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About Elizabeth Dunkel

Elizabeth Dunkel is a writer and novelist who recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Merida, Mexico for 25 years. She is the Creative Director of www.campliza.com, her personal blog about stylish, creative and meaningful living. “A thoughtful life is a luxurious life.” Elizabeth is the proud founder of the Merida English Library. As a Cambridge CELTA certified teacher of ESL, she considers herself not just a teacher but a dream maker. “Teaching English empowers people to reach their dreams.”
Latest Posts | By Elizabeth Dunkel
Entertaining Like a Millionaire on a Retirement Budget
3 weeks ago

Entertaining Like a Millionaire on a Retirement Budget

I have long believed that taking someone into your home and giving them a meal is one of the kindest and most luxurious things you can do. The world is a noisy, busy place.

We are all involved in our own little dramas. And the act of being invited in from the cold (even when it’s hot!) is a true delight. To be treated kindly, to be fed is a luxury of the highest order. Read More

An Interview with a Retired Millionaire: Living Better for Less in Retirement
2 months ago

An Interview with a Retired Millionaire: Living Better for Less in Retirement

Today, I wanted to share an interview I had with a millionaire who has just retired. I wanted us to see how she thinks, how she lives, what she does. I hope it gives you some perspective about your life, your retirement savings and your relationship to money. Read More

7 Priceless Tips for Retiring Abroad (#2 Could Save Your Sanity!)
3 months ago

7 Priceless Tips for Retiring Abroad (#2 Could Save Your Sanity!)

International moving is not for sissies! It’s a jolt to every cell in your body. I know – I just did a reverse commute! Read More

How I Lost Weight on My Cruise
4 months ago

How I Lost Weight on My Cruise

All you ever hear from people is how much weight they gained during their cruise. “The food was so good,” they groan. They ate like crazy and now they have to diet.

Well, I’m here to report that I went on a cruise and lost weight. Hah! Read More

Already Downsized? Learn How to Buy Without Adding Clutter to Your Life
4 months ago

Already Downsized? Learn How to Buy Without Adding Clutter to Your Life

If I read one more article about downsizing and decluttering, I think I’ll scream. At first it was refreshingly liberating, this KonMari method of asking, “Does this item bring me joy?” – yes, you’re in; no you’re out. Boom! Read More

Embrace Anti-Consumerism and Feel Like a Millionaire After 60
4 months ago

Embrace Anti-Consumerism and Feel Like a Millionaire After 60

“I don’t need it. I don’t want it. I’m not gonna buy it.” Say it three times and walk away. Say it and feel fabulous. You’re a part of a new anti-consumerism movement that will help you feel like a millionaire. Read More

How to Feel Like a Millionaire in Your Own Home: Luxe Looks on a Budget
4 months ago

How to Feel Like a Millionaire in Your Own Home: Luxe Looks on a Budget

I was going to title this piece, “How to Decorate Like a Millionaire,” but of course, there’s no one way a millionaire decorates! Look through the upscale shelter mags and I bet you’ll comment on the questionable taste in some of the most expensive homes featured. Read More

6 Reasons Living Alone Makes You Feel Rich
5 months ago

6 Reasons Living Alone Makes You Feel Rich

Welcome to another installment of my “living like a millionaire on a retirement budget” series. No matter what our financial situation, we all have budgets. Living beautifully — or luxuriously can hinge on changing a perception or making an attitude adjustment. Read More

How to Recover from an Illness Luxuriously… Even if You Aren’t Made of Money
5 months ago

How to Recover from an Illness Luxuriously… Even if You Aren’t Made of Money

Being sick is never fun. There are two schools of being ill: “Stop the world I want to get off,” (that’s me) or the stoic, “It’s nothing,” and carry on. I don’t know how the “it’s nothing” people do it. My body and soul say, Arthur Miller style, “Attention must be paid.”
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How a Single Older Woman Can Meet 150 New People in 3 Hours
6 months ago

How a Single Older Woman Can Meet 150 New People in 3 Hours

Recently, I wrote an article about being single and feeling fabulous about it. The response was enormous and the comments were enlightening! Read More