The Elusive Work Life Balance – With Serra Kiziltan (Always an Expat S1:E1)

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new podcast, “Always an Expat”!

The podcast is dedicated to elevating expat stories and sharing the unique experiences of individuals who have moved away from their home countries and found a new home across the globe.

In the very first episode, Richard sits down and chats with the brilliant, Serra Kiziltan, founder and head of product design at Serra K. Serra has been an expat in the US for 20 years, with a fascinating background growing up in the UK and studying architecture at Yale.

Serra shares her personal expat journey, highlighting the challenges, surprises, and the sense of identity that comes with living abroad. We delve into the cultural nuances and the feeling of being both connected and disoriented when going back to our home countries.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Serra’s journey and other captivating expat stories, be sure to subscribe to “Always an Expat” wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Episode 1 Shownotes – Serra Kiziltan

The idea of home is a universal one — it resonates with everyone. But what happens when home becomes more than one place? Join us in the first episode of “Always an Expat” as we delve into this intriguing concept with Serra Kiziltan, a UK-native who has made the United States her second home for over two decades.

Serra’s journey is one that implores us all to think beyond borders and cultural differences. From recounting her days studying architecture under an iconic mentor at Yale to the reality of navigating U.S. immigration, Serra’s story is a testament to resilience. So, allow us to take you on a journey filled with architectural marvels, cultural anomalies, linguistic adventures, and the unique experiences of an expat.

I’m Richard Taylor, from Plan First Wealth. I’ll be bringing you captivating interviews with people who have embarked on incredible journeys, and experienced life in different countries.

Discover how our bold guests have chased their dream across the pond, hopping time-zones and navigating cultural change, and learn from their experiences along the way.

This isn’t a peacocking exercise – Always an Expat follows real people who have faced some real challenges, but have also had the time of their lives in a new home.

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About Richard

Richard Taylor is a British expat, dual citizen (UK & US). Originally from Bolton, he now lives in Greenwich, CT, where Plan First Wealth has its head office.

As the firm’s leader, Richard launched Taylor & Taylor, now Plan First Wealth and continues to fuel the firm’s growth. Richard is a Chartered Financial Planner (UK – CII) in addition to holding the IMC (CFA UK) and Series 65 (US – FINRA).

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About Serra

With over 20 years of design experience in both in-house and agency settings, Serra Kiziltan has positively impacted over one billion users to date. Her expertise spans diverse industries such as technology, finance, e-commerce, telecommunications, social media, and PropTech.

Serra leverages this multi-industry experience to support prominent global organizations and Fortune 50-500 companies, delivering transformative products, platforms, and solutions that generate billions of dollars in revenue.

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