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GenX, GenXer, Lean Fire, leanfire, Nurse Practitioner, downsize, rightsize,
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Once upon a time I was living the American Dream.  I had a well paying job, a respected profession, lived in a large modern home in a sought after neighborhood and purchased almost everything I wanted.  I had 30 paid vacation days a year.  I spent vacation time on sandy beaches and pursued hobbies that … Continue reading "Dismantling an Outdated Life Script" ...
Posted: Aug 02 2018 @ 5:10 PM
When I fired my job in April, I had come to the end of my professional rope.  I was seriously wondering how to eek out even one more day at the dreadmill.  After almost two years working in an infusion suite where we administered just about anything that could be infused into someone’s body (numerous … Continue reading "From Saving Lives to Unemployment…and I could NOT be happier" ...
Posted: Jul 10 2018 @ 7:00 AM
If you have been a regular reader, you know that in the last year, my life has undergone a bit of a re-invention….again.  I’m a cat with nine lives.  Always restless.  I’m constantly re-inventing, re-imagining and re-working.  Often, I’m not happy with the status quo so I change it up.  I quit a job.  I … Continue reading "Welcome to My Vida Loca" ...
Posted: Jul 08 2018 @ 7:00 AM
First, let me just admit that I totally changed my plans.  My slow travel required a lot of adaptability and flexibility….because when volcanoes erupt, it can really screw your plans up.  My daughter cancelled her visit.  My trekking plans were turned inside out.  Suddenly, I was collecting food for the displaced and poorer than poor.  … Continue reading "I’m Doing Something Crazy Again….Such is Life" ...
Posted: Jun 26 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Slow Travel – Defined What is Slow Travel exactly?  Per theartofslowtravel.com the answer is rather simple… “Slow travel is not so much a particular mode of transportation as it is a mindset. Rather than attempting to squeeze as many sights or cities as possible into each trip, the slow traveler takes the time to explore … Continue reading "Sustainable Slow Travel – Considering the Considerations" ...
Posted: Jun 22 2018 @ 7:03 AM
Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is my new life.  I am living an exotic adventure.  Beginning April 2018, I began a sabbatical of undetermined length.  I believe it saved my life.  Once dreaming of slow travel with a backpack and winging it in foreign lands was “pie in the sky”.  Now it’s … Continue reading "Saving My Own Life with Sabbatical" ...
Posted: Jun 14 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Volcan Fuego erupted on June 3rd, 2018.  At the time of this writing, 75 people have been confirmed dead and nearly 200 are still missing.  Only 23 people have been identified including a 3- and 6 year old.  This tragedy occurred with no warning from the government.  People were socializing, celebrating the birth of a … Continue reading "Gratitude isn’t easy…in a first world country" ...
Posted: Jun 06 2018 @ 10:00 AM
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”– Paulo Coelho Some people climb Everest.  Some people hike the Appalachian Trail or the PCT.  Some people buy a round-the-world ticket and travel the planet.  Some people try to visit every state of the union or each of the seven continents once.  Some swim … Continue reading "Adventurous Living is Dangerous…to the Status Quo" ...
Posted: Jun 01 2018 @ 7:00 AM
I’ve been shoring up my plans as I prepare for my travel to Guatemala.  I thought I’d give you a glimpse into how things are shaping up as I prepare to go a’gallivanting.  I’ll be flying into Guatemala City (GUA) this weekend and I’ll be attempting to post from there, including many photos from my … Continue reading "Don’t Mind Me, I’m Off On a Grand Adventure :)" ...
Posted: May 25 2018 @ 7:00 AM
This post is a belated one.  I have very complicated and conflicting emotions about the role my mother played in my life.  She was kind, unselfish, compassionate, smart, creative, well read, moral, empathetic, passionate…and very messed up.  She had her first psychotic break when I was 14 years old.  There were many issues in the … Continue reading "Many Mothers Mothered Me" ...
Posted: May 17 2018 @ 7:00 AM


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