I’m pleased to announce the publication of Moving Without Shaking, my new book that combines years’ worth of knowledge of and experience in living abroad!

What's inside this book

Moving Without Shaking breaks down the 8 major factors that affect a move with what to expect, advice, and personal stories. Major areas include:

  • Languages: Is my native language enough?
  • Career Changes: How do I navigate a foreign job market?
  • Cultural Adaptation: What is culture shock and how should I handle it?
  • Relationships: Should I let go, or should I hold on?
  • Attitude: How can I find the right attitude to ensure a successful relocation?

Who should read this book

Expats are not just CEOs, millionaire retirees, diplomats, and offshore investors. They’re everyday professionals, students, and travel enthusiasts. Moving Without Shakingserves:

  • Professionals relocating for work
  • Corporate executives sponsoring moves
  • Spouses and partners of relocated employees
  • People interested in studying abroad
  • Volunteers and long-term travelers

What do I need to do to brave leaving home and leap into life abroad?

That question is at the heart of Moving Without Shaking, which draws upon the experiences of 9 women who have lived across 12 countries. I like to think of it as a guidebook-meets-memoir, a compilation of practical advice on the challenges of living abroad told by the people who have made the leap and managed to hold onto their sanity! I deal with issues like culture shock, navigating the foreign job market, language barriers…all of the things you don’t want to learn the hard way!

So if you’re relocating abroad, have just moved or contemplating an opportunity outside of your normal geographic boundaries. It’s also great for employers sponsoring moves, students abroad, and international volunteers. Hope you enjoy these true stories and advice!


Praise for the Book

Selena Rezvani
women’s leadership author, speaker and consultant, author of “Pushback”

“Mackay’s savvy guide on ‘moving up by moving abroad’ is packed with inspiring stories and tips. It reads as though a knowledgeable friend is digging deep to give you her very best advice and Mackay doesn’t disappoint. My favorite aspect of this useful book is the breadth of topics discussed — everything from relationships (and moving’s effect on them), to cultural adaptation, to getting up the gumption and grit to make a big leap abroad is addressed. I love Mackay’s attention to challenging the status quo by having a health fear of settling. This book can help any person inhale a deep breath, feel assured, and take that exciting risk they’ve been wanting to pursue!”

Mamta Madhavan
Readers' Favorite

“Moving Without Shaking by Yelena Mackay is a helpful guide with useful tips and practical advice to those who move away from their parent country to start working elsewhere. The book has some inspiring stories and it covers an extensive and expansive view on topics from culture adaptation to all the adjustments one needs to make while moving abroad. I enjoyed reading this immensely. The author’s style of writing is candid and casual and the stories of eight expat women the author has showcased in the book are indeed helpful.”

Jeff Fadiman
M.A., PH.D. DIP ED. (UK)


FEMININE: This is a woman’s book!  Yelena is very feminine, educated, bold and discontented with wherever she is.  It is intended for other women moving along the same path.

EDUCATED:  Education takes you only so far.  This book assumes you are done!  Your next step is either to sink dully into 40 years of the conventional routine of your local corporation or to look across the seas to see what might offer you a chance to become truly alive, simply by trying something new.

DISCONTENTED:  Most business school graduates seek nothing more than a 14 by 14 foot felt covered cubicle, within which they can peacefully practice the trade that they learned, until they retire. They do not seek adventure, only security, routine and salary. That’s not you!!

BORN-WITH-AN -ADVENTURE–GENE:  An adventure gene is entirely imaginary but you are born with it just the same. I have it. My mother had it. My father had nothing even close. I have three big sons who don’t have it and one six year old daughter who does. If you have an adventure gene, you will “not” be satisfied to stay in one place for your lifetime. You will always wish you were somewhere else, somewhere strange, somewhere exotic, and, yes, somewhere romantic. Worse, you will actually strive to get there- remaining always on the lookout for ways to escape what you have, in order to try what you want. Internships? Scholarships? Jobs? You will want to go after them all.

Frankly, this book will tell you how… and why… and how to get rid of potential partners who don’t want you to do any of this, but stay at home with them and have children.

Is this book different?  Yes.   Yelena leads you from Ukraine to California to Geneva to London, with stops at Melbourne and Cape Town. Surely that is better than fighting for shelf space for your new soap product at Walmart. Try it, and put your own adventure gene to work.

About The Author

Technology Commercial Operations Executive | Expat Coach | Mentor | Author

My international journey began in 1999 when I moved from an industrial city in Ukraine to the US, straight to the heart of Silicon Valley, California, to study for an MBA. Today, my global experience covers living in the US, Switzerland, the UK, Tanzania and now Singapore.My career in technology sales operations has facilitated opportunities to work and live in the major hubs around the world. One key thing I have learned through my own experience: all successful global moves have a great support structure, be it sponsors, mentors, coaches, friends or family.I am passionate about mentoring and coaching women who are interested in exploring international careers. I hope my first book will help you make better decisions and build your own exciting expat life.

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