Sunday, March 18, 2012


Was it FATE or DESTINY that stepped into my heart and mind in 2009? God led my thoughts to consider how I might contribute the gift He has given me, with kids in need in Mexico. Since I will not have more of my own, hmmmm, then I can be a blessing as I am blessed by their joy for having a mothers heart that cares. Faced with my mortality, I hear the clock ticking towards the end of my work life and I asked God...what will You have me do? When and where will Barb retire from promoting world dreams...and engage my heart in His purpose? Both of Barb's siblings are living their dream in homes that have no mortgage. Would such a thing be possible for Barbara too? During the season of 2009 Barb works for a City plagued with folks losing their jobs, homes and dreams. Quaking with feelings about the economy and her hearts desire to meet a man of God, she did not think it odd of her Father to provide a surprising inheiritance to assist her in making a dream come true. WOW, I was able to pick the kitchen tile of and interior colors of a brand new home in Mexico! Is there paradise outside the USA? Barb made the tough decision to face her future with courage and walk in faith ~ alone. Her seemingly bold and quick decision to buy a home on a solo Christmas trip to Chapala in 2009 was re-affirmed. Plans to retire across the border used to be a foreign concept to most Americans, but it is now a trend that is becoming more common thanks to two main factors: the Internet and the economy. The Internet provides Ben and Jill immediate connectivity to family and friends in the USA. So why retire in California and limit one's pleasure due to financial stress when you can choose to live in a tropical paradise and spend your retirement dollars gladly hosting family and friends on their vacations! All that was required was to think outside the border and spin a grin as the internet led Barb to the property in fact that she was destined to purchase. In 2011 AARP reported a list of ten places to retire outside the U.S.A. The five reasons AARP used for making a wise choice: Cost of living, Housing rates, Healthcare, Cultural and recreational options and IF an Expat community exists. AARP chose: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Corozal, Belize; Le Marche, Italy; Boquete, Panama; and Cascais, Portugal. Ahhh ~ the secret of Chapala is yet safe but will be let loose soon as the Pan Am Games features Chapala for all the water sports in October 2011. Until then, Barb who chose to retire in Chapala will benefit greatly as her cost of property tax, water and electricity for the year is only $240.00 USA. Her health will be cared for by a MEDICINA two blocks down, her recreational preference of kayaking on still waters is only 4 blocks away, and with a vibrant, active EPAT community of 1,200 members, Barb will have plenty of LIKE MINDED individuals to adventure with! Inside the book entitled "Expat Women" Real-Life Questions are answered about Living Abroad from experienced expats. Wisdom mingles with positive tips to motivate women at every stage of their bold expat journey. TOPICS: Leaving family, treading light while transitioning quickly, intercultural relationships, and parenting bilingual kids. Life is difficult in the USA or as an EPAT. Issues like infidelity, divorce, alcoholism and cultural preference are given a share of quality ink by an EXPAT who has been there, done that. Any single woman who has ever wondered what it is like to live abroad, work abroad or accompany a loved one across the border will find this work inspiring. Women who have planned to be counted among the growing throng of EXPATS, but experience mixed feelings about settling in, rebuilding their identity, accepting the dynamic of a change in family relations, managing money and people will find this to be an excellent resource. Repatriating for six months at a time is also a frequent choice that gives respite a place within the chosen EXPAT DESTINY across the border.

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