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

4 years 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

5 years 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

5 years ago

Forget 5-Star Hotels! Being a Houseguest is the Millionaire Way to Travel

What hotel does Oprah stay in? Or Richard Branson? Or Bill Gates? Or Mark Zuckerberg?

They don’t. Well, occasionally they might. But more often, the super-rich stay with their super-rich friends. Why stay in a hotel when you can stay on a private island, in an extravagant ski chalet, at beach and lake houses or city flats?
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5 years ago

How to Dine Extravagantly, Even When You’re on a Budget

We do it three times a day, so it might as well be fabulous, fantastic, delicious, delightful. Even if we’re watching our weight. Especially if we’re watching our weight. Read More

5 years ago

Are You the Same Person You Were in High School? Yes, it Matters!

Whoever first said that life is like high school all the time sure hit the nail on the head.

An aside – Yes, I know that’s a cliché, but I love it. Because I know exactly how hard it is to hit the nail on the head when I’m trying to drive a nail into something!
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5 years ago

How to Feel Like a Millionaire Inside, No Matter What’s Going on Outside

Recently, a reader of my Millionaire series commented that perhaps thinking like a millionaire isn’t something to be aspired to because “What’s so good about being acquisitive, status oriented and power hungry?” Read More

5 years ago

How to Vacation Like a Millionaire with All-Inclusive Hotels

I always travel like a millionaire – as in getting to and from a place – but I don’t always “vacation” like a millionaire. I’m perfectly fine with staying in a barebones eco-bungalow on the beach, or taking a rough and tumble road trip through the countryside and finding a B&B for the night. Because I live with a millionaire mentality, I always have a grand time. Read More

5 years ago

How to Celebrate When You Are Alone for the Holidays

I hope you noticed that I didn’t title this article, “How to Survive the Holidays, Alone.”

No! This is about making sure to celebrate the holidays if you are alone. Read More

5 years 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.” Read More

5 years ago

MORE! Extravagant Gift Ideas for Women on a Budget

Hi everyone! This is Part Two of Extravagant Gifts on a Budget. If you haven’t read the first installment, please do! In that article, I discussed the joy of giving and receiving unexpected gifts and went over one of the most important issues: beautiful wrapping. Read More