Portugal update: calm in the chaos (plus pictures!)

We’re nearly ten months into our time here in Portugal, which is hard to believe. This time last year, we were living in Boise, Idaho, in transition from Thailand to Portugal, waiting for our Portuguese visas. It seems like it was just a few months ago we were arriving in Lisbon, staying in a cramped, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Goodbye soon, Thailand

Moving to Thailand was one of the most difficult things we’ve done as a family. And some of our experiences living here have been harder than we could have imagined. And yet, I am so happy to have gotten to spend this time in the Kingdom. Living in Thailand has caused a mindset shift for […]

Why I choose location independence

Last Sunday, my husband, kids, and I met friends at a local resort. We had a laid-back afternoon: swimming in the resort pool, walking on the sand, eating vegetarian food from their extensive menu. As the evening came upon us, the winds picked up—warm with a kiss of coolness—the palms waved above us, and I […]

3 secrets to writing a book when you’re busy

Toward the end of 2018, I sent over a book draft to a ghostwriting client. Earlier that year, I had a coauthored book published, and delivered another draft to a ghostwriting client. On average, I write 2.5 books per year plus other content, like guest articles and blog posts like this one. I am usually […]