, a site devoted to developing comprehensive destination guides aimed at easing expat transition abroad. I came across your blog through the course of my research, and I was hoping I could convince you to share some of your expat insight with our site.

    Please let me know if you’d be interested in contributing to our Doha guide.



  10. Constance, I’m glad to have found you blog. Im currently working towards relocation in Doha. My family like yours currently lives in Dallas. I’d like to hear your thoughts on: schooling, living and housing. And, is really as hot as Texas there in the summer?


  11. Constance, thank you for discovering my blog It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys.

    • Harold, I am pleased that I found your blog as well. I discovered your blog while reading a comment you left for a Canadian Expat in Mexico about driving in Mexico. I really enjoyed your photos in Argentina of the textiles, as I am drawn to any resemblance of textiles with a Spanish influence. Best wishes, Constance

  12. jca4m on said:

    Hi Constance,

    Thank you so much for keeping this blog. I love it and as an American living in Switzerland, I appreciate it a great deal. Thank you!


    • Hi Jane,

      Thank you very much for your comment. This is my way of not losing touch with my creativity and the roots as to what I believe is “home”. I hope you will visit again. Wishing you a wonderful journey in Switzerland.

      Kindest regards,

      Constance Jayne

  13. Hi Constance, thanks for coming to my blog. It’s great to get to meet you. I would absolutely love to travel to the Middle East. I hope you are enjoying your time as an expat. I’ve lived abroad in Europe and know how the homesickness can get you sometimes, but the experience was one I’ll treasure. Good luck and best wishes to you

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  15. The middle east sounds exotic! Best of luck on your journey.

    • Thank you. I thought you were an expat too, until I read your about page. Seattle sounds awesome, we miss home – but it is what it is. Please check out my newest blog, The Rented Home (as an expat – you rent!) I see you are a designer so I hope you will like and appreciate.
      I look forward to seeing more of your post!

      • I guess it’s safe to say I’m a local Seattleite now, since I’ve been living here for almost a decade. But I still miss the Philippines. Very much. I look forward to reading more of your posts as well!

  16. Hi there,

    I am a fellow blogger on wordpress, you can see my blogs here

    I guess you are based in Qatar. I am a free-lance writer with Gulf Times doing an article on bloggers in Qatar.
    I have a few questions about how do you maintain your blog, why you started blogging etc, for my article.

    Please let me know if you’re willing to contribute. I would really love and appreciate that!

  17. indacampo on said:

    Love the blog and will be digging in a little deeper! Thanks for the follow! Love the Ikea hacks. We just got rid of our “Lack” tables we brought from home because they grew mold last wet season. We had a local recreate them for us in solid wood because we liked the style so much. They weigh a ton!

  18. Hi and thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my ‘California – It’s Complicated’ post. I love your ‘Expat State of Mind’ – perfectly stated and can I ever relate to that! It is certainly all about making wherever you live your home, no matter if only a temporary home, adapting being the key word. I hope you will visit again as I will certainly be back here 🙂

  19. Thanks for stopping by and leading me back to you great site! I love how you put it, “we decided to take our family on a journey to find our “American Dream” outside of America”. Like you and your family, we live outside our American country. We are currently in China and even though this is not going to be our permanent home we’ve made it, “Our Home”. Life is good!

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