A Life of Fulfillment, Success & Joy for You and Your Family

1. Are you ready to help your family adapt and thrive anywhere in the world?

2. Are you ready to maximize your life, and get up and running quickly during transitions?

3. Are you ready to use your life transition to have the adventure of a lifetime, truly learn a new language, further develop your career or create a new one?

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I can help!

clarity, Courage & Confidence, for the Next phase of your life

I’m a Cross-cultural Trainer & Transition Coach.

Working to Empower Women & Families During Location and Life Transitions. 

Create the Life of your Choice!

Create your Life

I believe we can reach almost any desire to which we set our minds and that knowledge and a positive attitude, backed by plans and actions are our most valuable tools to reach our goals.

Sandra Bissell - Balance -


Can I adapt?  It's a difficult question to answer when you are going through a transition. Toss living between cultures into the mix, getting used to new locations/languages and adaptation can seem far beyond your reach. 

Sandra Bissell - Success -


My mission in life is to motivate and empower those around me to realize their full potential. We all have a special and particular vision of success, let me help you uncover yours.  

Let me help you get what you want!

  • Going through a life transition? Going back to work, empty nest, divorce, motherhood, changing/quitting your job, moving abroad, etc. It's a perfect time to find your purpose and create the life of your choice.

  • Feeling like a fish out of water? Develop a plan to make friends and create connections that can last a lifetime.

  • Having a hard time being dependent on your spouse?  Strategized so all family members can adapt and thrive during this new phase.

  • Raising kids between cultures is a hard job. Find out what is the best path for your family and ensure that you reach your desired outcomes. Don’t leave it up to chance!

  • Your degree of adaptation is correlated to your family’s. When its time to go home or move to another country, know that you have done a great job for your family and yourself as well!

  • Continue developing yourself while living internationally.  Find clarity before and during a transition, improve your adaptation and cut downtime. 

  • Accomplish the goals that motivated you to move abroad: learn the language, invest in your career or change it; travel like there is no tomorrow; expose your children to different cultures; make friends from all over the world; live the adventure that you desire.

Maximize your transition and get up and running quickly into the next phase of your life.

I’m 100% sure that if we were given ten years to adapt and thrive, anywhere, most of us would succeed.
I serve women who don’t want to wait ten years! 

* Programs offered in 3, 6 and 12 month packages.

My Offerings

Complimentary Session - 30 Minutes

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Complimentary Powerful Session 

I offer a limited number of free 90-120 minute complimentary sessions monthly. Have you had you 30 minutes sessions? Still have questions?  Schedule a Powerful Session by emailing sandra@expatjoy.com

One-on-One with Sandra

Each of us is beautifully different from the other. Therefore, I will create a personalized program that fits your needs. 

E.L.I. Assessment and Debrief 

The ELI Assessment and Debrief includes a 10 page report with your individual results and a 90 minute debrief done over the phone or Skype. 

The Energy Leadership Index assessment reveals what specific views you’ve developed of your world and how those views are influencing the results you’re achieving in you personal and professional lives. Just scroll down for more information on the E.L.I.

One Day for You – The WHOLE Day 

Dedicate a day, away from daily life’s distractions, to plan, discover more about yourself or work on a special project.

Six hours of one-on-one coaching with me plus pre/post support assignments and assessment. This can be done in person or virtually.

Paying it Forward

I select one client per month to receive 3 entirely free sessions.

Living internationally has many joys, but there are struggles as well. 

These sessions are reserved for those with proved needs. Please email me for more information  sandra@expatjoy.com

Workshops & Trainings

For information on workshops and intercultural trainings, and to find out how can I support you, your family or your company, simply email me at sandra@expatjoy.com with:

  1. A brief description of your needs.
  2. Your expectations for working and desired outcomes.
  3. Questions you may have.

Hello & Welcome to Sandra Bissell Coaching & Training!


I've been blessed to live as an expat/immigrant for over two decades. I started my journey alone, and was fortunate to marry a global soul along the way; together we have three cross-cultural kids.  At this moment, the five of us are living in the United States, and continue working/traveling between Brazil, Europe and our home in Connecticut.

I’m originally from Limeira, a city in the countryside of Sao Paulo state, in Brazil, and have enjoyed life in Japan (Yokohama and Nagoya), in the United States (Boston and San Diego), Brazil - twice as an expatriate in my own country (Sao Paulo), Switzerland (Zurich) and most recently, back to the United States in Stamford, Connecticut.

As you may guess, I feel the most comfortable within the international community. Still, I have deep roots in my beloved Brazil; it’s there that I recharge my batteries every so often.

For the last seventeen years, regardless of where I call home, I maintain my cross-cultural self and Brazilianess through the practice of Capoeira, an Afro –Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It keeps me grounded, humble and inspired.

As a Japanese-Italian-Brazilian, with some Portuguese blood, one might expect that navigating through the world should have been easy.

Not so fast!

I started this global life as a non-skilled immigrant, working in a factory in Japan as I learned Japanese and English, and in retrospect, international living skills.

Initially, I struggled with my pride to have to work in a low level job. In my native culture, it was easy for me to secure more qualified positions, and having to work with my hands on the factory floors really hit me hard.

She won’t last a month – I heard some of my co-works say.

I had decided to live in Japan for a few years to save money for college and learn languages.

Due to my maternal Japanese grandparents, I was able to legally work in Japan, and found a job even before I left Sao Paulo. My new employers paid for my trip expenses, therefore guaranteeing that I would stay with them for a while. This arrangement benefited both parties, as I couldn’t have paid for the trip myself.

My new company, Fuji Products, picked me up at the airport, provided dormitory facilities and transportation to and from work – a perfect way to arrive at a new place when alone and unable to speak the local language.

This is where the joy comes in. Life always provides the necessary answers if one keeps on searching.  And with the search comes a certain knowledge that when shared, multiplies.

The skills I learned during those initial hard days in Japan kept on serving me, as I moved from one continent to the other.

My mission is to motivate and inspire global individuals to achieve fulfilling and successful lives, regardless of current home locations. 

Feeling equally excited about our next vacation and our to-do list is possible! It takes learning new skills and partaking of the knowledge already out there shared by others who have traveled the paths we are now choosing.

Do you want to find out how I can help? Contact me.


My Coaching Methods & Techniques

Assessment - Clarity- Mindset - Skill set - Goal setting- Action planning - Enjoy!
Accountability, Stickability & Support

Energy Leadership Index™ Assessment

A Mirror That Reflects Your World

The Energy Leadership Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. The E.L.I. forms the initial launching point for the Energy Leadership Development System, helping give you a baseline for your current performance and situation. Whether you proceed through the full system or not, the realizations that you’ll gain from the Energy Leadership assessment and debrief process alone will change the way you view your world.

Background: An Attitudinal Assessment

There are two main types of assessments: Personality and Attitudinal. Personality based assessments, such as Myers Briggs and D.I.S.C. are very valuable tools that pinpoint certain personality types so that people can have more of an understanding about what their strengths and weaknesses are. By understanding your personality and how it relates to what you do, you can adapt your behavior to “work with what you have,” to function effectively.

The E.L.I. is an attitudinal assessment, which is based on an energy/action model. This assessment differs from personality assessments as it is not intended to label a person and have them work well within that label. Instead, it measures your level of energy based on your attitude, or perception and perspective of your world. Because attitude is subjective, it can be altered. By working with a coach using the E.L.I., you can alter your attitude and perspective, make a shift in your consciousness, and increase your energy and leadership effectiveness.

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