Confessions of a Closet Schemer

We did a lot of work and planning before we quit our jobs. We often refer to what we are doing as having ‘run away from home.’ It’s a bit of a joke, but there is some truth to it. But we did sell all of our things. We got out of our home and mortgage and moved into a small apartment. We quit our jobs. We traveled half of the U.S.

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San Cristobal, Guatemala and … China?

A couple of weeks ago we reached a milestone, the end of our first six months in Mexico. We can’t believe it has been that long already! Six months is also the standard time limit for a tourist visa. In order to extend your stay, you have to spend at least seventy-two hours outside the country before re-entry, at which time you can renew your visa for another six months. So that is what we did.

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Photo Contest: Capture the Colour

There’s a new photo contest going on and I was ‘tagged’ by my friend Wes (aka Johnny Vagabond). Sponsored by TravelSupermarket.com, there are some great prizes (iPads!) and the contest is being judged by some amazing photographers/bloggers. The rules are pretty simple: post photos on your blog that fit the following themes: Red, Blue, White, Green and Yellow. Share your post via social media (see the rules below for details) and nominate five other bloggers to join in the fun.

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My Unsolicited Open Letter to the Class of ________

I found out late in life that being a normal worker bee, a cog in the wheel of American society, dragged along by life and what everybody normally does – school, job, house, cars, possessions, waiting to get old and retire if I didn’t die of some disease or accident first – maybe wasn’t what I should have done with this one precious life on earth that I was lucky enough to get.

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Well We're Leavin' on a Jet Plane…

We’ve been so busy over the last few months that I don’t think I’ve had the chance for all of this to sink in yet. Living in a ‘foreign’ country for a few months really isn’t that earth-shattering. Millions have done it before, and millions will do it in the future. I try to look at it that way. However, if you add the fact that we will continue to do this for the foreseeable future, with only occasional trips back home, our adventure becomes much more unusual!

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One More Week Until Mexico

What would you do if you had only one week left in the country you were born and raised in? I know what we’re going to do – work! Looks like we’ll be able to fit our stuff into our Rick Steves carry-on bags, but there are a lot of little leftover pieces and parts. So today is eBay day! We plan on heading to Denton on Friday. Glenn will be seeing some old co-workers for the first time in a long time, and we are trying to work in a few other people as well.

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You Crazy or Sumpin???

Hello World, Dixie here, ready to dish out some truly mind-blowing drivel. Maybe I am just a bit on the odd side…. Anyway, here goes. Enjoy! Dixie, how did you, the shy, follow-along, go-with-the-flow girl end up in the wacky place in life you are in now? A bit, uh, risky, isn’t it? Well, Oprah, dear, it’s like this… (I can dream, can’t I? LOL) All my life I have just zinged along, doing what was expected of me by people around me, by the societal circle I was dancing in, never really questioning anything, taking the collective word for most things – fa-la-la!

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Viva Mexico!

It has been a wonderful few months with family and friends, but we are about to move on to Phase 2. That’s the part where we leave the United States! It took a lot of research and discussion but we finally got it all set. We are going to start in Mexico! There are a couple of good reasons for this. For one thing, we’re familiar with Mexico, having last traveled there back in 2008.

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Glenn 2.0 -- 2011 in Review

Early in 2010 I looked ahead to my 50th birthday and tried to come up with something appropriate for the end of my first half-century of life. That’s a pretty big milestone, and I wanted to celebrate in a big way. At one point I wanted to go to a big music festival somewhere in South America, but was unable to line one up with my birthday. And by the time we finally decided on the day we would quit our jobs, I was unwilling to spend the money for the flights.

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Musings On Being Homeless after 7 Months

Homelessness on purpose is a pretty freaky feeling. We, like you, have always had a lot of stuff. We had a small house that eventually seemed a bit cramped. We moved closer to our good jobs and bought our dream home with the vow never to move again. We bought the house we thought we’d retire in, in a nice neighborhood. It was big enough for us and overnight guests and party gatherings.

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