A memorable day in Tavira, Portugal—and how my travel mindset has changed as a mom

When I was pregnant with my first child, we dreamed of sharing the world with our daughter. We envisioned living in Southeast Asia again—we’d lived in Vietnam before having kids—and talked about all the things we would experience together as a family. We imagined frequent international travel, long trips, and adventurous explorations together. Then we […]

I really needed a vacation—and you do too

I started my business in 2011 while living in the Dominican Republic. At the time, I was teaching high school English language arts at an international school in the capital city, Santo Domingo. English teachers, as you probably know, work a lot. And given it was my first year, I had zero teaching experience and only […]

A weekend in Lisbon: Ai Weiwei, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and the Oceanarium

This past weekend, we took a trip to one of my favorite cities: Lisbon. Technically, we stayed in Cascais, a charming town about 30 minutes outside the city, but we spent two out of the four days in Portugal’s capital city. When we first moved to Portugal, we almost lived in Lisbon. It was an attractive choice: […]

A weekend in Monchique, a mountain town in Portugal’s Algarve

This past weekend, our family took a short weekend trip to Monchique, a sleepy mountain town located inland from Portugal’s famous Algarve beaches. While we’ve been to the area plenty of times, especially to hike around Fóia, the largest mountain in the area, this weekend was all about the chill. It was also about celebrating […]

Episode 40 | Ask Stacy: Is your parenting as effortless as it looks?

 In this episode, I get vulnerable as I answer listener questions and offer my thoughts on topics related to parenting, books, and living abroad. Questions include: Do you experience mom guilt, or is your parenting as effortless as it looks? How do you promote and market a book? Where do you want to live […]

What it’s like to live in Portugal nearly two years in

In early 2019, we were living in southern Thailand on the island of Phuket. We’d been through what felt like endless obstacles during our short time there: a bat infestation in the house we rented; multiple hospitalizations; severe and constant sickness pulsing through our home. The kids had a bout with hand-foot-and-mouth that lasted two […]

An Ode to the Beaches of Portugal

I’m drafting this post at 5:47 a.m. the same day I’m sharing it with you. I don’t normally wake up this early, but my son woke me, so here I am: reflective, quiet, . . . tired. As I lay in bed this morning unable to go back to sleep, my thoughts ran through the […]

How writing my first book led me to live in Portugal

In 2012, I was a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, attending with a full tuition assistantship working part-time at a scientific journal on campus. I was also running my business, which I had started three years earlier while living in the Dominican Republic, and had been working since the age of 14. While […]

Struggling? Thoughts on being open and controlling what you can

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about being open. Because for so long, so much has been closed. The world has been shut down; access to things we want and need has been closed. Travel has been halted. Here in Portugal, schools have been virtual. Physical access to our family back home has been […]