A Trailing Spouse - Is There a Better Name?

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Though millions of couples relocate for one of the partner’s job every year, the relocation industry doesn’t come up with a good name for the spouse who follows their partner to a new city, state or country. These highly educated and qualified people are often called trailing spouses or, even worse, dependent spouses.

In this video, Cecilia and I use our body intelligence to come up with a term that resonates with both of us. Have a look at our fun process of discovering it!  

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Here are some other articles on the topic that you might find interesting.

A trailing spouse? Is an article by Jessie Bryson, a writer and photographer. Her perspective is very different from ours. And she ends her post saying: “Trailing spouse? To me it looks more like prevailing spouse!”

Do not call me a trailing spouse by Natalie O´Hara is a poem, a forceful angry poem, and I love it.

Stomping on the trailing spouse moniker: 5 options is a hilarious post by the very cool Jennifer Brown. She proposes 5 alternative and crazy names (which is what “moniker” means, I had to look it up…) like “conjurer of worlds”…

What are your feelings about this issue?
When you’re asked about your status in a new country what do you usually say?

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Oxana Holtmann

Oxana Holtmann is a Conscious Living coach and an advisor to globally mobile professionals and their life partners. She is the founder of Oxana Holtmann International, a coaching platform that promotes true homecoming through mindfulness, body intelligence, wonder and co-creativity at work and in relationships. Oxana loves writing, discovering and disseminating practical wisdom, and noticing everyday beauty. Oxana grew up in Siberia and now lives with her family in Washington, D.C.