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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
Lobster or Chicken? How to Spend Your Money in Retirement
3 hours ago

Lobster or Chicken? How to Spend Your Money in Retirement

I saw this as a little blurb in an AARP article: “When you eat out, do you order lobster or chicken?” I stopped cold. I order the chicken, of course. And now I’m annoyed with myself. Read More

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

10 Hard Truths Unveiled About Retiring Abroad – Experience Is Everything!
1 month ago

10 Hard Truths Unveiled About Retiring Abroad – Experience Is Everything!

“Living abroad is a lot of work,” I tell people who ask me what it was like to live in Mexico for decades. I recently moved back to the United States, and I thought I’d share my first-hand knowledge with everyone…
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A New Decade Begins – Hello, 2020! Let’s Embrace the New while Staying Wise of the Past
2 months ago

A New Decade Begins – Hello, 2020! Let’s Embrace the New while Staying Wise of the Past

Have you considered that our upcoming new year is 2020? It has quite literally snuck up on us! We are entering a new decade. Remember when it turned 2000? Can you believe that it’s now 20 years later?

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Lessons on Aging from My Mother and Grandmother
2 months 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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Luxury Skincare on a Budget: 5 Ways to Make Your Skin Feel Like a Million Bucks
2 months ago

Luxury Skincare on a Budget: 5 Ways to Make Your Skin Feel Like a Million Bucks

There’s a whole new world of skincare out there. It’s fun and it’s affordable with new formulations and innovative, targeted products. Read More

13 Revelations I Brought Home from My Iconic 50th High School Reunion
3 months 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
3 months 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!
3 months 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
4 months 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