It’s exactly a year to the day since I last made a post here. I’m going to blame it on the pandemic.
During the last 365 days, my life has been turned every which way. Of course, that’s the case for many people. My particular version included driving back to the U.S. for what I thought would be a couple of months, closing down my home in Mazatlan and selling everything from afar (Muchisimas gracias, Jan and Nancy!), and then trying to assimilate back into the American culture and way of life, an often challenging process that continues to this day. (More about that later.)
Also like everyone else, I’ve had lots of time on my hands and spent some of that promoting my book. Somehow I hit the proverbial jackpot and CNBC published a story about me and the book; it’s been trending in the #2 spot on their website since it went live yesterday. (!) The editors told me it’s “hit a nerve” with their readers, especially as it was published the day after the awful attack on the Capital in Washington D.C.
What’s most amazing to me though, are the hundreds of messages and emails I’m receiving from people who saw the story and have been inspired and enthused to follow their own dreams of a simpler, happier lifestyle. My heart is warmed by so many of you who’ve written to congratulate me: for being courageous, for choosing happiness, for escaping the American rat race and showing that there are options.
I’m making my way through all the messages I’ve received, poco a poco, and will eventually get to them all. In the meantime, I encourage you to get my book, Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats, as most of your questions will be answered there. With 27 different writers (myself included) sharing their experiences of how they made the decision, and move, to Mexico, plus anecdotes and advice from their lives thereafter, you’re sure to find valuable, practical information. Plus, it’s a good read, if I do say so myself! (And not just for women or Americans, by the way.)
I’ll see you here again soon (I promise!) and in the meantime, have a great day and hold on to those dreams!