Kicking Off the Blog

Welcome! Thanks for checking out my site. I’ve been wanting to create this blog for a long while now, and our move to Mexico turned out to be the perfect opportunity for me to put my all into this project. I feel like I’ve always got a million thoughts buzzing around in my head, and putting them to paper is highly therapeutic. That anyone else cares to read them is just a bonus.

A bit of background about me, as I’m sure all of this information will come into play in future posts:

  • My husband’s name is Matthew, and he and I were married in September 2016 after 7.5 years of dating.
  • I quit my corporate job in January 2017 to pursue our dream of living abroad. Remote work makes this move sustainable for us. Our goal is to buy a house when we return to our hometown in the U.S. in a few years.
  • I was diagnosed with migraines at the age of 19, and chronic migraine at the age of 22. This illness impacts me on a daily basis.
  • I was also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of 22, but it’s not nearly as bad as the migraines. For the most part, I can manage it without medicine, and it does not inform my day-to-day decisions the way headaches do.
  • My degrees are in Linguistics and Hispanic Studies. I’ve done quite a bit of written Spanish-English translation work, the most notable of which was for the Embassy of Spain in D.C. (If you happen to have any translation needs, feel free to drop me a line.)
  • Traveling is my very favorite thing to do.
  • Saving money is my second favorite. It’s a constant balancing act managing both. I’ve gained a reputation among those who know me as both a traveler and extreme cheapskate.

Confession: my number 1 goal in life is a tie between traveling the world and retiring early. I split my time online fairly evenly between travel blogs and early-retirement-centric finance blogs. I’m aware that without an incredibly high-paying job, the two are very much at odds with one another. This is why it was so important to Matthew and me to continue working while living abroad. We’re not willing to forgo travel in the interest of pursuing early retirement, but we also aren’t willing to indulge the “I quit my job and sold everything I own to travel the world on a shoestring” mentality so prevalent among the online travel blogging community. I respect the many people who have chosen either of those paths. For us, choosing a stable life abroad where we can have new experiences while also bulking up our savings was the key to having it all, for the time being.

I feel as though I have a bit of wisdom to share about finances, travel, mental health, and navigating life in general. The Internet is saturated with information on all of these topics, so I certainly don’t pretend to be an expert on anything; all I can offer is my perspective. I’ll be writing for my own purposes, to clear my head, as mentioned before; to document experiences and information that I can refer back to in the future; and simply to share my thoughts and perspective with the online world. As private a person as I am, this is actually kind of a scary thing for me. But I know that I’d regret not doing it more than I could regret doing it, so here I am.

Here’s to becoming richer in every sense of the word – financially, in life experience, and through new knowledge and discoveries. I’m glad to be sharing the journey with you. Thanks for following along.