About Me

If it doesn’t fit in the backpack or the rollie suitcase, do we need it?   For a while now, my husband has been going on (and on and on…) about selling everything on ebay and his last line was always “If it doesn’t fit, I don’t need it”.   Although I made fun of him at first, the idea kinda kept growing on me – for a couple of reasons.  At 63 and 66, we’re  teetering on the edge of retirement and didn’t get the memo about planning or saving for it, so we’re going to have to get creative to find ways to live LARGE on a small budget.  And, as he so often does without having a clue, my hubby hit on a really interesting life question –  what do we REALLY need to be happy?  We get so bogged down with all our stuff, that we lose sight of how simple life can and should be.  So, this blog is a place to share my thoughts on what we need and what we think we need as my husband and I pare a lifetime of possessions…and get ready to become citizens of the world.

But wait, there’s more – Since we’re looking for fun and interesting retirement opportunities, the chance to travel, seek new adventures and become wandering nomads for a while, it’s also a place to share the information I find, our own experiences, and the stories of those who have already blazed the trails for us.  In short, what to toss and what to pack for this Second (or is it Third?) Act in our lives.

I hope you find some food for thought and a few ideas to spark your own creative adventure in retirement living.

I’d love to hear from you!

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14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Found you through She Writes, and am a fellow Portlander. My husband and I pared down due to the recession, as in, Keep All The Stuff and lose our business or Pare Down, Live in One Room, and save the business. We took the latter. And now we are still paring down!

    • I’m thrilled you stopped by my blog. It sounds like the last couple of years have been an adventure for you and your husband as well. My husband and I have a toast – May it only get better from here. Cheers to that for all of us. Hopefully we’ll see the sun sometime soon!

  2. I found your site on the 5th page of a Google word search (boomer expat clearinghouse) and am glad I found you. Am also looking for community, especially as a 30 year marriage ends.
    Would love to hear more about San Miguel.

    • Hello Dixie! I am so pleased that you found my blog. This adventure is new to me as is blogging. It sounds like you are discovering and creating a new life as well. It can be scary for sure but exhilarating as well. I love San Miguel! Especially in Centro. So much history and culture and a great mix of wonderful locals and friendly and interesting ex-pats. I will be posting more about San Miguel and other locations as well as links to experts and other resources. I hope you find your own new community as well.

  3. Hi, Nancy. I’m also 63 and living proof that you can live large on a small budget. I, too, never saved a penny for retirement. Blessedly, I had a nice pension from the Writers Guild from my TV writing days. Last year I downsized from a 3 bdrm/2 bath rental where I’d lived for 17 years, and got rid of everything that wouldn’t fit in my new one-room cottage on a hilltop. I’ve never been happier. Best of luck to you on this new adventure. It’s really worth it.

    • Hi Jayne, Thanks for stopping by and the encouragement. Part of the adventure for me is figuring out how to live as large and have as many experiences as we can on just a wee bit of income. It’s great to hear from people who are doing it. Did you by chance know Margie Peters from your writing days? She wrote and eventually produced for Love Boat, One Day at a Time, Facts of Life and other shows. She is a life long friend of my husband. Lots of writers in LA I know, but sometimes it’s a smaller world than we realize. I’ll be reading your blog as I try to learn more about the actual craft of writing. Right now I’m musing out loud and enjoying myself very much. Nancy

  4. Nancy, So glad to have found you. Like you, I am 63 and my husband is 66. I’d love to pick up and explore but he continues to let his fear prevent him from doing that. We also have limited income. I may have to do it alone but meanwhile I’ll do what I can to ease him through his fear and hope that he will be able to join me in this journey. Any thoughts on traveling on a VERY limited income? We’re also looking for alternative retirement options and opportunities. There are so many of us at this stage in their lives who want to create something exciting, creative and adventuresome for their next act. How can we all find each other?

    • Hello Peggy! I am so glad you stopped by my blog and thank you for leaving a comment. I hope you will come back. I try to post two or three times a week with musings, ideas, research and some of our own experiences as we try on this new stage in our life. I agree, so many of us are hoping to create new experiences and fun adventure in the years to come. We’re all in this together. Stay tuned! I am determined to find a way and share it with others.

  5. Hi Nancy,
    We came across your blog and read about your exciting trip to Spain 🙂 and noticed that you would want to find a home exchange in Spain. We’re Knok, a home exchange site with hundreds of homes in Spain! We’d love to invite you to try out our community. Just send us an email if you’re interested!

    • Thank you for letting me know about your site. I will take a look and see if it might help in our exchange search. I am very excited about our trip to Spain and walking part of the Camino.

    • Thank you for the lovely comment. Something about advancing years seems to take my thoughts on many tangents. There are so many interesting aspects of embarking on this new phase of life. It’s like being a teenager without the zits or angst and a few more dollars. I have been checking in on your blog as well. So glad to connect.

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