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Elizabeth Dunkel is a writer and novelist who recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Merida, Mexico for 25 years. 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

2 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…

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5 months ago

Are Your Conversations About Money Making You Unhappy?

Lately I have become acutely sensitive to the amount of time we spend talking about money in our everyday life. “I love your sweater.” “Oh thank you. I got it on sale for $19, can you believe it? It cost $149.00 originally.”

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1 year 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! As you know, you don’t need a lot of money to live a millionaire lifestyle. That’s because good taste has nothing to do with money…

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1 year ago

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

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. However, you can dine even…

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1 year ago

Give Yourself a Personal Retreat this December. You Deserve it!

December is not my favorite month. I call it the lost month. Why? Everyone is busy putting everything off until “after the holidays.” You saw the irony in that sentence, right? “Busy putting things off.” Everyone is shopping, wrapping, cleaning…

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1 year ago

Lessons on Aging from My Mother and Grandmother

Now that I have become “their age” I find myself thinking a lot about my grandmother (Tania) and my mother (Helen). After all, they were my first aging female role models…

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2 years ago

6 Reasons Living Alone Makes You Feel Rich

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. Living alone is like being rich…

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2 years 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…

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2 years ago

Single Over 60? Alone and Fabulous? Don’t Worry… You’re Perfect!

“If I’m so fabulous, then why am I single?” This question came to me and I realized I have to write about it. I often ask it of myself. I see my friends with their various backstories, neuroses and impossibilities, in relationships. High maintenance types…

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2 years 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. Whilst we never socialized…

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