8 ways to be a writer activist

My heart has been heavy over the last several days as I’ve watched the civil unrest back home, in the United States. It took me several days to process what I wanted to say or do, how I could best support from afar. I wondered, How can I be an ally and advocate for my […]

Unconventional: a look at our nontraditional family life

“Oh, so your husband . . . doesn’t work?” The conversation usually begins. “I mean, he does,” I reply. “He’s a stay at home dad.” Awkward silence. “So . . . you work?” “That’s right. I work full time. Travel a bunch. You know how it is.” Here, I usually offer the other person an […]

people walking in Portugal

5 lessons I’ve learned living an off-the-path life

When I’m home in Idaho, or anywhere in the U.S., most new people I meet see the same thing: typical American woman, business person, and mom. They imagine my golden retriever running around my suburban backyard, and picture me bingeing The Bachelor on the weekends. Like you, like all of us, others try to define […]

Living through a pandemic in Portugal—and did I have the coronavirus?

When we moved to Portugal back in August of 2019, we had big dreams. We’d immerse ourselves in Portuguese culture. We’d eat bread and cheese and olive oil and fresh produce. We’d drink good wine. We’d travel Europe, maybe even rent a camper van and do a big summer tour like all the Europeans. We’d […]

boy looking at sea

5 practical ways to regain focus and find peace

Like you, I have been stuck in my house for weeks. We started isolating on March 13, the day the Portuguese government announced that schools would be closed the following Monday. About a week later, the government announced a state of emergency that included forced isolation orders. Which means, in short, that we’re stuck at […]

In this time of uncertainty, a story of serendipity

Photo taken at sunset at a viewing point in Sagres, Portugal. During senior year of my undergrad, I was faced with a decision: do I go straight to graduate school, or do I travel and experience the world? I’d heard of all those Europeans taking “gap years” and wondered if I could do that too. […]

Trusting the process: Portugal so far

Last year, our family set out on an adventure, leaving our cozy city of Boise, Idaho, and heading into the wide world. We lived in Thailand for a little under a year, but quickly realized it wasn’t a good long-term fit for our family. So we packed our things (again) and moved to Boise for […]

The wonderful, peculiar location independent life: Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Portugal

In August, we head to Portugal, and we start over. New city. New school for our kids. New friendships. New doctor, dentist, ophthalmologist, massage therapist. New trails to run, new routes to cycle. New yoga studio. New grocery store, pharmacy, bank, airport. New car and public transit. New house. New favorite restaurants and coffeeshops. Everything […]

Unsettled

These past several months have been a test: of patience, energy, resiliency, and commitment to this location-independent lifestyle. In April, we relocated temporarily from Thailand to our hometown of Boise. Here, we’re awaiting word from the Portuguese consulate. Will they, or won’t they, accept our residency visa application? Only time will tell. Along with the […]

Our last day in Thailand . . . and our next adventure

I sit here at a café on my last day in Thailand while our rental car is being cleaned at a shop next door. Yesterday, we moved out of our lovely rented house and into a beach view condo, where we’ll stay until we head to the airport late tomorrow. Tonight, we’ll celebrate with friends […]