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About Elizabeth Dunkel

Elizabeth Dunkel is a writer and novelist who has lived in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for 25 years. She is the Creative Director of Camp Liza http://www.campliza.com, a personal blog about stylish and creative living. “A thoughtful life is a luxe life.” Elizabeth is the proud founder of the Merida English Library. She discovered a second career as a CELTA certified teacher of ESL and is Merida’s first, only and best college coach http://www.superenglishmerida.com.
Latest Posts | By Elizabeth Dunkel
Retirement Living Redefined: Life in the Time of Luxurious Gifts
4 weeks ago

Retirement Living Redefined: Life in the Time of Luxurious Gifts

When I first retired, many questions surfaced. Who am I now – without a job title, an identity in the community, without responsibility and status, without a paycheck each week? What do I mean? Am I important anymore? To whom? How can I feel vital and needed? Read More

10 Things I Learned from Rick and Leo About Creating an Inspiring Retirement
1 month ago

10 Things I Learned from Rick and Leo About Creating an Inspiring Retirement

I am now officially retired. Yes, I know, the word retirement is antiquated and ridiculous. I didn’t retire from life. Rather, I stopped working 9-5, five days a week and getting a paycheck. Now I work 10 hours a day writing, researching, reading and blogging – and get no paycheck. Read More

Living Like a Princess on Social Security – Yes, it’s Possible!
1 month ago

Living Like a Princess on Social Security – Yes, it’s Possible!

I recently read an article in Forbes titled, “Quit your job and live abroad in places so cheap you might not need to work.” I was so fascinated by this that I decided to add up the numbers of my cost of living to see how I fared in the scheme of things. Read More

I Took Control of My Financial Destiny in Retirement… You Can Too!
2 months ago

I Took Control of My Financial Destiny in Retirement… You Can Too!

For years I thought I had my finances and investments figured out. I had a financial advisor and felt well taken care of. I was grateful to have this smart man advise me and manage my investments for my retirement.
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Hip Hip Hooray! How to Get Through a Hip Replacement with Grace and Positivity
3 months ago

Hip Hip Hooray! How to Get Through a Hip Replacement with Grace and Positivity

My hip hurt for years; I started limping. But I lived with the pain because I didn’t want to pay attention to it when there were so many more interesting things to do!

When friends suggested hip replacement, I recoiled. Hip replacement was a dirty word in my life. I felt shame. Hip replacement was for other people, for old people, not me. Not me. Read More

How to Use the Internet to Feel Like a Millionaire
4 months ago

How to Use the Internet to Feel Like a Millionaire

Who wants to be a millionaire? We all do. What does that mean? For me it means not worrying about money, doing what I want and enjoying the luxuries that life has to offer. Read More

How to Relax Like a Millionaire – Your Spa Day Does Not Have to Cost a Fortune!
4 months ago

How to Relax Like a Millionaire – Your Spa Day Does Not Have to Cost a Fortune!

Say the word, “spa” and it conjures up lifestyles of the rich and famous.

There’s no denying that spas are extremely expensive. However, SPA, or “salute per aqua” is an ageless tradition dating back to Roman times. Honoring your health and well-being with body caring treatments should be a right of all human beings.
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How Life After Retirement is Like Being a Student Again
5 months ago

How Life After Retirement is Like Being a Student Again

As ready as I was to leave my 8-7 (it was never 9-5) world after a successful and satisfying career, I had the usual feelings that many people experience upon the phenomenon our society calls retirement. No one tells you that retirement takes processing. It’s not a day in your life; it’s a transition.
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Recipes of the Rich and Famous That You Can Make for Pennies
5 months ago

Recipes of the Rich and Famous That You Can Make for Pennies

Welcome to another installment of how to live like a millionaire on a retirement budget.

The recipe ideas I want to share with you are served at the finest restaurants for hefty prices. They may not even be that good either, because as we know, money and quality don’t always add up. Read More

How to Create a Luxury Hospital Survival Kit
5 months ago

How to Create a Luxury Hospital Survival Kit

No one likes being in the hospital. So why not make it as pleasant as possible?

Once you are out of danger and/or surgery, and in the recovery phase, there are ways to make your stay more comfortable and stress free, and even include some luxurious touches. Read More