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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
13 Revelations I Brought Home from My Iconic 50th High School Reunion
4 days ago

13 Revelations I Brought Home from My Iconic 50th High School Reunion

We slipped quietly into our hometown, arriving one by one – by car, taxi, bus, or train. We all wondered what we would feel. It all looks the same! It all looks different!
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8 Tips for Your First Adventure Cruise
2 weeks ago

8 Tips for Your First Adventure Cruise

This is how I describe my first adventure cruise: “Summer camp for adults with gourmet food and alcohol.” Read More

Don’t Want to Attend Your 50th High School Reunion? 5 Authentic, Important Reasons to Go!
2 weeks ago

Don’t Want to Attend Your 50th High School Reunion? 5 Authentic, Important Reasons to Go!

I can’t believe it, just as no one can believe it: the famous 50th high school reunion has cropped up on me. The sentiments have long been expressed: it went so fast. It seems like a cliché, the 50th…
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Confessions of a Lonely Woman: Overcoming Loneliness Starts with Yourself
3 weeks ago

Confessions of a Lonely Woman: Overcoming Loneliness Starts with Yourself

A lonely woman. Aren’t these powerful, dare I say, almost ugly words? Conjuring up someone pathetic, perhaps? Someone you probably don’t want to know? Read More

Embrace Anti-Consumerism and Feel Like a Millionaire After 60
4 weeks 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 Life After Retirement is Like Being a Student Again
1 month 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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6 Reasons Living Alone Makes You Feel Rich
2 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 Relax Like a Millionaire – Your Spa Day Does Not Have to Cost a Fortune!
2 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 to Travel Like a Queen on a Retirement Budget
3 months ago

How to Travel Like a Queen on a Retirement Budget

Well, I certainly don’t have my own plane and can’t afford super luxury hotels on Lake Como. But when I look at the attributes of what is considered luxury travel, there are many ways I can accomplish them even on a budget. Read More

Feeling Sorry for Yourself? 8 Gentle Ways to Melt That Horrible Feeling Away
3 months ago

Feeling Sorry for Yourself? 8 Gentle Ways to Melt That Horrible Feeling Away

It was the Fourth of July. I had recently moved to the U.S., after 25 years of living abroad, and knew not one soul in the city. From the window of my high-rise flat, I could see the city was jubilant…
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