My Re-entry Story: Mattie Clark, Re-entry as Personal Evolution

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mattie Clark. Mattie is not only a professional coach, she is an enthusiast of optimism, integration, consciousness, mindfulness, coaching, globalism and most-things Italian. She’s thrilled to collaborate and share her journey with like-minded people. Mattie is currently growing new roots and community in NYC while remaining dedicated to a global network of friends and family.

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Hi Mattie! Where you were abroad? What did you do there?

I was in Italy for the past 5 years working as a Leadership Development Coach for a business school. I also worked as a facilitator on a comparative study abroad program traveling to four countries over a semester with a group of students. Before that, I worked as a volunteer teacher for a year in rural Namibia.

What was your re-entry experience like?

Layered. Up and down. Dark and light. Rapid and paced. Lots of swirling intense emotions!

What do you know *now* about re-entry that you wish you’d known earlier?

Re-entry does not have to represent an ending. It’s useful to think of it as a part of the path of personal evolution. Also, despite being a naturally contemplative person, committing to connecting with others going through a similar process is *essential.*  

What’s your #1 tip for those in re-entry right now?

Allow it to break you open and seek within for what the transition might be telling you about yourself. Find some structure to fully process your feelings.

About Author

Hello, I'm Dr. Cate Brubaker! Are you a returnee who has been surprised to find your return "home" harder than going abroad? I created the Re-entry Roadmap workbook just for you. If you work with returnees, I'm here to help you with innovative resources and training that will make it easier to provide meaningful support for your returnees.