I've been sharing my thoughts, ideas, rants, and raves with you all for well over two years. I've loved focusing on health and wellness topics, but as David and I move into Mexican Adventure Mode, I've started to think about how this space will evolve with us. I still plan on writing about the public health topics that interest me, like why so many cultures are obsessed with dictating what "perfect" bodies look like, but I also want to make sure that I'm reflecting my true daily life on these pages. For a while, my reality is going to look like a lot more travel, trying new foods, navigating a new country, and learning a new language. That being said, I don't want to lose some of the great content I've written in the past, so below you will find a compilation of older pages that will soon be disappearing.
T-1 month until moving day! That's right: we are getting on a plane in just a few short weeks to officially start our Mexican adventure. Since deciding to take this leap back in October, we've learned a lot about a lot of things. Every major move comes with challenges, but moving abroad requires additional layers of paperwork, tasks, and to-do lists to make all the puzzle pieces fit together. One of the benefits of moving to Mexico City is the wealth of information available online from those who have paved the way before us. In fact, the US State Department estimates there are 1.5 million American citizens already living in Mexico.
A quick Google search for "moving to Mexico" pulls up thousands of useful blog posts and news articles that will help you get started (check out Mexperience, Northern Lauren, Eternal Expat, and Kinetic Kennons). Without ever needing to leave the comfort of our couch (and pajamas) we have successfully navigated perhaps the most complicated move we will ever make. However, there are a few knowledge gaps I've discovered along the way, and I want to make sure to fill them here.
The most relevant gap for us right now is the true financial cost of moving abroad. I've stumbled upon amazing resources discussing costs of living once we arrive in Mexico, but the fact of the matter is it's really expensive to get ourselves to Mexico in the first place. We were fully aware of this at the beginning, but now I finally have some real numbers to share with all of you.
The number one question David and I get asked these days is "why Mexico City"? It's a valid question, especially considering that we are choosing to leave behind an amazing home, city, community, and life stability for lots of unknowns. While for family and friends our choice seems unnerving, for us, it's the product of hours of research, discussions, and more research. This life adventure is the culmination of my crazy idea almost three years ago, but to be honest, Mexico was far off our radar screen until recently.
What a trip! There is so much to say and share about our recent 1 1/2 weeks exploring South Africa, but let's be honest...the most important sharing is all about the food. We spent six glorious, sunshine filled days wandering around Cape Town, and along the way discovered delicious bites, eye-opening coffee, and scrumptious snacks to fuel our packed days. If you or anyone you know is planning a stay in the Mother City soon, I highly recommend checking out a few of these places. Special thanks to The Inside Guide, a local blog dedicated to the best of Cape Town, for pointing us in the right direction.
Yes, you read that title right. David and I are heading on a grand life adventure to Mexico City for a few years, and Finding Normal is coming with us. This blog will continue to be a home base for me to talk about the health and wellness issues I'm passionate about, but it will also chronicle the ups and downs as we travel through some big unknowns.
Over the next few months, I'll be making some changes to the layout of Finding Normal to better reflect our life's new direction. In particular, you can expect to see move videos, and travel related content. My hope is to help you feel like you're right beside us each step of the way. If you haven't already, please subscribe to my Youtube channel to make sure you're getting the latest content.
My very first Mexico video is already available, which highlights some of what we experienced during our first trip to Mexico City just a few weeks ago. Check it out!
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