Expatriotgames was created to help you navigate the joys and challenges of living in a different country. My name is Regina Bell Sacré, a US Southerner living in Europe and the UK, also traveling to other countries as well. My story is one of fresh beginnings. Starting over in my 40’s and becoming like a child again, I share my triumphs as well as struggles, sharing insights along the way.

It is my hope, that this blog will either empower you to cope with being an expat, guide your decision in taking that leap in the future or allow you to just enjoy a virtual walk into other cultures via the comfort of your desktop. What ever the reason you are reading now, thank you!

About me personally: Before becoming a travel blogger and fiction writer, I graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and owned a B2B marketing company in the US. Now, I’ve traded my Blackberry for my husband. We live happily together and travel often!


11 responses to “About

  1. Valentina

    January 8, 2011 at 2:40 am

    How nice!! I have it another way. I moved to the US with “thank you” and “you are welcome.” I felt very shy and still do. I am better at writing than pronouncing because I went to college as soon as I could understand 50%. I had to combine learning English and taking math classes, and spend more time reading and writing than anything else. You must know a lot about marketing. I just graduated with the finance degree,but I really love marketing. I hate Finance,it sucked to study through “can’t take this anymore”. The only reason I went into Finance was because finance classes never were as packed as marketing ones, and it was easier to enroll each semester. Also, marketing is a difficult field to get into.Would you,plz, give me some tips, where should I start my marketing career ?

    • expatriotgames

      January 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      You are a brave and smart one, Valentina! Very impressive story! Actually, your finance background would be a huge asset to you in going into marketing. First, you may want to find out what type of marketing you are interested in. Marketing is a process, with many components revolving around planning, research, testing, evaluation & communications (in the broadest of terms), that are needed just to see if a product or service is viable to your intended target audience. I’ve found that most people do not understand what marketing is and think that marketing is sales, it is not. It involves sales, but marketing is the process of bringing a product or service for consumption. I tell you all this to make sure you have a full understanding of what marketing is before heading down the path. Many also think marketing communications is marketing, it is not. Again, it is part of the process, but not relegated to the creation of brochures, catalogs, signs, promotions etc.

      My suggestions to you is to begin the process like a marketer would:
      1) Find out what is really involved in marketing, what are the descriptions of it and does it sound appealing enough to explore further (you are in essence, finding your own market potential in this exercise).~Find at least 10 other proven, reputable bloggers on the topic. Google the American Marketing Association online & Marketing Profs online to get a feel for what you will be doing as a marketing professional and balance it against what you read. This is called, ‘triangulating your results’ to see what the common denominators are to a marketing career.

      2) Do a SWOT analysis (assessment) on yourself. It stands for (S)tenghs, (W)eaknesses, (O)pportunities & (T)hreats. There should be plenty of examples online for this, but this will be important to match your skill set and preferences to the job to see if you would be a natural fit or if it would be like finance all over again.

      3) Join marketing associations or local groups and connect with other people doing what you aspire to do.

      4) Find a mentor (someone who has a proven track record, not a self-proclaimed marketer). There are mentoring programs online as well that can hook you up with someone local to help you. Also go to LinkedIn and read posts in the marketing category and ask questions in the forums.

      5) Volunteer to help at a company part-time for the experience (internship) or get in line to take those college courses asap!

      This is a skeletal list, but it will point you to the next place…good luck Valentina!

  2. Tammi

    January 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I would love to subscribe to your blog! I am married to a French man and love everything French! In fact, on my blog I post about Paris as well and the design show, Maison et Objet of which I am missing this year unfortunately.

    I am putting you on my blogroll too!

  3. Valentina

    January 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for finding time to share your advices for me. I really appreciate it. I’ll do as you advice me. I did take 2 marketing classes in college,I found them to be fascinating!! I just love how creative marketing can be.

    • expatriotgames

      January 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

      You’re so welcome, Valentina. I would also encourage you to look into the creative side of marketing which is “marketing communications” and “advertising” to see if you prefer these over the marketing planning and process side. They are very, very different and are often confused with one another. Just want you to have a full grasp before heading down a path that won’t make you happy, I want you to be happy! Best of luck!

  4. Joan Wolckenhauer

    February 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Bonjour! I am a friend of Gene Graziano. He suggested that I would enjoy your Blog because I am a former teacher of Spanish, French and English As A Second Language. I studied at L’Université de Génève dans la Suisse. When I arrived there many years ago, I could discuss literature and history from my “French education” here, but I didn’t have a clue how to say practical things “en français.” Needless to say, as you are experiencing, I had many humorous encounters!

    My Blog is just a silly one to keep myself amused.

    I hope I checked the right boxes to become a “follower.”

    Joan Wolckenhauer

    • expatriotgames

      February 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Hello and welcome Ms. Joan! Indeed, you certainly did check the right boxes ;0). Thank you for joining us and WOW! What a wealth of experience you have! I hope you will feel encouraged to chime in often, as it is my hope that this blog becomes a vehicle for all of us to help one another. Kind of like the old SNL skit, “Coffee Talk”, I start the conversation with the blog then we, “talk amoungst ourselves and discuss” ;0). I will pop over and check out your blog too, thanks so much and chat with you soon! Tell Gene, thank you for me when you see him, he is just fab in my book!

  5. Joan Wolckenhauer

    March 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Hi, Regina!
    I just received a copy of my last comment on your Blog about “Raclette.” I may have hit the wrong button when WordPress sent a confirmation. Can you check that I am still a subscriber and that I would like to see all comments?

    I am sure that you enjoyed your trip this week!

    Thank you in advance!

    Joan Wolckenhauer

    • expatriotgames

      March 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Hi again Ms. Joan! Looks like you, ‘dun good’ gal! ;0). I think it just sent you a copy of your comment and then an alert for when you have a follow-up to your comment (if you have that option listed in your preferences). If you check under the ‘My Account’ tab, then ‘manage my subcriptions, I think you can choose the option to keep track of all comments to the blog, verses just your own. Hope this answers your question. Again, thanks so much for reading!

  6. Anonymous

    April 4, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    GOOD READ Regina. I would hope that you could some day write a short story on the real Vietnam history through eyes of a veteran. I spent 19 months in country in the northern section called 1 corps in the Marines. You write very well.

    • expatriotgames

      April 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Hello! Thanks so much for the kind words! I think you have an excellent idea…you were an expat too, just an unwilling one of the war (one of the nastiest ones on record for that matter). I think we should explore your idea further, if you feel up to it. Let me know when you’re ready and we will begin. THANKS SO MUCH for your support!


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