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


With the RELAUNCH! Virtual Re-entry Retreat on the horizon (next month!), I’m featuring some of the amazing expert speakers you’ll get to meet during the event. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mattie Clark, who was a participant in my first Re-entry Relaunch Mastermind and is speaking (with two other Mastermind participants) on the first day of the RELAUNCH! event about re-entry and relaunching.

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. Transition, uncertainty and not-knowing are her teachers.

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.

Why should global adventurers in re-entry participate in the RELAUNCH! retreat?

The retreat will help you to integrate your experience and leverage the new you. It is sure to be cathartic and fun too!
Click below to reserve your seat at RELAUNCH! the Virtual Re-entry Retreat! 

About the Author: Dr. Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker is on a mission to make re-entry after living abroad a positive, transformational force (even when it’s not easy…especially when it’s not easy)! Cate is the author of the Re-Entry Roadmap workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit. Cate has lived in Germany, worked and traveled in 37 countries on four continents, and has helped all kinds of globetrotters successfully navigate global transitions for over 20 years.

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