Don’t Worry About Your Purpose, Find A Path

November 12, 2013

You want to take a mountain hike, and fortunately there’s a trail map showing you several options.  Which do you take?   There are always two ways to journey.  One is to have a destination and choose a path that will take you there.  Or you can simply meander in a less purposeful way, enjoying […]

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What Does It Take To Make A Successful Life Transition?

October 26, 2013

Over the course of my adult life, I’ve often described myself, usually with a bit of chagrin in my voice, as “perpetually, or once again, in transition.” Now maybe that’s because I’m obsessed with the question of “who am I?”, which for me is always fluid if not downright elusive. (With Saturn, the archetype that […]

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On Barking Dogs, Boiling Water, and Noisy Buses – Adapting to Life in the Southern Hemisphere

July 17, 2013

I’m so far behind in documenting our expatriation journey that it’s hard to know where to start. Since getting present – in all senses of the word – is of paramount importance, suffice it to say that the last two weeks prior to our departure from the U.S. were physically grueling and emotionally taxing.   Two […]

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Old Loves, New Lives

May 10, 2013

God, I love New York City.  I’m back here in the city of my birth just for the day to complete the apostillization of my birth certificate, one more piece of the residency visa puzzle that needs to be completed this week. Although I used to visit NYC several times a year as a child […]

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Moving Pets Abroad

April 9, 2013

I confess that while I can worry about most anything, getting our two cats – Guy and Chloe -to their new home in Ecuador with minimal trauma has been my main concern.  Though truth be told they’re already somewhat annoyed with me as I have put them on a diet and they seem to be […]

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The Bittersweet of Expatriating

April 6, 2013

Let me first give you a little context for this post, sprung several days ago from one of my girlhood memories, when I would sit and pull petals off a flower (as I suspect did most every other girl growing up in the U.S.), saying “He loves me, he loves me not”, waiting to see […]

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You Have to REALLY Want Something…

March 21, 2013

“There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going” (sign seen on the walls of a treatment center).   AND not only are there no shortcuts, there may  very well be a number of detours. For the things I’ve most wanted and accomplished thus far in my life, the amount of work required and the not […]

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Now, Why Are You Moving to Ecuador?

March 4, 2013

“Now, why are you moving to Ecuador?” This is the question I’m getting over and over as I let people know of our upcoming move and relocation to Ecuador. Often, I give the simple answer (relatively speaking) that in 2011 my husband and I started thinking about how to make our eventual retirement money go […]

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