“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
A big hello to all my fellow English-speaking friends in Switzerland!
I’m so glad you’re here. No, really! You see, we have a special bond that nobody else in the world can truly understand. Nobody else will laugh quite as hard about a cow joke as we will nor will they understand how frustrating it is to be just 30 seconds late and face all those disapproving glances.
I know, it’s not easy to move to a new place, not knowing the culture or the language or having many friends. But while the road is challenging, we can all support each other as we grow, both personally and professionally.
I created this website because, when I moved to Zurich in July 2011, it was tough to find information for many of the basic questions that I had. Of course there are tons of resources out there for how to pick a school for your kids or learn the cultural norms of the Swiss or figure out what the word for broccoli is in the local language. There were also networking and meetup events that provided fun entertainment for an evening, but no sustainable ideas of how to fill my time with something that left me satisfied. I think it is critical to happiness and integration in a new place to find activities that fill your time and fill your soul while you’re here. You want to wake up every morning excited and energized about what you’re doing.
So, I hope this website helps you in your search. If you have any ideas or would like to see anything new here, or even if you just want to say hello, email me at Lisa@gettingbusy.ch.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful country with me,
Lisa Christen is a Business and Life Coach and started her own inspirational business Happily in Balance. She is also the Principal Trainer and Consultant at her own Leadership Agility firm, Christen Consulting. Lisa loves being outdoors, reading, traveling, and curling up on the couch with her 2 sweet daughters and wonderful Swiss husband.